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Beau-Rivage Palace
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Place du Port 17-19, Lausanne 1000, Switzerland   |  
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Ranked #1 of 40 Hotels in Lausanne
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“classy”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2007

Beautiful building with a real sense of grandeur and luxury. Lovely room with a massive bathroom & nice extras such as robes and Bulgari toiletries. Fantastic setting looking onto the lake with the mountains in the background. Staff attentive if a little dour. Delicious food.

Overall, if you are going to spend big on a hotel then this is what it should be like.

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — lack of irons on property
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Denver
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72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2007

Beautiful property with large lounges and great gardens to relax in.
Rooms are clean, spacious and have fantastic views over the lake. A little updating needed but nothing that spoils the stay.
Food was good, although a little similar in style across the different restaurants/bars.
Excellent service, fast and efficient and many of the staff spoke good english!
Fantastic location for walks along the lake and down to the port, but not so good for city centre shopping! Easy parking.
All round a definate yes - but it is quite expensive...

  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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North
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2007

Myself and my new husband held our wedding at the Beau Rivage Palace in February and we could not have asked for a more perfect setting. The hotel is beautiful, the view from the rooms at the front of the hotel is spectacular and the surroundings and gardens were perfect. We were lucky enough to have one of the superior rooms for our wedding night which was very luxurious but we also had guests staying in the comfort rooms which were beautiful too. The staff are extremely helpful and couldn't do enough for us whilst we were there. The breakfast buffet in the morning was extensive, with everything from tasty croissants and pastries to omlettes and eggs benedict. I would definitely stay in this hotel again - very pricy but in my eyes well worth the money if you can stretch to it. I can't say enough about this hotel, we loved evey minute of being there and we hope to be back again for our anniversary in Feb 2008

  • Liked — The luxury
  • Disliked — Nothing!
  • Stayed February 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2007

We were staying at the Four Seasons in Geneva for 4 nights in June 2007. On our second day we asked the conceirge if there was a pleasant city along Lake Geneva to visit and stay an evening that was easily accessable by train. The concierge at the Four Seasons Geneva directed us to Lausanne and recommended the Beau Rivage Hotel for an evening. She made us promise that we would not tell her management she booked a room for us there. The Four Seasons Geneva is no shabby place, but when the concierge told me the Beau Rivage just received the "Best Hotel in Switzerland Award 2007" upon arrival we saw why. This luxe-palace is over the top luxurious and having travelled both on business and pleasure to several places in Switzerland, this place hands-down is the winner!
An amazing interior with impeccable decor details, frescos, and antique tapestries that rivals the awe-inspring exterior building and gardens. The Beau Rivage is the first hotel I have seen in Switzerland that is worthy of the "Leading Hotels of the World" franchise. Forbes and Conde Nast were not off the mark in their several reviews, which I only read after returning from this trip.

Beautiful views from top floor suite of Lake Geneva and the mountains. Our suite was tastefully decorated and every convenience was thought of. Staff were especially friendly and helpful. We had a reserved table at the outdoor cafe restuarant and the food was very well presented and the menu very eclectic but delightful. The server could not have been more friendlier! Pool area and spa fantastic.

The view from this hotel was fantastic, and the Ouchy section of Lausanne was beautiful. Much better scenery and surroundings than staying on Lake Lucern another hour north. This place is worthy of a much longer stay than 1 night, and Lausanne while much more of a business city vs a tourism city, is as spectacular as Lucerne.. We will definitely return. This place is truly special, and it must be if a Four Seasons concierge recommended it !

Consider this place, it is beautiful, historic, well maintained, and very friendly. Please don't have a moan about prices here. You get what you pay for and believe me the experience you receive will be unforgetable!

  • Liked — too many to list
  • Disliked — leaving
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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West Wales
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2007

Just superb in every way - not inexpensive, but cannot be faulted! Great for that special occasion if you cannot afford to go there on a regular basis!

  • Liked — Everything!
  • Disliked — Nothing!
  • Stayed May 2006, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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55 hotel reviews
Reviews in 45 cities Reviews in 45 cities
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2007

We stayed at the Beau-Rivage in June for 4 nights and had a fantastic time. The hotel is in a great location and truly is a leading hotel of the world - certainly earning it's reputation.

The pool area and spa is excellent and it's well worth checking out one (or more!) of the many spa experiences.

Staff were very friendly and nothing was too much trouble.

It was my birthday whilst we were away and the management kindly treated us to a complimentary bottle of champagne, fruit and chocolates. A very nice touch.

Overall we couldn't fault the hotel or the staff. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed June 2007, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Denmark
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4 hotel reviews
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2007

Don't cheat yourself if you're staying at the Beau-Rivage. Pay for a room with lakeside view, preferably in the (newer) Palace wing.

The Beau-Rivage is truly one of the great hotels in Switzerland. The hotel itself is stunning, as is the location, and the staff outstanding. Some rooms, however, are on the small side.

One of the great assets is the new Spa, with indoor/outdoor pool, Sauna, Turkish Bath, and more treatments than you think existed, all executed in a great Japanese-inspired oasis of tranquility and relaxation.

The hotel also has a number of restaurants, with La Rotonde as the flagship, boasting one Michelin star. However, even though the food and service was great, and the Maitre 'd charming and efficient, service broke down after the main course, and I really wouldn't rate it a Michelin-star restaurant, but a very good hotel restaurant.

Overall, a great hotel. And if you have kids, they'll love the pools.

  • Liked — A great example of a Swiss five-star hotel
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Additional Information about Beau-Rivage Palace

Address: Place du Port 17-19, Lausanne 1000, Switzerland
Location: Switzerland > Canton of Vaud > Lausanne
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Lausanne
#1 Family Hotel in Lausanne
#1 Luxury Hotel in Lausanne
#1 Business Hotel in Lausanne
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Beau-Rivage Palace 5*
Number of rooms: 168
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