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“Returned and again a very nice experience”
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Hotel Sonnenberg
Ranked #4 of 6 Hotels in Kriens
Certificate of Excellence
Brussels, Belgium
Level 6 Contributor
390 reviews
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“Returned and again a very nice experience”
Reviewed 29 May 2013

We returned this year - our family took 3 rooms this time - and enjoyed the service, food and views. The rooms are basic and the building lacks an elevator. It is clean, quiet and the location cannot be beaten. Breakfast is excellent and plentiful. Free parking and wifi. The restaurant has great views and serves hearty food at fair prices. Very personable service by all staff. We can recommend hotel and restaurant.

Room Tip: Rooms on the second floor are best for the views. Corner rooms have a balcony. We have not tried r...
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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The Hague
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Reviewed 28 May 2013

We stayed here for 1 night each time, as stop over on our summer holiday to Tuscany, Italy. Especially with the steady surge of the Swiss Franc versus the Euro, Switserland has become expensive and this hotel is not really an expection.
Accepting higher than EU prices, it's a lovely place though; the location is superb, on a hill top overlooking the lake, Luzern. You're really on the doorstep of the Alps, great! When you're lucky, you can even see & hear the cows with their trademark bells. The hotel itself is clean and with comfortable rooms; no extremely large rooms, but adequately spaced and bathroom is fine, not opulent. Original, modern room decoration, not the traditional landscape paintings you see often in (Alpine) hotels. The restaurant serves decent, local produce. Besides all this, what really makes me want to return (as we have done) is the staff; they're superfriendly and helpful to our young family. Without trouble, they e.g. brought our plates etc to our room to finish our diner, when the kids became too tired to stay in the restaurant. The philosophy of the hotel is further noble; to support long-time unemployed back into the work place. A tip for families with small kids; when you go up the hill to the end station of the gondola, there is a nice playground.

Room Tip: for families, please consider the family room; it has two bedrooms with a separate bathroom in the m...
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Mountain View, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2013

We stayed here a week, and had the greatest experience. This is a perfect place for families.

We were in two rooms with two bathrooms, for a really reasonable price. Lucerne is so expensive, this was one of the best rates in the area. Very clean and modern rooms. The hotel could easily be reached by car or taxi (a cab took our big suitcases to the train station for $20, tip included). It was easy to get into Lucerne by a beautiful, easy, pastoral walk to a bus at Oberguetsch that goes to the train station. There are benches part-way overlooking the valley. We stopped to sit and eat a picnic lunch that we got at the organic store (one bus stop before the train station), watched the sunset over the lake, with alphorn music drifting up the valley and Mount Pilatus and the castle Schauensee on the right. Breathtaking. Or take the 100-year-old funicular that is a short walk from the hotel down the hill and take a short bus ride into the city. It was all very easy and we would have missed so much if we had stayed in a tourist hotel in the city. There was even a farm stand right by the hotel with delicious fresh cherries every day for a few francs, and some kind of homemade dried sausage like landjaeger.

This hotel has a little mini-golf! It's not as fancy as American mini-golf, but fun and a nice break for the kids. There is a place nearby where you can take horses, but I don't ride so I don't know much about it except that there were families with kids riding by sometimes.

The restaurant was decent for breakfast, and surprisingly good for dinner. The setting is lovely for indoor or outdoor dining. Again, you can't beat the view. There is a nearby hotel open the evening this restaurant is closed, with great food, too.

First of all, if you want to be in the middle of the city, this is not the place. Lucerne has gotten so busy and noisy for me, and so expensive, so I was glad to find such an easy-to-reach place that felt like it was in the country. If you want an amazing place outside the fray, with views in every direction, and QUIET, beautiful sunsets, this is the place. I kept pinching myself that we had found it. We so enjoyed our stay.

I was a little concerned about it being out of the way because of reading previous reviews, but it was not hard at all. Maybe I have a different perspective because we loved having such a gorgeous walk to our hotel (maybe 10 or 15 minutes from the bus stop).

Staff could seem a little cold, but they were professional and helpful. Yes, they weren't chatty, but at times, they really bent over backwards to accommodate us. I would stay here again in a heartbeat. (I have to admit, we were there in June/July 2011, though I cannot go back that far on the drop down menu -- but didn't get around to posting the review then and I would feel guilty if I didn't do that! It was such a lovely, memorable stay. We have relatives nearby who told us it was a good place that had been recently renovated, or we would not have known to stay there from the limited reviews.)

Room Tip: We had a suite with two rooms on either end and two bathrooms in the middle. We could see how this...
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Saint Louis, Missouri
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 November 2012

We stayed here one night mainly based on Trip Advisors rating and reviews. Believe me, you will be so pleased to experience the smaller but clean rooms, a wonderful restaurant with a superb staff and the dining room's vistas overlooking Lucern and the lakes. You will not be disappointed.

Room Tip: Every room has a view which is amazing.
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with friends
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Singapore
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15 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 August 2012

location is hard to get to without a car.
one tip, get take the cable car up the hill. do not ever walk up unless u are the sporty type.

room condition is great. nice deco, made you feel at home. get the room with the city view and feel happy staying there.

  • Stayed July 2012
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The Hague, The Netherlands
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 July 2012

We stayed here for 2 nights and booked a room with a big balcony. This hotel is located on top of a hill and therefore you have a spectacular view over this city of Luzern and the Vierwaldstättersee. Room was a bit small but clean and modern decorated. The staff of the hotel was very nice and helpful. Breakfast was superb. We would highly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Manchester, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 June 2012

On the hill top overlooking Kriens and Luzern makes for great balcony views.
The hotel was quite tidy and clean although quite expensive for the room size and the fact that the toilet and shower were shared with other rooms. ie. the shower and toilet are their own rooms within the corridoor and not part of your room.
Hotel is easy enough to get to by car and there's plenty of car parking space (no charge extra).
Staff are friendly and although only one spoke good English at reception we managed with no problems.
I am quite harsh with my scoring but this gets an easy 3/5. Would be 4/5 if room prices were cheaper.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Hotel Sonnenberg
Address: Zumhofstrasse 258, Kriens, Lucerne 6010, Switzerland
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Region: Switzerland > Canton of Lucerne > Lucerne > Kriens
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 6 Hotels in Kriens
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Sonnenberg 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Sonnenberg in Kriens offers a panoramic view over Lake Lucerne, the mountains and the forest. The rooms are all equipped with Features wooden floors, a coffee-machine , TV, free Mineral water and free Wi-Fi Access. The Hotel Sonnenberg is easily reachable by the historic funicular, climbing up from Kriens Dorf within 7 minutes from April to November. You can park your car for free on site. The Hotel has also a Panorama-Restaurant, where seasonal and regional dishes are served. The Restaurant is open from 7 a.M. To 11 p.M. On Tuesday to Saturday and from 8 a.M. To 6 p.M. On Sunday. It is closed on Mondays. A large network of hiking trails surrounds the hotel and a miniature golf course and a playground are there as well. ... more   less 
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