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Hotel des Balances
Ranked #5 of 69 Hotels in Lucerne
Certificate of Excellence
Sewickley, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Wonderful start to our honeymoon!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2012

From check-in to check-out, this hotel was great. The front desk was quick with excellent recommendations and directions in English. The room was beautiful with an updated bathroom, and a decent size for Europe (read: would be considered small to Americans). The historical facade is lovely to see in person. But what puts this hotel over the top are the wonderful views from the rooms. We had a (very private) rooftop terrace view, and even with the overcast skies, it was stunning view of the lake, city, and mountains. I absolutely recommend this hotel.

Room Tip: Rooftop terrace rooms absolutely worth it. Amazing.
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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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41 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2012

The hotel is exvellent, its location is excellent, the romantic room is what your looking for in a break or a honey moon!! The services are excellent, the fact that a jaccuzi is in the middle of the romantic room is brilliant

  • Stayed March 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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mumbai
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2012

Great hotel overlooking the lake Lucerne. The rooms are fabulous. a tad expensive, but has lots of cafes at close proximity,

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank vinaychoudhary
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Westchester, NY
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2012

We chose De Balance for its reputation for refined elegance and great location and the both more than exceeded our expectations. We had a corner junior suite on an upper floor with a petite but usable balcony overlooking the waterways and historic covered bridge. The rooms were bright and well appointed and the bed extremely comfortable. The service during our stay was what you would expect from a top notch Swiss establishment. The weather was mild while we were there last June and we kept the windows and balcony door open to enjoy the breezes while we lowered the electronically powered screens in the evening- a nice touch. The breakfasts outdoors overlooking the river was relaxing and beautiful. We had dinner at the hotel one evening on the outdoor terrace and the food, service and views were fantastic. They offer a varied choice of well prepared imaginative dishes while not being over the top pseudo-sophisicated, if you know what I mean. Luzerne is a very walkable city- we did not need to take a taxi during our 4 days at the hotel even when we departed across the river from the train station. All in all, a great choice when visiting Luzerne.

Room Tip: The corner Junior Suite overlooking the river was great and worth the money.
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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank CJV_9
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2012

Mr. Peter Busser and his fabulous staff are extremely passionate about their intense desire to insure guest's absolute comfort.

The historic property is both elegant and captivating. Located at water's edge in the heart of old-town, the views of Lucerne, the lake and alps are breath taking.

The 4-star property classification is an understatement. No where in Switzerland will you find a finer dedicated staff! You instantly feel their sincerity and it absolutely never wavers. My 9-nights there on business were both easy and most comfortable. Rooms are spacious, open and marvelous. All ammenities are top-drawer. Breakfasts are endless, evening dining is cordial, up-beat and quite entertaining. Their chef and his team are most creative and the varied menus offer endless choices of superb food. All-in, each dish is as superb as one can imagine.

As I am in Switzerland with some frequency, I continuously seek-out new properties but, now that I've discovered this gem, I have found the ideal home-away-from-home. A mere 7 minute casual walk to the main train station enables an easy commute to most any city in Switzerland.
If you're in Lucerne for pleasure, their museums, lake cruises, concert-halls, marvelous historic architecture and friendly shopping insures a fabulous time. Whether there on business or pleasure, be sure to bring your camera.

The Balances is both unique and un-compromising. If you travel as much as I do you will not find a better hotel anywhere. I simply cannot say enough about their total dedication, nor have I ever experienced more gracious service with smiles as wide as the alps. Without any exception, I cherish and whole-heartedly recommend this terrific hotel, it is simply exceptional!

Room Tip: River and lake views are wonderful, simply ask for it.
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Hotel des Balances

Property: 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 Family Hotel in Lucerne
#5 Luxury Hotel in Lucerne
#5 Business Hotel in Lucerne
#7 Romantic Hotel in Lucerne
Price range (per night): ₹ 12,933 - ₹ 28,307
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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