Offering the best of old and new, this hotel contains 1920s frescoes of a winegrowers' festival on the ceiling of La Brasserie, the old-fashioned restaurant, as well as a modern annex of guest rooms wired with up-to-the-minute technology. Adjacent to the train station, the congenial family-run place has an outdoor café and coffee bar, both convenient rendezvous points. An underground garage uses an elevator to lower cars from the narrow alley entrance to parking spaces beneath the building.
Jul 13, 2010
Location, Location! Hotel is across the street in one direction from the Vevey train station, and across the street in another direction from the #1 public bus that can take you to all the towns along the "Montreux Riviera." Your hotel can even provide a pass to make the bus free of charge. The lakefront restaurants, ferry landing, and shopping areas are all a 10-minute walk away. The Astra rooms are modern and convenient, if bland and unmemorable.
It is largely a business hotel. The reception staff were all helpful, though not overly forthcoming with many details on restaurants or excursions. Breakfast included in the room rate is a generous buffet, includijng good breads pastries, and rolls, fruit, cold cuts, cheeses, soft boiled eggs, yogurt, and cereals. I was annoyed that there is a charge for room wifi, one must buy a card to activate the service. There is also a charge of $12 per 30 minutes, to use the computer in the business center.