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“Good location to the old city”
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Hotel du Marche
Ranked #12 of 46 Hotels in Lausanne
Reviewed 26 July 2013

The hotel was in a good location to visit the old city but a good cab or bus trip from the train station. The rooms were outdated but clean and the staff was friendly. We opted for the breakfast which was pretty good.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 14 July 2013

Remember: This is a budget hotel. If you want something nicer, be prepared to pay CHF250 - 500.

Location: between the railroad and the lake cost a lot more. This hotel is very convenient for the town center and for the Metro rail, as well as buses. There are plenty of restaurants, cafes and patissiers etc. within a short walk. Because it is in a commercial area you can expect street noise beginning around 7AM. The hotel gave me a pass for the local transport system - bus and Metro. I gather all the hotels do this, a really nice touch. You get one for every day of your stay.

My room: I took a single with a shared bathroom. No regrets. My room was on the ground floor. The main level had a small table good as a desk or for eating a takeaway meal, cable TV, a refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker/kettle, sink and a place for hanging clothes. I would have liked a "thing" to put my suitcase on. Steep stairs - more like a step ladder - led up to the mezzanine floor which was the size of my double bed plus a floor area about 4' or 1.2m wide along side of it with a bedside table and lamp. Surprise! The ceiling was about 4'6" high, just within reach when I lay in bed. So it's a bit of a crouch but unless you want bedtime gymnastics, was no problem.
The whole was modern and well decorated and I was very comfortable.

The shower and toilet: Very small, not great. The shower and the toilet are separate and appear to serve five rooms on the ground floor. Each is about 0.8m or 2'8" wide (or narrow!) and 2m or 6' long. In the shower room, the shower occupies about half of the floor area. The worst part is that there is no evident ventilation so the place is streaming and humid after the coolest shower. No room to dress and you're in a sweat already. Too bad.
The toilet and washbasin are in a separate similar size room. Very, very cramped and really too small for the task in both cases. It's a pity, as they let down what was an otherwise a pleasant experience.

Arrival, greetings and staff: I planned a late arrival and called ahead to ask about that. Good job I did. They lock the front door at 10PM so you need an access code. With that you get a programmed plastic key that opens the front door and your room. A helpful letter greets you in the reception area. Next morning I met the very nice, helpful staff. Reception opens at 7.30AM so be sure to make check out arrangements if you plan to leave early. Otherwise, checkout is 11AM.

Other: Breakfast is optional, about CHF12.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 14 July 2013

The hotel is not far from Metro station, and it is very easy to travel around with the transportation card. With the price not so expensive, I got what I needed for the short stay. The room is clean and big. It is quite at night.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 14 July 2013 via mobile

The hubby and I subscribe to the Rick Steves philosophy of travel, packing light, avoiding the big chain hotels. Hence, the Hotel du Marche. It’s a short walk to the Riponne Metro stop, making it very convenient. While the beds are pretty skinny and on the harder side, and while we were here, personnel at the front desk was spotty, the breakfast buffet was very good and the convenient location more makes up for the small discomforts.

Lausanne makes a great jumping off point for so much in the area, and the proximity to the Metro makes the Hotel du Marche a great place to rest tired legs.

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Reviewed 23 May 2013 via mobile

Very old hotel. Have to carry bags up a long flight of stairs to get to the elevator which is very small. There is free parking but there are only two spots and the hotel requires you to leave your car keys. The furniture, bed and bathrooms are very old but our room was a good size for Europe. Staff was very friendly and I really enjoyed interacting with them. Of course this is Switzerland and the prices are extremely high. If in any other country this room should be worth about $75/night rather than the $175 it costs.

  • Stayed: May 2013
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Reviewed 14 May 2013

This is a small hotel not too far from the historical part of town. We had a car (as we were driving from city to city) and they do have some parking spots at the front of the hotel. Bear in mind you'll have to leave your car keys at the reception in case they need to move the car to get access to another vehicle.

The service was very good and the room a good value for the price.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 May 2013

Cosy hotel, although quite a climb from the railway station. Excellent location, superb breakfast, tea making facilities in the room. Although the shower & toilet were on the corridor, we had a washbasin in the room, which was very good. Hotel gave us a card for free-of-charge use of the public transport.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Hotel du Marche

Address: rue Pre-du-Marche 42, Lausanne 1004, Switzerland
Region: Switzerland > Canton of Vaud > Lausanne
Amenities:
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 46 Hotels in Lausanne
Price Range: £65 - £108 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel du Marche 2*
Number of rooms: 27
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Friendly family hotel in the city center, in a quiet street. Nearby the exhibition center Beaulieu and the Riponne Place. ... more   less 
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