Chateau D'Ouchy Lausanne (SLH)

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May 6, 2017 by

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I went to the Montreux Jazz Festival last year and I used my complimentary night (Honoured status at SLH) to stay at Château d'Ouchy, an SLH property at Lake Geneva in the Swiss city of Lausanne - just a stroll from the Olympic Museum and a (very cute) metro station. Its castle-look is deceiving, since it's not actually that old.

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Inside the hotel:

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The weather was not the best at times, just imagine having a cocktail here on a warm (and dry) summer night:

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Check In

A very friendly concierge seemed even happier after he saw in his system that it was my SLH Honoured Member free night. Wow :) He seemed genuinely happy for me - or at least he is a good actor, which is the least I expect.

Convenient private parking directly by the hotel:

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Room

A really big, recently renovated room on the second floor welcomed me with a lot of daylight. I might have gotten an upgrade from Superior to Deluxe room, but I am not entirely sure. The size was about 35 sqm which would fit the Deluxe room description on the SLH website, although not the one with the direct lake view. I mainly looked onto a park with large trees and a bus parking spot (not busy though).

I also liked the hardwood floors:

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Open bathroom (the wall is only half the room height, the toilet was in a separate room):

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Partly lake view, also from the bathroom:

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Service

Service was generally very good (also see section Check-In).

One minor thing: I asked for a newspaper in the cafe and what I got was one sheet of a print-out of headlines from a website. A set of major newspapers is not much to ask for, or is it?

Dining

I only had breakfast here and this was not very special. I ordered scrambled eggs and what I got was a yellow soup made of egg...

The buffet was just standard. The nice place on the terrace with lake view was perfect though!

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Location

Perfectly located at Lake Geneva behind the busy road that parts the other nice hotels in Lausanne from lake access. Here it is a promenade with no through traffic. You can reach the Olympic Museum by foot (the IOC have their headquarter there as well). And it's fairly easy to get to Montreux via the super-clean metro and then the local train (worked as well as usual in Switzerland).

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Olympic Museum:

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Overall

Great location, very friendly service, nice rooms with a lot of daylight. Great outdoor pool from the looks of it, I didn't have time to use the spa area though. They also have a private boat, which I am sure to try next time.

I had a few nitpicks, but I would definitely stay here again.

For a full trip report, see my blog: http://www.continentaltraveller.blog/2017/3/30/olympic-jazz-in-switzerland

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