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Beautiful almost to the point of fairytale, Lausanne is a small city with a lot going on. It’s the regional capital, home to Switzerland’s highest court, the International Olympic Committee, two universities, a well thought of design school and numerous multinationals. There’s also an extremely rich arts scene, and impressive and very varied collection of museums and some seriously beautiful architecture. Plus it’s the gateway to the ski fields. And it’s right on beautiful Lake Geneva. The best places to stay in Lausanne take advantage of the location and the rich life on offer.
The lake and it’s shore are certainly one of the things to ‘do’ in Lausanne. Once its own village, Ouchy has been swallowed up by the city, but is still a beautiful place for a stroll. You can also swim, sail etc..
And of course you’ll want to explore the medieval centre of town, Ville Marché for its wonderful markets, and Cité on the hill, around the impressive Gothic cathedral, the castle and a collection of museums. The Olympics Museum is definitely worth a look, it's very good, but it’s also very niche. And the Palais de Rumie is also worth visiting, it’s a beautiful building, and home to five museums. Make a trip to the Foundation de l’Hermitage for the views alone, and the Collection de l’Art Brut will amaze and possibly baffle.
If you’re looking for the hippest bars and restaurants in town try the Flon district; once just derelict warehouses, there’s now a lively arts scene, numerous galleries and theatre venues and plenty of restaurants and bars.
East from Lausanne is the wine growing region of Lavaux, and the Swiss Riviera. To the west, all the way to Geneva, is La Côte, a popular area for English expats.
Our pick of the best places to stay in Lausanne should satisfy those who appreciate both luxury and food.....and those who want to indulge in a spot of pampering!
- The Beau Rivage Palace is a wonderfully grand hotel which is proud of its luxury and hospitality. Set within ten acres of private gardens, it has wonderful views over Geneva and the Alps. There are 161 rooms and suites, plus a fantastic choice of restaurants (including one with two Michelin stars) and an award-winning, spoiling spa.
For a lakeside chateau
- Chateau d'Ouchy occupies a superb lakeside position and with this comes gorgeous views over the water to the alps. Rooms are classic contemporary in style, there's an outdoor pool, spa and a restaurant offering seasonal dishes from locally sourced ingredients.
For a Grand Dame in the centre of town
- The Lausanne Palace will tick all the right boxes! A grand exterior houses luxurious bedrooms and suites, a pampering Spa (with specialist AVEDA hair spa), and Michelin starred dining. An opulent stay in the centre of town.
Best Hotels in Lausanne
Lausanne Palace 138 rooms from $336Lausanne
Full of opulence and heritage, Lausanne Palace is a sparkling five-star hotel. No expense is spared with its palatial rooms, state-of-the-art spa centre and four featured restaurants. A wondrous Swiss marvel.Romantic Break - An ideal getaway for two in the historic down of Lausanne, with fine dining, spa treatments and luxorious suites.Sights nearby - Visit the incredible Lavaux Vineyard Terraces, now a UNESCO World Heritage site.Sailing - Lake Geneva is a great place for sailing, rent a boat or charter your own.Lively - Hip and happening.
Chateau d'Ouchy 50 rooms from $354Lausanne (Place du Port)
A historic 12th century castle, turned chic hotel on Lake Geneva. The elegant rooms exude understated luxury, and a certain tranquil charm. Large windows offer plenty of natural light, and views of the Alps. The spa, outdoor pool, gourmet restaurant and sleek bar complete the picture.Total relaxation - Unwind in style with an extensive list of massages, a sauna and a full service spa available to guests.Back to Nature - Well positioned on the shores of Lake Geneva and with priviledged views of the Alps.Sights nearby - The Lausanne Opera, the Vidy - Lausanne Theatre are both near the hotel.Swimming Pool - An outdoor pool for guestsRecommended by - Small Luxury Hotels
Hotel Angleterre & Residence 75 rooms from $401Lausanne
A stunning lakeside property set in pretty gardens and boasting gorgeous views. The individually styled rooms boast sash windows, chintz fabrics and parquet flooring. Enjoy the spoiling wellness centre and fine-dining Italian restaurant, with lovely terrace. An indulgent escape.Families - Family friendly with special rates for children's rooms, babysitting services and a kids menu in the restaurant.Total relaxation - A tranquil spot to escape from it all, sat between the beautiful Lake Geneva and the mountains.Swimming Pool - Outdoor pool.Views - Great views from hotelRecommended by - Tablet
Beau Rivage Palace 161 rooms from $454Lausanne
Superb hotel offering an oasis of grandeur, hospitality and unashamed luxury. Acres of private gardens and unrivalled views over Lake Geneva and the Alps. Award-winning spa, fantastic restaurants, tennis courts, and opulent rooms.City Style - A traditional grand palace hotel on Lake Geneva, sitting in 10 acres of stunning grounds.Views - Fantastic views over the lake and the Alps.Spa breaks - Renowned and utterly spoiling spaSailing - Take a boat trip on Lake GenevaRecommended by - Tablet