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Renaissance Lucerne Hotel

Modern, reasonably priced, and conveniently located in Lucerne.
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Key Details

Rating: 4.6

Starting Rates: $289.00

Phone: +41 41 226 87 87

Official Website: Hotel Website

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Description

Location

Address: Pilatusstrasse 15

Location & First Impressions

The Renaissance Lucerne Hotel is a luxury Marriott Bonvoy hotel in the center of downtown Lucerne, Switzerland. Located in a historic palace, it has an ornamental and elegant facade.

The hotel is about 600 feet from Lake Lucerne and a short walk to the train station. It is also very near the Chapel Bridge and Old Town Lucerne. More than 200 restaurants are within 0.3 miles.

The Check-in Experience

The lobby is small. The front door staff assists guests with bags when their car or taxi pulls up. However, their assistance can be a mixed blessing, especially if you aren’t ready for them.

On the one hand, one guest wrote, “The staff was extremely helpful with our arrival, and they also upgraded our room on behalf of our honeymoon.” However, another guest wrote, “The front desk clerk came out and asked if we were checking in. We were surprised as he opened our trunk and took our belongings out before exiting the car. He rushed us through check-in.”

One tip: The hotel will authorize your credit card for an additional 100 Euros daily for incidentals, which can add up if you stay several days. If you don’t use the incidentals, the authorization will go off your card; running close to your limit may frustrate you.

Room Overview

Elegant Renaissance Hotel Lucerne King Bed Room
Management / Renaissance Hotel Lucerne

The hotel offers several rooms and suites with coffee makers, WiFi, flatscreen TVs, minifridges, and rainfall showers. They have contemporary styling, and many have city murals on the walls.

  • Small. The smallest guest room has a queen-sized bed of about 200 square feet.
  • Standard. The standard room has a king-sized bed or two twin beds and a desk. It is about 230 square feet.
  • Superior. The superior room has two twin beds or a king-sized bed and desk. It is about 250 square feet.
  • Deluxe. Deluxe rooms have king-sized or twin beds and desks and, at about 340 square feet, are large enough to accommodate a rollaway bed if necessary.
  • Junior Suite. A junior suite is about 400 square feet and has a king-sized bed or two twins, a desk, and a sitting area.
  • Renaissance Studio Suite. This suite has a sofa bed, a king-sized bed or two twin beds, a desk, and a sitting area.

Some guests complained about the small rooms, and many suggested a balcony. However, many guests rated the room “clean” with a “comfortable bed.”

Others praised the soundproofing qualities. Sometimes, small things, such as a TV remote that wouldn’t adjust the volume and a shower head that wouldn’t stay in place, were irritations. Some people also complained about the small size of their rooms or suggested balconies.

Property Amenities & Facilities

The hotel has a fitness and water fitness center, although the water center is an extra cost. You can also rent bicycles from the hotel. While the gym is functional, many guests say it is small and has outdated equipment.

Dining & Cuisine

Renaissance Lucerne Hotel Restaurant
Management / Renaissance Hotel Lucerne

A restaurant and bar are on the premises. “We especially enjoyed our breakfast while talking with Jordan, a friendly and great trainee at the restaurant.” writes one guest. 

Another guest was less complimentary: “The Mexican restaurant they have is neither Mexican nor the taste nor the design. More like a TGI Fridays.” Like us, many other guests don’t try the restaurant during our stay, given that so many others are nearby.

I also enjoyed a pretty good to great European-style breakfast each morning. It has a standard spread and lineup of pastries, juices, and hot breakfast items.

Breakfast buffet at Renaissance Hotel Lucerne with pastries, cheeses, meats, cereals, and colorful fruit
Management / Renaissance Hotel Lucerne

Unique Selling Points

The hotel’s location is fabulous. Just about everything worth seeing in Lucerne is within walking distance. The location near the train station also positions you nicely for day trips to other places in Switzerland.

Lake Lucerne is a must-see attraction. Try a paddle boat cruise or sightseeing tour. Lucerne’s landmark mountains, Mt. Pilatus and Mt. Rigi, are also worth seeing. Also, check out Chapel Bridge, Lion Monument, and the Old City.

Value for the Money

This hotel receives close to a 5-point rating on a scale of one to 5. Location is crucial for guests, and the Renaissance Lucerne is ideally located. Couples, like myself, wife and daughter in particular, enjoy staying here.

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