Novotel Annecy Centre Atria has been revamped to create a genuine “indoor hub”. The design has been completely overhauled and the hotel renovated based on one central theme – the world of sport and the mountains. Raw materials such as stone, wood and leather have been used throughout the hotel to create a relaxed, warm and imaginative space connecting the inside to the outside.
The 95 guestrooms have been revamped, featuring décor that too, is inspired by the outdoors. Spacious, contemporary and adaptable, a magnificent mountain landscape rises from behind the headboards to immerse visitors in the world of the hotel and the destination.
New Restaurant: The CRAIC
“What’s the CRAIC“ This Irish expression refers to a mindset, a lifestyle. It’s about having fun, time to relax and enjoying it to the full. The new restaurant, which only draws on Irish inspiration for its name and attitude has different areas structured around a central food bar conducive to sharing and socializing.
Mathieu Laville, the young chef at the helm of the restaurant, draws inspiration for his eclectic culinary approach from his extensive travels. After holding several positions in France, he went to live in Australia and then Cambodia, Thailand and Indonesia. While there, he discovered a different kind of cuisine, full of new flavors and textures. Since then, he has promoted modern fusion cuisine. Combining memories of his travels with local produce, his creations are rich in both flavor and emotion.
Unusually for Annecy, the restaurant will be open all day, from 7am to 10pm (and until midnight every Friday and Saturday).
Boasting a giant screen and a DJ booth, the bar offers an extensive menu of drinks from around the world, with a focus on beers, fruit juices and whisky from the surrounding Savoy region. The Barista is there for coffee in the morning, tea in the afternoon, and aperitifs and sharing platters as well as cocktails in the evening.
The Craic will also has an outdoor terrace, open all year round – a vibrant space in tune with the seasons, featuring a fire basket, pétanque, various games, etc.
Special feature: The Bakery Corner by The CRAIC & Comptoir du Pain
Conceived with local artisan bakers, brothers Yvan and Ulrich Masset, it is a simple yet ingenious idea – to feature a high-quality neighborhood business, intended for a local clientele, which symbolizes traditional French craftsmanship. A place to buy fresh bread, grab a sandwich for lunch, or browse the delicatessen range – which includes jellies, Crozet pasta, Opinel pocket knives, Tétra flasks, and delicious gateaux, all from the Savoy region. An extensive range of snacks is also available (sandwiches, salads, soups) to eat in or take away.
From the kitchens to the guestrooms, “responsible hospitality” is advocated through the hotel’s corporate, social and environmental commitments. Short food supply chains, local expertise, and sustainable development are all favored:
- Every member of the team is provided footwear by SAOLA (recycled, bio-sourced and organic materials)
- On-site bottling of still and sparkling water to ban plastic
- Sourdough bread with organic flour, at the Bakery Corner
- Donation of furniture to local charities such as health and social charity GAIA, food charity les Petites Cantines, professional training body AFPA, etc.