Bedroom at Beau Rivage Palace, Lausanne, Switzerland

Beau-Rivage Palace

With a history including long term stays by Coco Chanel and Charlie Chaplin, the Beau-Rivage Palace has a reputation for making guests feel very much at home. With two tennis courts, spa, gym, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, 10 acres of gardens, four restaurants and enviable proximity to the charming city of Lausanne, it is understandable why guests would never want to leave its full-service setting.

Built in 1857 on the site of a former fishing village, the Beau Rivage's main building boasts seventy rooms. In the early 1900s, the hotel expanded and opened the Palace building next door, adding another one hundred rooms. Designed in a classic style, the original rooms feature fabrics and tapestries reminiscent of grand European hotels from bygone eras.

Since 2003, the hotel has been undergoing continuous renovations to its interior all the while maintaining its traditional elegance. Designer Pierre-Yves Rochon was so taken by the views of the lake that he created picture-perfect framed views from each bedroom window. Renovated rooms are decorated in one of three color themes: blue, beige, or green, and provide a warm, sunlight-filled ambiance. Bathrooms have been updated in white marble and each boasts a gorgeous original mosaic imported from Italy. Many bathrooms offer unobstructed lake views.

The hotel has a large outdoor swimming pool ideal for sunbathers on sunny days, as well as a second pool that connects to the inside of the hotel and the Cinq Mondes Spa. Another highlight of the property is its staff. The world’s oldest hotel management school is located in Lausanne, and many graduates stick around the area post studies.

The complimentary kids program that runs in the summer includes daily activities, babysitting services and a kid’s club room. For kids and parents alike, the pier is a five-minute walk from the hotel and guests are encouraged to take a boat tour or explore on their own in a paddleboat. The town of Lausanne is a twenty-minute walk or a ten-minute metro ride away. Many guests enjoy walking or riding bikes on the beautiful promenade along the lakeside pier.

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Exterior View -  Hotel Angleterre & Residence, Lausanne, Switzerland

Hotel Angleterre & Residence

Next door to the Beau-Rivage Palace, Hotel Angleterre boasts lake view rooms at a lower price point, and with access to all of the Beau-Rivage Palace’s amenities. This understated hotel feel more like a home and features 75 rooms and junior suites with contemporary décor with clean lines. Lausanne’s leading Italian restaurant L’Accademia is housed here, and guests can enjoy preferential access to the Michelin-starred Anne-Sophie Pic. There is a heated outdoor swimming pool for relaxing on property, as well as easy access to downtown Lausanne via the metro line.

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Hôtel Royal Savoy Lausanne

The historic and centrally-located Hotel Royal Savoy in Lausanne offers fresh, contemporary interiors and a sleek, modern spa.

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Bedroom at Lausanne Palace & Spa, Lausanne, Switzerland - © Sylvain Fasel

Lausanne Palace & Spa

Situated on a hill in the fashion district, this hotel has rooms with views of Lake Geneva or the Old Town. Frequented by many business travelers it is in the heart of Lausanne and marked with its red awnings over the windows on the exterior. 154 rooms and suites boast modern marble bathrooms. The hotel’s spa has a wide range of treatments, therapies and contemporary or traditional rituals throughout its 2260 square feet. Guests can also enjoy a variety of cuisines in one of the four restaurants on property that range from sushi to Mediterranean. A perfect location for exploring the cobblestoned streets of Lausanne, this hotel also has easy access to Lake Geneva via the metro line.

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