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Beau-Rivage Palace Hotel Review: Live like a king or queen here, surrounded by views of Lake Geneva and the Alps. The Beau-Rivage has enjoyed its location on the shores of Lac Leman in Lausanne since its birth in 1861. Major renovations have been made over the years, but the history and grandeur of the hotel remain. Marble tiles and crystal chandeliers abound throughout the interior, and guestrooms have a period feel to them, with rich linens and drapery that accent elegant furnishings. It's not hard to imagine a life as a 19th century dignitary here, but the wireless Internet connection in your room will remind you of the present. The Cinq Mondes Spa was added to the hotel in the mid 2000s, and provides luxuries for relaxation such as a tropical shower promenade and sleek indoor and outdoor swimming pools. Among the dining options is La Rotonde, a stand-out restaurant with a wonderful selection of fine wines and Armagnacs.