The Best Hotels to Book in Lausanne, Switzerland

Château d'Ouchy combines historical Lausanne with modern comforts
Château d'Ouchy combines historical Lausanne with modern comforts | Courtesy of Château d'Ouchy / Expedia
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26 August 2021

Home to the International Olympic Committee, Lake Geneva and a stunning Gothic cathedral, Lausanne boasts a rich history, abundant nature and a lively youth culture. It’s also brimming with high-end hotels and boutique heritage properties. Find the best accommodation options below, bookable on Culture Trip.

The fifth biggest city in Switzerland, Lausanne sits on the northern shores of Lake Geneva. While its Gothic roots and killer medieval architecture draws travellers that are into history and culture, the city’s hip, youthful vibe makes it resonate with all kinds of visitors. Many of the city’s hotels, which range from the palatial to the family-run, have a strong wellness focus, as you’d expect in Switzerland – a land of fresh Alpine air, crystal lakes and soundless pine forests.

Lausanne Palace

Luxury, Hotel
4.7/5 (419 Reviews)
Lausanne Palace
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From $309 per night per room
This gigantic “grand hotel” opened in 1915 during the Belle Époque and has evolved organically in tandem with the city, offering the most modern conveniences and interiors in a supremely palatial setting. The hotel has a grand total of seven restaurants and bars, including Brasserie Grand-Chêne which serves high-end French cuisine, Sushi Zen Palace for fresh, butter-soft sushi and Yogi Booster for veggies and health-oriented guests. The spa comes equipped with a swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna, hammam and relaxation areas, plus there’s a wide range of lavish rooms and suites with either a city view or lake view.
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Beau-Rivage Palace

Boutique Hotel, Hotel
4.7/5 (54 Reviews)
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From $600 per night per room
Regarded as one of the leading hotels in the world, the Beau-Rivage Palace opened in the 1860s and has seen much history in its time – without ever losing its reputation for the utmost luxury. A 10-minute drive from Lausanne city centre, in a serene spot on the shores of Lake Geneva, this wellness-focused property has a sublime spa hosted by Cinq Mondes of Paris. You’ll get access to two heated swimming pools, a yoga and meditation studio, consultations focusing on naturopathy (an individually tailored, natural health practice), a hammam, sauna, ice cellar and ice fountain. The staff at the huge fitness centre, which overlooks the lake, offer personal training sessions. Feeling revitalised yet?
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Château d'Ouchy

Hotel
4.6/5 (225 Reviews)
Château d'Ouchy
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From $252 per night per room
This ancient building has its roots in the medieval age. The oldest structure within Château d’Ouchy is a striking tower, which dates all the way back to 1177. The rest of the historic hotel was built up around the tower in a complementary, neo-Gothic style, over 100 years ago. Much of the hotel plays on this history, with the Riviera Suite and the Knights Suite fitted in decadent, medieval-style opulence. There’s on-site dining at 57° Grill, which prepares meats and seafood of the highest quality in a laid-back evening environment. It’s a classy ending to days spent wandering between the sauna or hammam to the outdoor pool surrounded by ancient trees.
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Hôtel Angleterre and Residence

Hotel
4.6/5 (298 Reviews)
Hotel Angleterre and Residence
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From $224 per night per room
This charming, intimate-feeling hotel is spread across five 18th-century buildings and a contemporary reception area. Its calm, cosy rooms have elegantly decorated, sophisticated interiors that overlook the lake or the gardens. Plus, there’s a sizeable outdoor swimming pool ideal for getting in those lengths – when you’re not resting in the English-style country garden. The hotel provides bicycles, as well as an electric boat, for excursions on the lake.
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  • Hôtel des Patients

    Hotel
    4.5/5 (397 Reviews)
    Hôtel des Patients
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    From $143 per night per room
    This concept hotel lives within Lausanne’s CHUV hospital, offering 111 rooms, most of which overlook the lake and the Alps. Guests include tourists and business travellers, the families of patients and, of course, the hospital patients themselves, recuperating in a relaxing environment. The light and subtle decor of the interiors – serene pastels and greys – creates a peaceful and nurturing atmosphere throughout the bedrooms as well as the Restaurant Mill’Feuilles, which serves healthy and nutritious fare, as you’d expect from a medicinal establishment.
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    Moxy Lausanne City

    Chain Hotel
    4.4/5 (78 Reviews)
    Moxy Lausanne City
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    From $129 per night per room
    This buzzy, vibrant outing from the Marriott feels more like a boutique hotel than one of the large chain’s venues. Retro interiors, nodding to all things youthful and fun, pop with sprinkles of electric pink and bright neon. The whole place has a palpable creative energy thanks to its location in the hip Lausanne neighbourhood of Le Flon, where nightclubs and bars will keep you busy after hours. The 113 swanky rooms are designed with streaming in mind, fitted with huge TVs and cushions. Feel like making friends? Head to the recreation area full of games and a foosball table. Even the gym is awash with explosions of colour.
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    Aquatis Hotel

    Hotel
    4.3/5 (348 Reviews)
    Aquatis Hotel
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    From $124 per night per room
    Part of Aquatis, the largest aquarium in Europe, the Aquatis Hotel has 143 modern rooms decorated around the theme of water (of course). As parents and kids make up the majority of the Aquatis Aquarium visitors and hotel guests, the family experience is at the heart of this hotel – so learning and leisure go hand in hand. After your aquatic explorations, you’ll be well fed at either the Aquatis Restaurant for slow dining, or Piranha, which serves quick, child-friendly snacks along the lines of pizza and burgers. It’s also super convenient, taking only 10 minutes to drive into the city centre.
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    Hôtel des Voyageurs

    Boutique Hotel
    4.6/5 (345 Reviews)
    Hôtel des Voyageurs
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    From $173 per night per room
    You’ll find this cute boutique hotel in the heart of downtown Lausanne. In a quiet pedestrian area just a few minutes from the train station, it’s also just 10 minutes down to the lake. It’s a family-run establishment, offering all the home comforts with an individual twist. As the recently renovated, 19th-century townhouse is respectful to its roots, the bedrooms are decked out in exposed wood and beams, alongside contemporary design. Don’t miss the tasty continental breakfast and take advantage of the free public transport that’s included in your stay – just ask the staff for a travel pass.
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    Want to extend your Swiss holiday? Book one of the best hotels in nearby Zermatt, or one of the best in Grindelwald, now via Culture Trip. They’re only a two-hour drive from Lausanne.

    These recommendations were updated on August 26, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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