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The Family Story

of the Lausanne GuestHouse began in 1997 with the search for a building adapted to the ideas and the business-plan of the Elmiger brothers and sisters (Christian, Anne-Marie et Jodoc). The project matured and developed over a 3 year period before the actual construction work, renovation and transformation began. This took another year, during which Laura joined the family. Finally, on 3rd August 2001, the “Lausanne GuestHouse & Backpacker” opened in its present location.

Our ambition

is to satisfy a demanding clientele with high standards of service, cleanliness and professionalism, offering the best value for money, while insuring the viability and permanence of our business entreprise. At the same time, we try to promote a dynamic and economically attractive image of tourism in the Lausanne region as well as in the rest of Switzerland.


we support socially responsible employment standards. The working conditions and salaries we offer are therefore much better than average. Our employees enjoy a large degree of job security. We do not employ undeclared personnel, people without work permits or illegal immigrants. The core of our cleaning staff has not changed since 2001!
Ecology (see the “Ecology” tab) is also our concern: we bear the Minergie quality label, observe a strict policy of waste separation and support public transport (95% of our clientele) through our proximity to the Lausanne train station.


FROM 30TH JANUARY TO 4TH FEBRUARY, 2017 - 45th Prix de Lausanne

The best young male and female dancers on the planet will confront each other in a competition which is traditionally reserved for them every year, the Prix de Lausanne, a well-known event throughout the world and which will take place at Beaulieu Lausanne.


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Travelers Wifi - Unlimited Internet in Lausanne and throughout Switzerland

Traveler‘s WiFi – Unlimited 4G Data 

Mobile Internet throughout Switzerland: these handy Pocket Wifi hotspots are available at Lausanne Guesthouse & Backpacker.

Want to send a selfie by the Lake Geneva? Or Skype with your family while walking thru the Lausanne city? Or watch the latest netflix movie before you go to bed?This is all possible with the pocket Wifi device from Travelers Wifi. It provides unlimited 4G/LTE Internet – without any data or speed restrictions – without any roaming fees!

Book this device at our guesthouse reception:

Sample rates Days of use Price 

3 days CHF 39.90 

7 days CHF 64.90 

10 days CHF 83.40 

15 days CHF 129.90

The pocket Wifi device is easy to use: with just one click you can connect up to 10 devices simultaneously and use the unlimited data connection up to six hours (battery life). For the return: you can either hand it in directly to the staff at Lausanne Guesthouse & backpacker, or place it in the stamped addressed envelope provided and take it to a Swiss Post Office or drop it into any Swiss mailbox. https://travelerswifi.com/

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Happy New Year


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