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“Great little couple-run hotel”
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Hotel du Soleil
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Villeneuve
Geneva
Level 5 Contributor
65 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Great little couple-run hotel”
Reviewed June 24, 2013

This small and couple-run hotel is officially rated 2 stars but don't let that fool you. Judging by our very spacious room and bathroom with properly-sized shower stall, recent large sink, and perfect cleanliness and condition along with the mini bar and flat-screen TV, it is a great place to stay. Away from the main lakeside road (but only a few minutes' walk from Lake Léman), it is in a quiet location in the old town near a number of small shops and restaurants. The only negative has nothing to do with the hotel itself: the Villeneuve church bell rings on the hour during the night but it is a pleasant and fairly discreet ring and is most likely heard from the other Villeneuve hotels which are all nearby.
If you are attending the Montreux Jazz Festival, this is a great place to stay because of good public transport throughout the evening and night until 3 am.
The hotel serves breakfast but has no restaurant.

Room Tip: As with most hotels, the most quiet rooms are at the back.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Sussex
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Reviewed June 22, 2013

Sven and Coraline Muller own the building, but only run the hotel. The ground-floor restaurant is leased, I assume, to the Chinese people who run it.The Mullers welcomed us VERY warmly for our three-night stay and we had many delightful encounters with them. Although they run the hotel virtually without help, they always found time for a chat or a joke with us. They took the 'Soleil' over in 2000 and had to do a lot of modernisation. A hard-working couple, they deserve the success they are making of a modestly-sized hotel. They have developed the top floor as two self-catering studio apartments. The bedroom we had was of generous size, with a limited view of the mountains behind this lovely little town. The bathroom had no bath but an excellent shower. Bedroom and bathroom were spotlessly clean and comfortable. The buffet breakfast was of normal, (i.e. high) standard for this end of Switzerland, with the 'artisanal' ham deserving special mention. There is no lift, no air-con and only limited parking but despite these limitations we would highly recommend staying here. An added bonus is that staying here gives you the use of the 'Montreux Riviera Card' which entitles you to free bus, train and funicular transport between and above Villeneuve and Vevey plus half-fare concessions on the higher sections of the mountain railways and a steamer trip on the lake! Mr and Mrs Muller even helped us up and down the stairs with our luggage on arrival and departure, which says it all, really: they deserve encouragement, and we were sad to leave - but hope to stay there again before too long.

Room Tip: Our room looked out onto the rear of the building, but I think a room overlooking the street would b...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Vevey, Switzerland
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Reviewed June 8, 2013

I've stayed in a very large amount of hotels in my life and can honestly say the people who run this place are THE rudest people I've encountered in my travels this far. They are never at the lobby, the woman who cleans the rooms doesn't even greet you good morning and more over speaks rudely and disrespectfully every single time. At the end of my stay I forgot items at the room and called to see if I could pick them up and she yelled on the phone to me and told me she didn't have time to work.

Highly suggest avoiding this place

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
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Rapallo, Italy
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Reviewed February 3, 2013

We picked this hotel after reading the reviews and we are quite pleased to have chosen it. The rooms are basic and easily forgotten, but they are clean. That, plus the nice location and the services make Hotel du Soleil a hotel to recommend. The hotel is well served by buses and trains, so you can easily move around. It's also at a walking distance from the Natural Reserve of Grangettes and the Chillon castle. Upon check-in we also got a Riviera card, giving us free transportation in the area (with the possibility of hopping aboard the Golden Pass panoramic train, till Les Avants) and museums at half price. Overall, a very good deal!

The only drawback: the shutter of the window in my room seemed to be stuck. Not a major problem, since I slept well and didn't wake up because of the light entering the room.

Breakfast is basic but good, wifi works perfectly.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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South of England
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250 reviews
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Reviewed January 27, 2013 via mobile

I had excellent attention as one of the small number of guests staying on a Winter weekend. The room was warm and spacious, the bed comfortable and the breakfast of very good quality. The hotel is on a very traditional high street.

You get a handy public transport card that works all the way to Vevey, and a little way into the hills.

The restaurant on the front is basically Chinese (although I had Perch from the Lake, which was good). It was not very busy, even on a Saturday night, but I decided it was too cold to go looking for somewhere with a warmer atmosphere.

  • Stayed January 2013
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Minneapolis
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89 reviews
78 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed January 2, 2013

We absolutely love the 11 kilometers of flowers walk along Lake Geneva and selected this hotel for our sixth visit to Montreux (Villeneuve) and walk this past September. The hotel is the best deal in town even if it isn't in Montreux; Villeneuve is a sweet village in its own right. Hotel du Soleil is not far from the Chateau of Chillon and just a few blocks from Lake Geneva. Our room was lovely, large, newly refurbished. The host, helpful and welcoming, kindly loaned us his ipad and allowed us to leave our luggage a few hours after we checked out. We used the Montreux Riviera Card he gave us to take the free bus (in front of train station) to the stop at Gambetta in Montreux. We then walked along Lake Geneva back to the hotel and picked up our luggage. The flowers were never more beautiful, the walk lush as usual. The breakfast was delicious. The location perfect for our walk.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Worcester
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed October 20, 2012

Have stayed here a few times now and it is well placed for the Lake Geneva and Rhone Valley areas. Close to the rail, bus, trolley bus and lake boat facilities and in the well placed in centre of this delightful town. A good quality breakfast and a warm welcome always. Will use again. The bonus is the Vaud Travel Card issued to you for the period of your stay. Now that is service!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
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Property: Hotel du Soleil
Address: Grand-Rue 20, Villeneuve 1844, Switzerland
Location: Switzerland > Canton of Vaud > Villeneuve
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Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Villeneuve
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Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel du Soleil 2*
Number of rooms: 11
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