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Hotel Les Negociants
Ranked #5 of 6 Hotels in Vevey
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100 reviews
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“Poorest sleep in a long while”
Reviewed September 14, 2012

The title above basically captures my main and only issue during my two night stay at this hotel.

The hotel definitely has positives going for it as well but if you're planning to rest, then it's not the place to be.

Positives:
Nice and helpful staff
Clean
reasonable space
great location
good wi fi connectivity
tv with few channels
hair dryer
fridge
reasonable breakfast with a very welcoming server

Negatives:
- The room has no a/c which means there is no air circulation inside the room. This also means you have to leave the window open. The windows open to a charming alley which houses two popular drinking/eating spots which are usually crowded until around 2am. You hear these people clearly. At around 5 am there will be garbage trucks collecting cans of garbage and the worst is the glass bins...then the restaurants start setting their outside tables around 7 am and that naturally creates noise.

- The washroom/shower area is spacious however the shower stand is very small (european standard) which is a simple area of improvement for the hotel. Toiletteries are also very limited (1 soap and 1 shampoo/body gel in one).
- there is no phone in the room, you have to ask if you want one installed in your room
- the safe in the room is not for free, you have to pay if you want to use it

On the positive side the hotel is in a very charming part of vevey which puts you in walking distance to great cheese stores, bakery, gift store, the lake, the alimentarium, the town center, etc.

I think with a little investment, the hotel can definitely leverage what it has going for it.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
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Oakland, California
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20 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed July 30, 2012

We stayed at this hotel for a wedding in vevey. The first time I did not read the comments here before I book something. And I wish I had done it. I am not the first to complain. This place is in a great location in town. Close to the marche and beach and ....

apart from that there is nothing good about it. One guy runs the whole show: check in, serving, cooking,....and he is a charlatan. He seemed to be the owner. They had emailed us a confirmation for the room price per night for 2 people including breakfast. When we got in to check in he told us the price was for 1 person. If I had not saved the confirmation on my iPhone, we wold be rubbed. I showed him the document and he said he wold have to investigate! He told us later that as it was their mistake to give us the wrong price, he would honor it but without the breakfast. That is, he rubbed us of $60 for two ppl breakfast over two days. This is despie the fact that the conformation said clearly "including breakfast".

The room sucked too:

No AC,
no shampoo/soap,
No help when we needed a cab,
Clean buy the most basic room ever. This had nothing. This is a one star hotel. Avoid if you can.

Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Level 5 Contributor
53 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed September 6, 2011

Location has to do it. The hotel is very basic, modern and has nothing special, no cozy atmosphere or nice decorations. Just use it as a place to spend the night at a great location (right in the centre of Vevey, very close to Lake Geneva, only 15 min walk from the trainstation). If you are looking for more luxury, more conveniance; spend more money and look for a better hotel.

The room was small and basic, but it was clean and had free wifi.
The most stupid thing I've ever seen in a double room: the bed had a duvet for a single bed; it was way too small for two people!

There's a very small elevator. The restaurant had excellent food. We did not buy the expensive (CHF 15 pp) breakfast. Hotel staff is very unfriendly and arrogant. Several things in our room were broken (shower faucet, towel rack, lamp). There is no air extraction in the bathroom, so if you take a shower, you will set off the fire alarm.

Mind that you are right in the middle of a town centre; there will be a lot of noise.
If we have to stay in Vevey again, we would think of this hotel again, because it's a place to sleep and nothing else.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Zurich
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed September 1, 2011

We chose this hotel as it was centrally located and cheaper than other hotels around. However, the 2 nights spent at this hotel were very tiring, with only few hours of sleep per night, in a terrible heat. The room was ok, nothing outstanding, quite basic, but fine for a 3-star hotel. Avoid going there in mid-summer as there is no air conditioning and if you keep the windows open to get a bit of air you will not be able to sleep much. The hotel is on one of the central streets in old town, with plenty of shops and restaurants just accross the street. This means that there will be noise until around 1am and the noise will start again at 6am together with the machine cleaning the street, trucks delivering vegetables to the small shops, restaurants opening for breakfast and arranging (dragging) the chairs and tables on the sidewalk early in the morning.
The staff at the reception is not really friendly, but somehow I wasn't even expecting this at all.
Would strongly recommend to avoid this hotel as much as possible.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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32 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed August 25, 2011

Vevey, as a town, occupies a quiet stretch of the coast of Lac Leman (Lake Geneva) between the larger places of Lausanne and Montreux. Vevey is worth staying at, but be careful where you choose your hotel. We chose Les Negociants because it was in the center of the village. We made a mistake. Although the hotel is decent, rooms are basic, the place suffers from two problems. One which can be fixed, the other, impossible to fix.

The first issue is that the breakfast is expensive and miniscule. It is normal in France, and in french speaking parts of Switzerland to never have a large breakfast. However, for the price they charge, they ought to offer more than just bad coffee and some nearly stale croissants. There is a bakery just down the street which would be a better choice for breakfast.

The second, and more impossible issue, is the level of noise on the streets around the hotel. The hotel seems to sit at an acoustic junction of all the pedestrian streets on two sides (the hotel is on a corner). There are cafes and restaurants nearby and the noise seems to amplify and echo on all the stone buildings. Even the noise of a few people sounds like a party of dozens. During hot weather, you'd want to open the window, but if you want to sleep, you'll have to close them and deal with the heat. Even after the cafes close, there were roaming groups of happily drunk people wandering around and making noise until about 3-4 in the morning. This might not be so bad, but around 6AM, the bakeries start receiving deliveries, moving inventory around, and trash being picked up, which creates a whole new noise. To be fair, it is not that they are trying to be loud, but the acoustics there are just to focused that it makes the most of any noise. Again, this is not the fault of the hotel and there is nothing much they can do, but I describe it here as a caution to anyone who is a light sleeper or averse to noise.

There is a restaurant on the ground floor, but we did not eat there, simply because we did not have the time.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Houston, Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed March 9, 2011

The front desk staff act like they are doing you a favor. They told us that they DO NOT need international tourist, because they have enough with local tourist. They act like they don't speak English, but when we paid they do speak English. Lovely town but the front desk staff are not the politest.... Really bad experience....I do not recommended this hotel. Really noise place.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with family
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Lausanne, Switzerland
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed November 23, 2010

Room N°25
1 - Upon arrival: untrained waitress unaware of any procedure but very nice - she forgot to tell us we had to check out before 11 the next morning so we were "kick out of our room" by cleaning lady.
2 - The room (N°25 on 2nd floor) is small - for the price you shouldn't have to squeeze between the desk and the bed to get to the window or bedside table.
3 - Bad water pressure in shower causing sudden unexpected temperature changes form freezing to burning... not pleasant at all
4 - the breakfast was a joke... it costs CHF 15.- I felt cheated.
5 - I asked for a satisfaction survey form at the desk to write down all of the above because I couldn't find one in our room - they simply could not supply any (???).
6 - we asked the girl to simply debit the card that we used to make the reservation for the room, but again this was so inconvenient that we had to use our debit card.
This was all together way too expensive for such poor service and equipment.
Avoid les Négociants as much as possible - and if you cannot avoid it, be prepared to hate your stay.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Les Negociants
Address: 27 Rue du Conseil, Vevey 1800, Switzerland
Location: Switzerland > Canton of Vaud > Vevey
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Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #5 of 6 Hotels in Vevey
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Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Les Negociants 3*
Number of rooms: 24
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