Fodor's Expert Review Hôtel Palafitte

2 rte. des Gouttes d'Or, Monruz, Neuchâtel, 2008, Switzerland Fodor's Choice

Unique in Europe, this one-level hotel is partly built on piles on Lac de Neuchâtel, giving it unbeatable clear-day views that include the distant Alps. Located 3 km (1½ miles) from Neuchâtel's city center in outlying Monruz, this design-centric complex has 40 "pavillions," some on the shore and some over water. A wide array of room amenities even include a ladder from which occupants can descend into the lake for a swim. Many consider the hotel's restaurant, La Table de Palafitte, to be one of the best in the area. Terrace dining is spectacular here.

PROS

  • some rooms have ladders so you can descend directly into the lake for a swim
  • golf-cart-style vehicle shuttles guests to rooms
  • unique structure with loads of character

CONS

  • despite air-conditioning, strong sun may heat your room up
  • some glitches in maintenance
  • breakfast is expensive

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Trendy
Sceney
On the beach
$$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 032-7230202

HOTEL DETAILS

40 suites
Rate Includes: No meals

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