Hotel AlaGare
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Hotel AlaGare

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3.5
#21 of 44 hotels in Lausanne
4.3 of 5 bubbles
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4.1 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
3.8 of 5 bubbles
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3.5 of 5 bubbles
Value
Located near the train station, in the heart of Lausanne, Hotel AlaGare welcome guests in a convivial and comfortable environment. Inspired by the legendary trains of old, the interior decoration creates a unique atmosphere reminiscent of times past ; take this opportunity to admire the miniature electric railway installed in the breakfast room, and activate the Crocodile locomotive and its Rheingold wagons by pressing the red button !
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Property amenities
Paid public parking nearby
Free internet
Wifi
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Room features
Housekeeping
Safe
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Clothes rack
Private bathrooms
Flatscreen TV
Walk-in shower
Room types
City view
Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL STYLE
Budget
City View
Languages Spoken
English, French

Location

rue du Simplon 14, Lausanne 1006 Switzerland
Name/address in local language
390Reviews4Q+A28Room tips

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Chirp2lou wrote a review Jan 2020
Victoria, Canada76 contributions31 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Our room was small by North American standards but certainly all you need.
Central location, near to the metro station (that you will use every day with the free transit pass issued by the hotel) is fantastic. We faced out on the quiet, mainly pedestrian street. There are lots of lively cafes close by and a small farmers market one day. We thought the breakfast was very good with ample variety.
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Date of stay: September 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Christophed2811, Gérant at Hotel AlaGare
Responded 3 Feb 2020
Dear Guest, Many thanks for having taken the time to post your positive comment on Internet. We mostly appreciate it. Your appreciation of your stay will be forwarded to my team, which gives its best to make your stay a comfortable and easy one. It is our pleasure to offer a warm welcome, a nice buffet breakfast and comfortable rooms. The location of the hotel is ideal as just next to public transportions and close by nice and lively restaurants. We look forward to welcoming you back in hotel AlaGare. With my kindest regards. Jean-Baptiste Bagi Hotel Manager
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TravelingCouple wrote a review May 2019
Manama, Bahrain41 contributions13 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
It’s located right near the Lausanne train station. Lausanne is a cute small town which offers enlarged shopping street. Transportation to this place is very convenient.

Rooms:
Rooms are small but clean and tidy. It’s best for solo tourists and couples. It offers basic amenities in the rooms.

Staff and Services:
Polite staff with smiling face. There is a baggage store room at the reception. Breakfast is served at the dining area.

Ratings:
Location: 5/5
Rooms: 3.5/5
Staff: 4.5/5
Breakfast: 4/5
Value for money: 3/5
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Date of stay: April 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Christophed2811, Gérant at Hotel AlaGare
Responded 11 Jun 2019
Dear Guest, Many thanks for having taken the time to post your positive comment on Internet. We mostly appreciate it. Your appreciation of your stay will be forwarded to my team, which gives its best to make your stay a comfortable and easy one. A warm welcome, a rich buffet breakfast and premium beds are our priorities. We look forward to welcoming you soon again in hotel AlaGare. With my kindest regards. Jean-Baptiste Bagi Hotel Manager
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Joy S wrote a review Oct 2017
52 contributions61 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Location of this hotel was within walking distance of the train station, restaurants and Lake.
Receptionist was lovely and very helpful and spoke excellent English. Hotel was a little quirky with breakfast room set like a dining car in a train.
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Date of stay: September 2017
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Christophe d, Gérant at Hotel AlaGare
Responded 8 Nov 2017
Dear Joy, Thank you for having taken the time to rate our hotel on Internet. We mostly appreciate it. I will forward your comments to my team, who does its best to make your stay a comfortable and easy one. All of the Hotels et Patrimoine's hotels are developped around a theme, which is used in the decoration. Our guests experience a new, entertaining and relaxing environment in addition to the traditional hotel services. We hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you soon again in hotel AlaGare With my kindest regards. Nicolas Vainchtock Manager
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dsananto wrote a review Mar 2020
Lausanne, Switzerland2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
There are many qualities to appreciate about this wonderful, small hotel:
People on the staff are helpful, accommodating, and knowledgeable.
It is very close to the train station but on a quiet street with good restaurants and shops nearby.
The lake and mountains are magnificent.
The rooms are comfortable and the breakfast is full of good choices.
Whenever I come to Lausanne, I will stay here.
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Travelled on business
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Response from Cédric Julienne, Service clients/Réception at Hotel AlaGare
Responded 31 Jul 2021
Dear Guest Thank you for your feedback. We have reopened the hotel and hope to see you again soon. Best Regards, The Management
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Offseason wrote a review Mar 2005
Phoenix, Arizona72 contributions102 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My wife and I stayed at the Minotel AlaGare in March 2005. The location is second to none for exploring the Geneva Lake area. It is right BEHIND the train station on a very quiet street. (When arriving by train, leave the platform and go the opposite direction away from the main station and you will be on the hotel's street). The walk is about 3 minutes. The room was small but adequate. The room was clean and quiet. The breakfast simple but of very high quality. The staff was prompt and helpful. Best of all, the price was very reasonable and their 3 for 2 deal is great. See their website. There are two full grocery stores a block or so away and the hotel is in the middle of the upper town and Ouchy.

