Best Places to Stay in Lucerne, Switzerland

WHERE TO STAY IN LUCERNE – BEST HOTELS FOR ALL BUDGETS

Are you planning your Lucerne trip and are wondering about the best places to stay in Lucerne?

Finding the best hotels in Lucerne can be a bit tricky – though it is s small city, there are many options. Today I am sharing my tips on the best areas and hotels for all accommodations for all budgets. I have visited Lucerne several times and stayed in all kinds of accommodation – from luxury hotels to budget-friendly places.

Lucerne is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Switzerland – and that is for a reason. The city itself is beautiful, and the scenery is some of the most stunning in the entire country, so it should be on any Switzerland itinerary.

TIPS FOR PICKING THE BEST ACCOMMODATION IN LUCERNE

Before discussing where to stay in Lucerne, here are some important tips that will – most likely – influence your decision.

  • This area is extremely popular among tourists, so do not be surprised if you see visitors in large numbers, regardless of the year. It often feels like Lucerne only has tourists from around the world, which probably makes accommodations even more expensive.
  • Since accommodations in Switzerland, especially in Lucerne, are costly, you cannot expect super bargains. The budget-friendly places in Lucerne are only “quite” budget-friendly.
  • The wooden bridge (Chapel Bridge) is probably one of the most popular and famous tourist spots in Lucerne, but it also has a lovely old town and the stunning Lake Lucerne. Accommodation near these places is much more expensive.
  • In the summer months and in December, accommodation prices go up. If you can travel in the shoulder season, you can save a lot of money.
  • You should know about the beautiful mountains, Mount Rigi and Mount Pilatus, which are also fantastic areas to stay in Lucerne.
  • If you book a night in one of the official accommodations, you will get a Lucerne Visitor Card. This Visitor Card allows you to use buses and trains within zone 10 of the city network for free. Plus, there is a range of discounts for cableways, mountain railways, museums, and excursions in the Lucerne-Lake Lucerne Region. 
  • A Swiss Travel Pass is expensive but you can use public transportation for free. In Lucerne, you can also use the Mount Rigi cable car for free with a Swiss Travel Pass. Also, you can use most boats for free to cruise Lake Lucerne. Also, you get free access to 500 museums in Switzerland. In Lucerne, you can, amongst others, visit the Swiss Museum of Transport for free.

So, whether you road trip Switzerland or stay in Lucerne only – I hope you will find the best places to stay in Luzern with the tips.

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BEST HOTELS IN LUCERNE FOR ALL BUDGETS

From luxury hotels to hostels – here are some great places to stay in Lucerne.

Luxury Hotels in Lucerne

Let´s start with the best luxury hotels in Lucerne.

Schweizerhof Lucerne

This interesting, 5-star hotel is the perfect choice for all who enjoy a luxury hotel centrally located. While Schweizerhof Lucerne is one of the classiest hotels in Lucerne, and yet the atmosphere is not stiff. This is probably because it is also a festival hotel and they host smaller concerts and events.

Schweizerhof Lucerne - where to stay in Switzerland
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You´ll notice many small artistic details – from a music quote on the wall to little music notes on the doors to the fact that every room has hosted one famous musician or another. More little details, like their own newspaper, make this place even more unique.

There is also a lovely restaurant that comes with a view (though directly located on the main street).

Within minutes you are at the Chapel Bridge, the train station in the old town, and the boat station, which are some of the most popular places in Lucerne.

Whether you book a double room or a suite, you cannot go wrong with booking a room at Schweizerhof Lucerne. 

The first time I stayed in Lucerne overnight was at Schweizerhof Luzern. I am not sure, but maybe that is why I have so many fond memories of the city.

Parkhotel Vitznau

Vitznau, located on the eastern shores of Lake Lucerne, is home to a luxury hotel par excellence: Parkhotel Vitznau. You can get to Vitznau easily by boat or by car. It takes about 35 minutes, and the drive is fun, and getting there via boat is scenic. By public transportation, it takes about 1 hour.

