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Le Richemond

History: 
    Le Richemond
 in Geneva

History

Located in the heart of Geneva’s bustling Mont-Blanc neighborhood, Le Richemond has been a renowned Genevan landmark for more than a century. Its origins harken back to 1875 when Adolphe-Rodolphe Armleder first acquired the location from a local artist named François Diday. A native of southern Germany, Armleder left his family’s lucrative cooper trade to pursue a career in hospitality. The aspiring hotelier decided to establish his own lodgings in downtown Geneva, opting to utilize Diday’s beautiful building as the site for his new hotel. Armleder quickly set about transforming the structure into a quaint lakeside guesthouse that featured 25 beautiful accommodations. Dubbed the "Riche-Mont Pension," Armleder’s small boutique hotel emerged as one of the city’s most celebrated meeting places over the next several decades.

The hotel would remain in the Armleder family for three generations, with Adolphe-Rodolphe Armleder and his descendants stewarding it through some of Europe’s most tumultuous events. Adolphe’s grandson, Jean, managed to greatly expand upon the hotel’s structure just as war and financial turmoil befell the continent. The Armleders successfully preserved the hotel’s luxurious character nevertheless, attracting such prominent guests like Clark Gable, Aga Kahn, and the French author Colette. This period of prolonged prosperity was not destined to last though, as the Armleders were forced to sell their beloved hotel during the 1990s. Despite the absence of the family's guiding light, the hotel continued to be one of Geneva’s leading holiday destinations at the dawn of the 21st century. Now known as Le Richemond, guests today can still experience the Armleder’s legacy of world-class service whenever they visit this iconic historic hotel.

Le Richemond, a member of Historic Hotels Worldwide since 2019, dates back to 1875.


Famous Guests
Andy Warhol visited the hotel throughout the 1940s and 1950s. A close friend of the Armleder family, the artist spent much of his time in hotel's bar when staying at Le Richemond. Today, the hotel commemorates this relationship with a cocktail that bears Warhol's name.

Michael Jackson stayed at the hotel several times between 1990 and 1995. Jackson’s bodyguard also gained a level of popularity during this time due to his impressive physique. People would stop by to see him almost as often as they would come by to see Michael Jackson.

Le Richemond has also welcomed other celebrities including as Ringo Starr, Elton John, Richard Gere, Romy Schneider, Sharon Stone, and Mick Jagger.

Film and Television Connections
Le Loufiat, a seven episode mini-series, aired between 1984 and 1989. It is the story of a young man discovering life through his apprenticeship as a waiter.

La Débandade, a French comedy from 1999 by director Claude Berri and featuring several renowned French actors such as Fanny Ardant, Claude Brasseur, Alain Chabat.


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