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“It is the Location, and the Location only!” 3 of 5 stars
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Hotel Major Davel
Cully, Bourg-en-Lavaux CH-1096, Switzerland   |  
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Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Cully
Northants UK
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“It is the Location, and the Location only!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2011

I stayed in Cully a couple of years back at a hotel 100 metres up the hill, Auberge du Raisin, whilst there the restaurant was shut and they recommended "The Major", and yes the food was good.

So on this trip as the Raisin was expensive and The Major was not so, I booked it. I can see why the difference in price!

Raisin is elegant and with superlative rooms, Major is OK, clean, but with Spartan rooms, no TV, no mini bar, no tea/coffee, not nothing except a toilet and very low pressure shower.

Food still good, but expensive, breakfast dreadful, except those who are on bread and jam only.

View across lake exceptional, will not use again.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Suffolk, England
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2010

We loved our one night here. Bernadette Messmer, the owner (with her husband) runs a traditional hotel which still had all the things you need (broadband, peace and quiet, good food, clean rooms, etc.). Location is a good as it can get. Service was very 'French' the nice end of abrupt you could say. All the locals came in to gossip over their morning coffee. Once of them was the policeman - watch out: you can park outside the hotel in the evening but hten you need to get sorted with a blue card thing first thing in the morning! We had a wonderful meal in the the glass dining room, simple fresh produce cooked finely without unnecessary fuss. We can't wait to go there again, but like all of Switzerland it was more expensive than Italy (where we were going) and Germany (where we had come from).

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 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 August 28, 2010

The Major Davel has an outstanding location in Cully, across a vast grassy area from the boat pier, in a low traffic area.
Most guests staying in one of its few rooms will undoubtedly taking advantage of the room and board option, including continental breakfast and a full course dinner in its excellent restaurant, one of the better ones in the area. This being a premier wine growing area, spending the night in the hotel after sampling some of the local wines is certainly a good idea!
The rooms themselves are basic but extremely clean, as they would be in a Swiss home. There is a shower stall, no bathtub, and as I recall no TV, in keeping with the simple philosophy.
Be warned that the closest parking spots are in blue zone, and that the local police is eager to ticket people who stay there over the alloted hour or two during working hours. There is no such limitation on street parking further from the boat pier.
I highly recommend taking a walk along the lake, possibly climbing up through the vineyards to Epesses. Great views!

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2008

We've stayed at the Major Davel twice. If you don't like old Europe you won't like this. A beautiful location, quiet,, charming, where people gather in the afternoons or evenings to have a coffee or glass of local wine. Mme Messmer was always nice to us, as was everyone there. No elevator, so we carried our bags up 2-3 flights of stairs (no was was available to help until 5 PM). The first room, with balcony, was too small, with a shower we could barely turn around it. The second, on the second floor, was much better, with a nicer bathroom tub. If this hotel were given a much needed updated decor (very seventies, really old looking) and made the amenities a little nicer (real shampoo, a little skincream) it would be quite a find.

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — old rooms, outmoded decor
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2006

I had the misfortune of visiting Au Major Davel. The food isn't really wonderful, and the hostess treats her employees horribly. You can just see it in their faces, it's quite sad. The view is great over looking Lake Geneva, though.

  • Stayed July 2004, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Atlanta, Georgia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2006

My brother was getting married and the civil ceremony was to take place in Cully. Not a lot of options for the family coming from oversees! It was either the Major Davel or Auberge du Raisin if we wanted to be right in town. The location was fantastic...I loved having a glass of wine in the evening outside next to the lake. And there's a great wine cave right around the corner. The staff was perfectly nice and helpful. Yes, there's not an elevator, but I count myself responsible for the 75 lb suitcase I chose to pack, so I can't really complain about that! But, the accomodations left a little to be desired for the price that was paid. But, that's Switzerland for you. Gorgeous country....expensive hotels! The du Raisin would have broken my checking account into bits, so...Major Davel it was! Not a bad stay, but would have had a much better review to give had it not been so pricey.

  • Stayed September 2005
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2006

I'm rating the Major Davel above average because the location directly on the shore of Lake Geneva is gorgeous. The hotel fronts on a large park, perfect for passing a summer evening taking in the view and people-watching. The hotel itself is very small, and the restaurant is their main business. The restaurant (one of only a few places to eat in Cully) was fine, but overpriced. The rooms are comfortable (and I didn't mind the lack of TV), but a little outdated. The woman who runs the hotel and restaurant was very helpful and friendly when we could find her -- however, the hotel has no main desk (you check in at a small desk in the cafe) and often we could not find anyone except a waiter to answer questions. Cully is a lovely little town, but very small and quiet -- to do laundry, buy groceries on a Sunday, etc., you have to go to Lausanne (20 minutes on the commuter train). I'd recommend this hotel if you're staying in Lausanne or Geneva and want a short getaway or want to bicycle in the vineyards, but it doesn't make a good base of operations for longer stays.

  • Stayed July 2005
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Cully, Bourg-en-Lavaux CH-1096, Switzerland
Location: Switzerland > Canton of Vaud > Bourg-en-Lavaux > Cully
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant
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Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Cully
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 13
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