The establishment has been in business for more than 100 years, and occupies a grand nineteenth century purpose built edifice. It has a prime location on the waterfront, within easy walking distance of most of the main points of interest. Many of the rival accommodation options in the city also have a good location and are admittedly more luxurious, but the Walter Au Lac is quite a bit cheaper.
There are about 40 recently refurbished bedrooms that are pleasant but a little unspectacular in terms of décor. All are clean and comfortable, and although not particularly large, have the usual facilities, such as television and en-suite bathroom. Without any doubt, the single most appealing thing about the rooms, and quite possibly the entire place, is that every single one overlooks the lovely lake. Even though a fairly busy road separates the building from the waters, the views are generally attractive and engaging, both during the day and at night.
Meanwhile, similar scenes are available from the large first floor dining area. Although operating as a restaurant at times, it is perhaps most notable for being where the good quality breakfasts are served each morning. Given that the latter is included in the rate, the overall price becomes even better value than might initially be thought.
London, United Kingdom
November 6, 2003
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