Lausanne Palace

Hotel review by travel pros Lawrence Travel

Destination: Lausanne, Canton of Vaud, Switzerland

In the land of the three suns – the one shining bright at the blue sky, the so-called second sun reflecting on Lake Geneva, or Lac Leman to the locals, and the third reflecting from the snow on the mountain peaks in the background – beautiful belle epoque builds stand the test of time through the Vaud region. Most of these establishments have been renovated, maintaining their whimsical charm of the olden days with exquisite ballrooms – close your eyes and you can imagine the cronilines twirling the lacquered parquet floors underneath the twinkling of crystal chandeliers- wide corridors and hand-painted walls and ceilings, lake view rooms and graceful dining rooms yet updated with the grand allure of today’s traveller.

Vaud, the region along the northern side of Lake Geneva, offers the finest of life with Michelin star restaurants, five star hotels and a list of cultural outings as long as a similar line up of sports possibilities – indoors and outdoors. It is here, where on the lakefront the beautiful era is set in stone, sunny verandas, handcrafted woodwork and marble floors – the belle epoque palace hotels.

The Welcome

The Lausanne Palace is the grand dame of Lausanne hotels situated near the old town, across from boutique shopping (watch workshops, chocolatiers and fashion boutiques) and nearby cosy tearooms.

This charming palace hotel with views of the crystal clear lake in the distance offers a Bel Air class entrance in the centre of Lausanne.

Six pillars of majestic grandeur welcome us before we head inside through the characteristic wooden with detailed glass revolving door entering the central lobby. Left and right the concierge and check-in desk create a lively welcome with guests arriving and leaving, doormen handling suitcases, umbrellas and coats. In the midst of the lobby a cafe calms the senses by offering herbal teas and fine coffee blends, even a glass of bubbly can be ordered in the midst of the dome shaped lobby, to make the guests feel welcome. And we surely do.

Sweet Suite
With its location on the edge of the old town and in the distance the Alps, this beauty of a belle epoque palace hotel offers city and lake views. The most stunning of suites have detailed balconies highlighting the wonders of mother nature in the distance. The Coco Chanel suite, where once the chic lady resided, offers views over Lake Geneva as far as the eyes could see.

The soft hues of beige and blues create a calming atmosphere in the 170m2 suite. There is no way, the suite could not offer a dressing room fit for a lady and a lush bath in the elegant marble bathroom en suite and thus the suite offers both as well as a dining area and sitting room by the fireplace and a well kept vanity by the french doors to the bedroom balcony, all surrounded by the most divine city and lake views.


The wellness spa in the hotel is a true wellness oasis in the midst of the beating heart of the hotel. From premium treatments to stress relievers – all are located in the luxury natural stone ambiance. The worldwide unique giant singing bowl offers a completely new dimension in relaxation. Either stand in it or hang in a hammock above the solid bronze giant singing bowl that has a diameter of 1.76 meters and weighs 1.2 tons. Over 1,000 frequencies will flow through your body, stimulating each and every cell to vibrate harmoniously, leading to the deepest state of relaxation. One not to miss whilst on a visit in this lively city of

Fine Dining

The hotel offers an array of fine dining, from sushi to a charming Paris-like brasserie, with leather, wood and copper decor. The typical brasserie fare includes such classics as steak tartare, foie gras and meunière perch fillets. The lavish shellfish array, available from October to April, is simply outstanding. The Garden room offers a place for good Italian meals and the Michelin-starred restaurant La Table d’ Edgard presents Chef Edgard Bovier’s gourmet interpretation of Southern French cuisine. The chic dining room features two terraces and panoramic lake views, as well as a unique set of interior windows that allow guests such as ourselves to observe the action in the kitchen. The views are just as mouthwatering as the dishes appearing on our table and the cosy atmosphere is a testimony to the hospitality of the Swiss.

We enjoy a delightful lunch, after which we head into town. When arriving back at the hotel the brasserie is pure bliss for a late snack, whilst we revisit the day amongst business people, travellers and stylish couples enjoying each other’s company at the end of the day, whilst the sunlight dims in this land of the three suns.

Guest Post by Rupert Wright of Ashbright
Paris holds no terrors for well-heeled travellers, who can check into one of the city’s eleven palaces such as ­ the Georges V, Plaza Athénée, Le Bristol or my favourite, Le Meurice. But for those on any kind of budget, finding a decent place to stay in the French capital can be a challenge. Bedrooms smaller than a bathroom, bathrooms smaller than a bidet, we’ve all stayed at one of them and lived to regret it. So, it’s with great pleasure that I have found almost the perfect Parisian hotel – and you don’t need to be a tech billionaire to afford it. The Bedford has been family owned and run for more than a hundred years, combining Swiss roots, French flair and English tradition. It benefits from strong leadership, attention to detail, and a staff eager to look after you. With just 140 rooms, it is large enough to intimate, but not so large that you are anonymous. It’s a 4 star, but deserves more.
The rooms
Parquet flooring; high ceilings; comfortable beds and pillows; keys rather than plastic cards; and best of all, real switches, that turn the lights on and off. The Bedford has sensibly ignored many of the technical traps that can make staying in a hotel room more challenging than setting up your own satellite transmission site. The result is a place that combines understated elegance with modern touches and old school service. Some rooms overlook the rue de l’Arcade, others look over a courtyard, but all are a decent size and a muted colour. There is air-conditioning too, which is a relief when the summer strikes.
Breakfast is a buffet in a glorious belle époque room, boasting stucco reliefs and a glass roof. Dinner happens here too, French cuisine and fairly formal. There’s also a relaxed bistro/bar that serves meals and cocktails.
A stone’s throw from the Place de la Madeleine, the Place de la Concorde and the Tuileries Gardens, and the Opera, this is one of the best areas to stay in Paris. (Marcel Proust used to live just around the corner). It is a lively area, with great boutiques, wine bars and an eclectic mix of restaurants, Japanese, Italian, Chinese, Korean, Lebanese and French too.
Don’t miss
The Bedford knows that many people like to travel with their pets, so they are allowed to stay too.
HOTEL BEDFORD, 17, RUE DE L’ARCADE 75008 PARIS Tel. : +33 (0)1 44 94 77 77 Fax : +33 (0)1 44 94 77 97 More information at
Rooms from €250; Suites from €450


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Sara Hamdan

Welcome to a magazine editor’s guide to luxury hotels and what to wear when you’re there! My work has appeared in: The International New York Times, Rolling Stone, Variety and CNN Travel. I’ve held editorial roles at VIVA Magazine, Dubai Magazine and Stylist Arabia.  Now, I freelance for the likes of Google, CNN and Savoir Flair!

Editing travel pages was always my favourite part of working for lifestyle magazines. I started this blog out of a love of beautiful hotels that provide the fairytale escape of a day as a princess where breakfast is a buffet and chocolates appear on my pillow.

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