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“Great Location, clean, but a little cramped for a large group.”

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Lausanne Guesthouse & Backpacker
Ranked #18 of 46 Hotels in Lausanne
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Decorah, Iowa
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52 reviews
13 hotel reviews
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“Great Location, clean, but a little cramped for a large group.”
Reviewed January 27, 2011

I think I would have liked this place even better if we hadn't just arrived from Backpackers Villa Sonnenhof in Interlaken. But backpackers set the bar really high and it was hard to live up to here. Nevertheless the rooms were nice and clean, Most of the rooms are on the lake side and so you have a nice view of the city and Lake Geneva. Bathrooms are across the hall on the train side. You can feel the whole building rumble when the trains go by.

WiFi worked well in my room, Downstairs there was a smallish kitchen that worked well for making our own breakfast (breakfast is not included) and a lobby area. With 26 of us in the group the lobby was jammed and there wasn't enough room for everyone to even find a place to sit.

The guest house is just a very short walk from the train station, and also a very short walk from the M1 Grancy station. This line gets you to all the interesting places. Down to the lake where you can walk to the Olympic Museum, and into the old part of the city. When you check in you will get a transportation pass that works on the metro lines as part of the deal.

The manager at the desk was friendly, and had good restaurant recommendations for us in the evenings.

  • Stayed January 2011
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Brno
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Reviewed December 3, 2010

When I decided to visit Lausanne, I began to search an accomodation. Hotels in Lausanne are very expensive, so I choose the cheapest one that I found, this Guesthouse.

I liked:
- reception staff (they can borrow you an intermediate adaptor for electrivity)
- most of the time working internet connection
- everytime clen bathroom
- view from the balcony
- location (5 minutes by foot from Lausanne railway station)

I disliked:
- no breakfest offered

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled solo
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Milan, Italy
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed October 25, 2010

Please note: this review is for the double and single rooms.

The most strinking features of Lausanne's guest house are:
1) the magnificent view on the "parc de milan" and lake leman, with the french alps and the Jura framing the picture. Stunning. (each room faces south, towards the lake, and some rooms have a balcony.)
2) this hotel is clean, clean, clean, wonderfully clean!
3) its strategic position: close to the railway station and to the metro, at a 10 minutes walking distance from the city center and the lake.
4) it is minimally furnished, but really warm and welcoming nonetheless.
5) its shared kitchen, complete with everything you need to store your food, put together a quick breakfast or cook a real dinner.

I also appreciated the welcoming common aeras, the free wi-fi connection, the free public transports pass.

You need to know:
*) the bathrooms, both the private and shared ones, are located on the other side of the corridor with respect to the rooms. At first I wasn't really fond of this solution, but I realised during my stay that this allows you to shower or blow dry your hair at any hour without disturbing others (or be disturbed by others).
*) bed sheets and pillow covers are not included in the price: you can rent them at the reception, bring your own, or use your sleeping bag. You prepare your bed yourself.
*) the reception closes at 10 p.m., and there's no way to check-in after that hour.
*) parking places are available.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Seattle
1 review
Reviewed October 16, 2010

I so enjoyed our stay at the Guesthouse. The staff was very helpful to our family group of 22. We enjoyed wine on the verandas, chatting in the sitting room, playing cards, etc. The kitchen had everything we needed. The location was just a block from the train station, so it was easy for our group to walk there. I don't know if the side of the hostel near the train tracks is noisy but our side wasn't.There was a lovely grape arbor over a long table in the yard, just past the fragrant lavender. I would highly recommend this hostel to everyone.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
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New York City
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13 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed August 12, 2010

There are not that many budget accommodation options in Lausanne. I stayed in a four-male dorm for two nights.

Pros:
-Few minutes' walk from the train station.
-Very clean hostel

Cons:
-The lockers are not in the room but in the hallway.
-There is a common room on the reception level, but not too many people socializing there.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled solo
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Zurich, Switzerland
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed August 12, 2010

Very nice backpacker hostel
- perfect location right next to the train station, close to shopping / nightlife
- each room has a balcony, the ones on the higher floors with view to the lake.
- big windows: even in summer nice temperatures in the rooms. (no air-con needed / available)
- great athmosphere
- garden with BBQ, very relaxing place
- public transport is included in the price of the room. Easy access to city center () or lake by metro and bus

Lausanne is a nice place to stay 2-3 days for nightlife and the lake. Nice views from the old-town on the hill

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with friends
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Holywood, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
75 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed July 27, 2010

Lausanne Guest House 5 minutes walk (up/down a hill!) from the train station.
We had double room, top floor, with private bathroom across the hall.

Decor of rooms is Ikea-like, breezy.

Facilities include wireless (several free hours), friendly reception for any requests, communal kitchen, pay-as-you-go PCs, pleasant outside sitting area.

In the basement, there's a washing machine and separare dryer, taking 1Frank coins.

Also, just around the corner, there's a very good Italian restaurant.

Reason for 4* rating is that our room needed stronger air conditioning - very warm weather meant a warm room at night.

One hint - the Manora restaurant, up the steep road from the train station, is worth trying for breakfast/lunch.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Lausanne Guesthouse & Backpacker
Address: chemin des Epinettes 4, Lausanne 1007, Switzerland
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Location: Switzerland > Canton of Vaud > Lausanne
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Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Best Value Hotel in Lausanne
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Lausanne Guesthouse & Backpacker 2*
Number of rooms: 80
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our ambition is to satisfy a demanding clientele with high standards of service, cleanliness and professionalism, offering the best value for money, while insuring the viability and permanence of our business entreprise. At the same time, we try to promote a dynamic and economically attractive image of tourism in the Lausanne region as well as in the rest of Switzerland. Central location (close to the Lausanne Train station). Four-bedded dorms, double / single rooms, garden with BBQ, free kitchen use and more... ... more   less 
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