Hotels and other accommodations
When picking a hotel in Lausanne, your first challenge is to decide where to stay.is convenient to the lake, the Olympic Museum, and steamers that run to other towns along Lac Léman. The , or Upper Town, is more convenient to the railroad station, sightseeing, and the Flon nightlife district. (Still, location isn't as important as you might think, since Lausanne's newly-renovated Métro makes it easy to shuttle between the lake and higher elevations.)
In Ouchy, the Beau-Rivage Palace is the crème de la crème of the city's 5-star luxury hotels, with a private 10-acre park facing the lake. Nearby are the Angleterre & Residence (4 stars), which is spread out over six pavilions, and Le Château d'Ouchy (4 stars) at the Place du Pu Port, which resembles a French castle.
Uphill from Ouchy is the modern Continental (4 stars), which lies directly opposite the railroad station. It's a practical choice if you've got heavy luggage or an early train. The Elite (3 stars) occupies a refurbished building between the station and the old town.
In the Haute-Ville above the railroad station, the Alpha-Palmiers (4 stars) is an ultramodern glass structure whose rooms overlook a landscaped courtyard. The hotel, which was built in 2002 at a cost of CHF 40 million, is mostly hidden behind traditional façades on the Rue du Petit-Chiène.
The reception staff were friendly during my stay, and I was pleasantly surprised to discover a jar of peanut butter at the breakfast buffet, but my glass-walled room was a bit stuffy on a sunny day in late October when the air conditioning was off for the season. The management of the Alpha-Palmiers also run the stylish Swiss Wine Hotel & Bar (formerly the City Hotel, with 3 stars).
Farther up the hill on the rue du Grand-Chène (slightly west of the Place Saint-François) is the Edwardian-era Lausanne Palace & Spa (5 stars), which is the place to stay if you need quasi-royal accommodation in the city center.
For simplicity in a romantic setting, consider the Du Raisin, which has seven rooms (including studios with kitchenettes) above a café on the Place de la Palud in the pedestrian zone. The hotel was renovated in 2013, and its amenities include free Wi-Fi.
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