I have visited this hotel many times, primarily for business as it is located right next door to the famous IMD campus. So if you find yourself having to come to IMD and study, this is perfect for those late night sessions, and just 10 minutes later you can flop into bed!
The hotel is really OK and has everything you would expect from a Movenpick - good food, fitness, comfortable and clean rooms, friendly staff etc. Most travellers, regardless of business or leisure will find themselves in a standard room or an executive room. The former are more than OK; come even with a bath and a shower, comfortable beds etc. The latter are a little larger, and offer more work space, a nice renovated bathroom but strangely only a shower - I presume that time pressed executives only have time for showers and not a relaxing soak!
The hotel is also on the lake front, so business or leisure alike its perfect to take a stroll or run down by the lake - lots of restaurants in the summer too. However, if you want to go into the town centre for a shop, you need to take a low cost tram up a steep hill (hotel provides a free ticket for the duration of your stay however) which makes it a touch inconvenient if your short of time.
In terms of reaching the hotel the same is true - if you come by train you need to lug your luggage on the tram, and go down the hill (or back up on the way home) or the hotel has its own but rather small and exceptionally tight car park.
Breakfast is good; the bar is pitifully small and the wireless is expensive (sand should be free of charge in this day and age) unless your at IMD in which case it is probably paid for you…..
All in all, probably the best hotel for business and especially for IMD - if I wanted a leisure place in town, I would probably look in the town and miss the tram….
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled on the shores of Lake Léman, with astonishing views over the Alps, the Mövenpick Hotel Lausanne is the perfect place to stay while on business or for a vacation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lausanne Moevenpick Hotel