Travelling to Switzerland can be an expensive itinerary for the budget-conscious person. As one of the European countries with high cost of living, it is understandable why people skip Switzerland for a vacation and head to somewhere more wallet-friendly. But if this is the only reason why you’re passing it up, this shouldn’t deter you traveling to one of the most beautiful places in the world. Home of the famed Alps mountain range, charming medieval towns, sparkling lakes, endless greenery, delicious chocolates, and very affectionate people, Switzerland is a great place to go on your next vacation at any time of the year. Here’s a guide of where to stay in Switzerland on a budget.
- 1 Where to Stay in Montreux
- 2 Where to Stay in Wengen
- 3 Where to Stay in Lake Geneva
- 4 Where to Stay in Lucerne
- 5 Where to Stay in Zermatt
Where to Stay in Montreux
Famous for its two-week-long Jazz Festival, the town of Montreux is located along the Lake Geneva shoreline just at the foot of the Swiss Alps. Although Montreaux’s biggest crowd drawer is its music festival, the town’s sights and attractions will make you wish you could stay longer.
Room Type: Standard Double or Twin | Superior Double or Twin | Suite with Lake View | Three-Bedroom Apartment with Lake View |
Near: Lake Geneva, Montreux Train Station
Price Range: $113-$483 a night
Although small, La Rouvenaz is not something to be overlooked. The rooms at this hotel are larger than usual in the area. There is no air-conditioning, but you can pop a window open for the cool lake breeze to complement your portable fan. Continental breakfast is offered and comes with adequate choices enough to fill your stomach. Otherwise, you can check out the trattoria-style restaurant on site and order some Italian specialties like cured meat, seafood, and cheese with wine. It’s also super close to the lake shore, the train station and the Montreux convention center.
Room Type: Double with Courtyard View | Double with Lake View | Triple with Courtyard View | Single Room with Courtyard View
Near: Lake Geneva, Montreux Train Station
Price Range: $119-$247 a night
Set in a 19th-century building, the pet-friendly Hotel Splendid offers panoramic views of the nearby lake, of which you could view via a balcony or terrace of some of the hotel’s many rooms. Because it is in a historical building, there is no air-conditioning. But the rooms are comfy and spacious enough. The restaurant and the cafe at the hotel serve delicious international and Swiss cuisine, so that’s something to think about. Hotel Splendid also has free public transport, which is great if you do not wish to walk to popular tourist attractions in the area.
Tralala Hotel Montreux
Room Type: Double Room | Large Double Room | Junior Suite
Near: Montreux-Les Planches train station, Casino Barrière de Montreux
Price Range: $113-$215 a night
This hotel may be a bit of a walk, as it is located up on the hill from the main area of Montreaux. But Tralala Hotel Montreux is a great choice for people looking to stay in the old part of the town. Majority of the rooms offer a view of the lake, and each is designed to pay homage the town’s artists. You can also avail the hotel’s breakfast spread for free or enjoy the Tralala bar’s wide selection of Swiss wines from the Vaud and Valais cantons. Do check out the nearby Chillon Castle waterfront by foot or bike rental, which you can arrange at the hotel.
Where to Stay in Wengen
This resort town is popular with skiers and winter sports enthusiasts. Wengen is a car-free town, so people either walk or avail the electric vehicle transfers some hotels in the area offer. Most of the lodging options are in boutique hotels or log chalets.
Room Type: Double Room – North Side | Double Room with Balcony and Mountain View
Near: Männlichen cable car station
Price Range: $115-$125 a night
The Hotel Jungfraublick is a pet-friendly option nestled in a quiet, elevated hillside area of the Jungfrau region. Only 5 minutes away from the Männlichen cable car station and 10 minutes from the Wengen train station, the hotel is pretty convenient, especially for newcomers. You can also arrange a pickup and luggage transport with the hotel for a fee. At the hotel, you can view the Jungfrau mountain and the Lauterbrunnen valley from your room or enjoy delicious meals at the in-house restaurant.
