Hotel Name:Hotel AlaGare
Location: Lausanne, Switzerland
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Looking for something more functional than fancy for a self-funded career building trip, I stumbled accross Hotel AlaGare, a sub 10k Ultimate Reward (Chase) point-per-night accommodation in Lausanne, Switzerland. 

Welcome to Switzerland cookies are complimentary.

The Room: I’m not entirely sure if I ended up with a single or superior room but the front desk told me it was an upgrade. I think this one had a little extra floor space, but was on the first level with a window looking onto a busy alley.

Hotel AlaGare Room

The bed was reasonably comfortable for a 3* hotel. Not expecting all-star linens, I was actually surprised they were soft at all. (Made up for the mildly musty smell in the room.)

Plenty of floor space in my room at Hotel AlaGare in Lausanne Switzerland

Washroom: This basic washroom is more representative of a 2-star hotel but served it’s purpose. It was clean but there was a mildly displeasing smell (not bad enough to complain). Perhaps a ground floor thing.

Amenities: The wall-mounted shower dispensers were topped off with a nicely scented shampoo and conditioner, but that’s about it for the washroom. In the main bedroom, Hotel AlaGare provides a “handy” personal devices to find services and attractions in Lausanne.

iPhone-like device for finding your way around Lausanne provided for use by Hotel AlaGare

Breakfast: Breakfast was a highlight here. The Hotel AlaGare breakfast area, in addition to it’s in-floor train model display, had a very nice setup for breakfast from fresh pastries and an egg boiling station to an Alaska Airlines Lounge-style pancake maker.

There’s a train set in the floor! Hotel AlaGare Breakfast area.

Service: The staff here was great. A very friendly front desk helped me find my way around Lausanne, provided me some amenities I had forgotten and even pointed me to a spot to get some laundry done. Can’t say enough good things about the people here.

Wi-fi/Connectivity: Speeds were acceptable but not blazing. Was able to do simple streaming and general social media posting.

Overall: With expectations set to 3 stars (on a 1-5 scale) I was okay with Hotel AlaGare. It’s a convenient spot, close to the main Lausanne train station, providing a very basic stay. That said, there are a few things that shine outside the room…Service and food were above average on this visit.

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