We were looking for a reasonably priced hotel close to downtown Lausanne. The Tulip Inn fit the bill. I was a little concerned ahead of time that it might be a bit too far out from the old city, but as it turned out, the bus and train systems made getting around easy. There is a bus stop right around the corner from the hotel, with frequent buses coming by. So, the quiet neighborhood setting of this hotel worked out just fine. The staff was very friendly and helpful for helping us figure out the basics of getting around, etc. Breakfast was excellent and included of course. Expect a small-ish room, but very comfortable. The bathroom also is small, but clean and worked out fine. Overall, good value and a very pleasant stay.
I had an amazing time at this hotel. I was traveling to Switzerland for the first time as a lone, young female with almost no French abilities, for business. The hotel is so conveniently located and near most of the important tourist sites in Lausanne. Fanny (and I'm sure the other people too) at the front was extremely friendly, helpful, and had great English. I felt really at home here and would definitely stop here again. Here are some things I didn't see mentioned in other reviews.
- Despite it having a common bathroom, you do get towels, shampoo (though not very good), soap, and a sink in your room. You don't get a toothbrush / toothpaste
- They have electric converters available for a returnable 10 franc / euro / dollar deposit
- You do get the free Lausanne transit pass for the duration for your stay
- They have free chocolate at the window!!
- The office closes for lunch and at night, though you can use your card to get in whenever.
Other things: I thought people mentioned the train was far or an uphill climb... um what? It's a 3 minute flat walk to the Riponne station... Also, for female travelers, I felt this place (and the area) was very safe and clean as a lone female traveler. Lastly, my internet connection was incredibly easy to log into and fast... I noticed some people complaining about this, but maybe they've fixed it since.
So yes - come here!!
Wilma from Tokyo, Japan
Boasting a wonderful location between lake and mountains, Hôtel du Marché offers a peaceful atmosphere yet in the city …More
Very easy to walk to from the hotel -- downhill a short distance. Strange not to have a front desk (or anyone), but the keybox worked fine. The restaurant across the street, Le Milan, serves enormous dishes of wonderful homemade pasta. We could have shared one plate...ordered two!
When we arrived we was greeted by a very rude receptionist who didn't acknowledge our request of a quiet room on a higher level which had been verified before our stay. She gave us the worst room on ground level which was very sub standard. No wardrobe in the room, only in the bathroom. The room was next to the entry and exit round to the motel and the noise was horrendous. After complaining to Expedia call centre she phoned us from reception and offered us a better room on first floor level which was much better and only £10 extra per night. So be careful when using this motel. It is only 2 star if that and not cheap at £100 per night without breakfast.
Mandy from Essex, England
The Motel des Pierrettes is located next to the University of Lausanne and only 300 metres from Lake Geneva. It offers …More
Excellent small hotel offering bed and a decent continental breakfast. Ideal location in the car free old town and about a five minute walk downhill to the nearest metro station from which it's one stop to the main station and about another five stops to the lakeside. The hotel gives free transport passes which we used on the metro and on the buses.
Staff were very friendly and helpful all speaking good English
Room and bathroom were very clean and quiet
Annie from Edinburgh
10 minutes from the convention center and the railway station you will enjoy the peace and quiet of our new rooms in the …More
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