Vichy Spa Town

Vichy, France

Vichy is a city in the Allier department of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes in central France, in the historic province of Bourbonnais. It is a spa and resort town and in World War II was the seat of government of Vichy France from 1940 to 1944. The term Vichyste indicated collaboration with the Vichy regime, often carrying a pejorative connotation. In 2021, the town became part of the transnational UNESCO World Heritage Site under the name 'Great Spas of Europe'.

Marie de Rabutin-Chantal, marquise de Sévigné was a patient in 1676 and 1677 and would popularize Vichy's Thermal Baths through the written descriptions in her letters. The Vichy waters were said to have cured the paralysis in her hands, thus enabling her to take up letter-writing. In 1761 and 1762, Adélaïde and Victoire of France, the daughters of Louis XV, came to Vichy for the first time and returned in 1785. The bath facilities seemed extremely uncomfortable to them because of the muddy surroundings and insufficient access. When they returned to Versailles, they asked their nephew Louis XVI to build roomier and more luxurious thermal baths, which were subsequently completed in 1787.

In 1799, Laetitia Bonaparte, mother of Napoleon, came to be cured with her son Louis. Under the Empire, Le Parc des Sources, was created on the Emperor's orders. (Decree of Gumbinen of 1812).

Under Charles X, the great increase in patients wishing to be healed at the springs led to an expansion of the hydrotheraputic facilities. Princess Marie-Thérèse-Charlotte expanded the Janson buildings under the plan of Rose – Beauvais (work completed in 1830). From 1844 to 1853, theatrical and poetry recitals were performed for the wealthy in the comfort of their own homes by Isaac Strauss.

Vichy welcomed 40,000 curistes in 1900, and that figure had risen to nearly 100,000 just before the onset of the First World War. La vie thermale had its heyday in the 1930s. The success in treating ailments that was attributed to the Vichy Baths led la Compagnie Fermière to enlarge the Baths again by creating the Callou and Lardy Baths. The Art Nouveau-style Opéra, inaugurated in 1903, accommodated all the great names on the international scene. Vichy became the summertime music capital of France, but the war of 1914 would put a brutal end to that development.



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Rue du Parc 19, Vichy, France
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Founded: 17th century
Category: Historic city squares, old towns and villages in France


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Alexander Suslov (2 years ago)
We stayed at this hotel a week before Christmas. From the very start at the beautiful reception to the last minute, when our car was waiting for us in front, our overall experience exceeded our expectations. The hotel staff, clean comfortable rooms, spa facilities were superb by any standard. We are planning to be back again in January. Highly recommended. Alexander, United States
Cloggie Gevers (2 years ago)
In my opinion certainly not a 5 star hotel. Airco in the room was not working and when asking the front desk about it, all I got was a 'je suis desolé' and a shrug of the shoulders. And placing a loo in the bathroom at 45 degrees to the wall so that noboday can sit on normally has no place in a modern 3 star hotel, let alone a 5 star one. A breakfast manager who really gets in the way of guests doesn't suit either. Probably needs a bit of extra training. If you lower your expectations with regards to modern 5 star hotels, this hotel might well do. If you expect great things better look elswhere.
Neil McCutcheon (2 years ago)
Loved it here. Ate in the bar & the food was great. Restaurant a bit pricey @ 45 EUR each. Fabulous room and particularly nice bathroom. Handy for the town. Parking underground just across the road. Stayed an extra night!
Chris Rexeis (2 years ago)
Nice Thermal bath, 30€ half-day entry per person. Incl. sauna, hamam
Nicholas Baré (2 years ago)
Interior a bit dated, and problems with the room, which were fixed. Didn't feel like a five star hotel.
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