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“A $50 hotel for $200”
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Crystal Hotel
Ranked #35 of 45 Hotels in Lausanne
Reviewed 27 October 2010

Mold in the bathroom. Filthy carpets. Noise all night long in the so-called quiet streets (trucks of some sort). The bed is split and hard as a rock.
The only positive is loads of tv channels. But you don't want to stay in the room to watch because it is so 1970s old and smelly.
I am eating the breakfast right now. It's awful. Fruit from a can. Instant coffee. Stale bread. If I had paid 1/4 as much for this place I'd understand, but this is ridiculous.
The worst is the cheapest internet here is $29 for 24 hours.
Tip: the starbucks just at the corner has free internet and actual real coffee.
I've stayed all over the world in hotels, including dives in the seediest parts of town and this is worse.
STAY AWAY!

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 August 2010

Hotel placed in a small pedestrian sidestreet to the larger pedestrian streets in the center of Lausanne. This means absolutely no noize and absolutely easy access to the center.
If feels like a family-run hotel (friendly receptionist that chats with you) and a nice small breakfast area at the top floor with good service. With a great view of the city if you can sit outside.
There are two free internet computers that you can use - but if you want to connect your own you will have to pay - or go out and find a free wireless connection at one of the numerous cafés offerings this.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled on business
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Reviewed 27 May 2010

Cons: 2 star hotel that looks like it was decorated by a yard sale

PROS!!: We LOVED this place! It was located in the center of the Old City (Lausanne is divided between 2 districts, the Old City and Ouchy – on the shores of Lake Geneva) and within waking distance of everything including Lausanne Cathedral and the Metro stop, the service was awesome, there was free internet (no AC however) and they serve an awesome breakfast (fresh bread, cheese, fresh squeezed OJ, french press coffee, salami, poached eggs, and an assortment musli – healthy and delicious) with a stunning view

Stayed: May 2009, travelled on business
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Reviewed 4 May 2010

When we arrived by taxi from the main rail station we were a little surprised at the exterior appearance of the hotel. The web photos do not appear to be an accurate representation of the actual exterior. However once you appreciate the historic location you understand the challenges the management has of presenting anything different. Our room was on the top floor, reasonably roomy, modern and well maintained. We had the extra benefit of access to a large terrace attached to our room. In good weather the views from this area would be spectatcular and a real bonus to your stay. The location is very central to the beautiful old town and close to the metro. The hotel offers guests a a voucher for free travel on all forms of public transport, another bonus. The included breakfast was a bonus and adequate for our needs. We would recommend this hotel. The unavailabilty of free WiFi internet access, so common in many European hotels, was a minor irritation. However,this is easily overcome as Lausanne has many free WiFi hot spots located throughout the city.

  • Stayed: April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank Jamesspriggs
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Reviewed 21 April 2010

The good:

- staff were very friendly and all spoke English.
- rooms were clean
- location very good; right next to metro and near lots of shopping etc.
- TV had 4 or 5 english-speaking channels
- not insanely expensive (keeping in mind it's switzerland)
- breakfast featured some really good cheese and cured meat. Not a proper hot breakfast, but still really really good.

The bad:

- beds had no sheet, just a comforter (and a fitted sheet on the mattress). This, plus no AC (it is Europe after all :) meant it was a very warm sleep. If you tend to run warm, I would bring a sheet. The window opening helps, but it's pretty noisy out there
- can't use minibar to store your own stuff
- no free wi-if
- free internet computers are pretty slow (of course, they're free so who's complaining :)

  • Stayed: April 2010, travelled on business
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Reviewed 5 March 2010

Nice hotel,very close to metro,shops,etc.Rooms need upadating,be sure local church bells won´t affect you...they start early, so if you are in for a late wake up it can be annoying..Otherwise its not a big problem...The room i was in was a bit cold for us...The window didn´t close properlyBig flat tv screen and minibar.Good bathroom,clean and nice shower.Besides that the place is perfect,everything within a walking distance!Nice detail you get a free public transport card for the days you stay in!
Breakfast is very complete with all you can ask for...You make your own fresh grapefruit or orange juice,all with a lot of light in the last floor.Should be nice in summer in the terrace.Depending from what country you are coming from the staff could be a little bit distant.But with us they were very nice and helped us in general questions.If you go by car,be careful, i understand its a small parking they have.Its not really worth moving around by car, public transport is the best way...When getting there dont go walking with suitcases,all the city is in a steep hill and its not worth taking a taxi, just drop of at Riponne Metro Station,its a 2 minute walk from there...

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 November 2009

We spent 5 nights in the hotel and luckily had a top floor room with a balcony/terrace.

I would agree with most reviews here. The hotel needs some remodeling, the staff is friendly when approached, and the breakfast is really really good. Tops is the location - it's so convenient to the Metro and to fun walks in the old town.

Yes, I know that church bells are part of the charm, but being on the top floor directly across from a clanging bell tower made it difficult to sleep past 6 am. The rooms were warm, so keeping the windows closed was not an option. And the rooms are small. Plus, as noted, the street noise was there, but for me (I live in a city) that was easy to tune out.

One weird side note is that the cleaning products they used were cloyingly smelly. And although we had a non-smoking room, with the windows open and the way the ventilation system worked, it sometimes smelled smokey. If you're sensitive to smells, this would be a problem.

If you're looking for a cozy, comfortable place that's centrally located with breakfast included, this could be just the hotel for you!

  • Stayed: November 2009, travelled with friends
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Address: rue Chaucrau 5, Lausanne 1003, Switzerland
Region: Switzerland > Canton of Vaud > Lausanne
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #35 of 45 Hotels in Lausanne
Price Range: £84 - £163 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Crystal Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated in a quiet pedestrian street, we offer you a warm welcome, a high quality equipment for your comfort and we serve a hearty Swiss buffet breakfast.Hotel Crystal Lausanne is within walking distance of the Palais de Beaulieu (congress center, exhibitions, etc.) - Close to private clinics and the University Hospital (CHUV). Direct connection with the EPFL and the University thanks to M1 - 250 meters on foot of our establishment The City Tax allows you the free use of the public transportation of Lausanne Bus and Metro. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Minotel Lausanne
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