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“Very nice hotel, great restaurant”
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Hotel du Port
Ranked #18 of 46 Hotels in Lausanne
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 10 August 2009

After having read other reviews on TripAdvisor, I have selected this property for a one-night stay in the Lausanne area and I was truly impressed with this property overlooking Lake Geneva and the French Alps

Located within walking distance of the metro (2 blocs) and the Lausanne-Ouchy port terminal (CGN boats) it is easily accessible in this "charming" area of Lausanne. The room assigned was large, clean and moderrn. The bathroom was also roomy and modern by "European" standards. Some rooms have a view on the mountains/lake but I had selected a room without a view as I did not want a room facing the street (...and knew that I would need a good night of sleep).

The hotel offers free WIFI and the workdesk provided sufficient workspace
This is an hotel-restaurant and we had a great dining experience going for the "featured" dish: "perch meuniere with lemon sauce". The restaurant has an outdor terrace with a gorgeous view of the lake/mountains (on a clear day/night).

Breakfast is included in the room rate and is your "basic" continental / European breakfast. It was convenient and adequate but not "extraordinary".


Two things to be aware:
-The rooms do not have air conditionning: A small portable oscillating fan is provided which will be sufficient most of the time, especially if you open the windows at night and enjoy the breeze (lakeside might be cooler, but noisier if you need to open the windows)
-Bathroom toilettries are in ample supply but quite basic. The bath/shower has a gel dispenser and the same gel is used as a body wash and shampoo. If you are used to (or require) the more traditional soap bar /gel / shampoo / conditionner offering of hotel chains - bring your own stuff!!!

Of interest:
-The hotel is within walking distance (5-10 minutes) of the Olympic Park / Museum
-Upon check-in, a card is offered to each guest for free transportation within the city of Lausanne
-Other than the hotel restaurant, there are several dining options in this area
-If arriving by train, the metro station is connected by a tunnel to the train station. It is only a few stops and Lausanne-Ouchy is the last stop on this line.

This hotel is a great find and offers relatively good value. Highly recommended!!!

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank ottwatrvllr
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Reviewed 4 August 2009

We asked for a lake view room and the view was certainly fantastic - a really beautiful setting. The room itself was pretty basically furrnished, although very clean. What is it with the twin bed thing?

Food in the restaurant was excellent, although service was a bit hit-and-miss - had to wait half an hour to order dessert.

Thought Ouchy was definitely a good place to stay, much nicer than the centre of Lausanne.

Thought the room was unspectacular for the price, but that is the price of hotels on Lake Geneva and certainly a lot cheaper than some of the other hotels on the lake.

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank Siharris28
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Reviewed 13 April 2009

We asked for, and got, a room with lake view (for a surcharge), which was certainly pleasant and we actually spent a bit of time gazing out the window. The ferries across the lake leave from this point and it's a 5-10 minute walk to reach them. The area is sort of holiday-ish but the metro into town (free for tourists) is 2 minutes away so you are as good as in downtown Lausanne (downtown is perhaps not the right word as it's quite a steep climb up the hill). Luggage loading from a car means you have to park on the footpath. The car park (not part of the hotel) was kind of expensive. Desk staff in hotel was a bit offhanded but always answered our queries.

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Baudolino
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Reviewed 17 March 2009

The Nicolier family made our stay at this gem of a B&B that much more enjoyable. For Switzerland, the hotel is a good value. It is on the lovely Ouchy waterfront and an easy walk to Lausanne proper. Or, the Nicoliers give each guest a free travel pass for your stay, which includes the very easy to use Lausanne metro and bus. The little cafes outside the B&B are good for taking in the waterfront activity and also better escaping the cigarette smoke (indoor partitioning of smoking vs non-smoking in restaurants in Switzerland is usually ineffective, in my experience). A nice thing to do is to take a cruise around the lake, which either goes to Evian (France) or to the Chateau Crillon, stopping briefly at the towns along the way, with fantastic mountain views and fresh air. Lausanne itself (~40 mins by train from Geneva airport) is also lovely, with what seemed to be a surprisingly high level of ethnic diversity, making it a bit more comopolitan than we expected. The Hotel du Port's rooms were (thankfully!) non-smoking, very spacious and clean, and quiet, well lit, and efficient in terms of water and energy usage, without being uncomfortable to the guest, which we appreciated on both counts. A plus was the free and very zippy wifi. It's worth paying a bit more for rooms with views of the lake. The Nicoliers also are warm/personable (perhaps a different experience from what a foreigner would have in the German parts of the country) and go out of their way to accommodate guests. Overall, a fantastic experience for a weekend break to the lake.

