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Plea­sure palace: Gue­stroom at Chateau d’Ouchy AS one would ex­pect in a city that runs a renowned ho­tel school, Lau­sanne has some grand ac­com­mo­da­tion. With only 50 rooms, Chateau d’Ouchy, an old cas­tle be­side the lake, pro­vides more in­ti­mate lodg­ings. The gue­strooms are com­fort­ably spa­cious, the show­ers are huge and the in­ter­net con­nec­tion is free. Part of the ho­tel is a pro­tected mon­u­ment and some ar­eas re­tain an am­bi­ence of old Europe, with dark-wood wain­scot­ting and royal-blue car­pets im­printed with fleurs-de-lis, while other ar­eas have been mod­ernised. Some rooms are stark, all white, with no pic­tures or dec­o­ra­tion and no sense of place, al­though the lake and moun­tain views are stun­ning. And in the morn­ing you can hear the horns of fer­ries de­part­ing for Evian, Geneva, Mon­treux and other ports along Lake Geneva. Garry Marchant Chateau d’Ouchy is a mem­ber of Small Lux­ury Ho­tels of the World. More: www.slh.com; www.chateau­douchy.com.

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