Enjoy
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Date of stay: March 2005
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Australians_Abroad wrote a review Nov 2005
Bendigo, Australia72 contributions78 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed here on our driving tour through Europe and although it was not the worst, it was close. We used tripadvisor before booking and based on the existing comments thought it would be good. We have travelled quite extensively and do not consider ourselves to be overly fussy - however this hotel did leave something to be desired.

Whilst the reception staff were indeed very helpful and the room was visually appealling to start with, it did back onto the train station and these could be heard through the night, at least from our room. The fact that we had some rowdy neighbours probably didn't help. Also in the morning the room smelt like the toilet had been leaking. Needless to say we vacated as soon as possible.

For breakfast we had to go down 1 lift and up another as there are 2 buildings. If you are non-smoker, be warned that smoking is permitted at breakfast which can make breakfast unpleasant. Also the breakfast staff seemed to ignore everyone while they ate their own breakfast and smoked.

Be warned if driving that car parking can be difficult and NOT cheap (not that much is in Switzerland). There are 2 Car parks for the train station and 1 of them you have to pay double unless you are using the train and get your ticket stamped. Reception warned us of this so we could move the car, nevertheless the 'cheaper' public car park cost CHF22 for approx 14 hours.

A positive is the nice little restaurant next door which is well worth a try.
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Date of stay: November 2005
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
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J.V.R.Phoenix wrote a review Feb 2007
Phoenix1 contribution4 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Tried to reserve a room for June vacation via hotel website. After first try failed, tried again, but did not notice that the dates of stay had been defaulted back to day after "today's date". When I got the reservation confirmation, I sent message to hotel that dates were incorrect and needed to be change. However, policy is that no cancellation allowed within 48 hours of date of stay. Since I wasn't going to show up (since I was still in the United States and my trip wasn't for three months), they charged me over $600. Unbelievable! Their attitude was basically, "too bad for you, you clicked the wrong button". It's not like they lost any revenue either--room was un-reserved prior to date of stay. Any business like that does not deserve your travel dollars.
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Date of stay: February 2007
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p.m.s.norton wrote a review Dec 2005
Nottingham, United Kingdom596 contributions203 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Arrived 28/11 for 3 nights on 3 for 2 offer available from hotel.Took train from Geneva Airport F24 -40 mins to Lausanne. Hotel 2 mins from station tucked away in a quiet sidestreet. Reception small but staff brill helped out with bus info maps hairdryer etc. The room was big enough for the two of us and had sep toilet with basin and a shower room with basin so again very useful. Beds comfy duvet wonderful and the room warm. Tea and coffee making facilities saved on cash and the fruit and biscuits left for us on arrrival a lovely touch.
Breakfast was in a nice airy loft with usual continental fayre plenty of it and nice staff. The restuaurant next door was a bit smokey so we did not use.
I have stayed in many hotels throughout Europe and this comes near the top on value for money. Our room did not overlok the road but the road was so quiet I do not imagine it can be a big problem. We could hear the trains but not so as to disturb our sleep. If you do not want posh this is a treasure.
It is handy for trips by train. We did Montreux in 15 mins and then went up on the cog railway based in same station to Santa fantastic journey do it if you can and like heights!! Monteux Market really nice lots of it along the lake and nice food in the food tent. Geat shops too and the cake shops amazing. Evian by ferry from Lausanne was an easy 10 min walk and the journey lovely though evian not very exciting but again nice cake shops!! Olympic Museum OK and down in OUCHY which is pretty. Lausanne Centre is very nice shopping lots of it and interesting buildings. We left our cases in left luggage at the airport and went back into Geneva the E3 ticket from Geneva AIrport covers the train and your bus into town either for an hour of the day. Lovely city nice shops and a Christmas market there too.
An easy place to visit the people all very helpful and so easy to travel around .
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Date of stay: November 2005
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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albertsgoldenboot wrote a review Aug 2005
Edinburgh, United Kingdom17 contributions26 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I stayed in the Minotel with my fiancee for over a week and we thought it was great. It is in a decent location, right behind the train station, so is ideal as a base for travelling around. There are 2 main areas in Lausanne,the old town and the lakeside area, and the hotel is in between them, halfway up the hill. Our room was fab,really clean and comfortable and we had a kind of outdoor courtyard too. The staff are friendly and helpful and laid back, and it was very quiet too, mostly families and couples and no loud groups. It was good value in a pretty expensive place so overall highly recommended!!
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Date of stay: August 2005
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Tammy F wrote a review Feb 2012
London, United Kingdom1 contribution3 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
I specifically reserved a room described as having air conditioning, was given a room without and told that only some rooms had AC, and that I had not reserved one with AC. (I was unable to verify what I reserved until I got home, and I did reserve AC.)

