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Recommended Lausanne hotels

Whether you're after minimalist simplicity or regal splendour, find your perfect room with Time Out's accommodation guide

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Lausanne hotels: The Beau-Rivage Palace lights up the Ouchy waterfront

Most of the Lausanne hotels worth talking about are grouped in roughly two areas. Generally, the city’s most upmarket hotels, like the Beau Rivage Palace – with a few exceptions – are to be found in Ouchy, once a little fishing village and now Lausanne’s lakefront district. A pretty place to hang out on a weekend, it’s the must-do area for tourists with its ferry trips, parks, watersports, museums and upmarket bars. The rest of Lausanne’s hotels, such as the Agora, are up the hill in the town centre, either near to the train station or dotted around the 17th century shopping streets and the warehouse district of Flon. While it’s easy to find old-school luxury, a cluster of newer hotels have brought a refreshing modernity to Lausanne in recent years, compounding its status as one of Switzerland’s most youthful cities. Whether you end up in town or in Ouchy, it’s easy to flit up and down the hill on the leg-saving M2 metro line.