First, understand what we were doing. My wife and I decided to do what my friends did 30 years ago, take a small backpack and a Eurail pass to travel around part of Europe in a simple fashion. We looked for decent, basic hotels within walking distance (or an easy bus or tram ride) from the train station and/or from the main attractions. We usually spent one night in each place and moved on. We did not spend much time in the hotels, so we required only a decent place to sleep, bathe, and wash out some clothes in the sink. If breakfast was included, all the better.
Given our parameters, this hotel worked well. It is a short walk from the train station, and a longer walk to the old city and much longer still to the lake. The metro is easy to navigate and stops near the hotel. It is a bit disconcerting to arrive and deal only with a disembodied voice giving instructions through an intercom, a little like a Twilight Zone episode (youngsters, ask your parents what this means). The hotel could use some updating but is clean and comfortable enough. The rooms have kitchenettes, but there are no other amenities.
As an aside, we rented bikes from a shop that allows you to leave them at designated places around the city. We biked around the downtown, which is not very bike friendly, and down the hill to the lake, which is worse, but biking around by the lake is great fun. Then we left the bikes at the lake at the designated place and took the metro back to the hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located right next to Lausanne main train station, Hotel du Boulevard is a charming 19th century building, typical of classic Lausanne architecture. Renovated in 2014, the hotel is linked to Hotel AlaGare (400 m away), where you can enjoy a copious buffet breakfast in a remarkable room inspired by the style of the Orient Express. Particularly adapted to mid- to long-term stays (suites with kitchenettes), the hotel reception desk is managed remotely 24/7 and a concierge service is proposed to clients who book their room at least 2 days before arrival. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Du Boulevard Hotel
- Du Boulevard Lausanne