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 799 Reviews
Fantastic place
Reviewed 1 week ago

By far the best hotel in Lausanne. This hotel is a gem by itself and even more if compared to other supposedly five stars hotels of the city. Staff, rooms and SPA really exceeded our expectations. We have lived for 8 years in Qatar and we have been accustomed to very high standards of service. This hotel resembles very much that standards. In particular everyone has been extremely helpful and kind with our 6 years old daughter.

Convenient hotel
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I stayed at the Lausanne palace for a gathering with friends in town. It is convenient as it is very central. My room facing the lake was nice, the service overall good. I was a bit disappointed to receive an email a few days before my stay to indicate that the swimming pool was out of use ( I actually do like swimming and for me it was a major disappointment. But I only have soft apologizes). The breakfast was good but the choice rather limited. I would recommend it for a short stay or business purpose

Definitely a Leading Hotel of the World
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had the pleasure of staying twice at Lausanne Palace recently. It is very much a Leading Hotel of the World. From the moment you arrive tired and exhausted from a tedious journey, you have a great welcome from their most excellent doorman and concierge ( Vincent and Matt ) who whisk away your suitcases and facilitate a fast check in. Guillaume at Reception was also very helpful and even obliged us with a late check out which was hugely appreciated.
We were upgraded to a very comfortable Lake View Room. They have a generous mini bar which is restocked on a daily basis. A welcome small bottle of local Swiss red wine with some delicious cheese sables was offered on both our stays and a nice touch.
The bathroom and amenities are excellent. They curiously use Pehaligons which are a British product.
Lausanne Palace is a historic hotel but the facilities do not look aged.
If you are a Spa and Fitness aficionado – then look no further. They have an extremely well appointed gym with a personal trainer ( this can be booked at an extra cost) a larger proper swimming pool, Jacuzzi, steam and sauna rooms which are separate for men and women. Top tip if you want a really fantastic massage then book Oma for 75minutes. He is an Indian from Kerala and has magic hands.
If you are wanting to stay in the centre of Lausanne in a truly comfortable hotel with superb Spa and Gym facilities. Look no further. Lausanne Palace will be ideal.

A delectable Palace experience in the heart of Lausanne
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had the most extraordinary stay at Lausanne Palace for a couple of days.
The room was well designed, overlooking the Leman Lake & Alps mountains. The room's cosiness, comfort and the amazing lake view from our terrace room made it difficult for us to leave it. When we did venture out of the hotel, it was just so fantastic to be directly in the heart of Lausanne city centre, all the city´s amenities were very accessible and within easy walking distance.
Saturday morning is market day in Lausanne and an absolute a must see; just 2 minutes away from the hotel lies a feast for the eyes and the senses, local fresh products, beautiful flowers and much more.

During our stay, we also had the opportunity to experience the bar (Club Sandwich a must!) & a delicious seafood plate with oysters at the Brasserie. Don’t forget to book your table ahead as on the Friday night, all restaurants were fully booked the weekend of our stay!

Buffet breakfast is, as you may expect for such location, a wonderful experience with wide and varied choice suitable for all palets.

We enjoyed very relaxing times at the SPA. The pool in a fabulous size for a city hotel, jacuzzi always appreciated & chill out area very cosy & comfortable!

The hotel staff were very professional, dedicated and very attentive, which was especially nice for us as our very young daughter was with us.

To summarise, we had a wonderful time there and can definitely recommend, without hesitation, the Lausanne Palace for your up-coming stay in Lausanne.

Wonderful City Stay
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We recently spent a couple of nights at this hotel and had a most enjoyable time. An amazing room with lake view. The hotel is well run and offers high quality accommodation and facilities. Definitely recommended and a place to revisit .