This is my second time going to Vevey on a work trip and not that I wasn't happy about the other hotel where I stayed, but I decided to just change it up this time and try a different hotel for the fun of it and stay somewhere in the centre of Vevey (although that is a bit meaningless in a small town like Vevey).
I booked the hotel for myself and three other colleagues on the recommendation of the customer we were visiting. Three of us stayed for two nights. The hotel is right beside the train station, so it's very convenient to get here. Service at reception was courteous and check-in was quick. The room was fine and quiet (even with constant music piping out in the hallways). The look is probably getting dated, but everything was clean and everything was in good shape.
I had gotten a ride to Vevey from eastern Switzerland with a colleague and there is parking available (although I am unsure how much extra is costs). But you get to ride a car elevator to the underground parking which we got a kick out of (maybe our lives are a bit boring right now!).
Breakfast was a good spread with mostly cold foods, but lots of choice of breads and croissants, yogurts, fruit, bircher muesli and cheeses. Boiled eggs were available as well. It was included in the rooms I had booked.
There is free Wifi, but it is on the slow side. It's manageable just to catch up on e-mails and the such.
I tried out the gym one evening. It is small, but it wasn't busy so it was fine.There is a hot tub outside the gym on the deck which would have been nice to try out if I had a bathing suit.
On check out, I always get a bit of sticker shock (in a bad way) in Switzerland when I get the bill for hotels. I had forgotten how much it was per night here (248 fr) when I booked so even with the 10% discount I got for an early booking, I thought they had made a mistake. But no, they were correct. I suppose that I don't know if it was worth the price, but for Swiss hotel prices, this is pretty much on par, so it is normal value here.
Since Vevey is a small town, there is not much choice as to where to stay, but I can recommend this hotel and the location give this place a plus too.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome The family-owned Astra Hotel in the picturesque town of Vevey, Lake Geneva Region, Switzerland, stands for tradition, style and warm hospitality. Accommodation 100 modern guestrooms and suites with the 4*sup comfort. All rooms have air-condition, and some are non smoking. Dining and entertainment Historic Brasserie La Coupole (1912), Le Pavillon non smoking restaurant, Elegant Restaurant Quatre Saisons, Caveau le Guillon Swiss cheese specialities, Orient Express Bar. Relaxing and well-being At the beginning of 2009 an oasis of relaxation came into being above the roofs of Vevey. The new City Panoramic Spa offers you generous space for health, lifestyle and recuperation. Here you can lean back, regenerate and fill up with energy, while at the same time enjoying a fascinating view over the "Riviera of Western Switzerland" and over the Lavaux region. Relax body and spirit after a long day. The renovated and expanded wet area persuades with warm colors, with a quiet zone in the winter garden and with a remarkable view. Besides the Finnish sauna, the "Caldarium" and the "Salionarium" you will be enjoying quiet and relaxation in the new winter garden. The high point of the City Panoramic Spa is the new outside area on the roof terrace with its whirlpool bath and sundeck. Meeting and conference facilities Conference & Event center as well as large dining facilities for 10 to 250 persons. Public Wireless LAN in the hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Vevey