With its scenic lakeside setting, floral quays and vineyard covered slopes, Lausanne is one of the jewels in Switzerland’s crown.
After assessing more than 100 hotels in Lausanne, we’ve come up with our top five picks based on cost, amenities and guest reviews. Whatever your choice, we hope you enjoy your stay in this beautiful and serene city.
From £97/ night
Nestled within its own picturesque gardens in the heart of Lausanne, this is an excellent mid-range option for visitors. Amenities include free WiFi in all areas, a daily buffet breakfast and free on-site parking (for a limited number of cars). Within easy reach of the hotel are the bustling Rue de Bourgh, the Lausanne opera house and a wide array of shops, restaurants and nightspots. Bus and metro lines are also nearby.
Alpha-Palmiers by Fassbind
From £87/ night
Lausanne is a peaceful city and this up-scale hotel is similarly tranquil thanks to its quiet location away from the tourist crowds but with easy access to the historic centre. Just moments from the main train station, it’s also ideally situated for those arriving by rail, or planning excursions out of the city. The hotel is surrounded by a topical garden and boasts two restaurants – one offering Thai cuisine and another classic Swiss fare – while there’s also a sauna, steam bath and fitness room. Some rooms come with garden views, while all guests receive a pass for free use of public transport.
Hôtel des Voyageurs
From £132/ night
A renovation in 2015 has given this hotel a stylish, modern flavour, to the extent that it surely deserves a 4-star rating. Nestled in an Art Deco building, the family-owned hotel is located in a quiet pedestrian zone in the city centre, next door to a metro station. All areas of the hotel have been enhanced to an impressive level – in particular the guestrooms, which boast contemporary furnishings with a creative flourish, including angled wooden beams. A buffet breakfast or a simple breakfast at the bar, are available each morning. All guests benefit from free use of public transport in Lausanne during their stay.
ibis Lausanne Centre
From £78/ night
Another excellent budget option, this 2-star hotel from the renowned ibis brand is situated in the heart of the city centre. Guestrooms come with air-conditioning and soundproofing, while elsewhere in the hotel there’s a bar serving all-day snacks and drinks. Popular attractions including the old town, Lake Geneva and the Olympic Museum are easily reachable by car or public transport – the latter offered free to all guests during their stay. Note: this hotel has a complete no-smoking policy.
Hôtel Victoria Eco
From £125/ night
Just 100 yards from Lausanne’s main railway station, this 3-star hotel is well located for those arriving by train as well as offering an impressive choice of amenities. Most guestrooms feature flat-screen TVs, minibars and hairdryers, while elsewhere in the hotel there’s a sauna and fitness centre and a lounge bar. Guests also benefit from free WiFi in public areas, 24-hour reception and laundry services. Lakeside walks can be enjoyed less than a mile way on the shores of Lake Geneva and there’s also a number of shops, cafes and restaurants within easy reach.