Over the next 160 years, Les Trois Rois was run by a succession of owners, some of whom sold off parts of the building. In 1936, its owners started to appoint professional directors to run the hotel which underwent many partial renovations. It was sold in 2004 to the Swiss entrepreneur Dr.h.c. Thomas Straumann, founder and chairman of a market-leading dental implants business.
Dr Straumann immediately closed Les Trois Rois for 20 months to carry out a comprehensive renovation which restored the 1844 heritage and fitted the hotel out with a luxury infrastructure for its 101 rooms. This included opening the Cheval Blanc, a restaurant which now has three Michelin stars – one of only three restaurants in Switzerland to have been recognised for such excellence.
Now equipped to be one of Switzerland’s foremost hotels, it has achieved a five-star superior rating and membership of the select group of 40 five-star superior Swiss Deluxe Hotels which meet strict quality requirements. It is also a member of Leading Hotels of the World, a New York-based group which represents more than 400 exceptional hotels in over 80 countries.
‘Mr and Mrs Straumann have invested substantially in the hotel, and are very involved in its operation,’ says Tanja Wegmann, General Manager. ‘Four times a year, they have a breakfast to meet new employees and introduce themselves. We give our staff, who include 37 nationalities, a platform to make things happen so that our guests have wonderful experiences when they stay with us.
‘There are so many five-star hotels and my vision is that everyone working here should be a host. When our guests leave the house, I want them to say that not only is the hotel an amazing place, but also that it has the best team. We are an independently managed, family-owned hotel, and we are Les Trois Rois family.’