On my way to my sister in Zug in Switzerland I stayed in Montreux, in the French speaking canton of Vaud. I chose Tralala Hotel as it’s walking distance from the railway station, it had a good price and it seemed overall nice for one night. Also, I found the name funny.
Tralala is slang for penis, and in Flemish tralala means ‘posh hassle’. The hotel is none of those. Tralala is inspired by the Montreux Jazz Festival. Simplified portraits of jazz artists are everywhere.
Chick-in was smooth and hassle-free. I got the usual explanations concerning breakfast and WiFi and I was set. No need for login or password for the WiFi. So easy. Just connect.
The room was basic. I didn’t expect more of a three star hotel. Double bed, television, bathroom with shower, enough towels. Soap in separate containers (not in dispensers).
The room was hot though. I took a while before I could figure out the heater.
Another issue were power outlets. They’re hard to find. They’re also Swiss, so I couldn’t charge my laptop. Luckily I could charge my phone in the bathroom.
Breakfast cost 15 CHF. It looked more basic at first sight, but I found everything one expects: coffee, tea and hot chocolate, bread rolls, croissants and pastries, cheese and meat, fruit and vegetables, yoghurt, cereals, jams and honey, juices.
You had to boil your egg yourself so I stayed clear of that.
As was the case with the Mercure Paris Opéra Faubourg Montmartre Hotel, I could describe Tralala as basic but convenient. But I rate Tralala higher. The Mercure boasts **** and Tralala ***. But Tralala does better job with friendlier staff and more realistic expectations.