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“Like you're staying in a former prison” 1 of 5 stars
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Lausanne Youth Hostel
2.0 of 5 Hostel   |   Chemin du Bois-de-Vaux 36 | 1007 Lausanne-Vidy, Lausanne 1007, Switzerland   |  
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“Like you're staying in a former prison”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2010

This place has the charm of a prison, and beds to match. Our room had not been cleaned from the prior guests and there was rotting food in the closets. It has a serious institutional vibe with metal frame beds and concrete floors, walls, ceiling. We have stayed in many other hostels and this one was by far the worst. Long way from train station, but close to the lake. Lots of students here--that's ok, but expect a bit of noise in the evening.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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    3 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2010

I think if you are travelling with someone it's best to avoid hostels - it's simply cheaper to stay in a hotel. This place was very clean, cool, and crowded - a busy international crowd. the dorms are not co-ed, so my gf suffered through sleeping with a bunch of loud party girls, I slept like a champ. don't linger too long on the lake, head south to Lugano, or Como, simply gorgeous spots in south Switzerland, and Northern Italy.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2009

I stayed at Lausanne Youth Hostel for two weeks, while attending a conference at a local university. The university granted my colleagues and me a discounted rate of 30 Swiss Francs per night, which was an excellent deal compared to hotel options in Lausanne. The accommodations were unbeatable for the price.

The hostel rooms that I saw consisted of three single beds or two single beds and one bunk bed. Rooms were either male or female. There were also options to have private single or double rooms, but these rooms cost more per night. Some of the rooms had windows without screens, and it was very warm and humid during our stay...We would leave our window open through the night, but mosquitoes would come in and bite us, leaving us itchy in the morning!

Bathrooms were also male or female, and the female bathrooms consisted of two bathroom stalls, two shower stalls, and one long sink with three faucets. Bathrooms were generally clean, which many of us appreciated. Be sure to bring your own towel to bathe with, but if you forget, towels can be rented at the front desk for 2 Swiss Francs.

The buffet breakfast, served every morning from approximately 7:00am to 10:00am included bread, jam, corn flakes, oatmeal, cold milk, yogurt, ham, cheese, orange juice and coffee. I believe that the cafeteria also served lunch and dinner daily, but this is not included. Dinner was usually 16.50 Swiss Francs.

The common area of the hostel provided guests with a pool table (not sure how much this was), a vending machine with sandwiches (about 6 Swiss Francs) and snacks, ice cream (3 Swiss Francs), and a bar with alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. There were also two pay phones and two computers with internet access (1 Swiss Franc for 10 minutes). In addition, there were laundry facilities on site. You could rent a laundry room with a washer and dryer for a half day for 7 Swiss Francs.

As a side note, if you are traveling on a budget, there is a gas station down the street from hostel, where you can purchase snacks (pretzels and chips), as well as bread, pre-packaged deli meat, fruit, drinks, sandwiches, salads, and yogurt. The gas station also sells "Flash" calling cards, which are printed out on a receipt. The calling card for 20 Swiss Francs gave me 300 minutes to call the USA. Additionally, there are several grocery stores along the bus and metro lines (Migros and Co-Op) where you can purchase food and snacks.

There was a diverse crowd staying at the youth hostel over the two weeks that I was there. The guests included college students, parents with children, older backpackers, and younger teenagers attending some sort of youth camp. In general, the hostel was quiet at night, and we were able to rest and sleep soundly. However, some of the larger groups, particularly the youth camp, were loud in the evenings.

All hostel guests were provided with pass that allows for unlimited free access to the bus and metro for the duration of one's stay. This was great, as the bus and metro system was convenient and the free pass encouraged us to get out and explore the city. If you are planning to stay out late, especially at a club or bar, be mindful of when the public transportation stops running, or runs less frequently. I believe a "pajama" bus ran past midnight on weekends, but only every 2 hours or so, depending on your destination.

Lausanne is a great little city. It will help A LOT if you speak French. I would encourage visitors to take a boat cruise on Lake Geneva (from metro stop: Ouchy), enjoy an ice cream sundae at Movenpick (also at metro stop: Ouchy), and if you are there in the summer, find out where local festivals are being held.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2008

Our institute offered a a subsidized trip to Switzerland, involving Lectures, Seminars and local sightseeing at the end of our MBA. Lausanne Youth hostel was where we based ourselves as we travelled up and down in that beautiful country. The hostel was conveniently located about 5 minutes bus ride from the city center (Ouchy) and about 15 minutes from Lausanne Railway station.

Having never seen student hostel life, it was a unique experience for many of us. There were seperate rooms for boys and girls. Most rooms had 3 or 4 Bunk Beds. Bathrooms were located outside the rooms, common for all residents. Taking baths in shower stalls while chatting and throwing soap and shampoo bottles to our friends in adjoining stalls still brings smile to my face. Buffet breakfast was a simple affair, nothing fancy. Juice, Milk, Cereal, Toasted bread and Eggs.

The hostel was always full of backpackers and people seeking overnight budget accomodation. The regulars gave us great tips about which sights to see and places where we can get cheap beer ! Lausanne is a beautiful city. The lake front at Ouchy is where we spent most of our evenings. Also, 20 minutes away is Nyon, the prettiest cobblestoned village you will ever see.

