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Hilton Evian-les-Bains Review
Checking out the best hotels in Evian, France? The French spa town of Evian on the shores of beautiful Lake Geneva – Lac Leman in French – is well worth a visit, but where do you sleep?
After much online searching I chose to stay at the Hilton. Here’s my nuts and bolts Hilton Evian-les-Bains review.
A 4-Star Hotel With 5-Star Amenities
For the life of me I can’t figure out why the 4-star Hilton Hotel in Evian-les-Bains, France, isn’t a 5-star.
(Conversely, I can’t figure out why the 4-star hotel I stayed at in Avignon isn’t a 3-star, but that’s another story).
The Hilton Evian-les-Bains has panoramic views of Lake Geneva, a sleek and sexy spa with an indoor and outdoor pool, and a fabulous central location close to all the sightseeing spots in Evian. What’s not to like?
That pretty much sums up this Hilton Evian-les-Bains review, but for details, price tips, highlights and lowlights read on.
Book a Stay at the Hilton Evian-les-Bains Here.
A Modern Interior
I’m not saying the Hilton Evian-les-Bains is a total looker, its red brick exterior is pretty blah, but your first impression when you step in the lobby is ‘Wow! For once I picked the right hotel.’
A waterfall of LED lights hangs over the dark wood reception desk like a curtain of white butterflies, and the overall feeling is chic and contemporary.
Read What to do in Evian-les-Bains for the top sights and attractions.
I’m a fan of big lobbies.
They add a sense of grandeur to a hotel, not to mention that if your room sucks you can hang out there. (My room didn’t suck).
The Hilton lobby has a bar off to the side, lofty ceilings and seating clusters with pops of colour and a fun mix of textures and designs. I give the interior designer an ‘A.’
Beyond the lobby past the reception desk is a vast patio where, weather permitting, you can sit outside, drink a cafe au lait (or a glass of Evian water) and look out at Lake Geneva.
Sadly, the weather did not ‘permit’ when I was there, at least not very often.
When it was nice, I hung out on the rooftop terrace of the executive lounge instead as I was upgraded to an Executive Room and had access.
The Hilton Evian’s Executive Lounge
If you’re on the executive floor of the Hilton, you have 24-hour access to the 6th-floor lounge.
It’s quite a social place as all the privileged few stop by for free canapés and drinks between 6 and 8. They all seem happy and quick to establish immediate friendships, just not with me.
For some reason I didn’t meet anyone at all. (I swear I took a shower! Maybe I just have bitchy resting face, like Kristen Stewart.)
Luckily, the Hilton Evian staff are so friendly, constantly stopping by your table to see if you might want a wee bit more sparkling brut that you forget you have no friends, or at least you no longer care, and instead decide to adopt a ‘mysterious stranger’ persona.
Honestly, there are endless ways you can amuse yourself when you have executive lounge access, no friends and are spending 10 days in Evian-les-Bains!
Terrace With a View of Lake Geneva
Attached to the executive lounge is a rooftop terrace where you can sit and watch the sunset.
On weekends breakfast is served in the executive lounge for those with access, but I liked the big buffet breakfast downstairs and always ate there instead. (Where I also didn’t make any friends.)
The Hilton Evian’s buffet is excellent, with regional Savoyard cheeses, fresh fruit, pastries, sausage, bacon, eggs, a small selection of Chinese dim sum, juice, sliced meat, etc. etc etc.
If you’re a Hilton Gold member breakfast is included in your stay.
Spa Ayurveda TAAJ
Like Vichy, Evian is a spa town known for its mineral water, and the TAAJ Spa at the Hilton is a highlight of the hotel.
The holistic-leaning spa has a decor that is hip and Zen-like, with Ayurvedic therapies, dim lighting, mammoth pillars, dark wood and 1800 square metres of space.
In addition, the wellness spa has a relaxation pool, sauna and steam room. Evian-les-Bains is a historic spa town, and spending some time relaxing is following the spirit of the tradition.
🌿 Travel Tip: Depending on your room category, there may be an extra charge for the spa, so be wary of booking a standard room. I had an Executive King Room with Spa Access, so I could go every day.
