Route des Gouttes-d’Or 2, CH-2000 Neuchatel

Built on stilts quite literally on Lake Neuchatel, Hotel Palafitte is unique as the only one of its kind in Europe.  Hotel Palafitte was built back in 2002 as part of the Swiss national exhibition Expo.02.  It was devised with the aim of creating an astonishing “work of art” that would arouse the interest of international guests visiting the exhibition.  By choosing to build the hotel on stilts, the designers created a fascinating link with the site’s ancient history: in the area, archaeologists have discovered the oldest remains of house in Switzerland – built on stilts.  Like the lake which inspired it, Hotel Palafitte follows the rhythm of nature, season after season. It is truly a one of a kind experience for your elite top achievers.

The Hotel Palafitte is a member of the Sandoz Foundation Hotels (Beau-Rivage Palace, Lausanne Palace, Angleterre & Residence, Chateau d’Ouchy). Packages can be tailored to combine hotels for your larger groups while sending your VIPS on a more private getaway.


Each of individual 223 sq ft pavilions have breathtaking views of Lake Neuchatel and the Alps and are equipped with a spa bath, a Nespresso coffee machine, air-conditioning, free internet access and free wireless internet.  The private terrace of the pavilion offers you direct access to the lake.  Good travel named Hotel Palafitte one of 7 most epic overwater bungalows worldwide and Forbes called it a “Stunning Overwater Hotel”.

Meeting and Events

The Hotel Palafitte provides a lush setting for seminars or events, from small intimate affairs of six persons to theater style for up to 92 persons.  Two of the forty lodges have been converted to form a single large room fitted with the best in technology.  It is ideal for hosting conferences, seminars and weddings in a breathtaking setting.  The 103 sq m function room has a 40 sq m terrace with stunning views of Lake Neuchatel and five star service to ensure your events are a success.


With its splendid lakeside terrace, “La Table de Palafitte” is known as one of the best restaurants in Neuchatel.  All bay windows provide a panoramic view of the beautiful surrounding nature and exudes a warm, friendly and personal atmosphere. The new chef Maxime Pot creates authentic dishes giving pride of place to the products of the region.

“La Terrasse” the terrace of La Table at water level is especially popular on summer days and is the most popular terrace in Neuchatel.  Stand up paddle boards are available for anyone wanting an active break or a different view of the lake.

“Le Bar” is a meeting place for morning coffee, an indulgent afternoon tea or a post meal drink in the evening.  The menu is varied and extensive. Lovers of local tradition will be pleased to find an absinth fountain to enjoy the drink in the authentic way of the Neuchatel region.

Area Information

Lake Neuchatel is located in the French speaking part of Switzerland.  With a surface of 84 sq miles it is the largest lake located entirely in Switzerland and the 59th largest lake in Europe.  Neuchâtel township, built in yellow Jurassic limestone, lies on the north-western shore of the lake and is the largest town of the region. The mediaeval town centre, with its many cafés and restaurants, shopping opportunities and numerous theatres and museums, imparts a French charm and beckons visitors to stroll. One of Switzerland’s largest traditional open-air wine festivals with a magnificent flower parade is held in the town in the autumn. Neuchâtel is the ideal starting point for many boat cruises and a variety of outdoor land and water activities.