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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.
Bon Jour! - Not bonjourno! Bon Jour! Because I am now in Lisuanne Switzerland, which is a French speaking city of Switzerland. Some parts of Switzerland speak German. So far, in the past few hours that I have been here I am not a fan of Switzerland. I know thats too qucik to say but it is my opiion as of now. Right now I am in an arcade that also …
... went into getting the best possible so pretty vexing to be so careless. For the initiated a travel towel is a piece of material about 2 x 1 foot that will dry you (sort of) and can then be wrung almost dry. Huge variety from nasty slimy ones to the 'state of the art' type which is what I used to have until it came unclipped from the top of my rucksack. It gives you an idea of ...
... they have is that we were given a free travel card when we checked into the hotel. This enabled free and unlimited use of the buses, trams and water taxis around the city. We had a spot of lunch in a pasta restaurant in the old town and made our way back to pick up the laundry and visit the local bike shop to pick up supplies. Dinner tonight was in the same restaurant as ...
Time to try an ATM. The good news was it worked. The bad news was that because it is Switzerland they think it useful to give 400SF out in 2 notes, each worth about £140. How am I going to go into a boulangerie and buy some breakfast with those. Or even a cafe. Anywhere that is going to accept them will be out of my budget. Despite there being places to buy food I couldn't buy anything. Managed on 2 mars ...
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- Pets allowed
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.
TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Alpha-Palmiers Lausanne
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.