This small, attractively furnished hotel is in a beautifully restored building in the heart of Lucerne's shopping district. Des Balances was created from two ancient mansions which date to the early days of the Swiss confederation in 1332. Later embellished with a clock tower, the building became the city hall in 1367. Following a fire in 1833, the present structure was rebuilt on the ancient foundation and decorated in Holbein style by a director of the Lucerne School of Arts and Crafts.

Many guest bathrooms have bathtubs and bidets. Number 401 is an above average size double with antique furniture, twin beds and both river and city views from its two windows. Number 402 is a quiet junior-suite with French double bed and a view of Lucerne's rooftops. Though a step down from the preceding luxury establishments, Des Balances is comfortable and charming.

Street Address: Weinmarkt
City: Lucerne
Country: Switzerland
Phone: +41 41 418 28 28
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Quality: Rating: 2 stars
Value: Rating: 2 stars
Price Level: $$$$
Type: Hotel