🌿 Travel Tip: While the spa is lovely, it does not have thermal water. To get a treatment with the famous Evian water, you can go to the nearby Evian-les-Bains Thermes Spa.
Hilton Evian-les-Bains Pools
The Hilton has a seasonal outdoor pool.
The indoor pool is part of the spa, so again, depending on your room type, you may have to pay for spa access.
Fantastic Central Location in Evian
If you’re taking the ferry over from Lausanne, the Hilton Evian-les-Bains is handy because it’s a five-minute walk to the ferry terminal.
As the hotel is maybe a two-minute walk to the lakefront, it’s a great location if you’re taking the ferry to Lake Geneva. (I took it nearly every day to sightsee.)
With its proximity to the Evian-les-Bains Thermes Spa – it’s almost next door – it’s handy for spa vacations.
Also nearby are the boutiques on Rue Nationale, and the casino and downtown core are less than a kilometre away.
For a luxury hotel, the Hilton is definitely in the heart of the action. (Although to be clear, the action in Evian-les-Bains is pretty tame.)
Before you accuse me of making this Hilton-Evian-les-Bains review too glowing, let me advise you that a number of tour groups stay in the hotel.
As I never went down to breakfast early, however, the only time I saw them is when I passed a few stragglers waiting with suitcases in the lobby.
The moral of the story here is that the early bird gets the worm, but the sleepy bird gets the tranquility.
Summing Up My Hilton Evian-les-Bains Review
For amenities, location and decor, I say the Evian Hilton is a 5-star – at least in my heart, if not on TripAdvisor and Booking.com.
With a prime location and a price that beats the other luxury hotel in town, the Royal, which is officially a 5-star, the Hilton’s casual luxury makes a good base for sightseeing in the area, and for relaxing when you’re not.
Price for the Hilton Evian-les-Bains, France
Trying to get the best price at the Hilton in Evian is like playing roulette at the casino in Monaco. Check different sites to see different prices. I paid less than $300 a night but it wasn’t high season.
Seasonal pricing: Expect to pay more for a hotel in France in the summer and during French school holidays (which unexpectedly includes two weeks every April and October).
Note: Sign up for the Hilton loyalty program to get free wifi.
Hilton Evian address: Quai Paul Léger, 74500 Évian-les-Bains, France.
Other Evian Hotel Reviews
From ultra luxe to affordable, there are a few other hotels in Evian I checked out, trying to find the best place to stay. Here’s what I narrowed it down to.
Waterfront – Hotel les Cygnes
With quirky appeal and an outdoor pool, the 3-star Hotel Les Cygnes dates back to 1926 and has a prime waterfront location. This would be a more affordable option.
Address: Hotel Les Cygnes, 8 Avenue de Grande Rive, 74500 Évian-les-Bains, France.
Check prices and availability for the Hotel les Cygnes here.
Luxury Accommodation in Evian-les-Bains
There aren’t a lot of luxury hotels in Evian-les-Bains. The only 5-star hotel is the Royal Hotel Evian.
It sits up on a hill overlooking the town and is undoubtedly grander and more old world than the Hilton.
Which is better, the Royal Hotel Evian or Hilton Evian-les-Bains?
Both the Hilton and the Royal have terrific spas and outdoor pools. The Royal is more expensive, which is why I didn’t stay there, plus the location isn’t as handy.
Bottom line: If you want modern, contemporary and convenient opt for the Hilton. If you want elegance, romance and historical charm, choose the Royal Hotel Evian.
Check prices and availability for the Royal Hotel Evian Resort here.
4-Star Hotel Ermitage – Family Friendly Accommodation
A sister hotel to the Hotel Royal, the 4-star Hotel Ermitage also has a lofty position above Lake Geneva and above the town.
With a lot of kid-friendly activities it’s a popular hotel option for families on vacation, though it’s not as central as the Hilton.
Hotel facilities include an indoor and outdoor pool and a spa.
Address: Hotel Ermitage, 1230 Avenue du Léman, 74500 Évian-les-Bains, France.
Check prices and availability for the Ermitage Hotel here.
And there you have it, my Hilton Evian-les-Bains review. Hopefully it will help you plan your trip.