It won’t take long for you to fall in love with the quaint and captivating city of Lucerne, especially when you’re treated to a breathtaking view of snow-capped mountains and lakes as soon as you step out of the city’s central train station. Lest you think the visual feast is done, there’s the gorgeous Old City’s amazing medieval architecture, clock towers and the iconic Chapel Bridge.
To make the most out of your stay here, why not check yourself into one of these six luxe hotels for a truly memorable experience.
Park Hotel Vitznau
It’s little wonder that this establishment with perfectly manicured grounds has been dubbed the jewel on the shores of Lake Lucerne. About 14km away from the main city of Lucerne, Park Hotel Vitznau a understated but luxurious property, to say the least. Behind the 100-year-old walls lies a wonderfully inviting interior. The extensively renovated property fully embraces the notion of preserving the past and shaping the future.
One highlight of the hotel is its unique suite concept. Each of its 47 residences, suites and junior suites have been individually designed based on three main themes — Wine & Dine, Art & Culture and Health & Wealth — and provide something for every guest, whether you’re an artist, engineer, inventor or chemist.
The hotel’s Restaurant Focus is a two Michelin-starred restaurant, with Chef Nenad Mlinarevic at the helm, creating delicious magic with Swiss and regional produce. And at the one Michelin-starred Restaurant PRISMA, enjoy world fusion cuisine created by Chef de Cuisine Patrick Mahler and his team.
If you’re into health and wellness, you’ve come to the right place. The 2,000sqm spa spanning three levels allows hotel guests to indulge in a variety of services such as a Finnish sauna, sanarium, ice grotto, massages, or facial and body treatments using La Prairie products. Be sure to take a dip in the inviting heated outdoor infinity pool, laze on the outdoor jacuzzi loungers, or relax in the indoor whirlpool. If you’re visiting in Summer, take advantage of the hotel’s private access to the lake and go for a refreshing dip.
The area around the hotel provides ample opportunity for leisure activities ranging from golf to even helicopter rides. Vitznau is also the ideal starting point from which to discover the breathtaking scenery of central Switzerland. Nearby Mount Rigi is perfectly suited for those who enjoy long walks and hikes.
Hotel Villa Honegg
This enchanting hotel is perfect for visitors who yearn for a quiet and idyllic hideaway while reconnecting with nature. Nestled high above Lake Lucerne, the exclusive Art Nouveau-style boutique hotel on the Bürgenstock was built in 1905 and reopened in 2011 following a complete refurbishment that preserved its historical charm. The 23 rooms and suites offer lots of privacy, tranquillity and comfort in a phenomenal mountain setting. Boasting spectacular panoramic views of Lake Lucerne and the popular excursion destination of the Bürgenstock, the hotel also has footpaths and mountain bike trails that lead through dense forest and across glorious flowering meadows or to the famous Cliff Path and Hammetschwand Lift.
The pièce de résistance – the spa at the Hotel Villa Honegg – is one of the most delightful and sought after wellness facilities in Switzerland. There’s something magical about being immersed in a 34 degree Celsius heated outdoor pool while surrounded by views of mountains, lakes or fluffy clouds in the valley below. The spa interior boasts stylish furnishings and an extensive range of facial and body treatments. There’s even an indoor pool with a counter-current swimming system and relaxing underwater music!
We recommend booking the Corner Suite. The cosy yet modern room oozes sophistication and quiet glamour with earth tones. Couples will love the terrace offering views of the lake or the magnificent mountain landscape.
Grand Hotel National
Built in the 1870s, this luxurious hotel is located on the shore of Lake Lucerne, looking out over Lucerne bay and the famous Rigi, Stanserhorn and Pilatus mountains as well as the Swiss Alps. It is also just five minutes away from the train station and the old town.
There is a total of 41 rooms and suites in this palatial establishment and every one of them is appointed in the Empire style with lots of fabulous details. The traditional 19th century style blends harmoniously with contemporary touches and modern facilities. Expect Italian marble floors, dramatic drapes, luxurious silk wallpaper, hand-woven Stockwell carpets, and plush sofas and chairs with fine upholstery.
If you want to live it up like royalty, go for the 60sqm Ritz Suite, which features a magnificent coffered high ceiling featuring antique chandeliers in classic Empire style. There are two balconies for an unparalleled view of the water and Central Swiss mountain panorama.
Guests won’t find a need to step out of the hotel when it comes to dining options as there are four restaurants, a bar, cafe and one of the region’s loveliest lakeside terrace bistros. Whisky and interior design fans will love that the National Bar has retained the original style of the 1870s, while the award-winning Padrino is renowned for its wide range of delicious Italian specialities. And if you’re missing Asian food, Jialu National offers Chinese specialities.
