Coming from busy Paris with a 6 hour jet lag, one would want to catch up on rest and relaxation. This hotel was perfect for that! Getting to the hotel is as easy as can be. Once you walk out of the train station, you head over the bridge and the hotel is a short walk to your right. It's a five minute walk with luggage. When we first arrived, we were greeted by a friendly concierge who checked us in. We originally booked a city view but when we got there, it was clear that the view of Mt Pilatus couldn't be missed from our bed, so the concierge upgraded us to a mountain/lake view. Not even 5 minutes after we settled in, a very nice housekeeper knocked at the door to deliver fresh fruit and make our room set for night service. The room was incredibly clean- something I look for when traveling. The room itself was gorgeous, with a chandelier and detailed monogrammed woodwork on the furniture. It also came with a pair of binoculars, robes, and slippers; A perfect combination for sitting on the balcony with a glass of wine. The pillows are all goose down I believe and the assortment of bathroom products (Morgan Brown) won me over! I'm in the process of ordering the body wash that was scented gingerlily! :)
That night, we ate at the National hotel restaurant, located straight across from the elevators. It believe that because we were there on the first tuesday of their season, that it wasn't as crowded as it should have been. The food was spectacular and the service was impeccable. We ordered some drinks : Makers Mark (standard) on the rocks and a Black Rosemary (Prosecco, rosemary, & blueberries.) The presentation was wonderful. The chef sent out two amuse bouche which was some sort of pasta dish that was incredible. I can't even tell you what kind of pasta it was, something sort of like couscous. Regardless, amazing. For our appetizers, we had homemade tagliolini, with cherry tomatoes, basil and mozzarella di bufala. To die for! Because my boyfriend is 6'5" and can eat alot, we ordered the Chateaubriand served in 2 courses:
1st course was with béarnaise, potatoes with thyme with fresh vegetables. 2nd course
was with red wine sauce, celery puree, broccoli and fried egg. We also ordered the lamb chops which were the best I've ever had! We live in the heart of New York city's best food and it's tough to impress us! They did a great job at the National with doing so! The Chef, Adrian Bührer came out to say hello and to thank us for dining at his restaurant. There is nothing better in a dining experience than a chef taking the time to come to your table to see how everything went. Overall, this place was 5 star in our book!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We endeavour to cater to your every wish by offering sophisticated, personalised service and a sense of hospitality embodied by every member of the hotel staff.The blend of tradition and modernity in our hotel is beyond compare. Inside, the legendary names of the founding fathers, César Ritz and Auguste Escoffier, the elegant neo-renaissance and new baroque architecture and a history stretching back almost 150 years come face to face with contemporary design and sophisticated flair.Our Grand Hotel has it all: luxury accommodation for the most fabulous holidays, the ideal place for social occasions, a springboard for travelling, a gourmet destination, an environment for inspirational events, a mirror of the world... and within our four walls, a lively, very welcoming microcosm.Indulge yourself in Lucerne! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Hotel Lucerne