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Grand Hotel National

Grand Hotel National

The imposing Grand Hotel National, with its filigreed wrought-iron balconies and sumptuous red-and-gold lobby, sits among the hills and spires of Lucerne on the banks of the lake bearing the same name. First raised to greatness by César Ritz and once the site of negotiations of the Treaty of Versailles, the grande dame hotel evokes the heyday of Belle Epoque luxury with its sweeping staircase and impeccable service.

A jewel of the skyline for over 150 years, the hotel offers 41 luxe guest rooms, adorned in red, cream and gold with marble or parquet floors and crystal chandeliers completing the regal impression. Most rooms and suites look out onto Lake Lucerne and the Alps from balconies equipped with binoculars to help you enjoy the view more thoroughly.

The Grand Hotel National offers four restaurants, each with its own opulent style and terraces that front the lakeside promenade. It also is equipped with spa services like massage and sauna, plus the only indoor pool in Lucerne.

Your stay includes complimentary entry to the neo-Baroque Grand Casino Luzern next door.

Our rating: Deluxe

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Rooms

All 41 rooms and suites are spacious and elegant, and decorated in the opulent Empire style with either parquet or marble floors. Some of the Classic rooms have a city view, but all other rooms look out on the lake, and many have small private balconies. Next largest in room types is the Deluxe room, with marble floors and Alpine lake views, followed by the Empire Junior Suites, fitted with crystal chandeliers, silken seating areas and soaking tubs.

The Ritz suite is the most luxurious of all, with soaring coffered ceilings, two balconies, separate living and sleeping areas and antique chandeliers.

Air conditioning, Wi-Fi, Nespresso machines, a welcome fruit basket and luxury toiletries are standard in all room types. Lake view rooms include a pair of binoculars, so you can get a closer look at the mountainscape.

Location

Situated right on the banks of Lake Lucerne, the hotel boasts terraces that spill onto the car-free promenade. The stately hotel is quiet, in spite of its location in the heart of the action. You’ll stay just a few minutes’ walk from Lucerne’s attractions, including Chapel Bridge and the old town. The view to the south is dominated by the Alps, to which Lucerne is considered the gateway.

Food and drink

  • The hotel boasts four different restaurants, all with terraces for outdoor dining on the lakeshore.
  • Riviera serves a menu inspired by island and coastal towns in a light and airy atmosphere.
  • The Restaurant & Bar National is the hotel’s flagship and most elegant option, serving creative regional cuisine and cocktails, along with an extensive whisky menu.
  • Jialu is a Chinese restaurant with chic Asian decor and a focus on authenticity and sustainability.
  • Padrino is the hotel’s bistro-style restaurant and cafe, serving Italian fare from fresh and seasonal products.
  • Breakfast is an extensive buffet with hot options served à la carte.

Families

  • Children up to the age of 14 are welcome to share a room with their parents, with up to two extra beds provided.
  • Interconnecting rooms are available for family groups.

Facilities and activities

  • Only hotel in Lucerne with an indoor pool
  • Huge heated pool with loungers and lake views
  • Sauna
  • Sun terrace
  • Massage treatments
  • Access to discounted exercise and wellness across the road, including rooftop pool
  • Free entry to Grand Casino Luzern

Accessibility

The hotel is not officially wheelchair accessible as there are steps but most areas be accessed by those with mobility difficulties.

Our opinion

The elegant Grand Hotel National is where we prefer to stay in Lucerne. We love the palatial rooms and first-class service, and especially the tranquillity of the hotel’s location alongside the pedestrian-only lakeside promenade.

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