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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 360 Reviews
Clean hotel and free breakfast
Reviewed 4 days ago

We stayed here for 3 nights.
The lady gave us a map and tips on local places to eat.
Shops in Luzern are closed early and there wasn’t much places to eat a lot of the food was $$$
We got given a room with 3 single bed. The room was cleaned everyday . We had a shared bathroom also in the hallway which was very clean and great water pressure.
The free breakfast was a spread of cold cured meat , toast, cereal, tea, coffee, boiled egg.
The staff here were very polite. The hotel is a 10min walk from the station. Nice hotel during our short stay

Nice and clean
Reviewed 1 month ago

Nice, clean, good breakfast and friendly staff. However, It's just a bit hard for me to find from the main station and the room's sound proof is not so good. Or maybe I was there when they are doing some minor renovation.

One of the Best Hotel
Reviewed 1 month ago

located very near to train station (walk able distance), cooperative staff(helped me to find good places to walk around and explore the city Lucerne), very clean, no disturbance, excellent breakfast, love to visit one more time. :-)

Very clean shared bathroom, good breakfast, offered limited parking slots, friendly staff
Reviewed 2 months ago

Very clean shared bathroom, can book a car parking slot in advance (fees apply), good breakfast.

I got a room with 3 small beds, as a double bed was not available, also a bit walk to Lion statute, but not that far to main train station though.

Best staff.
Reviewed 8 months ago

The magic of Hotel Alpha was in its staff. From the kitchen to the cleaning and most especially it's reception, everyone in Hotel Alpha made me feel at home.

Most specially Silvia: she helped me plan the best trip ever :) I'll always be grateful.