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“Stylish Hotel in great location”
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Hotel des Balances
Ranked #4 of 66 Hotels in Lucerne
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 28 July 2013

We recently spent 3 nights at this lovely stylish hotel. Our room with balcony over looking the river was superb. Spacious, modern and clean with stylish furniture and beautiful bathroom. Our children's room with old city view (more compact but still nice) also had a balcony. Beautifully presented breakfast served on the terrace overlooking the river with swans. However it would have been good if breakfast had been included in the room rate as it made the hotel that much more expensive when paying for 4 breakfasts. We asked for a recommendation for a good restaurant and the staff rang up and were lucky to get us into the Old Swiss House on a Saturday night at short notice (perhaps because the Lucerne festival was on that night.) where we had the most enjoyable dining experience. Would recommend this hotel and stay here again as it was a most enjoyable experience staying here. Thank you for a beautiful stay.

th balcony overlooking the rive

Room Tip: Beautiful spacious room on 3rd floor with balcony overlooking the river
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Reviewed 27 July 2013

This is a beautiful hotel in a historic building in the heart of Lucerne, right on the river. The hotel has a very nice terrace with lovely views of the river and the town. The service was very good. Note that the rooms do not have air conditioning though -- was a bit of an issue during the recent heat wave. They do provide fans, but the rooms still got very warm during the days heat. Would stay there again in cooler weather.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 26 July 2013

The location is wonderful, with superb views over the river and city. Our room on the 4th floor at the front was large and very well equipped. Shame it isn't air conditioned, but this obviously isn't a problem most of the time.
Breakfast buffet is about the best I've ever seen, with vast range, beautifully presented, and staff offering eggs etc as required. Furthermore, the venue, sitting on the terrace by the river, is unbeatable.
Staff very helpful in all respects, speaking good English.
Dinner is admittedly not cheap, but top restaurant quality. We enjoyed a superb 4-course grill meal, which would stand up against the best. A gastronomic adventure!

Room Tip: Pay the extra for a room with a lake view
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 July 2013

We loved this hotel with the great view across the river to see all the great buildings and sunsets. Very comfortable and clean. We had two decks. There are a few stairs to lug your luggage up. There is a ground floor entrance to restaurant so we left via that but don't know if they want that used for people checking in.

Room Tip: Choose room with river view.
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Reviewed 25 July 2013

This hotel was the best. A lot of history is behind this hotel but you could not see its age inside! very modern and clean. Beds were comfortable and staff was nice. Great restaurant for dinners to sit outside along the river. Close to shops but great scenery all around you. Would definitely recommend for your trip to Lucerne!!

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 22 July 2013

We went to Lucerne during the easter break. It was a last minute decision and we managed to get a room at Des Balances. We stayed there for 3 nights. Unfortunately for us the weather was bad, but we ended enjoying the hottel and it's amenities. The location of the hotel was central close to shops, restaurants and our room was facing the church and scenic river. There was a nice choir outside the church on eve of easter and we just watch from our room. On easter day we received hidden easter eggs in our room.

We had a 9 months old son with us, so we opted for room service every night. The food from the restaurant was superb., Especially the desserts! we tried all the desserts in the menu! The restaurant was also allowed us to order items not on the roomservice menu.

Overall. We enjoyed our stay at Des Balances, and will definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 22 July 2013

This is a gorgeous hotel with five star service and food in the best location in Lucerne. We highly recommend this hotel.

From our balcony we can see the very best sights in Lucerne. At night we enjoyed Swiss music played in front of the cathedral just before dinner.

Room Tip: We asked for a lake view upon check in and were upgraded to a beautiful balcony room overlooking the...
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Additional Information about Hotel des Balances

Address: Am Weinmarkt | 6004 Luzern, Lucerne 6004, Switzerland
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Region: Switzerland > Canton of Lucerne > Lucerne
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#4 Luxury Hotel in Lucerne
#5 Business Hotel in Lucerne
#7 Romantic Hotel in Lucerne
Price Range: £137 - £326 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel des Balances 4*
Number of rooms: 56
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Des Balances - a four star superior property – is located in the beautiful heart of Lucerne’s Old Town. The ideal starting point for shopping and sight seeing.It has 56 tastefully renovated rooms and suites with a view of the famous Chapel Bridge, Jesuit Church and Mount Pilatus.Enjoy market fresh creations in our Restaurant Balances with lounge, bar and terrace directly at the river Reuss. 14 Gault Millau points stand for culinary art.Individual premises impressively combine tradition and modern comfort and provide the perfect framework for your unique event.Treat yourself to insBrational moments at the Hotel des Balances. ... more   less 
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