As Lucerne’s top boutique hotel, the location is everything. The Des Balances building dates back to the 12th century and was previously a guildhall in one of Lucerne’s most sought-after locations. Converted to a hotel in the early 1800’s, it has retained much of its historic charm from frescos to tapestries, which have since been paired with contemporary elements during recent renovations. Perhaps the exterior of the hotel is more famous than the hotel itself. Inspired by the Swiss artist, Hans Holbein, the exterior is beautifully painted and admired by visitors and locals alike.
All 56 rooms are elegantly modern and well appointed. We recommend the Junior Suites due to their size and beautiful river views. Many also have a balcony.
For those that prefer to stay in family run hotels, The Beau Rivage is the oldest, and only independent family run hotel in Geneva. Opened in 1865, the hotel has 90 rooms and suites with a sumptuous décor. Some deluxe rooms have lake views, however our preferred rooms are the Prestige rooms that have panoramic views.
The guide Michelin says of Le Chat Botte, the one star hotel restaurant: ‘This picturesquely named restaurant ('Puss in Boots') serves contemporary-style cuisine with traditional roots, using culinary techniques that create harmonious flavours. The food is complemented by the expert work of the sommelier, who skilfully guides guests through the impressive wine list’.
The hotel also has an alfresco terrace La Terrace, which is open year-round for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and cocktails. In addition the hotel offers a fine dining authentic Thai restaurant – Patara.
The Four Seasons Hotel Des Bergues has been an iconic palace hotel since 1834. The very first hotel in Geneva, it is globally renowned for impeccable service. Classic in style, with modern twists, the hotel has an enviable location with views right of the river and Lake Geneva. Almost a quarter of the hotel’s 115 rooms are suites, many of which are completely individual in style. Of the four regular room categories, the Deluxe are the most spacious, and views of the lake may be requested.
The Michelin Guide describes the hotel’s one-star restaurant Il Lago as: ‘Offering a taste of Italy on Lake Geneva, this restaurant combines decorative features such as pilasters and paintings with elegant Italian cuisine which is light, subtle and fragant. A delightful dining experience!’ Breakfast can also be taken alfresco in the summer on the outside terrace of the restaurant.
On the 7th floor of the hotel is Izumi, a renowned Japanese Fusion restaurant. In the summer the outside roof-top terrace gives stunning views of the mountains and lake. Also on the top floor of the hotel is the fabulous Mont Blanc spa, complete with full size lap pool and mountain views!
Hotel Schweizerhof is one of the most historic hotels in Lucerne today, not to mention the first luxury hotel in Lucerne. Having recently undergone an extensive renovation, Schweizerhof is now firmly in the same league as some of the other luxury boutique hotels of Lucerne. The hotel has been family owned and operated since 1861, with each generation of hoteliers putting their own flavor into the hotel. Today it is a mix of art deco and 21st century styles.
The hotel’s restaurant enjoys a unique “Guest Chef” experience, which is popular among hotel guests and locals alike. In the summer the terrace is the place to be for live music and great cocktails. We suggest booking a room with a balcony to take in the lake views from the comfort of your room.
Positioned on the top of the Bürgenstock ridge above Lake Lucerne and accessible by funicular, the new Bürgenstock Hotel & Spa is nothing short of majestic. With just 102 rooms and suites, and an extensive spa, it is the perfect place to relax after a day of sightseeing or for a few nights of rest and relaxation at the end of any Swiss program. The resort boasts 12 restaurants, as well as, a variety of activities on property from golf to horse riding. All of the rooms overlook the breathtaking landscape of the Swiss Alps and Lake Lucerne. The Bürgenstock Hotel & Spa is truly Alpine living at its finest.
Les Trois Rois is Basel’s most luxury hotel and famously one of the oldest hotels in Switzerland dating back to 1681. With numerous notable guests staying throughout its history, Les Trois Rois lets guests step back in time with a taste of palace life. With just 101 rooms, it is perfectly located for exploring Basel’s city center and the surrounding countryside. It’s beautifully renovated and well-appointed rooms are spacious, many with views over the Rhine.
Les Trois Rois’s service in typical Swiss fashion, is near perfect from the front of house team to housekeeping. Enjoy a typical French-Swiss meal in the famous dining room overlooking the Rhine river views. Head out to the terrace for a night cap!
The ultra-modern Park Hyatt Zurich is the top choice for those that value space above character. The hotel has the most spacious rooms in Zurich, with the smallest being 390 square feet. All rooms are bright and light as they all have floor to ceiling windows. For a spectacular view of Zurich, the corner suites cannot be beaten, providing panoramic 180-degree views and 840 square feet of space.
The Park Hyatt is a few minutes’ walk from Lake Zurich, the Limmat River and Bahnhofstrasse – Zurich’s main thoroughfare, and one of the most exclusive shopping areas in the world. Breakfast is served in the Parkhuus restaurant, where you can also enjoy an alfresco breakfast in the summer on the outside terrace.
The Storchen is Zurich’s most charming hotel. Storchen means Stork in German, and you will see motifs of the bird throughout the decor. Boutique, with just 66 rooms and suites this is the oldest hotel in Zurich, and one of the oldest and most historic hotels in the world – in operation since 1357! Now firmly in the 21st century the hotel has had a major refurbishment giving it a fresh, modern and classically contemporary look. The rooms are striking, and light filled. Due to the age of the building, some of the rooms are on the smaller side, so for the most spacious rooms opt for a Junior Suite, or Panoramic Corner room.
The Storchen also lays claim to possibly the best views in Zurich. It is the ONLY hotel on the River Limmat, and both the hotel bar – Barcetta, and the Rotisserie Restaurant having unlimited river views. Both are well regarded and patronized by locals, and you can enjoy breakfast with a view!