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Beau-Rivage Palace
Ranked #1 of 45 Hotels in Lausanne
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 26 November 2012

Simply amazing. Gorgeous view of the French Alps! Hotel was beautiful. Room with a view is worth it! The spa was worth spending a day in for sure. Lausanne is a beautiful town and fun to walk around. The local restaurants were all great. I would learn a some basic French before you go...we found the locals know very little English so communicating can be a challenge. :)

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 November 2012

Excellent location, the spa/swimming pool is one of the best we have seen (in an hotel). Rooms are big, classic but not too much and have just the modernity needed, not less, not more.Then comes the restaurants...well Myako is just superb. Great service. We haven't tried Anne Sophie LePic but this must be good as well. As usual in such case...the price of the hotel and the restaurants is very high....only if you can afford it really.

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 November 2012

Hotels such as the Gritti in Venice, the Principe in Milan and the Negresco in Nice are marvellous but what is it about the Beau Rivage Palace that makes it even more magical? Well I suppose the location is a major factor.... set on the side of Lake Leman, it is rather like a stately and elegant 'lady' proudly and majestically in position and presiding over her empire. The views from the hotel are magnificent and change with the time of day,the season and the climate. They are restful and entrancing and if one cannot stop, relax and marvel, then one has to worry for ones soul, as it makes one realise the wonder of the natural world that we live in, with the Alps as a backdrop to the beautiful lake.

Our enjoyment was enhanced, as we were fortunate enough to be upgraded to the Lavaux suite which had its own roof terrace and this proved a beautiful retreat, especially as we were most lucky with the sunny weather, it being early November. This brings me to the second reason for the hotels brilliance and that is the people that work there. It is a place where one doesn't talk about 'service' or 'staff' but instead about 'professionals with pride in what they do'. From the time I booked and was in touch with the hotel about my wifes 60th birthday, the pervading attitude was one of trying to make everything special. This was embodied initially by the Reservations Manager, Damien Fruhauf who arranged for a cake to be made for her birthday lunch and clearly once he knew my wife's love of the view, arranged for the upgrade in the suite with the roof terrace. He was there to welcome us on arrival and was the epitomy of charm and professionalism but so was everyone else we came into contact with such as Sylvie, the wonderful female concierge or Marcel Bernard, the Front Office Manager and literally everyone in the bars and restaurants. Their kindness and generosity made one feel very privaleged and very appreciative and is another reason why I would nominate this hotel, above some of its competitors for the accolade of the Best Hotel in Europe.

For those that may consider the Lavaux suite, I can unreservedly recommend it, as it was quite marvellous, with a huge sitting room overlooking the lake and from which one could access the roof terrace by a mechanised glass roof. The terrace itself was totally private and was complete with loungers chairs and table. The bedroom was wonderfully comfortable and was adjoined by a large dressing area and a magnificent bathroom, complete with jacuzzi bath and seperate power shower.

The hotel has wonderful facilities and is a wonderful mix of opulence from a former age combined with a contemorary elegance and convenience. There are scenic grounds, a fantastic spa (we are told), two wonderful bars and three superb restaurants including a 2 star Michelin, a Japanese and an up-market brasserie, the Cafe Beau Rivage, which we particularly enjoyed for its contemporary French cooking. One can also visit an Italian restaurant L'Accademia, at the adjoining sister hotel but we would not recommend this and the contrast was further proof to us (as if we needed it!!) of the incredibly high standads of the Beau Rivage, which one almost takes for granted, from the moment one steps through their portals. One is almost unknowingly sucked into a world of excellence, comfort and relaxation.

The hotel is a place to take things at a leisurely pace and enjoy it for what it is and although we had several trips planned, we decided spontaneouly, instead to spend the week around the hotel and around the lake. It was a little like being on the grandest Ocean Liner, that was sailing through the most wonderful natural environment and feeling that leaving it would break the spell and take one back to a less than perfect world.

