The striking Gütsch sits, castle-like, on an extraordinary site atop its own forested hillside above the lake and the city. As a guest in this unique hostelry one feels entirely removed from the urban setting below. In the 14th and 15th centuries a fire was lit on this spot to warn of approaching invaders. In 1590, an observation tower was built on the site and remained until the late 19th century. After a 1888 fire destroyed an earlier structure, the Gütsch was rebuilt in its present castle-like style and then extensively restored and modernized in late summer 1992.

Although the hotel can be reached via a rather indirect road, the most convenient access is via an elevator-style cable lift which is a short taxi ride from the rail station. Guestrooms are large, well-appointed, and enjoy panoramic views. Number 32 is a double with French Provincial furniture, blue accents and flowered wallpaper. Its marble bath is large and has two sinks with gold-plated plumbing for 400 Sfr. ($333). Number 45, a junior suite, has dark oak flooring, oriental carpets and, curtained off the bedroom, a huge Jacuzzi tub with gold fixtures. It rents for 450-650 Sfr. ($375-$542).

Street Address: Kanonenstrasse
City: Lucerne
Country: Switzerland
Phone: 011 41 41 249 41 00
Fax: 011 41 41 249 41 91
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Quality: Rating: 3 stars
Value: Rating: 4 stars
Price Level: $$$$
Type: Hotel