The Lausanne Palace: history and tradition a stone’s throw from the “Flon”

The facade of the Lausanne Palace

Overlooking the splendid Lake Geneva, on the top of one of the three hills of Lausanne, the Lausanne Palace is one of the oldest hotels in the city, we could define it as a true piece of history of the capital of Vaud, inaugurated on 19 June 1915. It dominates the “du Flon” district, reachable in less than 5 minutes, which represents the nightlife and the most in vogue in the red-crossed lakeside city.
The structure was built as a competitor to the Beau-Rivage Palace, another luxury hotel founded in Lausanne-Ouchy in 1861.
The Lausanne Palace is considered a jewel of Belle Epoque architecture, hosting crowned heads, presidents and other celebrities in search of privacy in a “neutral country” like Switzerland, especially in times of war.

Lausanne, the lake and the panorama from the hotel

It was here that Baron de Coubertin signed with the municipality of Lausanne and the mayor Paul Maillefer, the establishment of the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee in Lausanne, since 1980 the hotel has been the official residence of the president of the IOC.
In the early 1900s, when the Lausanne Palace was under construction, the hotel industry grew significantly in the region and, since then, the Lausanne Palace has never stopped developing. A century later it remains one of Lausanne’s iconic buildings and, since 2015, the Lausanne Palace has joined the Sandoz Foundation Hotels, a collection of Swiss luxury hotels owned by the Fondation de Famille Sandoz (pharmaceutical).

The hotel offers a notable array of rooms, 140, including 30 suites, divided into different categories, all furnished in a unique and personalized way: 14 single business
20 business double, 11 executive “city”, 12 Executive partial lake view, 39 deluxe lake, 15 junior city suite, 11 junior lake suite, 3 city corner suite, 6 lake suite, 2 lake corner suite, 1 deluxe suite,
1 deluxe lake suite, 2 presidential suites, 1 Samaranch suite (from which former IOC president took up residence in the hotel), 1 Coco Chanel, 1 Tower Suite, all selected according to the style.

The offer of catering services is wide, with 4 restaurants managed by Christian Bertogna, Executive Chef of the hotel directed by Ivan Riviere, gm.

Sushi Zen Palace

Al Palace Sushi Zen, Japanese cuisine is well represented as all traditional Japanese dishes are offered with a modern twist.
In the heart of the hall, the Bar 1915 welcomes guests throughout the day, while in a quiet and relaxing environment, LP’s Bar offers a wide choice of cocktails.
Table is a new restaurant that offers French-influenced cuisine and enhances local products. With a panoramic view of Lake Geneva and the Alps, La Table du Lausanne Palace offers the delicacies of Franck Pelux, awarded 1 Michelin star and 16/20 points on the Gault & Millau Guide.
The restaurant opened in September 2020.
The Grand Chêne Brewery it is designed in a typically Parisian style, maintaining its Belle Epoque charm, in the scenery and in the dishes.
The Garden side entirely dedicated to the flavors of the South, it offers a buffet and a wide range of dishes to choose from. It also has a large panoramic terrace to enjoy the summer.
The part dedicated to conferences offers 14 different modular rooms that can accommodate from 2 to 400 people. It is a high-tech conference center.
The Spa Lausanne Palace it is a 2100 m2 wellness paradise and offers many treatments. Dedicated to body care, the Spa offers programs focused on traditional and ancient thermal therapies. There are 21 treatment rooms, plus the Yogi Booster Bar, a fitness room, an indoor swimming pool, a jacuzzi, a sauna, a hammam and a Hair Spa.
There are many activities that can be practiced in the “Olympic capital”: golf, tennis, swimming, water skiing, windsurfing, horse riding, cycling and skiing (45 minutes). Culture also offers an impressive offer for cultural diversity: about 20 museums, one of which is the famous Olympic Museum and the “Collection de l’Art Brut” Museum.

The best way to reach Lausanne is from northern Italy thanks to the train connections of the SBB – Swiss Railways, which can be conveniently included in the Swiss Travel Pass which opens up to a world of transport possibilities (lake boats, urban and suburban buses, subways) all inclusive including admission to 500 museums in 90 cities and discounts where there is no free admission. The best way to use this huge network of Swiss Travel System is the app Swiss Travel Guide that will tell you everything about itineraries, timetables, connections, possibilities and what you need to optimize your trip.