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank ostramundo
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Reviewed 3 December 2008

This is a charming hotel that I, my daughter & 5 year old granddaughter loved! It is on the street in Ouchy that goes right along the lake and is directly across from many of the ferries & boats. The metro station is about a half a block from the hotel( a level walk for those with a suitcase) & is frequent and only about a 10 minute ride up the hill to Lausanne. One of the stations in town is directly across from the train station.

We had a double room with an extra bed, and while not spacious, it was more than adequate. It was very clean & comfortable.

Loren at the front desk was extremely helpful. He looked up train schedules for us & told us how to get to the Chateau de Chillon, and how to catch the ferry to Evian, France. There was a computer with internet access that guests could use at no charge.

The Hotel restaurant had a nice breakfast spead of meats, cheeses, breads, cereals, yogurt, juice which was included in the room rate. The restaurant was nicely located with an outdoor strretside cafe as well. We had dinner there one night-it was good, but a little pricey.

We would stay there again in a heartbeat! The rates were reasonable for the location & Switzerland in general & the location was great. Also, several nice children's playgrounds in easy walking proximity.

  • Stayed: November 2008, travelled with family
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Thank Kaiolohiakids
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Reviewed 30 November 2008

Overall I really enjoyed my stay at the Hotel du Port. Lausanne is in a great spot on Lake Geneva and it's just a quick train ride to get to Geneva. The room was very clean and modern looking. The bed was very comfy and hard to get out of in the morning. Breakfast was really good with quite a few items to pick from in the buffet. If you have a car then you'll need to park in the garage which is a couple of blocks away but there are no hills between it and the hotel. The staff spoke perfect English and were very helpful with advice and directions. Ask about the Lausanne card when you check in which will allow you to ride the bus system for free among other things. The only knock I have against this hotel is that it's on a fairly busy street and you will hear the traffic starting pretty early in the morning. If you're a very light sleeper then you may want to look elsewhere. I'm not sure if having a room without a view would be more quiet but it's worth calling them to ask. It's a bit on the spendy side but then again, what isn't in Switzerland. I would probably stay there again if I were to go back.

  • Stayed: March 2008, travelled solo
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2  Thank roobieroo
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Reviewed 12 November 2008

The Hotel du Port is located on the shore of Lake Geneva, near the base of the shuttle railway leading up into the center of Lausanne (10 minute trip). A pass for the train is provided free by the hotel at check-in, making it convenient for city business even though it is located outside the core. The hotel has a family-run feel, warm and inviting, and the staff is helpful and friendly. Parking is located a block away in a municipal garage, it is well-lit and attended. The neighborhood is lovely, shops and restaurants, with paths along the marina across the street.

Check-in and check-out was quick and efficient, and there is a small elevator to the upper floors. There are a few internal steps in the hallways, so disabled guests should ask for a room enar the elevator. The room was cozy with a wonderful view over the lake, with a generous bed, small television, minibar and small desk. There is free wireless internet, electrical plugs are a bit scarce. The bathroom has a stall shower and good water pressure.

There is a buffet breakfast served each morning with a good selection of meats, cheeses, cereals, breads, and juice / coffee. There are drinks and snacks served in the bar in the evening.

I This is a wonderful small hotel in a great location. The staff is friendly and it is a good base for exploring the city and the region.

  • Stayed: November 2008
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Additional Information about 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 #18 of 46 Hotels in Lausanne
Price Range: £110 - £133 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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