We just returned from a four-night stay at the Angleterre, which was recommended by friends over a conference hotel nearby (and which turned out to be dreadful according to those who opted for it). There is much to like about the Angleterre. If you are lucky enough to get a room overlooking the lake, well, it's breathtaking. It is in a lovely part of Lausanne (a city that isn't nearly as pretty as its surroundings might suggest), the desk staff is courteous and most speak English at least passably. There is ample underground parking right near the entrance (though at a fairly high cost of 25 Swiss Francs a night; five free spaces are available in front, but are nearly always full).There are niggling things. The rooms aren't large -- I'm stymied by those who say otherwise -- and our "junior suite" was about the size of a standard American hotel room, if not smaller. Even the 'updated' things, like the bathrooms, seemed a little long in the tooth and not very imaginatively designed, even if everything worked well (e.g., there was a preposterously long counter... with ONE sink, and everything was monochrome white tiled). Most strange of all was the total absence of a bell staff, even though we had a longish walk over cobblestone streets and up about three flights of stone stairs just to get to the rooms. And, although this is really minor, the elevators had THE STUPIDEST DESIGN EVER (you chose the floor you wanted beforehand, but could not change it upon entering; if you want to go from one floor to another, you have to go to the lobby level, then re-ascend). More seriously, the breakfast buffet was expensive and sub-par, but, then again, nearly all the food in Lausanne was that way (we paid over $50 for fish and chips in a nearby bistro; yes, you read that right).
Quick look-sees at other hotels in the area indicate that the Angleterre is actually about as good as it gets. When you consider that Swiss prices are stratospheric in general, the merely sky-high prices at the Angleterre seem almost like a bargain. Go for the setting and the relative amenities. You'll probably be less happy anywhere else in the area.
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- Also Known As:
- Angleterre And Residence Hotel
- Angleterre Residence Hotel
- Angleterre Residence Lausanne