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Beau-Rivage Palace

Grand, luxurious, warm

Place Du Port 17 19, Lausanne 1006


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At a Glance

Set against the backdrop of Lake Geneva and the French Alps, Lausanne’s most luxurious hotel is a destination in itself, boasting four restaurants including the two Michelin-star Ann-Sophie Pic.

Indagare Loves

  • The specialty cocktail class at the bar where guests can learn how to make the signature drink, the Charlie Chaplin
  • The outdoor bar/terrace overlooking the lake that serves pink Champagne and delicious small bites.
  • The Cinq Mondes Spa with its sublime Swedish massages.


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.

Who Should Stay

Couples or families looking for a relaxing mini-vacation, or those who could use a few days of rest during a multiple stop Europe trip.

Written by Katie Stewart

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