The Hotel Lucerne, a member of the Autograph Collection, is one of those dream hotels…a perfect location in front of a gorgeous little park, totally stunning design and service with the finest attention to detail. It is a hotel that had been on my wish list for a long time and I was excited to be staying there on our long weekend in Lucerne.
As soon as we entered the hotel we were greeted by the welcoming and ever so friendly manager and his staff. After a quick check-in, I took a look around and photographed the bar and restaurant before going up to our room on the 5th floor.
Even though the bar and restaurant areas were sublime, I won’t lie to you, we preferred to take our meals, including our breakfast, outside at different renowned restaurants, just to mix with the locals.
There is one bar, The Lounge, which was designed with even the smallest detail in mind by the French architect Jean Nouvel. The customers are locals who meet up with friends and chill out or tourists (guests of the hotel), who just come to relax in comfortable plush chairs listening to pleasant music till late into the night...
There is one restaurant, Bam Bou, which serves French-Mediterranean and gastronomic cuisine with views on an open kitchen (for those who enjoy seeing chefs in action...).
Jean Nouvel designed the hotel and specifically much of its furniture, such as the bedroom decoration items, desks, beds, bedside tables, armchairs and chairs. In contrast to the opulent ceilings, the furnishings of the rooms are suave and minimalist.
There are 30 rooms and suites at the hotel and each room has a unique decor and atmosphere which makes it special. The large, fascinating presentation of various film scenes on the ceilings and walls of the suites and studios generates a sensual atmosphere. Each of its rooms has a very large image covering a wall or ceiling, depicting a scene taken from films by Fellini, Almodovar....A DVD of the film in question is thoughtfully placed near the TV.
Our Deluxe Studio was spacious with a beautiful open plan design, calming dark and neutral tones with some touches of strong colours and lots of comfy places to lounge around. Our photo ceiling was “Ai no corrida” by Nagisa Oshima – “Ureshii... Sonnani shitara... Atashi ...”
One of the things that really set The Lucerne Hotel apart was the very fine attention to detail both before our arrival and throughout our stay. There were magazines for us to read and we had plentiful supplies of various sorts of tea and coffee (with a Nespresso machine), water, fruit and chocolates. In addition there was a well filled mini bar with nuts, snacks, biscuits, juices and alcoholic drinks.
And let’s not forget the must in any hotel bedroom: a super bed and pillow to give you the ultimate comfort. In front of the bed there was a flat screen TV with all the international channels....just in case you need to come back to reality and check on the news around the globe.
The large white ultra-modern bathroom was decorated with fresh orchids and a plant brunch. There were two sinks, a glass shower and a separate bath.
There were all sorts of cute little extras, amenities and gorgeous toiletries. I fell in love with the shower gel and body lotion...they smelled heavenly. I asked the staff for more of these products and was given a generous supply with a smile. The level of service was incredible!
Molton Brown, London’s bath, body & beauty products.
We loved the wide window that revealed impressive, illuminated scenes outside. We enjoyed the views of the park and the old town from inside the window. It was perfect to relax with a cup of tea in total calm, enjoying the beauty of the town.
This is truly one of most spectacular small boutique hotels I’ve visited in recent years. It has won a slew of awards...and I understand why.
The Hotel Lucerne, Autograph Collection
Tel.: +41 41 226 86 86
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