I was fortunate to have got a pretty good deal for my four nights in this amazing hotel, it was in fact, the best hotel in my entire two weeks' stay in Europe. The website introduces Des Balances as a four-star hotel, but it definitely is that and muc much more!
To start off, the hotel is definitely NOT a five to ten minute walk from the train station, it would take at least a good fifteen minutes. That said, it can be easily spotted from across the river at the old town. Instead of crossing the Seebruke (main traffic) bridge, I had opted to cross the small little bridge (right behind hotel, turn right upon exiting hotel) next to the Chapel bridge, and proceeded straight to the cross junction right opposite the train station. That way, I didn't have to lug my luggage across the cobblestone pavements, that helps alot especially if you are NOT travelling light.
What I love most about the hotel was the heater/ radiator in the bathroom- I usually dread showers during winter, but the heater made it all better, imagine having a fluffly warmed towel after a nice hot shower! Plus, having a heater in the bathroom instead of in the room itself, would mean it would be less stuffy in the room at night, yet enough to keep warm at nights (if not, the comforters work great too).
Another nice gesture was the vanilla(?) diffuser in the bathroom, made the room home-y and lovely-smelling.
The room is huge by European standards, door opened to a nice little area with a reclining sofa and TV, which leads onto the main room, with the comfy queen-sized bed and ANOTHER TV, wardrobe and all.
Hotel's lobby was undergoing renovations when I was there, but no big issue. Hotel staff was polite, and the property is just beautiful. Restaurant at -1 was a little pricy, and the portions were small, but oh well, you pay for convenience.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Des Balances Hotel
- Des Balances Lucerne