Hotel Silberhorn Wengen
Room Type: Standard Double or Twin | Double or Twin with Jungfrau View and Balcony | Standard Triple | Triple with Jungfrau View | Standard Quadruple | Quadruple with Jungfrau View and Balcony | Single with Jungfrau View and Balcony
Near: Bahnhof Wengen train station, Männlichen ski and hiking areas via gondola
Price Range: $173-$538 a night
Hotel Silberhorn Wengen is perhaps the epitome of a perfect winter vacation hotel. Located just right next to the Wengen Station, all rooms at this hotel provide amazing views of the surrounding mountains. Guests can avail the hotel’s many facilities and services, including the spa and wellness area, hairdresser, a laundromat, and the onsite bar with a fireplace. There’s even a skiing school where you can enroll for a quick lesson. The cable cars that would take you to the Kleine Scheidegg and Männlichen Ski Areas can be reached by foot in a minute.
Hotel & Spa Victoria-Lauberhorn
Room Type: Economy Double | Comfort Double | Double with Jungfrau View | Triple Room | Family Room
Near: Wengen train station, Wengen Männlichen cable car
Price Range: $152-$367 a night
If you are looking for a hotel that can offer less active activities, do consider the Hotel Victoria Lauberhorn. The hotel, which is set on an 18th-century property in the Bernese Alps, has The Alpine Spa – a top-notch spa facility that comes with a gym, 33-degree salt-water bath, swimming pool, a sauna, a steam bath, and massage showers. Otherwise, you have the option to lounge in your room or dine on contemporary wares at the hotel’s pasta restaurant with a terrace. Nonetheless, you can engage in activities like curling, skating, tennis, and mini golf at sports facilities that are minutes away from the hotel.
Where to Stay in Lake Geneva
Lake Geneva is a crescent-shaped body of water shared by Switzerland with France. Travellers head to the Swiss city of Geneva, which is just at the southern tip of the lake, for city walks and luxury retail therapy. Lake Geneva is also close to the French resort Évian-les-Bains and the Swiss Riviera, which covers the northern shore of Lausanne through Montreux.
Sagitta Swiss Quality Hotel
Room Type: Standard Queen Studio | Standard Twin | Executive Twin | Executive Queen Studio | One-Bedroom Apartment
Near: Natural History Museum
Price Range: $214-$381 a night
Located in the heart of the city of Geneva, Sagitta Swiss Quality Hotel is convenient for travelers looking to explore the historical city center. The Jet d’Eau and the lakefront are just under 10 minutes, while the Natural History Museum, Cornavin Train Station, and the airport are nearby. The hotel is pretty basic but comfortable enough in consideration of your wallet. Sagitta Swiss Quality Hotel serves a great pot of tea, which you can enjoy over an adequate breakfast spread. The rooms have a kitchenette, so you have the option to prepare your own meals.
Ibis Genève Petit Lancy
Room Type: Standard Twin | Standard Double |
Near: Lancy-Pont-Rouge train station
Price Range: $163-$181 a night
Ibis Genève Petit Lancy is your typical business hotel – it has minimalist rooms with streamlined furnishings, a 24-hour bar, bistro-style restaurant, and business services. You can also dine at the hotel’s breakfast buffet for a fee. You can reach the tram stop from the hotel in 3 minutes, but it can be a bit of a drive to the other points of interest like the old town, Geneva Airport, and the United Nations’ Palace of Nations complex.
Chez Maman Hotel & Restaurant
Room Type: Standard Double | Superior Double | Two-Bedroom Apartment | Junior Suite
Near: Cornavin Train Station, Lake Geneva
Price Range: $174-$256 a night
Guests who have checked in at Chez Maman claim this hotel is of the best value for money in the area. The rooms are air-conditioned, soundproofed and come with modern furnishings. You’ll also love the in-house restaurant, which has live music from Tuesdays to Saturdays, and offers free drinks during happy hour every Friday and Saturday. If you have your own rental car, there’s free private parking provided to guests. Cornavin Train Station is only 3 kilometers away from the hotel.
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Where to Stay in Lucerne
Despite the geographical size, Lucerne is a major tourist destination in Switzerland as there’s so much to do, see, and experience. Just across Lake Geneva from Aldorf, the city has several preserved medieval buildings and structures worth visiting, including the colorful Altstadt (Old Town) and the 870-meter Museggmauer (Musegg Wall), a 14-century rampart.
The Tourist City & River Hotel Luzern
Room Type: Double Room | Superior Double | Double with River View and Balcony | Triple Room | Superior Triple | Quadruple Room | Superior Quadruple | Single Room
Near: Reuss River, Musegg Wall
Price Range: $137-$256 a night
A room at The Tourist City & River Hotel can give you picturesque views of Mount Pilatus, the Titlis Mountain Range, and the Reuss river. It is also quite near the famed Musegg Wall, which you should definitely check out. The staff can also help you out plan your tour, get laundry service, and among other special requests. The breakfast buffet is adequate to satiate your stomach, with free coffee and tea that you can take advantage of. For a hotel set in an old building, The Tourist City & River Hotel actually has a lift to help transport guests to the floor where their rooms are in.
