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Hotel Des Balances - Lucerne

4 star Hotel Lucerne

Weinmarkt - Lucerne

Price starting from CHF 139.00
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The 4-star Hotel Des Balances boasts a picturesque location on the Reuss river in the center of the Old Town of Lucerne. The hotel's 12th-century facade is framed by iron-fronted balconies that wind down to a riverside cafe.

The Hotel Des Balances enjoys a convenient position, nestled in the heart of the Old town of Lucerne, and features a gourmet restaurant listed in the Gault Millau guidebook, with a unique bar, lounge and riverside terrace, a stunning view of the Reuss river, as well as state-of-the-art facilities for seminars and banquets.

Free Wireless Internet access and free parking are available onsite.
Venere Guest Rating
Guest Rating 9.0 Wonderful!
Based on 29 hotel reviews © 2015 Venere.com

Our only problem with the hotel was we couldn't stay longer, this fantastic small ...

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Breakfast at Hotel Des Balances

A buffet breakfast is served between 7:00 AM and 11:00 AM for a fee.

Facilities at Hotel Des Balances

  • Bar
  • Restaurant/Dining
  • Luggage room
  • Personal newspapers
  • Multilingual staff
  • City tour
  • Front desk - 24 hour
  • Meeting Room
  • Business Center
  • Laundry service
  • Lift/elevator
  • Room service - limited hour
  • Laundry room
  • Pets accepted
  • Internet/Email services
  • Valet service

Know before you go

  • Children 6 years old and younger stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding.
  • Guests can arrange to bring pets by contacting the property directly, using the contact information on the booking confirmation (surcharges apply and can be found in the Fees section).

Check-in: between 2:00 PM and 6 PM.

Check-out: before 11:30 AM.


Please contact the property ahead of time if you are planning to arrive after 6 PM.

Policy

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy.
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.

City tax and/or any other fees charged by the hotel

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Fee for buffet breakfast: CHF 32 per person (approximately)
  • Self parking fee: CHF 27 per night
  • Pet fee: CHF 15 per pet, per day
  • Rollaway bed fee: CHF 70 per night

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.


You’ll be asked to pay the following charges at the hotel:

  • A tax is imposed by the city: CHF 4 per person, per night
 

We have included all charges provided to us by the property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

National rating

Hotelstars Union assigns an official star rating in Switzerland. This property is rated 4 stars and is displayed on this page as 4 stars.

Hotel Des Balances is also known as

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10

Clean

10

Location

8.9

Quiet

8.7

Spacious

9.0

Service

Hotel Des Balances reviews

9.5 Outstanding!
  • February 2014
  • Venere Guest
  • Single traveller
  • USA

It'd be helpful if the hotel posted a sign at the top of the stairs that you cannot exit through the restaurant, so you don't head down the stairs only to have to turn back up. The service was ok - but I was expecting it to be stellar. I asked about traveling to Mt Pilatus, was just given a map and told it was too late to do it that day. I mentioned skiing, but there was no offer to help connect me to a ski school or help w/ the train or any other tips/advice. As a single traveler, I thought my service at other hotels (particularly in Zurich) were much more personalized and attentive.

9.0 Wonderful!
  • September 2012
  • Venere Guest
  • USA

i wish breakfast was included.

8.3 Very Good
  • August 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Couple
  • United Kingdom

The location can be noisy, and it was hot so windows had to be left open as there is no aircon. The solution was to close the windows and run an electric fan. The hotel is central, chiche, right on the river with excellent food and service

9.7 Outstanding!
  • January 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with older children
  • USA

Fabulously convenient location for walking to restaurants, shops & sightseeing. Picturesque riverfront and old city location. We were upgraded to a riverfront room, even though we had booked a cityview room, without even asking. And they did not increase the price. The rooms were huge and spotless. Would definitely stay there again.

8.8 Excellent
  • December 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Couple
  • Canada

We were on our honeymoon. Pay for the river view as it is worth it, the Jesuit Church is directly across the river and the mountains are beautiful. The room we had 406 and it was decent sized. It is about a 10-15 min walk towing luggage from the train station. The bar staff was very friendly and the front desk staff was also helpful. We have no hesistation recommending this hotel.

10 Outstanding!
  • October 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • USA

I have stayed at this hotel twice. The rooms are newly remodeled and huge with large flat screen tvs. There is a balacony with views of the river. The restaurant is excellent as is the nearby Thai Garden Restaurant. I love this darling hotel with the frescos painted on the front!

9.5 Outstanding!
  • October 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with young children
  • Singapore

This was the most expensive hotel we stayed at, but it was worth it. The location is excellent and our room was facing the river, so it was great for taking pictures. However, not sure I would want to pay as much for a room without a view. Excellent breakfast that came with the room. Well located. Efficient staff, English not a problem. Highly recommended.

9.3 Wonderful!
  • August 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Couple
  • France

Excellent hotel, with splendid view, perfect location and very comfortable rooms. Warmly recommended.

9.7 Outstanding!
  • August 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Couple
  • France

Very nice hotel very well located to discover Lucerne, rooms not very large, but service perfect

9.9 Outstanding!
  • August 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with older children
  • United Kingdom

Lovely Hotel. We had a fantastic view over Luzern from our room. Very central for site seeing. Would stay at this Hotel again.

10 Outstanding!
  • July 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Single traveller
  • Denmark

Yes, it was the first time.