I arrived before checkin time and was told room wasn't ready, fair enough, but room wasnn't actually ready until 45 min AFTER posted checkin time.

Every time I asked overworked staff something she acted like she was annoyed. This included asking for my room key, asking to use the "business corner."

The "Business corner" means they lend you a laptop which you have to plug in, turn on, boot up in the lobby. Every time I needed to check email (twice a day) I had to do this and put up witht eh annoyed, begrudging reaction.

Only one person at the desk when a tour group was checking in! Most of the time a line of a few people to check in, check out, or ask for something. Maybe that explains the desk clerk's reaction. The desk is understaffed!

On the other hand breakfast was very good.
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Date of stay: August 2011
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Stay somewhere else especially in the heat of summer!
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wirelessc asked a question May 2015
Isle of Raasay, United Kingdom
Is the free WiFi Internet also in each room?
Answer from Hotelsetpatrimoine
Geneva, Switzerland
Yes, free Wi-Fi in all rooms and hotel. Kindest regards Hôtels et Patrimoine
Anneleen H asked a question Jan 2018
Waar kan ik goedkoop parkeren
Answer from Anne S
Geneva, Switzerland1 contribution
Dear Sir, our reception desk is managed remotely starting at 10 pm. you will be able to proceed to your check-in with assistance given via a video phone and Skype. have a good stay in Lausanne, best regards Anne
Eveg3005 asked a question Feb 2015
7 contributions2 helpful votes
hello do you have free parking?
Answer from Hotelsetpatrimoine
Geneva, Switzerland
Hotel AlaGare is located right next to Lausanne main train station parking lot. This solution is not free but safe and very close to the hotel. Looking forward to having the pleasure of welcoming you and with our kindest regards. The Manager
KdSLondon_UK wrote a tip Jul 2019
London, UK46 contributions64 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Rooms opening onto the internal courtyard are quieter than those opening onto the street or the railway station."
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Denise K wrote a tip Oct 2018
Walnut Creek, California402 contributions211 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Well, it's next to a train station, but no noise"
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mrsdagle wrote a tip Sept 2017
Seattle, Washington209 contributions71 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"ask for street facing or courtyard facing room"
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Christopher H wrote a tip Jul 2017
5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"I stayed on the ground floor, which may be quieter when it comes to noise from the trains."
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adaha88 wrote a tip Jun 2017
Hong Kong, China1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"good breakfast"
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LOCATION
SwitzerlandCanton of VaudLausanne
NUMBER OF ROOMS
46
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hotel AlaGare
Which popular attractions are close to Hotel AlaGare?
Nearby attractions include Place St-Francois (0.3 miles), Église Réformée Saint-François (0.3 miles), and Mosque of Lausanne (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Hotel AlaGare?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free internet access, baggage storage, and complimentary tea.
What food & drink options are available at Hotel AlaGare?
Guests can enjoy complimentary tea, free instant coffee, and a free welcome drink during their stay.
Is parking available at Hotel AlaGare?
Yes, paid public parking nearby is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Hotel AlaGare?
Conveniently located restaurants include La Table du Lausanne Palace, Croix d'ouchy, and Restaurant Le Milan.
Is Hotel AlaGare located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.08 miles away from the centre of Lausanne.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Hotel AlaGare?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and French.
Are there any historical sites close to Hotel AlaGare?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Cathedrale de Lausanne (0.5 miles), Tour de l'Ale (0.6 miles), and Centre Général Guisan (1.5 miles).
Does Hotel AlaGare have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the city view available here.
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