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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

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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

Good value
lucky1492

We had a great stay breakfast included in good value short distance from the train station by bus number one we used our Swiss pass, would stay there again rooms were very clean they also have rooms with showers in them Very nice staff very helpful also great Italian restaurant very close by just ask at the front desk

Well to be in a budget in Switzerland
swiftcomp

Well placed hotel in Lucerne , easy and good connectivity and all possible with the public transport pass given by the hotel. Though the bathrooms were shared but overall its a neat and clean hotel. Hot rooms were a problem so had to open the windows a little as entire Europe was quite hot this summers.

Perfect for travel on a budget, beautiful place, fantastic!
laurosantosoliveira

· This is by far the best place you can stay in Lucern on a budget, the entire hotel is fantastic, the room was really large and comfortable, incredibly neat and clean, I need also to thank the amazing friendly staff who made us feel like home the entire stay from the 2 ladies who checked us in to the kind gentleman who checked us out, they provided us with a great room that from the windows we could see the Alps and a beautiful garden in front (I really hope the 2 ladies who checked us in read this) I can not thank you enough for providing that room the view was so beautiful and we got stunned by it all the time we wake up. Bathrooms are shared but you shall not worry about it, they are very well cleaned providing great privacy and breakfast is also to be compliment, even tough offers only the basic, everything is really fresh and delicious! The location is perfect, walking distance from the train station and you can get almost to entire Lucern by walking!