Feb 5, 2016 - 10:39 AM
in reply to SR1000
July is indeed top of the high season and more expensive. Even the Helvetie is at least $240 per night around that time. The Eden Palace au Lac is over budget too. The location on the lake promenade is very nice though.
Alternatively you can have a look at the Hotel/Guesthouse in nearby Vevey, which is quite a nice town as well. It's a central location near the rail station and the lake. Some rooms even have lake view I think. But I don't think their private rooms are still available during your dates, only dormitory. Even cheaper but not what's you're looking for I guess.
Slightly over budget is Hotel Prealpina in Chexbres, less than 10 minutes from a small train stop and amidst the vineyards.
Of course Lausanne is fine as well, it's just a much bigger town/city. The Agora Swiss Night could fit your requirements. It's within your budget, gets good reviews, and very close to the rail station with lots of trains going everywhere.
We selected the St. Georges Hotel in Zurich because it's just outside the center of town, so a bit cheaper than many others (around $160 in your case), but still within walking distance. The central station is a bit too far to walk with luggage, but only 10 minutes by tram.