I really struggled with my review of this hotel. Some things were great but some...really not great at all.
I think this could be a good choice if you like no-frills travel. I, unfortunately, really like frills. A lot.
I was here for five nights for business. Our meeting was held at the hotel. I love Ouchy so was looking forward to my stay. The front desk staff was excellent. Really, the staff overall is a highlight of this place. Every one was helpful and friendly. Check in was quick. And then, I went to my room.
Tiny. Tiny, tiny room. The bed took up the entire space (and it was a double, not a queen so that should give you a sense of the space). There was a built in desk but no floor space at all. I travel with a hard-sided bag and there was no place to put it when open--except the bed.
I did have a gorgeous view of the lake, which was nice. And the room was spotless. Really incredibly clean. The bathroom was small too--no counter space. And most note worthly--no toiletries. There is a dispenser on the wall that is body wash, shampoo and conditioner all in one. No thanks. Fortunately, I packed my own things but if you are traveling light, you may end up walking to Migros or Coop for toiletries. This is the kind of thing that makes no sense to me. Especially in a hotel that is hosting a business meeting. Business travelers expect toiletries--just ask my colleagues who were a tad distressed about the lack of them.
The room had radiator heat. And there was no way to control it. It got so hot that I slept with the window open (and this was in January). Unfortunately, the open window meant street noise so not great for sleeping. And speaking of sleeping, the duvet was a very odd size. It was so short that it didn't cover my feet...and I'm only 5'5".
Breakfast was good. The meeting room we were in was great--it even had a terrace off of it which was nice for breaks.
Bottom line. Would I stay here again? Not if I had a choice of other hotels. Could I stay here again. Sure, if I had to. I'm spoiled by the size of American hotel rooms and for a long stay, I really need more space.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover the charm of Ouchy's lakeside promenades, parks and gardens, surrounded by Alpine splendour and only a few steps from the Olympic Museum and the metro stop at this stunning lake front hotel. Located on the shores of Lake Geneva, the hotel is ideal for business and leisure trips; it is just 10 minutes away from the city centre and railway station, and Geneva's international airport is just 40 minutes away. The Restaurant and Brasserie, Le Pirate, offers you informal dining and regional specialities from Lake Geneva. Offering the perfect venue for seminars, cocktails and banquets, for groups of 10-50 people, the hotel boasts a splendid view over the Alps and Lake Geneva. The hotel provides a complimentary pass for the public transportation network of Lausanne. Sous-Gare-Ouchy is highly rated by guests for: Romantic, Gourmet Food, Relaxation ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aulac Hotel Lausanne