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What We Love

  • The location: just steps from the Water Tower Bridge, Lake Lucerne and the KKL Culture and Convention Centre
  • Jean Nouvel’s modern (and tasteful) design
  • Garden or park views from most of the spacious rooms
  • Traditional Swiss service in an informal, high-design setting
  • Just a five-minute walk from the shores of Lake Lucerne and other city sights
  • The Lounge Bar and its panoramic windows
  • Free WiFi

What To Know

  • There is a two-night minimum required for the Deluxe Studio
  • Rooms have ceilings or walls adorned with slightly erotic scenes from feature films
  • No spa or fitness centre
  • Smoking is not permitted
  • Valet parking costs approximately £25 per night
  • Transfers by train take one hour from Zurich and three hours from Geneva

Amenities

  •  Bar
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Overview

The Review

On the ceiling above my bed in Lucerne’s The Hotel is a gauzy image of John Malkovich and Michelle Pfeiffer from the film Dangerous Liaisons. Washed in sepia tones, it is one of the many (slightly provocative) film stills that adorn the walls and ceilings of this trailblazing art hotel — and the first of many playfully edgy aspects of French architect Jean Nouvel’s unique design.

Built in 2000 as a collaboration between hotelier Urs Karli and the celebrated Parisian architect, the Hotel occupies a conventional early-20th-century apartment building in a hip residential area. Just five minutes from Lucerne’s train station, the shores of Lake Lucerne and all the major tourist attractions, the Hotel redefines the notion of a traditional Swiss hotel, mixing elegance and superior service with a more casual setting.{“type”:”img-inline”,”src”:”/static/images/product/properties/1811/prop-22228-1317927813-full.jpg”,”width”:”275″,”caption”:”In sleek red and black, French-Asian fusion restaurant Bam Bou is a city hot spot.”}

But what’s truly inspiring (especially to architecture aficionados) is the chance to experience Nouvel’s top-to-bottom design. The understated exterior opens into a wide, open lobby made dreamlike by mirrors and huge windows, while upstairs the deliberately basic, even industrial, corridors contrast with the clean lines, warm palette and sexy furnishings in the guestrooms and suites. Innovations like movable modular closets are interesting high-design touches. Nouvel had a hand in every aspect of the property, down to the custom-made furnishings.

Downstairs there are six restaurants and two bars on-site, including the French-Asian fusion restaurant Bam Bou. I prefer the hovering Lounge Bar, an assemblage of black and saffron with a fondness for cube furniture; it’s an ideal place to sip champagne and admire the scenes of stylish Lucerne just outside.

How to Get There

The Hotel
Sempacherstrasse 14
Lucerne, 6002 Switzerland

Reviews

4.0 Very Good 374 Reviews
Beautiful hotel, great staff
Reviewed 1 month ago

Clean and organized hotel. Wifi was working well. I got a beautiful balcony as requested during booking. Breakfast option was adequate. Shared baths are clean and I never had to queue on both days I stayed in. Staff were very helpful especially Patrick and the ladies at the breakfast room.
It’s quite a walk from Lucerne’s train station - around 10-15 minutes if you walk fast like I do. Longer if you don’t. It’s okay but quite challenging if you have luggages with you. Otherwise, you can take any of the buses from the train station that stops at Pilatusplatz (2 stops away). Walls and room divisions are all made of wood and so every step or movement that anyone makes creates noise. Not a big deal though. I still find the hotel recommendable overall.

Good experience
Reviewed 3 months ago

When I arrived to check in, it was discovered I booked a single room when I needed a double. My travel plans had changed and I forgot to contact them to change my reservations;definitely my own fault. The guy at reception was able to get us a room with another bed. I could tell my mistake irritated him a bit but I appreciated him finding us another room. The room was very adequate and clean with comfortable beds. The shared bathroom had two private shower stalls and a toilet stall that was quite clean. Breakfast was included and it was quite nice. The location of the hotel is pretty great; out of the way from the busy areas but close enough to walk to plenty of places.

Away from the hustle and bustle
Reviewed 3 months ago

The staff were genuinely hospitable. Hotel Alpha has clean rooms and good breakfast in a quiet neighbourhood. The lady manning the breakfast was very EFFICIENT in her job. I appreciate her sense of duty.

The floor squeaks especially on the hall. I find the shared WC (toilet and bathroom) inconvenient. The hotel should have installed small WC in each private room. The hotel should provide a fan in each private room as the summer heat is really warm.

Cute room with balcony
Reviewed 3 months ago

Stayed one night in this hotel this July 2018. We had a cute room that was good enough for 2 asian adults and 1 child. We had a balcony door that we left open for fresh air at night. The bathroom and shower rooms were outside the rooms. A sink for brushing teeth was inside the room.

I enjoyed the buffet breakfast but did not like the colored boiled egg.

The hotel is about 15 to 20 minutes walk from the Central Train Station. We walked with our hand carry luggages in tow because we do not want to pay for Taxi and we need our exercise. The hotel is walking distance to most places as long as you love to walk and exercise.

The hotel's reception area is elevated so needed to carry luggages 4 to 5 steps up.

They had cute elevator that is good for 1 child, 1 cute adult 2 small hand carry luggages and 1 regular luggage from reception to our room.

The receptionist allowed us to leave our luggages till around 6 PM when were done with our tour of Mt. Rigi. The receptionist also allowed us to rest in one of thier lounge area after we already checked out.

Simle but good value
Reviewed 3 months ago

The hotel is located on the main street, but away from noise and traffic. The reception is nice. The rooms are clean, small, but very comfortable, with plenty of storage space. Since we were there for 4 days, it was appreciated. Our room was next to the elevator and we never heard anything. The beds are also comfortable.
The breakfast served is simple but very good. Perfect to start our day.