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Art Deco Hotel Montana Luzern 4.0

Lucerne, Switzerland

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Pros

  • Upscale hilltop hotel with exceptional views and Art Deco style
  • 15-minute walk to the heart of Old Town
  • Art Deco-inspired rooms with minibars, flat-screen TVs, and balconies
  • Luxurious Penthouse Suites with astounding views and hot tubs
  • Classy Hemingway Lounge serves up rum and cigars
  • Louis Bar features stylish decor, a large whiskey selection, and live music
  • Restaurant serving all meals including an extensive breakfast buffet (fee)
  • Seasonal rooftop Beach Club bar with exceptional views of the lake
  • Spa offering a wide range of beauty treatments
  • 24-hour front desk and a concierge
  • Room service (limited hours)
  • On-site parking with funicular to top of hill
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout

Cons

  • No air-conditioning, fitness center, or pool
  • Not directly in city center
  • Rooms can get noise from street or bar
  • Breakfast not always included in room rates

Bottom Line

The hilltop Art Deco Hotel Montana Luzern is a 66-room, upscale hotel that offers exceptional views of Lake Luceren and is about a 15-minute walk from the heart of Old Town. The hotel features popular and classy restaurants and bars, including a seasonal rooftop bar with breathtaking views, the stylish Hemingway Lounge with a rum and cigar menu, and the trendy Louis Bar with live piano and jazz music. Art Deco-inspired rooms have balconies, minibars, and free Wi-Fi. Upgraded rooms can be truly exceptional, with elegant parquet floors, astounding views, rooftop terraces, and hot tubs. The hotel has a small spa offering a range of treatments, but there's no gym -- and no air-conditioning. Travelers looking for a similarly high-end spot in the heart of Old Town may want to consider the popular Hotel des Balances.

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Upscale, hilltop hotel with exceptional views and Art Deco style

The Art Deco Hotel Montana Luzern is perched on a hill in a beautiful building from 1910 with stucco and stone detailing and wrought-iron balconies. The yellow rectangular hotel cuts a pretty figure against its similarly hued neighboring buildings and surrounding stone walls. Inside, decor is high-end and chic, with classic Art-Deco flourishes. Mosaic-tiled floors meet yellow and white walls with beautiful molded details, while parquet-wood furniture and plush, patterned upholstered armchairs pair together for a lively look. The decor isn't modern, but it's certainly well-kept and has vintage charm. The hotel's restaurants and bars follow the style of the hotel as a whole, with classy details and more Art Deco touches. The Louis Lounge is a real standout, with wood walls, elegant wooden armchairs finished with patterned upholstery, and chandelier lights. The rooftop Beach Club bar is a popular seasonal spot and offers exceptional views of the lake and mountains. With amenities aimed at relaxation, this is a hotspot for well-heeled leisure travelers, tourists, and couples.

Location

Hilltop location with exceptional views, 15-minute walk to Old Town

The Montana is situated in a charming hilltop spot overlooking Lucerne Lake, about a 15-minute walk from the Old Town (Altstadt) and the popular Kapellbrücke covered bridge (Chapel Bridge). Guests can also walk to Lion Monument (12 minutes), KKL—Culture and Convention Center (20 minutes), and the Sammlung Rosengart museum (20 minutes). The hilltop spot offers impressive views, and the hike up and down can be avoided with a dedicated funicular, which picks guests up at the bottom of the hill at a spot directly across from The Palace Hotel. A bus stops near the funicular and can take guests to the train station, Old Town, and other city sights. It's a 50-minute drive to Zurich Airport, and the hotel offers airport transfers for an extra fee. On-site parking is available at the base of the hill, also for a fee.

Rooms

Art Deco-inspired rooms with minibars, flat-screen LCD TVs, and balconies -- but no AC

Guest rooms at this upscale hotel are individually decorated, but tend to be simple and stylish with Art Deco-inspired touches. Patterned upholstered chairs, light-wood furniture, sometimes with striped or parquet detailing, and the occasional chrome accent combine in elegant fashion. Walls are white, ceilings may be molded, and some of the upgraded rooms feature stunning, patterned parquet floors. Bathrooms vary vastly from room to room, but all have modern amenities, many with separate showers and clawfoot tubs. They include slippers, hairdryers, and free individual toiletries -- not to mention yellow rubber ducks.

The entry-level Single Rooms are small (140 to 215 square feet) and feature the most simple decor, though with some of the same stylish flourishes as in other rooms. Flat-screen LCD TVs, Bose sound systems, and free Wi-Fi come standard. Rooms also have coffee/tea facilities and stocked minibars. The six Penthouse Spa Suites can be truly luxurious, with more ornate decor and added amenities like Nespresso coffeemakers, hot tubs, or rooftop terraces. 

There is no air-conditioning, and noise can travel from the bar or outdoors especially with the windows opened. Past guests suggest choosing a room with a view of the lake -- some of the room views really are spectacular. All rooms also have balconies, which only amplifies the fantastic scenery. 

Features

Posh bars and restaurants, live music, and a spa -- but no gym, pool, or air-conditioning

The hotel's features are geared toward leisure travelers. There are multiple classy restaurants and bars, including the Scala Restaurant with indoor and outdoor terrace views and the seasonal Montana Beach Club, a rooftop bar with cabanas, exceptional views, and a hot tub. The Hemingway Rum Lounge is a stylish spot with parquet floors and more than 60 different rums for sale, in addition to a cigar menu. The Louis Bar has a large whiskey menu and live jazz, funk, soul, and piano music throughout the week. The hotel serves an extensive buffet breakfast -- guests generally find it satisfying, but the extra fee is pricey. Room service is available during limited hours. 

The Montana has a small spa as well offering a wide range of beauty treatments and massages, but there's no fitness center or pool. A trio of meeting rooms are available for events, and the largest fits up to 120 people. The hotel offers room service during limited hours, concierge service, and laundry/dry cleaning. Parking is available at the base of the hill and airport transfers can be arranged, with fees. Wi-Fi is free throughout, and pets are allowed, for a fee. Be aware that the hotel does not have air-conditioning.

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Address

Adligenswilerstrasse 22, Lucerne 6006, Switzerland