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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.



Flagship event of the Hydros Foundation, the HYDROcontest is the first international student competition dedicated to naval energy efficiency. Both incubator of ideas, awareness-raising and education tool, the HYDROcontest gathers the future engineers and architects worldwide around a common issue: CARRY MORE, FASTER, USING LESS ENERGY Students are invited to design, build and pilot the most energy efficient boat. More on http://www.hydrocontest.org/en/event.html

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Lausanne Greeters

Your personalized & authentic free tour with a local resident. Live a unique travel experience : meet a friendly local, go on a free walking tour off-the-beaten tracks and feel like you belong here ! More on http://www.lausannegreeters.com/version-franaise/#page-1

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Destination Rio

A 100% free programme! From the 10th of February to the 25th of September 2016, The Olympic Museum celebrates Rio 2016 with a programme wholly dedicated to the culture and flavour of the city and of Brazil, host of the upcoming Olympic Games. More on http://www.olympic.org/museum

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