Cascada Swiss Quality Hotel
Room Type: Standard Room | Superior Room | Deluxe Room | Triple Room | Economy Room
Near: Lucerne Train Station, Lake Lucerne
Price Range: $153-$230 a night
Cascada Swiss Quality Hotel is centrally located by the Lucerne Train Station, Just a few minutes’ walk from Lake Lucerne and the old town, Cascada Swiss Quality Hotel is a great option for people wanting to stay near the Lucerne Train Station. You can also put in a request for a room facing the hotel’s inner courtyard or on the upper floors that face the Bundesplatz. Guests also love the hotel’s Bolero restaurant, which serves Spanish and Mexican staples, and the onsite bar for its selection of cocktails and wines. You’ll also receive a free entry ticket to use the fitness center that’s in front of the hotel, and bus passes and maps to explore Lucerne.
Room Type: Double Room | Superior Double with Lake View | Superior Junior Suite with Lake View | Junior Suite with Lake View | Deluxe with Terrace and Lake View |
Near: Chapel Bridge, Lucerne Station
Price Range: $221-$1,035 a night
Want to live like royalty? Check in at the pet-friendly, grand Château Gütsch, which is set in a 19th-century castle. The property overlooks Lake Lucerne, the Rigi Mountain, and the very town of Lucerne, so you’ll definitely love the views from this hotel. The rooms are quite opulent, with some furnished with elegant four-poster or canopy beds, clawfoot tubs, and a private balcony or terrace. If you came with a rental car, there’s free private parking at Château Gütsch. Guests can also look forward to the onsite restaurant’s Mediterranean and regional menu and the wines and cocktails at the bar. Previous guests recommend getting a transport pass from the hotel to reduce the commuting costs.
Where to Stay in Zermatt
Zermatt popular to tourists thanks to the mountainous town’s location and the après-ski scene. Zermatt is located below the iconic Matterhorn peak and has an elevation of around 1,600 meters. Travelers head to Zermatt for climbing, hiking, skiing, ice skating and curling. Bahnhofstrasse, the town’s main street, is lined with several shops, hotels, and restaurants.
Zermatt Youth Hostel
Room Type: Dormitory Type
Near: Matterhorn Mountain
Price Range: Starting at $56 a night
Youth Hostel Zermatt is a functional hostel that offers magnificent views of the Matterhorn. You can bunk in with other guests in their dormitory-style rooms with private or shared bathrooms. There are also family rooms available for groups and small families, and have facilities retrofitted for disabled guests. The town’s city center and ski lifts are 10 minutes away by foot. Guests can also avail the hostel’s large lockers.
Room Type: Double with Private Bathroom | Double with Shared Bathroom | Family Room with Private Bathroom | Mixed Premium Dorm Bed | Female Premium Dorm Bed | Single Room with Shared Bathroom
Near: Zermatt Train Station
Price Range: $46-$231 a night
Hotel Bahnhof is 100 m from Zermatt Train station and comes with clean rooms featuring wooden floors and furniture. Some of the rooms have a private balcony, which you can use to view the hotel’s perspective of the town and of the Matterhorn mountain. Shared kitchen, a laundry room, and a ski storage room are also available at the hotel. If you are looking for a place to eat, the restaurants in the area are five minutes away.
Romantik Hotel Julen Superior
Room Type: Chalet Double Room | Romantic Double with Matterhorn View | Superior Room | Chalet Suite | Chalet Single Room
Near: Zermatt Train Station
Price Range: $358-$769
Romantik Julen Hotel has rooms decked in traditional Alpine interiors but comes with modern amenities. The rooms also have private balconies, where you can enjoy the hotel’s perspective of the mountain city, including Matterhorn. The hotel has a 3-storey large spa center where you can enjoy the fitness room, indoor swimming pool, steam baths, solarium, and sauna, perfect after a long day of walking in the city. Technogym products are in the fitness room. The restaurant at Romantik Julen Hotel serves international and local dishes. For a nightcap, you can head out to the hotel’s bar, which has an open fireplace.
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