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“Good choice for this small town”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Astra Hotel Vevey

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Astra Hotel Vevey
Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Vevey
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Camberley, United Kingdom
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“Good choice for this small town”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2012

The Astra hotel is conveniently located right in the center of the town, a 5 minute walk from the edge of the lake and litterally next door to the railway station. There is also an underground car park. It is also conveniently located near the large shopping malls, as well as the various Nestle offices that dominate this town.

I found the hotel to be a little overpriced for what it was, compared to other locations across Europe, but perhaps that is just Switzerland. The facilities are good, a nice hotel and cafe on premise that serves decent food and breakfast.

The standard room that I booked was relatively spacious, but I found the decor somewhat dated, and the bathroom in particular was not of the quality I would expect for the price. The tiles where an uninspired white, and the only lights were a few halogens attached to the mirror. This gave the room a miserable feeling. Add to that, a small hole in the wall that made me feel slightly uncomfortable when bathing. The room itself is better, and shutters are installed on the outside of the windows that when closed, provide a total blackout!

There is a bar on the top floor that is located outside, very nice provided the weather is not too cold. Next to this is a spa which I did not use so cannot comment.

Reception staff were friendly, but I felt that there was not a huge number of staff around, no concierge as far as I could tell.

All in all, not a bad choice, but I have stayed in better for less.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled on business
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2012

Spent a week here on holiday. The location is opposite the railway station and is convenient for
the shops and a 5 to 10 minute walk to the lakeside. The hotel caters to a mixture of business and private travellers. It is spotlessly clean and tastefully decorated in a traditional manner. The rooms are a standard size and the room we had had a bath with shower over the bath. Breakfast
is either served in the brasserie or the Four Seasons room depending on how busy the hotel is. There is a good variety of cold meats, cheeses etc. but the only hot option was boiled eggs. There is a choice of eating places in the hotel and we ate in the brasserie on a couple of nights and it was very good - especially the rabbit which was excellent. If coming by car there is underground parking.
Vevey is a good base for seeing the area and all guests to the hotel are given a Riviera Card which entitles you to free travel on the buses, trolley buses within the area (including Montreux) It also gives a reduction on some of the boats on Lake Geneva.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Milan, Italy
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2012

The location or the views won't carry you away, however this humble hotel is conveniently situated in the heart of Vevey and delivers what it promises. Service is impeccable, breakfast is fair and dinner is good Mövenpick-grade. Convenient parking available. Deluxe room offers spacious bathroom -can't speak for the others.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled on business
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Queretaro City, Mexico
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2012

The hotel is located in front of the train station, very close to shops and restaurants. Service is ok, room ok, fitness center too small, restaurant ok, Orient Express bar good.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled on business
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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2011

Just a few steps from the train station, this is a quaint if somewhat outdated hotel whose rooms could use a bit of a facelift. What is nice is the outdoor terrace at the front of the hotel; a great place to people watch and enjoy a drink or a coffee. Like most European hotels beware of the Internet costs, they were outrageous and not very customer friendly. You can buy 3 hours of time but it is running time regardless if you are logged on or not. For short session go next door to the Starbucks and you can buy an hour at post office rates - a good deal.

Overall though the place is clean and quiet and the staff, while not wildly friendly, were not grumpy either - just Swiss efficiency I guess. A big surprise is the rooftop spa and exercise area complete with outdoor hot tub with a view and a sauna and a some strange rain forrest room which was cool, though not sure exactly what it did.

Really not a bad place to stay, walkable to the lake and the town and right on the main bus routes. Public transportation is a no brainer here.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled on business
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2011

The Astra Hotel is very centrally located in Vevey (between the train station and the lake and the city centre). I dont think that the hotel cost matches the offerings. The rooms are clean but very outdated. The breakfast buffet was adequate with an offering of cheeses, yoghurts, breads and cold meats. Room service charges and the cost of the food was quite steep. The rooms are abit noisy at night with the sound of the people on the streets filtering up but you cant hear the trains. This was a business trip but I would not pay the high costs to stay at this hotel for a vaction. You can buy internet bundles (time periods at different costs which are then charged to your room account).

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled on business
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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2011

I have stayed at the Astra Hotel many times in the past ten years. It is a reliably comfortable hotel, ideally situated right next to the main railway station and in easy walking distance of the village and the lake. Many of the customers are business visitors to the Nestle head office so you are likely to hear many languages spoken at the breakfast table. Speaking of breakfast do not miss the great pastries and especially the fresh brioche. In the evening try their daily special in the restaurant. The rooms at the Astra look a little tired but they are clean and comfortable and the service si always efficient, friendly and polite. It is evrything I look for in a business hotel and considerably better value than some of the more touristic lakeside oferings.

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  • Stayed March 2011, travelled on business
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Property: Astra Hotel Vevey
Address: Place de la Gare 4, Vevey 1800, Switzerland
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Region: Switzerland > Canton of Vaud > Vevey
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Vevey
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Astra Hotel Vevey 4*
Number of rooms: 100
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome The family-owned Astra Hotel in the picturesque town of Vevey, Lake Geneva Region, Switzerland, stands for tradition, style and warm hospitality. Accommodation 100 modern guestrooms and suites with the 4*sup comfort. All rooms have air-condition, and some are non smoking. Dining and entertainment Historic Brasserie La Coupole (1912), Le Pavillon non smoking restaurant, Elegant Restaurant Quatre Saisons, Caveau le Guillon Swiss cheese specialities, Orient Express Bar. Relaxing and well-being At the beginning of 2009 an oasis of relaxation came into being above the roofs of Vevey. The new City Panoramic Spa offers you generous space for health, lifestyle and recuperation. Here you can lean back, regenerate and fill up with energy, while at the same time enjoying a fascinating view over the "Riviera of Western Switzerland" and over the Lavaux region. Relax body and spirit after a long day. The renovated and expanded wet area persuades with warm colors, with a quiet zone in the winter garden and with a remarkable view. Besides the Finnish sauna, the "Caldarium" and the "Salionarium" you will be enjoying quiet and relaxation in the new winter garden. The high point of the City Panoramic Spa is the new outside area on the roof terrace with its whirlpool bath and sundeck. Meeting and conference facilities Conference & Event center as well as large dining facilities for 10 to 250 persons. Public Wireless LAN in the hotel. ... more   less 
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