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“Nice Place”
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Hotel AlaGare
Ranked #33 of 46 Hotels in Lausanne
Pisa, Italy
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“Nice Place”
Reviewed January 13, 2014

The hotel room was nice at a very good price. The bed was very comfortable; I had a very good sleeping! .... and being within easy walking distance of both the tram line & the train station the hotel seemed to be quite good.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled on business
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Chalon-sur-Saone, France
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed January 3, 2014

Stayed here for two nights over the holiday season. The hotel room was surprisingly nice for its price point (in Switzerland), and the room appeared to have been remodeled within the last few years. Unfortunately, the window overlooked the seedy back-ally and faced the train station, so there was some noise and we kept the shades drawn throughout our stay. Another issue was that there was no deadbolt in the door, and thus no way to lock the door from the inside that could not be unlocked from the outside. There was a tea and coffee station in the room that we made use of. We avoided breakfast though as we found it was cheaper to go across the street to a local cafe for coffee and croissants. For parking, we were told it was best to go to the train station parking garage and that there would be a discount if we stayed long enough. However, some staff members seemed to be misinformed as to how the parking discount works -- we figured it out, but not until talking to a different staff member at a later time and then going to the office at the parking garage. Being within easy walking distance of two stops on the main tram line, the location of the hotel seemed to be quite good.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
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4 reviews
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Reviewed October 18, 2013

Three star is definitely overestimating the quality of this hotel. My colleague booked a two (separated) beds room and they placed us just under the rooftop facing directly the main train station in Lausanne. The distance between the rail tracks and our window was less than 20 meters, and the sound isolation was just absent.
Incredibly small room for two persons, low cieling, small beds, very poor quality of the furniture, and the sink just in front of the beds! Dirty moquette on the floor and a common shower room just on the other side of the wall with visible humidity permeation. Of course we were awake at the first shower in the morning.
We cancelled our booking right away and moved to another great hotel just on the other side of the train station for few francs more.
Terrible!

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
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Expensive, noisy (located just under the railway station) and the welcome is terrible. No check in before 2 pm, no smile, no help, no breakfast before 6:30 (even close to a train station). Cheap furniture and decoration. Really disappointing. Shame on those people who think that costumers will alwas come anyway... so we don't care.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed September 7, 2013

Small hostel with renovated rooms. Sold as traditional in Switzerland, but there is nothing charming to it, just a decent place with the basics to spend the night. Poor service (the canceled my reservation by their own mistake and didn't even apologize!, also they forgot to mention that I had a card for free public transportation and did not give it to me until the second day). Rooms are very basic but clean (scarce toilet paper!, you may want to bring your own :)). Individuals rooms are quite small and only a courtain separates the bedroom from the bathroom. Breakfast is served in the nicest room of the hostel and is good to the European standards. Location is good because is quite close to metro and train station (people who are sensitive to noise may hear the trains in early morning from the room). Definitely, it it is a way overpriced hostel that in other European countries (ex. Spain) would be a two starts (and hence cheaper) instead of three.

  • Stayed September 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed September 5, 2013

This is the WORST HOTEL i stayed in my life ever. Irresponsible staffs and poor service. We were so disappointed for the service provided and not worth for the money we paid. Luckily we stayed just one night. At least the room were average to stay not so poor.

I DON'T KNOW HOW ITS EVEN RUNNING AS A HOTEL IN THE POPULAR TOUR PLACE.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed August 28, 2013

This hotel, as the name suggests, is right near the station. We were a group of three people so we stayed on the top floor in a triple room. It was very nice, the room was bog enough, and it had a small fridge with tea and coffee making facilities, which is very rare when travelling in Europe.
Although it is right beside the station and you can hear the trains we weren't disturbed when we closed the windows (we could do this because the room had fans that provided more than enough airflow).
The staff were very friendly and helpful! It's always nice to be greeted with a smile, in English, after a long day of travelling.
We would definitely come back here if we were in the area again. The price is right, the staff were friendly and the facilities were great.
I would definitely recommend this hotel if you're looking for something near the station that is not super expensive.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: Hotel AlaGare
Address: rue du Simplon 14, Lausanne 1006, Switzerland
Location: Switzerland > Canton of Vaud > Lausanne
Amenities:
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #33 of 46 Hotels in Lausanne
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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