Hotel-Restaurant de L'Ermitage, in Vufflens-le-Château on Switzerland's Lac Leman, is the kind of small, luxurious inn that seems unique to Europe; with gracious service that is attentive to the smallest detail; a kitchen that produces memorable dish after memorable dish; sleep-inducing guestrooms you never want to leave; all in a tweedy, riding-to-hounds country setting. It was an easy choice.

L'Ermitage is the stuff of glossy travel magazines, of films set in Europe, and of dreams. But such rapture, particularly in Switzerland, comes at price. Figure $175 to $400 per person per day for room, breakfast and dinner, depending on the season and one's ability to maintain control in the restaurant. And those who create a few empty slots in owner/chef Bernard Ravet's wine cellar will rack up even higher numbers. Still, for a special occasion, or to put a fine finish on a European vacation (it's less than an hour from the Geneva Airport), a couple of days at L'Ermitage will be two you will always remember.

Street Address: Route du Village 26
City: Vufflens-Le-Château
Country: Switzerland
Phone: 011 41 21 804 68 68
Fax: 011 41 21 802 22 40
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Quality: Rating: 5 stars
Value: Rating: 3 stars
Price Level: $$$$
Type: Hotel