Most Expensive Hotel in the region Park Hotel Vitznau
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The region of Vitznau is well-known for being all about relaxing – and this hotel is probably the most expensive one in the area.

The hotel looks quite impressive when approaching via boat. When you are standing in front of it, it seems a bit sterile at the entrance, but this place knows how to impress.

It does not matter which of the 47 suites you book – you can expect pure luxury. All are designed uniquely. You always have non-alcoholic drinks available at the pool, unlimited spa access, daily newspapers, and more services offered.

Mid-Range Hotels in Lucerne

Here are the best mid-range hotels in Lucerne.

I know, the prices for mid-range hotels might be a bit shocking if you have never been to Switzerland before. BUT the hotel prices are actually reasonable for Switzerland and especially for expensive Lucerne.

Chateau Gütsch

You can spot this beautiful hotel from Lucerne´s most famous tourist attraction. Standing on the Chapel Bridge, the hotel Chateau Gütsch is visible and can be seen standing proudly on the mountains. It has become an iconic place to stay in Lucerne.

Best places to stay in Lucerne Chateau Gütsch
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This 4-star hotel offers one of the best views of Lake Lucerne. Whether you enjoy the views from one of the rooms or from the terrace, where you can also dine and drink; on a clear day, these views are priceless.

Each room has a unique design (hurry up with booking, this boutique hotel only has 27 rooms) and most come with a lake view. All suites come with a luxurious marble bathroom.

Ameron Hotel Flora

Another 4-star hotel with a great location is this property: Ameron Hotel Flora. It is centrally located and just a stone’s throw from the main train station and Chapel Bridge. Its wonderful location makes it easy to get around and discover a lot of Lucerne on foot.

The hotel also emphasizes its commitment to sustainability. So if you want to stay in a central location in Lucerne and help support different causes – like the Swiss Red Cross or by using light bulbs that help save energy – this hotel is the perfect green hotel.

The hotel does not have its own fitness facility but offers a discount for the wellness and fitness facilities close by.

Hotel des Alpes

If you are looking for a hotel directly in the city center of Lucerne, this hotel might be a great choice. In January 2019, I stayed at the Hotel des Alpes – just next to the Chapel Bridge.

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Room view @Hotel des Alpes

The location is perfect, and if you choose a view of the river, you have a beautiful view of the Reuss River, stunning Mount Pilatus, and the Alps. The city views offer views of the old town.

However, it is not only about the views.

The hotel is a good 3-star hotel: modern, clean, and with a decent breakfast. The restaurant downstairs offers breakfast (with a view), and from there, you are ready to explore the city within minutes.

You have not found the perfect hotel in Lucerne for your stay yet? Okay, here are some more tips for the best Lucerne accommodations.

Best Budget Hotels in Lucerne

Here are some budget hotels in Lucerne. I know budget hotels in Lucerne are not exactly budget-friendly compared to the rest of the world. But they are considered budget-friendly for Lucerne, and they offer the best value for the money.

The Bed + Breakfast

This bed-and-breakfast offers single and double rooms (with an occupancy of 4 people maximum). Some rooms have a shared bathroom, and some have a private one.

The rooms at The Bed + Breakfast, are very basic, but the pricier ones actually have their own balcony and TV, and some have their own kitchen.

Bellpark Hostel

This hostel, Bellpark Hostel, is located close to Kriens, not too far from Lucerne’s old town. It is the perfect place to stay if you plan a trip to the fabulous Mount Pilatus (it is very close to the cable car station). You´ll find some restaurants and cafes nearby, and you can catch a bus directly to the train station.

Though the prices are much lower than those in hotel rooms, you still get the ticket to use public transportation for free. As mentioned, rates are comparably low.

You have to pay around 30€ for a bed in a mixed 6-bed dormitory. Slightly more expensive is a bed in a 4-bed dormitory (females or males) or a 3-person dormitory/family room.

If you prefer an ensuite bathroom, you can book a 2-person double room, too.

Finding the best places to stay in Lucerne might not always be easy, but I hope this post has helped you find the perfect accommodation for you.

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