This 16th-century Benedictine monastery has been a hotel since the French Revolution. It’s one of the grand inns of the Alps. With close-up views of the lake, it doesn’t equal the cuisine or the luxury of the Auberge du Père-Bise (see below), but it’s a lot more affordable. The hotel is rich with beamed ceilings, antique portraits, leather chairs, gardens, and carved balustrades. The great corridors lead to converted guest rooms, of which no two are alike. The furnishings include all the Louis periods, as well as Directoire and Empire. In summer, the restaurant expands onto a shaded lakefront terrace. Overall, this is an extremely pleasant escape from urban life.