Fodor's Expert Review Hôtel Angleterre & Résidence

11 pl. du Port, Lausanne, Vaud, 1006, Switzerland Fodor's Choice

Occupying four graceful 18th- and 19th-century villas and a historic hotel near the waterfront, this small complex has been modernized without ruffling its gentility or disturbing its graceful stone arches, marble floors, or discreet gardens. It's the best of both worlds: small-hotel attentiveness plus access to the facilities of the grand Beau-Rivage Palace next door. The hotel, where Lord Byron penned "The Prisoner of Chillon," anchors the compound. A private courtyard with glass pavilion receives guests and dispenses them to quarters furnished in styles ranging from contemporary historical to garden-party floral. A meal taken on the terrace of L'Accademia, the quay-facing Italian bistro, provides a glimpse of the lakefront lifestyle.

PROS

  • urban feel steeped in history
  • part of energetic lakefront scene
  • especially pretty grounds surround the outdoor pool

CONS

  • alley entrance to garage and reception difficult to find
  • hard to snag a table on the patio for lunch or a sunset cocktail
  • lots of stairs make it less than ideal for guests with mobility issues

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Central
Classic
$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 021-6133434

HOTEL DETAILS

75 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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