Hotel Schweizerhof Luzern
Set in a 19th century neo-Renaissance building with incredible views of Lake Lucerne and the Alps, this posh hotel is only a stone’s throw away from the historic old town and its many attractions as well as the ferry terminal and train station. Managed by five generations of the Hauser family for over 150 years since 1861, the hotel has seen the likes of royalty, writers, actors and musicians spend a night or two in one of its 101 spacious rooms and suites. The hotel has dedicated all its rooms to its famous yet diverse clientele — including Mark Twain, Leo Tolstoy, Sir Winston Churchill, Neil Armstrong, Richard Wagner and actor, Roger Moore — through interior design and furnishings.
For the best views of the mountains and lake, book the 65sqm Lucerne Luxury Suite that comes with a balcony, and separate living and dining room. We like the thoughtful touches like sound-proof windows for a restful night’s sleep and a la carte breakfast that is available until 2pm.
You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to dining here. Both Galerie and Pavillion restaurants serve authentic specialities from Lucerne and international dishes, but if you’re a major foodie after a fancy meal, you have to book a meal at Villa Schweizerhof. Hailed as one of the city’s best restaurants, having been awarded 13 Gault-Millau points, it offers top notch gastronomic delights and a romantic setting. Hotel guests will be shuttled from the hotel to the delightful culinary villa along the lake a few minutes away.
Aside from its excellent location, guests can look forward to a fabulous events organised by the hotel such as the Lucerne Blues Festival, Zaubersee Festival, Retro Festival and World Band Festival, to name a few. schweizerhof-luzern.ch
Perched on a wooded rocky spur 500 metres above Lake Lucerne, the Bürgenstock Hotels & Resort has stunning views of the surrounding mountain landscape. First opened in 1873, the iconic resort attracted Hollywood stars such as Audrey Hepburn who married Mel Ferrer in the Bürgenstock chapel in 1954, and Sofia Loren, who with her husband, became residents in Villa Daniela (where restaurant Sharq Oriental is now located) in the 1960s. The hotel reopened in 2017 after an extensive nine-year refurbishment project.
The current resort comprises four hotels, a Health & Medical Center, 12 restaurants and bars, 67 residence suites, a 10,000sqm Alpine spa and a variety of leisure activities including a golf course. Guests can opt to travel to the resort via car (less than an hour from the Zurich airport) or arrive in Lucerne by train and take a 20-minute boat ride to the foot of the property to board the legendary funicular (originally opened in 1888) that will take guests directly up to the resort.
Bürgenstock Hotel is the most indulgent option of the resort’s hotels. Rooms are fitted with modern furnishings and fixtures, and floor-to-ceiling windows reveal stunning lake and mountain views. Alternatively, the 308 sqm two-bedroom Presidential Suite takes up the entire top floor and comes complete with a grand piano, fireplace, massage room and jacuzzi in the bathroom. How’s that for privacy?
With the massive Alpine Spa at your disposal, indulge in a spa treatment or two, use its facilities such as the heated outdoor infinity pool with unbeatable vistas, or unwind with some yoga in the spa garden.
There’s no lack of food options here with cuisine ranging from traditional Swiss offerings to Middle Eastern fare. For retail therapy, there’s a chocolatier and of course, luxury watch boutiques. If you’re here in the warmer months and want to take in the best views, be sure to check out Europe’s highest outdoor elevator, Hammetschwand Lift. Built in 1905, it was also featured in the 1964 James Bond film, Goldfinger. buergenstock.ch
For ski lovers who demand world class hospitality, this award-winning five-star deluxe hotel promises nothing less than a luxurious holiday experience. Located in the heart of the Swiss Alps at an altitude of almost 1,500 metres, The Chedi Andermatt offers an extraordinary blend of traditional local hospitality and Asian sophistication, distinguishing itself as the destination for active pleasure-seekers in winter – the SkiArena Andermatt-Sedrun boasts 120km of groomed first-class slopes and a new ski link between the Andermatt and Sedrun resorts.
The 123 rooms and suites were designed for maximum relaxation and serenity. Rooms feature dark alpine wood, soft leather sofas, luxurious Asian-inspired spa bathrooms, and large balconies overlooking alpine landscapes. For the ultimate indulgence, the 134 sqm Gemsstock Suite features a wonderful view of the Gemsstock peak that rises up high into the clouds. Soak in the views as you enjoy a glass of vino in front of the fireplace.
The 2,400 sqm award-winning The Spa and Health Club is another huge draw for hotel guests. Head to the Asian-inspired The Spa for pampering treatments from head to toe. And at the Health Club, stretch out tight muscles in a pilates class or enjoy a dip in the elegant 35m indoor pool as you gaze out at the Swiss peaks in the distance.You must try the Michelin-starred Japanese Restaurant, while The Restaurant features four open kitchens showcasing European and Asian cuisines complemented by a superb wine and cheese cellar. thechediandermatt.com