The Hotel Richemond overlooking Lake Geneva was opend in 1875 by Adolphe-Rodolphe Armleder. It his grandson Jean Armleder, however, who created the hotel as we know it today. He assumed control of the Richemond in World War II and renovated the hotel and expanded the business.
The French writer Colette was a particular fan of Le Richemond, and in 1947 wrote to Emilie Armleder: 'If God gives me life and health next year... keep for me [at your hotel] my sunny, bird covered little balcony, my view of the lake and the greenery; keep for me above all... my Richemond holidays.' The hotel still attracts the same affection and loyalty today.