9.9 Outstanding!
  • June 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Couple
  • USA

We stayed at des Balances for our 10th anniversary. We were as pleased with this visit as we were with our first one three years ago. The hotel is located about a 10 minute walk away from the train station, right on the river. The train ride from Zurich airport takes less than an hour. A taxi with our luggage cost 20 CHF so we walked on our way back! Check in was smooth and the staff were very pleasant - the only unusual thing was no one asked to assist us with our luggage. We had a beautiful junior suite with a river view (Rm 103). It was very large and immaculate, with modern furnishings and wood floors. There was a large bathtub/whirlpool in the room itself, with a separate shower and toilet. There was a large balcony with a small table - the view was simply spectacular. The town, river and Mount Pilatus were clearly visible. The hotel's breakfast was outstanding and sitting outside right next to the river is hard to beat. They had a delicious assortment of cold cuts, yogurt, breads, cereals and juices for 14 CHF. If you want eggs or other items from the kitchen, it increases the price to 27 CHF. We did not try the restaurant for dinner this time, although last time it was excellent. The staff were very friendly and recommended Taube and Fritschi for examples of restaurants with local food. Both were very good and reasonably priced. The hotel is ideally located, with several shops and restaurants nearby. The lake/center of town is only a 5 minute walk away. Lucerne is a gorgeous town not to be missed. Hotel des Balances is THE place to stay.

8.3 Very Good
  • June 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Not Specified
  • Spain

Situación perfecta. Merece la pena cogerse habitación con vistas al lago.

9.7 Outstanding!
  • May 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with young children
  • United Kingdom

I have always loved this hotel & to find it on your website at such a good rate is a wonderful surprise. The location is superb; you can walk everywhere. The restaurant is excellent & a gorgeous spot for dining with a mountain/lake view. They made my little one feel like a princess & didn't charge for the privilege. The rooms are designed beautifully & very spacious; we were lucky enough to have a lake & mountain view which was breathtaking. A delight all around!

9.0 Wonderful!
  • November 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Not Specified
  • Spain

es una lástima que no se indique en las habitaciones exteiores al río que éstas no poseen balcón, sólo ventanas con la vista hacia él a pesar de que son más caras que las demás. Por el resto un gran hotel

9.3 Wonderful!
  • September 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Couple
  • United Kingdom

Friendly Staff, Good command of English, Good location. Car parking available.

7.9 Good
  • October 2011
  • Venere Guest
  • Couple
  • USA

9.4 Outstanding!
  • August 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Couple
  • United Kingdom

7.0 Good
  • June 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Couple
  • United Kingdom

7.1 Good
  • June 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Not Specified
  • Australia

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6.0 Fair
  • October 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Couple
  • Spain

7.3 Good
  • September 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Group
  • Spain

9.5 Outstanding!
  • May 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Couple
  • Spain

10 Outstanding!
  • February 2015
  • Venere Guest
  • Couple
  • Switzerland

8.7 Excellent
  • January 2012
  • Venere Guest
  • Couple
  • Switzerland

8.9 Excellent
  • September 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Couple
  • France

9.6 Outstanding!
  • September 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Couple
  • Austria

8.5 Excellent
  • December 2011
  • Venere Guest
  • Couple
  • Switzerland

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Room Details

Book your luxury accommodation at Hotel Des Balances, offering 56 guest rooms with iPod docking stations and climate control. Satellite TV channels offer entertainment at the end of a busy day. Business travelers visiting the Lucerne area will have access to free wireless high-speed Internet access as well as desks and complimentary newspapers.

Every room comes with an ensuite bathroom. Minibars, coffee/tea makers and hair dryers can be found in each room to accommodate basic traveling needs. Additional comforts include safes.

Accommodation Services

  • Mini bar
  • Extra beds
  • Coffee and tea maker
  • Hairdryer in each room
  • Safe
  • Satellite TV
  • Desk
  • Individually controlled air conditioning
  • Wireless Internet access

How to reach Hotel Des Balances

By car
From Zurich, Bern and Basel: follow the green signs (highway) to Luzern and exit at Luzern Zentrum. After the tunnel, move onto the left-hand lane, direction Zentrum. At the 2nd traffic light go into the separated left-hand lane and turn left. Move onto the right-hand lane, follow signs to Parkhaus Kesselturm and pass the multi-story car park. At the next crossroad turn right: you will reach the pedestrian area. Turn left and cross over the little Reuss bridge. After the bridge, take the first street on your right, it will lead you to the hotel's entrance.

Distances from Hotel Des Balances

Lucerne Town Hall - 0.1 km / 0.1 mi
Rosengart Collection - 0.1 km / 0.1 mi
Mill Bridge - 0.1 km / 0.1 mi
Jesuit Church - 0.1 km / 0.1 mi
Chapel Bridge - 0.2 km / 0.1 mi
Spreuer Bridge - 0.2 km / 0.1 mi
Franciscan Church - 0.2 km / 0.2 mi
Saint Peters Church - 0.3 km / 0.2 mi
Musegg Wall - 0.4 km / 0.3 mi
KKL Lucerne - 0.5 km / 0.3 mi
Lucerne Arts Museum - 0.5 km / 0.3 mi
Loewenplatz - 0.7 km / 0.4 mi
Bourbaki Panorama - 0.7 km / 0.5 mi
Hofkirche - 0.8 km / 0.5 mi
Glacier Garden - 0.8 km / 0.5 mi
The preferred airport for Hotel Des Balances is Zurich (ZRH) - 48.6 km / 30.2 mi.

Distances are calculated in a straight line from the property's location to the point of interest or airport and may not reflect actual travel distance.

Distances are displayed to the nearest 0.1 km and mile.

Transportation services Hotel Des Balances

  • Valet service