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Movenpick Hotel Lausanne
Ranked #8 of 46 Hotels in Lausanne
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80 reviews
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“Good hotel, if rather anonymous”
Reviewed 29 August 2009

I spent a single night here while breaking a long journey. It struck me as a very comfortable and clean hotel, with good facilities and pleasant staff.

My room was a good size and well appointed, with a nice lake view. Perhaps more of a business hotel than anything else, but a civilised place at a fairly sensible price.

NB It's not in the centre of town, but on the edge of Lake Geneva, which is a satisfying location - and getting into town on the public transport (a pass for which the hotel provides) is easy. However, for some travellers its location will be too far from the business centre of the city, I imagine.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled solo
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Reviewed 23 August 2009

We stayed here for a few nights with some family. We booked two rooms and requested that the rooms be close together. At least they were on the same floor, but they were at opposite ends of the hall. Oh well, we had gotten an excellent rate through expedia, more than half the price that it would have been had we booked through the moevenpick website, so that was pretty good!

Overall the hotel we found to be quite nice - it's clean and elegant and the front desk staff are very helpful! The location of the hotel is AMAZING! And it is definitely the best value for the location. We compared rates to several other hotels that are down there by the water (Lake Geneva), and couldn't find a better rate! So if you're after a great location and good value for what you're getting I would definitely recommend this hotel! And I would book a lake view room if you are able to, the view is breathtaking! We loved it!

The hallways are quite narrow and as someone previously mentioned smell a bit musty, I agree, the hallways definitely had a distinct odor... but the rooms smelled fine :)

There is a fitness room here too, if you like to work out and a sauna! We didn't use either, but went to take a look at them and both looked really nice and big!

Oh and if you're parking your car, as someone else also mentioned park across the street as the parking is much cheaper there than the parking garage under the hotel and it's no big deal to walk across the street to the hotel! Plus that parking garage is bigger and the one under the hotel is so small and hard to maneuver and often is full anyway!

Side note: If you are in a wheelchair I wouldn't recommend this place though as you won't find an adequate wheelchair room - so I'd keep looking for a more wheelchair friendly hotel :) (pm me if you're interested in greater details regarding this).
But if you aren't wheelchair bound, then I definitely do recommend the hotel!

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled with family
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Minneapolis, MN
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 August 2009

A very nice business trip hotel. It is very well located in Ouchy right along the water and in fact across the street from a small marina. It has a good restaurant in the hotel and just short walks down the street are several restaurants ranging from inexpensive to very fancy. At least when we were there, we got a free pass to the city transit system which was great because you could always use it on the tram that takes you up the fairly steep hill to the center of town and also to the train station (Lausanne Gare); from there you can connect to points all direction, both local and express trains (such as to Morges, Geneva airport, Paris or Italy). Even with a lot of baggage, as long as you have wheels you can get from the airport or various trains to this hotel, provided you are willing to make the transfer to the tram and then walk a couple of blocks (easy). (On your trip out of Lausanne, make sure you take the tram to the Lausanne Gare stop not the Lausanne Flon stop that is also a train station. The Gare stop is the major train station and has the swiss train (CFF) such as to Geneva and the high speed trains. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lausanne_Metro) The lobby bar can get busy and smoky during happy hour, but that's not unusual in Europe. The rooms are very clean and nice. They are smallish, European style. They have windows that open which is really nice for fresh air! The lobby staff is very helpful and speak English well. The business services room is small and the computer access is painfully slow using the one PC available free to customers.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled on business
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Reviewed 8 August 2009

I accompanied my husband to Lausanne for a business trip. The hotel was pleasant and well located with train to city centre just moments away. Tomaz on reception was very helpful in giving me directions around the city.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled on business
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Bangkok, Thailand
2 reviews
Reviewed 8 August 2009

Staff maybe demotivated...no single body smiles.... esp. unfriendly tone of voice when they speak....I generally was upset from the staff which I expected something more from this hotel with its good name "Moevenpick or Mövenpick" but they really didn't make it.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank Max_one2steps
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Nordeste
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288 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 241 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 July 2009

Me and my girlfriend stayed for four nights in the Moevenpick Hotel in Lausanne.
The location is unmatchable: just in front the Lehman Lake, and five minutes walking from the Olympic Museum. The room was big enough and very clean. The breakfast was superb and the staff was very kind and helpful.
However, I have to say that if you choose to ren a car, avoid the expensive parking lot of the hotel and use the public one across the street, much more cheap.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
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4 Thank Maximus80
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Johns Creek, Georgia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 June 2009

Stayed at the Moevenpick with my husband while on a work trip. The location was great- right on the water of Lake Geneva. The metro- M2 and bus #2 were just a block away which can get you most everywhere. The hotel staff were very nice and everyone spoke excellent English. The hotel lobby was clean and trendy. We did not use the internet, but they offer it in the room for a fee or there is a internet stand in the lobby for your laptop for free. The lobby bar had seats outside to enjoy the water and order drinks and ice cream. We did not eat at the restaurant.

Some books/sites give this hotel a 3 star and some a 4 star. Since I have not stayed in Lausanne before, I will give it 3.5/5 stars. We had a nicer, modern room with a queen bed overlooking the water. Hairdryer and tea/coffee maker, small mini fridge with food and drinks. The only problem was that the hallway and room smelled. I can't quite describe it, maybe the type of disinfectant they used - mix of ammonia and formaldehyde. I held my breath from the elevator to the room. The smell was enough to make me stay out of the room as much as possible.

If you take away the smell, I would probably recommend the hotel for business travelers and those who like to stay in a more upscale hotel and would like to be near the water. Breakfast was extra and not worth the money. I picked up croissants from the grocery next door.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled on business
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4 Thank kasens
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Property: Movenpick Hotel Lausanne
Address: avenue de Rhodanie 4, Lausanne 1007, Switzerland
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Region: Switzerland > Canton of Vaud > Lausanne
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Lausanne
#5 Business Hotel in Lausanne
#7 Luxury Hotel in Lausanne
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Movenpick Hotel Lausanne 4*
Number of rooms: 337
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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