HOTEL MONTANA - LUCERNE
The Art Deco Hotel Montana stands perched on a hillside above the north shore of Lake Lucerne, an imposing and proud edifice, representing a golden age of travel, but a modern accommodation of 4-Star elegance and style. The hotel has been awarded with the TripAdvisor Travelers Choice Award for 2015. With its panoramic views of Lake Lucerne, the Art Deco Hotel Montana is consistently one of the most popular city hotels in the world, reached by a one minute dedicated funicular ride from the main lakeside street below, noted as one the world’s shortest trips of its kind, carrying the guest to a private world above the city. All the spacious rooms and suites feature stylish designer furnishings to compliment the Art Deco theme, and all the lakeside facing rooms offer a balcony. The hotel’s premier Scala Restaurant has been awarded 15 Gault Millau points and its two atmospheric bar lounges the Louis Bar and Hemingway Lounge offer central Switzerland’s largest Scotch and Rum selections, with live jazz music and cigars.
The Hotel Montana was the last of the grand classic hotels to be built in Lucerne. The tourist boom of the late 19th Century had brought many hotels for those taking the grand tour. The Palace Hotel took its place on the shore of Lake Lucerne, while the enterprising son-in-law of its owner had a vision to literally top his father-in-law by building a luxurious hotel on the hillside above it, that could be readily seen from around the lakeshore and be its own advertisement. To get to his new hotel the inventive hotelier, Alfred Schraemmli, would install an electric funicular to carry guests to his view hotel.
Built on the site of a former dairy in 1910, the Montana Hotel was designed just as the sleek theories of Art Deco style were threatening the earlier floral frills of Art Nouveau craze, and the new hotel designed by the architects Möri & Krebs featured elements of the new stylistic form. It was a grand plan which unfortunately fell at a hard time. The First World War would follow a very brief shining glory, for years of declining tourism. After the end of the Second World War the building was acquired by the Swiss Hotel and Gastro Union, the association for restaurant employees, and run as a hotel and school. In 1993 the addition of the Art Deco Hall reinvented the art deco theme of the building and a series of renovations returned the property into one of the grand hotels of Lucerne, with the opening of the Scala Terrace, the Hemingway Rum Bar and the rooftop Beach Club, the latest editions.
The cuisine of the Scala Restaurant is inspired by the influences from the southern region of Switzerland and of the lands of Italy, France and Greece. The terrace indoor glass enclosed terrace dining room offers lake views while enjoying freshly prepared local regional products with a varied wine list and a commitment to service rated 15 points by GaultMillau. Dress code is upscale compartable and reservations required for the popular Lucerne dining spot.
The new hotspot of Lucerne is the Beach Club Bar, named one of the 10 most beautiful rooftop bars, with its sandy beach spread on the roof of the terrace level below, decorated in all white furniture evoking the feeling of Miami Beach in Switzerland, with lounges and cabanas amid palm trees, with the illuminated designer bar offing tall cocktails and delicious food choices. Open when the weather cooperates, it even has its own hot tub Jacuzzi, with a changing room. The cabanas require a reservation and minimum.
Louis Bar & Hemingway Louge
The theme at the Louis bar is Scotch and Jazz, with one of the largest offerings of Scottish Malt Whisky’s in central Switzerland (the Devil’s Bar in St Moritz has a few more). Though you don’t have to be a Scotch drinker to enjoy the live music from Tuesday to Saturday. And if you’re a musician, you can even join in on the Jam Session every Thursday.
The newest edition to the Montana is the Hemingway Lounge. While the faux Hemingway Contest is associated with Harry’s Bar, from his Parisian early years, the lounge named for the staccato manly prose of the author is more dedicated to his Caribbean years as a Rum Bar. In homage the great writer of The Old Man and the Sea and his days in Cuba, the lounge offers the largest rum selection of Switzerland with more than 60 varieties of rum from Central and South America. The Hemingway Lounge is also the cigar bar of the hotel, a “Fumour” without the fumes as a state of the art filtration system sweeps the air.
The Art Deco Montana Hotel offers a rich brunch buffet every Sunday with beautiful lake views while enjoying a lush selection of fresh breads, healthy dairy products and egg specialties and prepared hot dishes, along with sweet pastries, fresh fruit juices, coffee and tea.
The Art Deco Montana offers a selection of special theme packages. The “Time for Gourmets” offers a chance to stand over the shoulder of the chef, Johan Breedijk, and indulge in a specially prepared 6 course meal on the terrace of the Gault Millau rated Scala Restaurant, with Mediterranean flavors, and a recipe cook book to take home. The package includes two nights accommodation and Champagne. The “Time for Celebrations” is a one night romantic experience in a double room or a suite, and the “Time for Beauty” is a one night spa inclusive pamper package. © Bargain Luxury Travel
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