A friend of mine booked eight rooms for us at this hotel for our two nights in Lausanne. We used the city as a base to jump by train to Le Sentier and Lavaux where our appointments were. We intended to spend very few hours in the rooms each day and we did not need one with a view. This hotel’s relatively low price and location right next to the Lausanne Flon metro station made it an ideal choice for us. It made our daily trips back and forth between the hotel and the Lausanne train station very convenient.
The room, as many reviewers have mentioned, was tiny. We had four single travelers in four rooms and four couples in four other rooms. The single travelers complained less about room size as they did not have to share it with another person and his or her luggage. There was hardly floor space around the bed to fully open the luggage. The bathroom was also not sufficiently well separated from the bedroom. I guess that was probably fair for the price. This happened to be the only hotel of all five Swiss hotels this trip where drinking water was provided in the room.
During our stay, we met two reception staffs, one with limited spoken English and the other with perfect command of it. The problem for us was that we got the first one both at the time of check-in and check-out as the English speaking one appeared to work the evening shift only. As much as morning reception lady was friendly and accommodating to our requests, she simply did not speak enough English. We would have understood each other even less if I did not speak French at all. Suddenly those casual French lessons from over a decade ago became very useful!
We did not pay the breakfast rate so I have no official comment on the breakfast service. However, judging from what little I see on my way out in the morning, you will do better elsewhere with the same amount of money they are charging for breakfast. And in any case, the supermarket is just a few steps away inside of the metro station.
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