(Photos by Sandy Zimmerman.)
When a hotel is simply named “The Hotel”, you know it is very special. “The Hotel” is one of those small jewels you are happy to find, a boutique hotel that welcomes guests with surprises and delights. Urs Langenegger, General Manager, says, “You are going to be pampered at “The Hotel”, discover why it stands out from all of the other hotels.”
Even their architect is special. Urs Karli, the owner of “The Hotel”, had a dream to build a hotel that would not fit into the usual hotel mold. Wanting the very best, he choose France’s most famous star architect Jean Nouvel and the result was spectacular. There is a flow from inside to outside, each of the public rooms are separate yet interconnected. This is a blueprint for all to follow, the “look” hotels will strive to achieve in the future.
Jean utilized mirrors and small windows at the bottom of the hotels outside walls as a surprising way to draw people’s attention to look down at their BAM BOU Restaurant. This unexpected seemingly “sneak peak” is appealing to the eye, breaking through the boundary of walls. Sitting in the Lobby, the same effect brings guests views through the lobby floor above the restaurant. We can also look up from the restaurant to see the magnificent brightly colored painting in the Lobby. We see out and they see in, like on a stage.
Your accommodations are as exciting as the building’s design. A full life-sized mural adorns the ceiling over the bed. This mural is a romantic scene from Jean’s film background. He is a personal friend of many film-makers and actors. A video of the movie scene sits on the dresser for their guests to view. Each room is different.
Two tall cubical objects seem like decorations, yet one opens into a closet. The other has shelves holding a DVD and television; you turn it around and find another closet. The windows look as though they are a picture frame bringing the park setting inside to you. In their garden suite, the shower is surrounded by a Bamboo Tree Garden for that outdoor feeling. They provide BVLGARI soaps and lotions.
Chef Sara Schmied, Sous Chef, not only knows how to prepare Indian, Thai, and French-style cuisine, but she is also a sushi chef. Their BAM BOU Restaurant offers unusual combinations. Chef Sara showed me how she cooks with the tall, round Indian Tandoori oven. Her Dancing Beef is served on a hot sizzling pan. Known as Lucerne’s most stylish restaurant, the menu includes: Thai-style coconut “Thom Kha” flavored with lemongrass and Asian mushrooms, Surf and turf prawns and Tandoori Indian marinated United States filet mignon, Australian rack of Lamb with Szechuan pepper, and more. There is also a special sushi menu. You can have an entire dinner or party with Thai or Indian cuisine.
“The Hotel” is minutes from the historic Old Town, the lake promenade, 14th century Chapel Bridge, restaurants, and the train station. Lucerne (Luzern) is a great walking city. www.the-hotel.ch firstname.lastname@example.org www.luzern.com
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