Travel Blogs from Lausanne
Lausanne, is beautifully located on the biggest inland lake we have ever seen....LAKE GENEVA
The town both old and new is built, up a fairly steep hill, getting places takes a bit of effort.
We visited the old city area, by taking the Metro....Every European city has an amazing under ground rail system...and this is no exception.
... next adventure, a cog railway up to a glacier. One that used to be so big it was known as the La Mer de Glacé (Sea of ice). Unfortunately those days were long gone. There were markers along the walk down to the glacier that showed its size in years gone by. It has really shrunk in the last decade, which was quite saddening. The route to the glacier involved the cog railway, then a cable car, then 200 steps. Inside the ...
... a Dutch guy called Pete who had already completed his pilgrimage to Rome and was making his way back home by a mixture of hiking and public transport. He decided to do it this way largely to make a more gradual reintegration to normal life after 65days on the road. He walked to Santiago de Compostela four years ago and found it difficult to pick up the reins in his work after flying straight back to Amsterdam. I am sure readers of the blog who have made the trip to Santiago will ...
... the room had a completely new aroma, that of strong cleaning products. That evening, inspired by the cleaners less than subtle hint that we smell bad, we found a nearby coin laundry. We were looking for a place for dinner and it just so happened to be near a Thai place. I'd been day dreaming of pad Thai for a while now, but we haven't come across any Thai places. But not only did we find one, but it was called "Pad Thai". Dinner was ...
... to thank everyone else out there - that's you lot -who have helped me on my journey. I am never alone when I receive messages of support and encouragement through this electronic medium. I am never alone when I can call for help or just to enjoy a moment or two of human contact on the telephone after another day walking alone through fields, forests and urban landscapes. I could go on but I won't; sometimes less is more.
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Alpha-Palmiers Lausanne
This hotel is about a 10minute walk up hill from the station. The street you want is directly opposite the tourist information center...FOUND next to the station exit
Like all things here, food is expensive,
Room modern and reasonably large.
Good value for the money we paid.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Alpha-Palmiers Lausanne
Nice,but not a four star
It was hard to believe this was a four star hotel. It was nice, but just okay. It does have a nice location, close to the old part of Lausanne and close to the train station. The rooms were large for Europe. The shower was tricky. There was just a foot and half of glass, no enclosure, which meant the floor was always very wet after a shower. Service was so-so. There was no help with the luggage when you arrive at the hotel. We were on the 5th floor and we had to take 2 slow elevators to get to the room. Other than the location, I have nothing to rave about on the Hotel Alpha Palmiers.
The Alpha is a very nice, modern and convenient hotel just below the Centre of Lausanne - midway between the train station and Place St. Francois. For European standards, the rooms are large -- and if you are a single in a room, expect a single bed (we Americans aren't used to that). Some of my European colleagues who had stayed in other hotels in Lausanne also said that the Alpha was much better than their other accomodations. As seen in other reviews, there is a very steep hill from the main rail station to the hotel, so prepare to heft your baggage.
A Really Good Hotel
This is a great hotel for exploring Lausanne and surrounding area. It's not far from the train station and the old town. The hotel itself is very modern and stylish. The room we had overlooked the central courtyard, was very large and had a stylish bathroom behind a frosted glass partition - in all it was very Philippe Starck. We paid £80 for 1 night. Breakfast was an additional 22 CHF and was not worth it.
I rated this hotel a 3 because I found hair under the comforters on both sides of the bed the first night that I was there. Without that incident I would give the hotel a 3.5-4. The rooms are wonderful. Very modern furnishings and design, especially loved the bathrooms. The linens and comforters were the best, super comfortable. I never had dinner in the restaurant but I found the breakfast more than adequate each morning, with both european and more american/british offerings.
Hotel was very conveinent to the train. Yes it is up a steep hill....but you are in the Alps!
This hotel is stylishly "cool", very Modern, simple and "clean" in its design. My room was very large even though I had a booked a "single" room for one person with a Twin bed. Nice comforter, large bathroom with lots of counter space, non-see through frosted glass walls separating bedroom from bathroom. My room had an overall nice layout. It was very quiet since my room opened on to the courtyard - you can open the windows if you need fresh air.
Decent but not great
We stayed here in early April 2004 for about 100 EUR per night without breakfast. The decor of the hotel is decent and the rooms are reasonably modern. The doors to our closet were removed and to iron one had to go downstairs to a public ironing board! It is an OK hotel if you are making a quick stop in Lausanne, but would probably seek out a different hotel if I were to return.
I stayed in this Hotel in Lausanne one night in May 2004.
Stayed for one night at this hotel, and will definitely go back next time in Lausanne. The rooms are very large by europeean standards, and the modern and simple decor is pleasing. Bathroom design is also north american in size and the funky layout (all rooms open onto an interior courtyard) make for a very quiet night's sleep, which is also a bonus in Europe. Staff was cold but interaction minimal, and after all it is Switzerland.