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Seehotel Hermitage Luzern 4.0

Lucerne, Switzerland

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Pros

  • On Lake Lucerne, with plenty of water activities available
  • Sleek. modern, minimalist rooms with Nespresso coffeemakers
  • Numerous on-site activities including rental bikes, playground, and tennis courts
  • Wellness area with gym, sauna, and steam room 
  • Ice skating rink available in the winter months 
  • Chic restaurant with terrace and popular Sunday brunch
  • Lounge bar with lake views and summer barbecue restaurant
  • Fully equipped meeting rooms and Mac desktops
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout
  • On-site parking available (for a fee)
  • Pets welcome (for a fee)

Cons

  • Location is removed from the city 
  • Rooms lack air-conditioning 
  • Bathrooms have privacy-compromising windows into living areas
  • No pool or full spa
  • Fees for breakfast, sofa beds, and children over age six

Bottom Line

Seehotel Hermitage Luzern is an upscale property on the shores of Lake Lucerne. It offers all sorts of amenities for travelers who want to spend their vacations outdoors, including a private beach, a boat dock, boat rentals, paddle boards, a large sunbathing lawn, tennis courts, and an ice-skating rink (in the winter). The 68 rooms are sleek and modern with lake views, minibars, and Nespresso coffeemakers, but they lack air-conditioning. There's also a chic and cozy restaurant that's particularly popular for Sunday brunch. Travelers may also want to consider Palace Luzern, a lakefront hotel that’s within walking distance of the city center and has rooms with air-conditioning, a full-service spa, and an airport shuttle, though rates can be much higher.

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Scene

Upscale, historic lakeside hotel with superb views and cozy, modern spaces

Seehotel Hermitage Luzern enjoys a fantastic location on the shores of Lake Lucerne, in a quiet area away from the city center, and has lovely lake views from rooms and common areas alike. The hotel dates to 1907 when it opened as a hotel-pension, and sits on land that had been operating as a farm estate since the mid-1700s. New rooms were added in 2007 and room decor was updated in 2012, followed by a restaurant makeover in 2015.

There's plenty on-site to offer guests a true Lake Lucerne experience, including lovely lawns for sunbathing, a small beach, a dock that extends into the lake, and a playground for children. The interiors are modern throughout, though a bit plain in the lobby, which just holds a reception desk, though that leads into a sleek lounge bar area with dark floors, leather couches, and armchairs). Floor-to-ceiling windows provide lovely views of the lake. The restaurant has a more personal atmosphere and upscale, rustic design. Wood planks on the ceiling and walls complement the wooden floors, and gives the space a warm vibe. Velour chairs and booths pepper the space in a mix of gray, lime-green, or blue hues. An electric fireplace adds coziness, while the terrace, enclosed by glass walls and featuring chairs with fur throws, has stunning views of Lake Lucerne. Vacationing couples and families are attracted to this lakeside getaway for its numerous on-site activities and quiet atmosphere. 

Location

On the shores of Lake Lucerne, about a 10-minute drive from the city center 

Seehotel Hermitage Luzern is located directly on the shores of Lake Lucerne, but it's a solid 10-minute drive to the city center (or an hour’s walk). Mount Pilatus takes about a 45-minute drive to reach. There’s a bus stop outside the hotel, or guests can take a boat across the lake to Lucerne directly from the hotel’s personal boat dock. There are also a few restaurants in the area that take around 10 minutes to reach on foot. It’s about a one-hour drive to Zurich Airport.

Rooms

Stylish all-white rooms with minibars, Nespresso coffeemakers, and lake views, but no air-conditioning 

Stylish, angular, and predominately white, the hotel's 68 rooms have a minimalist look. Rooms are spacious, with wooden floors, white platform beds, sleek, straight-edge white furniture, and no artwork. Some rooms have contrasting black or gray accents in the form of contemporary sofas or armchairs. All rooms have views of the lake and some also offer furnished balconies. Amenities include flat-screen TVs, kettles, Nespresso coffeemakers, and minibars, but no air-conditioning. The Lake & Mountain Suites are the largest units available and come with tables and living rooms. 

Luxurious bathrooms are clad in white and gray tile, but glass windows that look out on the main living areas from the bathrooms can compromise privacy. Bathrooms feature shower/tub combos or separate walk-in showers and tubs, plus L’Occitane toiletries, and hairdryers. 

Children under six stay for free with their parents, but there’s a fee for kids seven and up, as well as fees to use the sofa beds. Take note that the hotel requires families of five or more to book a minimum of two rooms.

Features

Outdoor lake activities, two restaurants, bar, wellness area, meeting rooms, and public computers

Facilities at Seehotel Hermitage Luzern focus on the property’s lakeside location. Outdoor activities are plentiful and include a small beach for swimming and a dock to tie up a rental or personal boat. Paddle boards are available free of charge. The hotel also offers an eight-seater boat to rent for outings or a romantic meal on the lake. Other amenities include tennis courts, a children’s playground, rental bikes, and an ice skating rink (in the winter). Rackets and ice skates cost extra to rent.

Restaurant Hermitage is popular with guests and locals alike, particularly at Sunday brunch, and has a charming terrace with superb lake views. Breakfast is not included in room rates. In the summer, Seegarten restaurant is open on the lawn and offers a barbecue dinner buffet. Room service is available, but the service costs extra. The hotel also offers a cozy lounge bar with lake views and a large selection of gins, including the hotel’s own brand: Hermitage Dschinn. 

The wellness area has a sauna, a steam bath, and a steam room, but the gym is small for a property of this size and only includes a handful of cardio machines. There’s no pool on-site. Four fully equipped meeting rooms attract weddings and seminars and hold up to 200 people. Mac desktops are available for guest use, and Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel. On-site parking is available for a fee and dogs are welcome, at an additional cost.

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Address

Seeburgstrasse 72, Lucerne 6006, Switzerland