Lausanne tends to miss out amongst big Swiss cities like Geneva, Zurich and Bern. However, it is no less worthy of a stopover. The Olympic Museum is also located here.

  • Stayed July 2009
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2006

I am a Swiss resident so maybe my opinion is based on the consistent quality that you find here, but we were disappointed with this hostel.
I was travelling with my boys by bike and had stayed several nights at other official Swiss Youth hostels on the way. All were better and cheaper than the this one.
As an example, for just Sfr 10 more ($7) than the nights lodgings for the 3 of us in Lausanne, we stayed in Fiesch with half-board and free access to the swimming pool! Quite a difference.
Local motels (in Crissier) also offer prices for Friday and Saturday night stays that are lower than at this hostel, and you get a shower in your room and non-bunk beds.

  • Stayed April 2006
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Victoria, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2005

This was my second stay at Hotel Jeunotel. I originally came back because I knew the cost was as cheap as you could find in Switzerland and I felt safe staying there. The staff was extremely helpful, nice and spoke at least 4 languages which is especially nice.

We stayed here during the month of August during the large Volley Ball Tournament which goes on annually just a kilometer or so away from the hotel. The hotel was fully booked but it never was crowded for us.

The first misconception about this hotel is that it is a hotel. It is first a hostel, with about 60 other hotel rooms for people to stay. Taking into account that it is a hostel, the accomodation is quite nice. It still has the feeling of a hotel, but more of a 2 star hotel with the extreme basics.

The second misconception is that the hotel is near Ouchy. It is actually about 5 bus stops away in the near by location of Vidy at bus stop #2 Bois De Vaux. The bus ride is about 5 minutes and not complicated at all. It takes a simple 2 minutes to arrive at the hotel. Just make sure you grab a day bus pass for 7CHF.

Yes the hotel has cement walls and floors. The shower is just a shower next to the toilet but the room is quite large and even includes a refrigerator. If you assume you are touring the area, it is perfect for sleep, breakfast and leaving. There is only a small basic television but lots of room for your belongnings.

Breakfast is basic but what you get at any other hotel. This is a basic hotel breakfast and not much different than what you would find at other more costly hotels. Basics include baggette, ham, yogurt, butter, jam, orange juice, coffee, or espresso, and milk.

If you are looking for a more luxurious place to stay, this hotel is not for you. If you are on a budget and want to feel warm and welcome, this hotel will suit you just fine. The beds are comfortable and the sheets are very nice.

We were very happy with our stay here this time and found it to be a great price for Swiss standards. Feel free to lock up your bike as there is plenty of room for that here. Internet is available as well as food, drinks and a pool table if you choose.

If you are coming by car, you will find about 20 parking spaces available for your convenience. This is very nice since if you were staying in town, you would have to pay for such a parking spot. There was a guard as well. I'm not sure if they are there at all times, but it was nice to see people were watching out around the hotel grounds.

  • Stayed August 2005
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2005

We stayed at the Jeunotel In June 2004 for 6 days. The rooms contain very basic facilities: the floors are concrete; the small bathroom contains a toilet, basin and shower; there is a small room containing a fridge, sink and shelf; there is a low built in shelf behind the beds. The room is quite spacious in comparison to other hotel rooms so we had no problems storing our suitcases. However, there was no heating and I found the rooms to be cold. The main problem was that there were school groups staying there at the same time so it was quite noisy. Given the place is a hostel, it is likely to have school groups staying there. The breakfast offered consists of cornflakes and another type of cereal, toast, jam, ham and cheese, tea, coffee and juice.

There are only 2 English channels on the television: MTV and the news.

The internet facilities offered were expensive, so I didn't use them

There are laundry facilities available (you need to ask for the key at the front desk).

You need to catch a bus to get there from the heart of Lausanne, which means the travel costs can add up. I can't remember the cost but you do have to pay with each trip. The hotel is a 5 to 10 minute walk from the main road, where the buses stop.

The Olympic Museum is close by. We didn't visit it but we did visit the caravan park that was next to it. There is a small deli/shop selling basic food staples. There is also a cafe serving food and drinks. It has outdoor seating by the lake and you can see the french mountains on the other side of the lake.

Next time I would stay in a place more centrally located - it might cost more but you save on time (and the small cost) with transport and the facilities might be better.

Stayed June 2004
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Address: Chemin du Bois-de-Vaux 36 | 1007 Lausanne-Vidy, Lausanne 1007, Switzerland
Location: Switzerland > Canton of Vaud > Lausanne
Free Breakfast Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 4 Specialty Lodging in Lausanne
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Hotel Class:2 star — Lausanne Youth Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 115
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The city of Lausanne stands on a hill and has steep, narrow streets, so strong muscles are required, particularly for the uphill climb to the cathedral, the most important Gothic monument in Switzerland. Window-shop in the bric-a-brac and antique shops or take a breather in one of the numerous bistros and bars, or along the lovely promenade of the former fishing village of Ouchy, in the Musee de la Photographie, which is worth a visit, or at the Swiss Cinematheque (with its picture archive of famous Europeans) or Olympic Museum (the only one in the world). ... more   less 
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