4.5
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What We Love

  • Access to the spa is included in the rate
  • Heavenly views across Lake Geneva to the snowcapped Alps and France
  • Tranquil spa and its array of treatments
  • Great dining options, from haute Mediterranean to authentic Japanese
  • Supremely central location in a charming city
  • Entry to the nearby Olympic Museum is free until the end of January 2012; then it closes for refurbishment until July 2013

What To Know

  • Rooms are spacious but vary in decor; some bathrooms will put you in mind of Joan Collins on Dynasty
  • Book spa treatments in advance
  • The minibar is mini indeed; head to one of the bars for liquid refreshment
  • Self-parking and valet parking are available for an additional $32 per day
  • Junior Suites have city views only
  • Free WiFi

Amenities

  •  Babysitting
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Overview

The Review

In winter, the fairy-lit exterior of the Lausanne Palace & Spa resembles a twinkling Christmas ornament, beckoning families, business travelers and Olympic guests to come in from the cold. For me, a case of jetlag made the promise of a good night’s sleep on a cloudlike Swiss bed irresistible. The chance to view sunset and sunrise from a five-star room, only a few floors above a lavish on-site spa, only added to the appeal.

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The guestrooms are uniformly spacious and well proportioned, and many have views of Lake Geneva. Some rooms have been stylishly update, with neutral tones and discreetly plush furnishings, while the older rooms have an autumnal palette and a mix of antique and contemporary furniture (which you can find for sale at the hotel’s own shop across the road). A number of the bathrooms are straight from the 1980s, with pink and gray granite, dark glazed tiles and even backlit faux–stained glass ceilings.

There are six restaurants on-site, from the haute Mediterranean cuisine of Michelin-starred executive chef Edgard Bovier to the hip minimalism of Palace Sushi Zen. I settled on the bustling Brasserie du Grand-Chêne, where the tables were packed with groups of colleagues and friends tucking into classic French brasserie fare such as mussels, freshly shucked oysters and entrecôte with Café de Paris butter.

The next day I hit the up-to-date gym and the spa, where a “quiet please” policy readied me for a pampering massage and downtime in the fresco-decorated heated pool and the Moroccan-style hammam. By the time I checked out (at a very civilized 12 noon) I felt completely reborn and ready to face the hilly cobblestone streets of Lausanne, with its small but perfectly formed Old Town and chic boutiques.

How to Get There

Lausanne Palace & Spa
Rue du Grand Chene 7-9
Lausanne, 1002 Switzerland

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 830 Reviews
Amazing experience!
Reviewed 2 days ago

We had a fantastic one night stay at the Lausanne Palace! We were treated very kindly by the staff. We had made dinner reservations prior to our arrival, and my husband become ill that day and did not feel up to dining in the restaurant, so they offered us the restaurant menu for room service! Our room was beautifully appointed with a fantastic lake and sunset view. The hotel is walking distance to the pedestrian shopping street and many sites. Public transportation was included with our stay and we were able to ride the metro to the lakeside promenade which was very enjoyable. We wish we could have stayed longer!

Simply wonderful
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a beautiful hotel in the center of Lausanne. We had a refurbished room facing the back of the hotel, which was just amazing, so stylish, calming and comfortable. Spa is small but very pleasant. Food was great too. Staff very friendly and helpful. All in all we loved our stay and had a wonderful couple of days in Lausanne.

Noisy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My room is facing city centre(facing the main road), there is a lot of car noises even at 1am. This is affecting my sleep. The hotel offer to put me on a higher floor(ie 5th flr) but this does not address the problem as it is still noisy. Their glass window are not sound proof.

Excellent service
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Location is in the very center of Lausanne, spacious rooms. Excellent service. Excellent breakfast with variety of fresh juices and open terrace during summer time. Some rooms have view to the lake. Colleagues were impressed by smoking lounge.

Lausanne palace Missing customer care
Reviewed 1 month ago

On the 5th of May post having lunch in the brasserie which is an excellent place I have decided to have a drink at the reception’s bar . The glass was very dirty and I have sent an note to Lausanne palace with pictures and they never replied to me at least acknowledging that they will take action on the hygiene part. I have decided to publish it here maybe they will take action