In summary a quite magnificent hotel that I would nominate as possibly the best in Europe, as I cannot believe that many of it attributes could be bettered. Equally it is not what I call stupid money to stay (unlike some hotels in London, Paris and Venice), given the absolute quality that is provided and in these term I would argue it is excellent value for money. My wife had a wonderful 60th birthday, spent in a wonderful location and were looked after by a team of complete professionals, who we sincerely thank. We will always remember this stay but will certainly be back, even though next time it may not be in the wonderful Lavaux suite. My only regret is not being able to award more than five stars to this wonderful establishment and the people who make it so special.

Room Tip: The lake views are quite incredible and well worth the extra.
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  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 November 2012

We checked into the Beau-Rivage for two nights as part of our 25th Anniversary trip. We have stayed at the Beau-Rivage many times in the past for special occasions. We have used both regular rooms and various suites. Our experience is that this hotel sets the gold standard for quality, ambiance and service.

If you have never been here, you need to take the time to explore the magnificent building. The breakfast room could be one of the most elegant rooms in all of Europe. The suites all look down over Lake Geneva and across the water to Evian in France with snow capped alps. The rooms are decorated to perfection with every amenity. The spa is outstanding in every aspect.

The concierge and every staff member greet you by name in a way that is warm and inviting and not forced. In the evening, there is a wonderful piano bar with an outstanding wine list.

Be sure to check out this hotel. Thank you for making our trip unforgettable. We will certainly be back.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 November 2012

There is no substitute for the location of this Hotel! The view of the lake from our guest room was beyond compare, making closing the drapes to block morning light a challenge. The guest rooms are a bit dated, but there seems to be work being done on some guest floors. Perhaps a new look is right around the corner. While the guest experience was technically on point from a hospitality perspective, the service lacked any real warmth. I was scolded by the overnight desk agent when I did not have my key and was unsure of who would let me into my room! The words were polite, but the tone was decidedly unpleasant. Otherwise the service was officially just fine. A nice visit to a beautiful town and a grand old Hotel.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 19 October 2012

Now this is a beautiful palace and I enjoyed every moment I was there. From The décor, colours, staff, ambience, atmosphere. They live up to their promises. I cannot fault this place. I would recommend it to anyone.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 17 October 2012

One of the best hotels in the world . A room with a lake view is a must , It costs a little more , But it is worth it . The hotel has its own private garden . Breakfast is EXCELLENT . Outstanding service with very courteous and efficient staff.Our room was spacious and very comfortable with a lake view which is a must . We enjoyed our treatments in the spa as well as the pool and the sauna . Dining room and lounges all overlooking lake Geneva and Mont Blanc. An excellent choice .

Room Tip: A room with a lake view , TOP floor .
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  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Address: place du Port 17-19, Lausanne 1006, Switzerland
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 ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Lausanne
#1 Romantic Hotel in Lausanne
#1 Business Hotel in Lausanne
#1 Family Hotel in Lausanne
#1 Spa Hotel in Lausanne
Price Range: £304 - £431 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Beau-Rivage Palace 5*
Number of rooms: 168
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in 10 acres of private gardens on the banks of Lake Geneva, only 40 minutes from Geneva Airport, the elegant Belle Epoque buildings of the Beau-Rivage Palace, a Leading Hotel of The World, command breathtaking views across the lake and Alps. The 168 guest rooms and suites are richly appointed and offer the utmost in elegance and comfort. Luxury 8 Executive suites were created to be different and unique in style. The restaurants provide guests ample cuisine from which to choose. From the 2 Michelin star restaurant “Anne-Sophie Pic au Beau-Rivage Palace” to the “Cafe Beau-Rivage”, the Italian restaurant “L’Accademia” and the refined sushi restaurant “Miyako Lausanne”. The Cinq Mondes Spa offers pure relaxation on over 1,500 square meters; discover the beauty rituals from the world over. The Beau-Rivage Palace provides impeccable service including also a special kids program to make your stay truly unforgettable. ... more   less 
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