Luxury in Luzern

After lunch on a patio in Basel, we hopped in the car and headed to Lucerne for the next two nights. I knew we had a beauty of a room to spend our time in, and couldn’t wait to relax in bed and laze around in the mornings to come.

After a few series of one night stays in the black forest, having two nights to relax felt like such a luxury.

Of course, our stay was made to feel even more like a luxury when we checked into our room at the Grand Hotel National Luzern. Not only did the staff move our vehicle from the pricey parking lot across the street and into the valet section, but they whisked us up the fragrant hallway, and right to our room’s door step.

Grand National Hotel Lucerne Switzerland reviewWelcomed with fresh fruit, sparking water, roses, and a personalized note – we threw our bags onto the luggage bench, and checked out our sweet digs.Grand National Hotel Lucerne Switzerland reviewCovered in gold finishings and wallpaper, it felt like we were living the life of royals. With our own hallway between the bedroom, bathroom, and closets – complete with a fabulous view of the lake, and a dangling chandelier, it was pretty hard to find the motivation to leave.

Grand National Hotel Lucerne Switzerland review

Grand National Hotel Lucerne Switzerland review

Grand National Hotel Lucerne Switzerland reviewPlus, with a list of famous guests, we felt like we were in pretty good company.IMG_0612.JPGThe room came with a pair of binoculars – perfect for watching boats floating by and swans swimming in the glistening water – all from the comfort of our quaint french balcony (or perhaps the giant king sized bed).
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After a little bit of relaxing, we decided to finally leave our room and take a gander in the town. Luckily, our hotel was in the perfect location for doing just that.

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Grand National Hotel Lucerne Switzerland reviewImmediately outside the hotel entrance, there was a long boulevard alongside the lake. Walking under the trees, we peered up into the mountains and at the twinkling lights on the other side.

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Lucerne, Switzerland

FullSizeRender (4).jpgComing to the main square, we wandered in and out of the streets, making sure not to miss a single corner.

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Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne, Switzerland

IMG_0656.JPGLittle boutiques filled the road ways, as pedestrians walked along the cobblestone paths. I ducked into a tourist shop to make sure I snagged the perfect traditional leather collar for Sophie, and squealed once it was safely into the clutch of my hands.

We continued to tour the town, landing upon the famous and picturesque covered bridge.

IMG_0651.JPGAlthough Lucerne is covered with many beautiful bridges, this one provides dream-like views of the town from each side.
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne, Switzerland

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IMG_0634.JPGAnd we made sure to take in the beauty from every angle.
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IMG_0639.JPGAfter a thorough first-glance of Lucerne, we were eager to head back to our room and put on some warmer clothing. By now, the staff had tidied up our room and turned down the sheets – leaving delicious little chocolates waiting for us. I tried to steal Cole’s, but he wasn’t having it.

We asked the exceptional concierge staff for a dinner recommendation, and then headed out for a meal. As we walked back along the lake-side boulevard, we could really see the low-rise buildings twinkling in the evening dusk, bordering each side of the river as it fed through the town centre.Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne, Switzerland

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Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne, SwitzerlandLuckily, we were just outside of tourist season, so we were able to snag a beautiful spot by the fireplace at Des Balance without needing a reservation.IMG_0672.JPG

IMG_0675.JPGOur meals were hearty and traditional, and left us in a pleasant mood about our experience so far in Switzerland.
Lucerne, Switzerland des balancesI went with the sirloin, covered in a creamy parsley sauce and heaped with steamed veggies.
Lucerne, Switzerland des balancesWhile Cole chose the duck breast and beets.
Lucerne, Switzerland des balancesEnding of course, with some sort of pear treat.
Lucerne, Switzerland des balancesAfter dinner, it was a quick walk back to the Grand National and time to slip on a warm bathrobe before watching some TV in bed.

My stay in Lucerne was sponsored by the Grand National, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. It’s the perfect place for touring the city, but lets you stay away from the hustle and bustle of the busy streets. Just a hop and skip to the main square, the room was not only gorgeous, but romantic and relaxing. I highly recommend booking a room.

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