Review: The Lausanne Palace and Spa

Review: The Lausanne Palace & Spa, Switzerland

 

The Lausanne Palace & Spa is in Lausanne, Switzerland, known as the Olympic Capital as it's the headquarters of the Olympic Committee. The Lausanne Palace was, in fact, the residence of Thomas Bach, the current President of the Olympic Committee, and was the residence of several of his predecessors. The hotel has 138 rooms, including 30 suites, each individually decorated.

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TravelSort Clients can reserve the Lausanne Palace & Spa with these Virtuoso benefits:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily Full breakfast for up to two in-room guests, served as a buffet at the Cote Jardin Restaurant
  • $100 USD equivalent Resort or Hotel credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  • Early check-in/late check-out subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

 

The Lausanne Palace Location, Lobby and Check-In

The Lausanne Palace is located in the heart of Lausanne, at Rue du Grand Chene 7-9, less than a 10 minute walk from the Lausanne train station (although note that the walk is uphill from the station to the hotel).

Bar 1915, which serves coffee and pastries throughout the day, is situated in the center of the lobby, and looked like an inviting place for a break, although unfortunately I didn't have time to try it during my stay.

Check-in was swift, and I soon had a key to my Executive Room.

Lobby and Bar 1915, Lausanne Palace & Spa Review

 

The Lausanne Palace  Executive Room

As the hotel was built in the early 1900s, I was surprised by how modern and fresh my Executive Room looked, thanks to the hotel's recent renovations. Executive Rooms are 376-484 square feet, with a city view. The king bed was very comfortable, and I liked that it was made up without a bedspread, just with duvets in washable sheets, which I view as more hygenic.

My eye was immediately drawn to the gorgeous bouquet of flowers, as well as one of the more generous fruit welcome amenities I've seen, especially given that I was traveling alone:

Flowers and Fruit, Lausanne Palace & Spa Review

Fruit Welcome Amenity, Lausanne Palace & Spa Review

 

Even the desk had a small bouquet of hydrangea and orchid–very tasteful:

Bouquet on Desk, Lausanne Palace & Spa Review

 

There was a Nespresso machine, and as at the Baur au Lac, the mini bar waters, juices and soft drinks were complimentary:

Nespresso Machine, Lausanne Palace & Spa Review

Complimentary Mini Bar, Lausanne Palace & Spa Review

 

The bathroom had only one sink, but was otherwise excellent, with a separate toilet chamber, tall rain shower, and separate bathtub.

Lausanne Palace & Spa Review: Executive Room Bathroom

Rain Shower, Lausanne Palace & Spa Review

Soaking Tub, Lausanne Palace & Spa Review

 

Bath products are by Penhaglion:

Penhaglion Bath Products, Lausanne Palace & Spa Review

 

Here's a video of the Lausanne Palace & Spa Executive Room:

 

Breakfast Buffet at The Cote Jardin Restaurant

Virtuoso benefits include a complimentary buffet breakfast for two served daily in the Cote Jardin Restaurant, which in warmer months opens to a garden courtyard.

Cote Jardin Restaurant, Lausanne Palace & Spa Review

 

There was fresh squeezed orange juice, other juices, and an array of fresh fruits, including strawberries, kiwi, pineapple, watermelon.

Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice, Lausanne Palace & Spa Review

Fresh Fruit, Lausanne Palace & Spa Breakfast Buffet

 

Smoked salmon, other smoked fish, cold cuts, breads and pastries and cheeses also rounded out the buffet:

Smoked Salmon, Lausanne Palace & Spa

Cold Cuts, Lausanne Palace & Spa Breakfast

Pastries, Lausanne Palace & Spa Review

 

There were a number of yogurt choices as well, which I appreciated:

Yogurts, Lausanne Palace & Spa Review

 

Eggs and omelets were cooked to order, with your choice of fillings:

Omelet Cooked to Order, Lausanne Palace & Spa Breakfast

 

The Verdict

While we had a chance to see the Lausanne Palace & Spa's sister property in Lausanne, The Beau-Rivage Palace, which is certainly elegant and located right on the banks of Lake Geneva, I actually preferred the Lausanne Palace & Spa's contemporary rooms that we stayed in. The Executive Room I stayed in was very spacious, and I liked the wood floor and more modern decor, with beautiful color added by the fresh flowers and generous welcome fruit amenity.

Service was also excellent, from the porter who brought my bag up (and provided two Swiss power adapters) to housekeeping to servers in the restaurants and the attendant in the spa who showed me the pool area. If I had to nitpick, the omelet cook at breakfast seemed a little out of sorts one of the mornings, but she nevertheless made a very good omelet and the breakfast buffet's variety and quality was superb. Highly recommend this hotel for Lausanne, if you don't need to be at the Beau Rivage's location on Lake Geneva.

If you've stayed at the Lausanne Palace & Spa recently, what was your experience?

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Disclosure: I enjoyed a hosted stay at the Lausanne Palace & Spa as part of a Virtuoso site inspection trip. The opinions expressed are mine.

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