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Recommendations Near Geneva

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My wife and I are thinking about spending a week in northern Italy, with perhaps a couple of days in France along the way. Best airfares at the moment would have us arriving and departing through Geneva. Given that most flights leave Geneva for the United States at around noon, I am looking for a place to stay near Geneva that would allow us to enjoy a special meal and still make it to the Geneva airport by 10 am the next morning.

My thought so far has been to stay in Lausanne and try one of the two Michelin three star restaurants in the immediate area (Hotel de Ville in Crissier or Le Pont de Brent in Brent), but both are budget breakers. Any thoughts of places to stay and eat well in elsewhere in Switzerland or nearby France (still within an hour or so driving distance)? Perhaps an upcoming one or two star restaurant with rooms?

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  1. Auberge Des Chasseurs at Echenevex, a lovely little hotel with a good resto and view of lake and Montblanc.