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Lausanne Guesthouse & Backpacker
Ranked #20 of 46 Hotels in Lausanne
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 2 April 2010

Once of the only bargains I got in Switzerland :) Went on a trip for fun to Switzerland by myself when I had a surprise vacation week from work. Decided on Lausanne because of the city size (not too big) and the amount of things to do in the area. Loved this hostel, it was clean and quiet. Location was great for Lausanne, however I would turn in early at night (8-9pm) since I was flying solo in Switzerland and felt a little vulnerable in the neighborhood. The front desk was very helpful, she was very patient with my French (I try to speak as little English as possible there). They had nice amenities, such as computers (1 euro for 10 or 15 minutes) and a well-kept kitchen and sitting area. The payphone was in the stairwell, which wasn't the best because it echoed, and I felt bad making calls late at night to home. Sleep quality was good, but it was my first experience sharing a room, which typical for a hostel involved people coming & going at all hours of the night, including someone checking in around 2 or 3 in the morning. Nothing beyond the hostel realm, though!!
Would definitely suggest it for anyone looking for a reasonable stay in Lausanne, and would definitely suggest Lausanne as being a little gem in Switzerland.

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled solo
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Reviewed 25 November 2009

Lausanne Guesthouse is located within walking distance from the train station. Most places of interest are just a short bus/ metro ride away, easily accessible once you walked over to the main bus stops right outside Lausanne Train Station OR the one further up @ Place St. Francois. Lausanne is a big city built upon steep slopes so be prepared for lotsa strenuous climbing if you intend to explore the place on foot...

The Guesthouse is a well-equipped hostel with most of the facilities that travellers may require including a laundry room with washer, dryer & ironing board; a spacious lounge with books, brochures & other tourist info; computers with internet access (you need to pay for this service); pay phones; etc. Those staying in the dorms are each given individual locker to secure their personal belongings.

I stayed in a 4-bed dorm that had 2 bunk beds, 2 small bedside tables with reading lamps & a small shared 'closet' where you could hang some of your clothes. It was simply furnished but very clean.

The shared bathrooms were right across the hallway, opposite the rooms. These were spacious & clean; i stayed for 4 nights & during this period, never found the bathroom to be dirty or messy.

My only grouse was the way the doors always shut with a loud bang so whenever someone leaves the room to visit the bathroom in the early morning or late at night, you may be disturbed by the noise...

Btw, the hostel is right beside the railway tracks so you may hear the trains pulling in & out of the station; not so noisy that it'd disrupt your rest, just close the window if necessary...

The staff @ Reception are very helpful and will gladly assist with any query you may have. They provided me with directions to various places of interest & helped me out when i encountered some problems using the laundry facilities.

One last word on the location, there is a porn cinema (they screened XXX-rated films & the posters are prominently displayed outside) right down the street which you'd have to pass by on your way in & out of the hostel. Those travelling with young children may wanna take note of this to avoid exposing your kids to such stuff... Having said that, i as a lone female traveller did not have any unpleasant encounters during my stay here, so i supposed this neighbourhood is relatively safe.

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled solo
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Reviewed 22 November 2009

awesome city, nice accomodation, very clean. close to shops, bars and train station.

Stayed: November 2009, travelled with friends
Thank Adybrady
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Reviewed 23 October 2009

My boyfriend and I stayed overnight at the Lausanne Guesthouse. As other reviews have mentioned both the bathrooms and bedrooms were very clean. We were on the top floor with an amazing view of Lake Geneva and of city. The Guesthouse was an easy walk, even with our bags, from the train which was about a half mile away and was also a good location between the waterfront and the old town part of Lausanne. The staff was extremely friendly and the shared kitchen and outdoor garden seating area were nice. The price of food in Switzerland was a bit high so my boyfriend and I would hit up the local grocery store (Migros or Co-op) and make something in the kitchen and eat outside - very helpful if you're looking to save a bit of money. The building is older so the walls are insulated for noise and the guesthouse is practically on the train tracks but neither were a problem for us! I would highly recommend the Guesthouse!

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 October 2009

I only stayed at this hostel for 14 hours) but it's surely one of the cleanest places I've ever stayed in. Everything was spotless - especially the bathrooms where the showers were great.

I stayed in a four-bed dorm which was also very clean, with giant lockers outside of the room for storage (padlocks provided). You can also rent towels, and pay for sheets and beddings. Breakfast was whatever you bought/stored in the fridge, whilst internet was available in the reception area with a few terminals but wasn't free. One plus point is that staff give you a free one-day transport pass upon check-in, which is handy.

It's right next to the train station - round the back - so amenities were no problem.

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled solo
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Reviewed 11 September 2009

My family and I stayed in Lausanne Guesthouse. We were impressed with the cleanliness and knew beforehand that the bathroom was to be on the other side of the hallway, but that still proved a little inconvenient for our habits. The location of the Guesthouse is great, as it is located near the major train station, which makes for easy day trips out of Lausanne, which is what we did. We enjoyed our stay and given that it is basic accommodation, the view we had from our window, and the amount of space in the room, not much else can be expected from a guesthouse.

  • Stayed: April 2009
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Reviewed 8 September 2009

While the building is right next to the train tracks (see my photo), the train noise is reduced because the rooms face the lake. If your windows are open, you will hear some train noise though, light sleepers be warned.

From the train station, it's less than a 5 minute walk across the street and up the driveway to the hotel. The driveway is short, but it is very steep (if you have trouble walking, it would be difficult).
On the entrance floor, there are several internet stations, a lounge area, and a full kitchen that is shared by all guests. There is an elevator that goes up to each floor. We had a room with private across-the-hall bath (115 SFr.) Our floor had 4 or 5 rooms and a hallway lounge area, which we didn't use. Our bathroom looked just like those in the photo gallery, and I have included photos of our room. The room was basic, with a bed, side table, chair, and an IKEA-type closet/table piece.

Guests receive a card that allows for free public transportation, including the subway.

It's definitely not a full service hotel, but the rate seemed to be much lower than anywhere else in the city that had decent tripadvisor reviews.

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Address: chemin des Epinettes 4, Lausanne 1007, Switzerland
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Region: Switzerland > Canton of Vaud > Lausanne
Amenities:
Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Best Value Hotel in Lausanne
Price Range: £32 - £128 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Lausanne Guesthouse & Backpacker 2*
Number of rooms: 80
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our ambition is to satisfy a demanding clientele with high standards of service, cleanliness and professionalism, offering the best value for money, while insuring the viability and permanence of our business entreprise. At the same time, we try to promote a dynamic and economically attractive image of tourism in the Lausanne region as well as in the rest of Switzerland. Central location (close to the Lausanne Train station). Four-bedded dorms, double / single rooms, garden with BBQ, free kitchen use and more... ... more   less 
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