Cozy, well-run hotel in the center of Lucerne's shopping district, five minutes walk from the train station. The building was a staging post for travelers crossing the St. Gotthard pass over the Alps in 1517, centuries before the tunnel was built.

Everything here is fresh and clean and there is a relaxed atmosphere in the small, comfortable lobby and dining rooms. The lounge has a wood-burning fireplace. Most of the 50 guestrooms are larger than average, all are individually decorated, and some are reserved for nonsmokers. The best are the newer "romantic" rooms such as Numbers 209 and 217, the latter with beam ceiling.

A warm welcome, comfortable accommodations and a considerable amount of old-world charm give this hotel "Editors Choice" status.

Daily Rates: Singles CHF 165-195, doubles CHF 260-360

Contact: Hotel Wilden Mann, Bahnhofstrasse 30, CH-6000 Lucerne, tel. +41/041/2101666, fax 2101629, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Rating: Quality 15/20, Value 15/20