There are few better places to appreciate Lucerne's splendid setting than from the balcony of your lakeview room at this four-star hillside hotel. Built in 1910 after the completion of the Gotthard tunnel which spurred tourism in the region, the Montana has high ceilings, wide hallways, large windows that characterize hotels constructed during that period.

Spacious guestrooms, most with lake views, are decorated in shades of rose and light pink, and have marble baths.

The funicular which carried guests to the hotel from the main street at lake level has now been replaced by an automatic elevator-like cable car. Very handy.

The hotel's classic Louie-Bar, with its splendid views, frequently offers live music; accomplished jazz and blues groups.

This is a pleasant, lively hotel. We wish, however, it was a little less expensive.

Daily Rates: Singles CHF 150-230, doubles CHF 260-395

Contact: Hotel Montana Adigenswilerstrasse 11, CH-6002 Lucerne, tel. 041/516565, fax 516676, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Rating: Quality 14/20, Value 9/20