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The Schweizerhof – A Rock Star Hotel

The Schweizerhof  standing grand along Lake LuzernIMG_4031

The five-star Hotel Schweizerhof Luzern has been entertaining guests since 1845. In fact, the hotel is still owned and operated by the same family. Some of the illustrious guests to have stayed here include Mark Twain, Leo Tolstoy and 007 himself, Roger Moore. The hotel boasts a prime location on the promenade of Lake Luzern, with stunning views of the lake and Alps in the center of the historic old town. It is conveniently located a five-minute walk from the main rail station with prime access from Zurich, Bern, Basel and Geneva. If you arrive by car, you will have access to an underground car park owned by the hotel.

The hotel itself follows a neo-Renaissance style and although it retains its classic lines, it’s certainly not stodgy or pretentious. While little has changed about its grandeur since the mid-1800’s, the Schweitzerhof Luzern offers modern style and amenities in its 101 elegant rooms and suites. All have been recently renovated and are air-conditioned, although windows can be opened. Some have balconies. Coffee/tea machines, room safes, hairdryers, minibars, and flat-screen televisions are standard in all rooms. Wi-fi is free throughout the hotel. The Schweizerhof Luzern is a festival hotel, hosting many festivals and events in Luzern annually. These festivals make their way into the décor of the rooms as does the personality of famous individuals who have called the hotel their home away from home. Each room has its own “thumbprint” paying tribute to the likes of composer Richard Wagner, a young Winston Churchill, even B.B. King.

Hotel Schweizerhof
Each room features a previous famous guest.

Restaurant Galerie offers fresh, seasonal fare a la carte throughout the day and is known to offer the best chateaubriand in Luzern. Restaurant Pavillon offers fine dining from the very best guest chefs. During the summer, guests can dine alfresco on the sun terrace. The Schweizerhof Bar is the gathering place of Luzern’s chic, hipster crowd. Mood lighting and modern design give it a distinctive vibe. The bar celebrates “Thirsty Thursdays” with creative cocktails, free tapas, and cool lounge music. Get your Latin on twice a month when the bar opens up the dance floor for Caribbean salsa and rhythmic tango.

On the top floor of the hotel, you will find the Wellness Center with its Technogym, offering state-of-the-art, high-tech fitness equipment, a spa and refreshment bar with its breathtaking views. Relax in the sauna and end with an invigorating hydro-massage shower. The spa offers several types of beauty treatments and massage with premium body-care products. Different packages are available for guests, and reservations are highly recommended.
A yummy treat was waiting for me when I arrived. After traveling it is always nice to have a snack and water waiting for you. Five-star service!

It’s quite possible you will be visiting Luzern during one of its many festivals. The Hotel Schweizerhof Luzern is THE festival hotel, playing host to the Luzern Blues Festival, Blue Balls Festival, World Band Festival, and the Zaubersee-Russian Music Lucerne as well as other festivals and events throughout the year. The hotel has nine function rooms and halls for private and business events, including the stunning Zeugheer Hall Ballroom, praised in 1865 by Empress Eugenie as one of the finest halls, rivaling those in France.

Schweizerhof near the Christmas market
Located close to the annual Christmas Markets, it’s the perfect to stay.

Outside the doors of the incredible Schweizerhof Luzern is the city itself. Poised on the beautiful lake, it is a city of culture and charm. Museums, festivals, theaters, delightful shopping, mountain vistas and excellent cuisine are all woven into the fabric of this legendary city. Within walking distance are monuments, medieval city walls, and the Chapel Bridge. Visit art museums to view works by Picasso or the Richard Wagner Museum. Enjoy a performance at the Lucerne Theatre or the KKL Luzern Cultural and Convention Center. Enjoy local gastronomy by top chefs, shop for exclusive watches and world-famous Swiss chocolate, club-hop the city’s bar and lounges or take an excursion to the mountains or a steamer trip on the lake.

Whatever brings you to Luzern, the Hotel Schweizerhof-Luzern will be a captivating host as it has since 1845. Join the ranks of the famous who have resided here and enjoyed all the hotel and beautiful city of Luzern have to offer.

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  1. Hi Annita! This is an exceptional article! You made the hotel come alive for me! The pictures further illustrate what a wonderful place this is to visit!

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