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Hotel AlaGare
Ranked #28 of 46 Hotels in Lausanne
Reviewed December 17, 2012

My friend and I stayed here recently for one night and have no complaints whatsoever. The staff was nice enough, the rooms were fine, and the location to the train station couldn't be beat. It is literally out of the window. I read some of the comments about train noise in the summer time, but we didn't notice as it was December and we had the windows closed. Rooms were European style cozy and clean. There was a TV and tea/coffee service in the rooms. Breakfast was not included in the hotel price, but could have been purchased for something like 20 Euro. I forget the exact price. My friend and I did not opt for the breakfast add-on. This is the first hotel I have stayed at in Europe recently that did not have breakfast included. A super perk of this hotel though was that they gave us a free transit card good for unlimited travel around Lausanne. They marked it for us for the day we arrived and the day we left, so we got good use of it.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 6, 2012

i stayed for one night in August, on a crisp cool night.

The proximity to the train station made it so easy to drop off my bags and go see the town. I loved having coffee/tea services in the room. I shared a bathroom on the floor, and it was always clean and empty. Having a sink in the room was very much appreciated.

There wasn't a lot of room to move around, but I was one person, so it didn't matter so much.
My window opened up right to the train tracks. I heard the trains at night, but it was not so bad. The location and coffee services made up for any noise!

I also booked an amazing deal off of Booking.com. Check there for possible discounts!

Room Tip: The upper floors are better, since the windows open up onto the train tracks.
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed August 7, 2012

The location is great - close to the metro station, and they provide a free travel card for all the bus and metro area.
The room was not big (rather small, European stile), but sufficient, and since it was not facing the railway, it was quiet enough at night for us to have a decent sleep.
Breakfast - the room and its furniture was great, and so was the food.
The staff were polite and helpful.

Room Tip: choose a room facing the road, not the railway station!
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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 26, 2012

We stayed for one night at the hotel AlaGare during our vacation in France and Switzerland. The hotel is close to the Lausanne trainstation with train and bus connections throughout Switzerland and France, a 45 minutes trainride takes you to Geneva, 20 minutes to Montreux and a 25 minutes ferryride cross the Lake Geneva or Lac Leman as the locals call it, takes you to the nice towns Evian and Thonnon in France - where prices are quite low compared to Switzerlandand, but the ferryride across the lake is quite expensive. The hotel AlaGare provides you with a free ride card for local busses and Metro, so it is quite easy and cheap to get around in Lausanne.
When we arrived to the hotel the lady at the front desk was busy doing something else rather than checking us in, so we had to wait for ten minutes as the only people waiting to get checked in, and have our room. We have never experienced that before! Despite that, she was quite nice when she finally checked us in, and the room and the beds was quite allright and so was the bathroom. We were not bothered by noice from the railway or the street down below, so all in all a good value for the money - especially when you are in Switzerland where they only have to kind of prices, expensive and very expensive.
If you are in Lausanne to visit the Olympic Museum please be aware of, that the museum is closed due to renovation untill the end of 2013. There is a small exhibition on one of the old steamers on the lake right next to the museum - but it is only a small exhibition.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 13, 2012

air conditioning not working, only a fan in the room, desk clerk claimed hotel fully booked, did nothing or even apologise.
big bed takes up most of room, no place to put suitcase without stepping over it.
desk understaffed, just one clerk, who sighs every time I asked a question.
only positive was breakfast, which was good and restaurant staff at breakfast did a good job.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed July 9, 2012

Would be a nice hotel but terribly understaffed. One desk clerk while tour group checking in, had to wait behind them. Rooms not ready by checkin time, had to wait in lobby. NO Air conditioning in room, tho hotel advertised as having it. The then said only some rooms have it. Long wait for elevators, breakfast nice but no place to sit if you go when a tour group is there. Room was tiny, no place to put suitcase and still be able to walk around the bed

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed July 7, 2012

This hotel is close to the railway station and the Metro, so provides easy access to the rest of the city and the old town, which is some distance away. The hotel provides a free transport pass. There is a good buffet breakfast upstairs in a quaint and nicely decorated loft. The room and bed was comfortable, although the bathroom was a little pokey. Tea and coffee making facilities were available, but no fridge. There was some street noise from garbage collectors at about 5 in the morning. Apart from the breakfast lady and the cleaning staff, the reception staff were distant and aloof, but businesslike. Although we didn't eat locally, there were numerous eating places nearby. It is certainly a place I would consider again, although it is a little pricey, but I guess most accommodation in Switzerland is.

Room Tip: Maybe the rooms at the back are quieter, although they are near the station.
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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled on business
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Thank Dennis B
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Address: rue du Simplon 14, Lausanne 1006, Switzerland
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Location: Switzerland > Canton of Vaud > Lausanne
Amenities:
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #28 of 46 Hotels in Lausanne
Price Range: $103 - $154 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel AlaGare 3*
Number of rooms: 49
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located near the train station, in the heart of Lausanne, Hotel AlaGare has recently been renovated to welcome guests in a convivial and comfortable environment. Inspired by the legendary trains of old, the interior decoration creates a unique atmosphere reminiscent of times past ; take this opportunity to admire the miniature electric railway installed in the breakfast room, and activate the Crocodile locomotive and its Rheingold wagons by pressing the red button ! ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
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