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“A little gem, highly recommended”
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Hotel du Port
Ranked #20 of 46 Hotels in Lausanne
Certificate of Excellence
UK
Level 6 Contributor
91 reviews
47 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“A little gem, highly recommended”
Reviewed 17 September 2012

This hotel surpassed my expectations in every respect - and how rare is that?

The location is superb - right by the beautiful lake with stunning views; one minute's walk from the Metro Ouchy which delivers you (free with card from the hotel) to Lausanne centre; three minutes' walk at most from the boat booking office. (Tip - get to the boat booking office in plenty of time, there are long queues of ditherers.)

The room was much larger than other European hotels which charge far more;
There was a bathtub, not just a tiny shower cubicle;
The windows opened - a small point? Not when the night is hot;
Thanks to a tip from TripAdvisor, I asked for a kettle to make our own early morning tea and this was no problem whatsoever;
Choice of pillows (they are in the closet) - how rare is that?
TV in room had English channels - this in the middle of Switzerland;
I asked for more towels - no problem whatsoever.
Housekeeping/cleanlinless - no problems whatsoever.

Towards the end of our stay I found out that there is a free internet computer for guests on the 1st floor (not advertised) - but the reception staff very obligingly answered all my questions on their own computer. I cannot comment on the wi-fi, because I go away to get away from all that.

There is no point in paying extra for a lake view room. How much time do people spend in their hotel bedrooms looking out at the view? We had a city-side room which was dark and quiet at night.

Breakfast and two evening meals in their restaurant were very good. Breakfast was included in the room rate with swift service of tea/coffee. The help-yourself buffet was absolutely fine. I have had far worse in more expensive hotels. Evening meals, both times, were delicious, beautifully presented and with excellent service. Yes, it is expensive, but so is eating out anywhere in that country.

There are plenty of other (decent) restaurants within walking distance; all about the same price but with much more street noise and over-stressed waiters.

At the Hotel du Port, they really work hard to make your stay as pleasant as possible. Every single member of staff we met was friendly and welcoming. I couldn't recommend this small, well-run, hotel more highly. There is absolutely no need to stay at any of the nearby double-the-price establishments. Save the money for very expensive food and drink, and stay here instead.

Room Tip: Don't bother booking a lake-side room; city-side is fine.
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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280 reviews
44 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 167 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 June 2012

What a lovely little place this is, situated on Lake Geneva with views out over the lake if you ask for a lakeside room of course. It’s obvious that some thought has gone into the design in this place with things like the lights turning on outside the rooms when you step out of the lift. The room was bigger than I’ve come to expect in Europe, with a generous and comfortable bed, opening windows and a fan in the room, all of which we gratefully used as it was quite humid the night we stayed. Despite it being on a “main road” we didn’t find any problems with traffic noise even with the windows open (perhaps that also says something about how tired we were!). Choice of pillows, plate of chocolates was a nice touch. Breakfast was served downstairs and had a good range of cereals, yoghurt, breads, sliced meats etc and was included in the price. Watch out for the cheeky little sparrows who are more than willing to share your breakfast with you! Convenient to Metro line that runs up and down from the lake to the old town, with the main train station about a third of the way down. Really pleasant stay, just not long enough. Next time….

Room Tip: lakeside rooms are worth the extra money
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Level 5 Contributor
74 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 May 2012

We had a 4 night stay at the hotel and found it very comfortable. We had a lake view which was gorgeous. The windows were good in blocking out street noise at night, though there wasn't much of that except for Saturday night. The bathroom had a huge soaker tub which is a nice change from the tiny shower stalls you often find in European hotels. The breakfast was delicious. Though it was the same every day, there were lots of options: various breads, croissants, cheeses, cereal, yogurt, fruit, meat, etc. Certainly enough food to fill you up for a day of sightseeing. The only complaint we have about the hotel was the noise from the cleaning staff in the morning. Our room was at the end of the hall next to the closet for the cleaning staff. We'd be woken up from their talking in the hallway at around 7:30 each day. Other than that, the bed was comfortable and the hotel was otherwise quiet and we could get a good night's sleep- it would just end a little sooner than planned some days. The hotel is extremely convenient to the metro and the ferries. The front desk staff were very helpful and accommodating. They did speak English very well, but were appreciative of our attempts to speak French. One of the staff even told us that she likes to speak English to customers when she can so she can practice.

Room Tip: Ask for a lake view. Request a room away from the cleaning staff's closet to avoid early mornin...
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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New York
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 May 2012

We got a room facing the lake...great view. The hotel is very convenient. 2 min walk from the Ouchy train station. We took a train from Geneva to Lausanne, and from main station to Ouchy took a max of 10 min. Excellent breakfast with many different selections, and the room is clean and reasonable. Very good value for Switzerland. 10 min walk to the Olympics museum, and 3 min walk to the boat dock where you can take to get to Montreux and surrounding towns. If you are a avid walker who wants to fully enjoy the lake with the mountains in the back or a runner, this hotel provides the location for that.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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Exeter, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
98 reviews
50 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 April 2012

Stayed for 1 night in order to be relatively close (by train) to Geneva airport for early flight.
Friendly efficient staff, excellant breakfast and clean, comfortable room in hotel both close to metro station Ouchy (200 metres) that connects directly with main line station and lakeside prom (100 metres), together with numerous restaurants.

Room Tip: Possibly not worth staying in lakeside room for extra cost, due to relatively small windows.
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Dublin, Ireland
Level 5 Contributor
46 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 April 2012

Main attraction here is the location, raise the lake and beside the tram. Try to get a lake view, it make all the difference.
Rooms are average.

  • Stayed January 2012
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Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Level 6 Contributor
108 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2012

We found this hotel to be a good value for Switzerland. There are much more expensive 4 and 5 star hotels that share the same location and similar views. This hotel is on the lake and very close to a metro station which is very convenient to get to the train station and to central Lausanne. We were given a free city transport card for the length of our stay and found this to be very useful. We booked a double room with lake view. The room was very large for a European hotel room and included a nice desk area and small table by the window. The room charge included a nice buffet breakfast. We really appreciated the free wifi which worked very well in the room and we were able to access it in the restaurant as well. There was just one password for all of our devices, so it was easy to use. We had a nice view of the lake from our room. It is a very good find for the area.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel du Port
Address: place du Port 5, Lausanne 1006, Switzerland
Region: Switzerland > Canton of Vaud > Lausanne
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #20 of 46 Hotels in Lausanne
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel du Port 3*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A charming small family-run hotel, ideally situated on the waterfront of Lake Léman and 7 minutes from Lausanne center. Its warm and modern 22 rooms will enhance your stay with us. The Nicolier family, who have been running the hotel for 3 generations would be delighted to welcome you ! ... more   less 
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