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Which hotel in Lucerne - Des Balances or Art Deco Montana

Which hotel in Lucerne - Des Balances or Art Deco Montana

Apr 4th, 2008, 04:48 PM
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Which hotel in Lucerne - Des Balances or Art Deco Montana

I'm having a hard time deciding which hotel to stay at for our 10 year anniversary in July. I like the location of Des Balances but the photos of the rooms don't look as nice as the Montana. Has anyone stayed at both and recommend one over the other?
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Apr 4th, 2008, 05:12 PM
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Montana is by far a more stylish/deluxe hotel just east of old town (closer to the Transport museum & Lion monument). Des Balances is right in the old town square. I've stayed in Des Balances a couple of times, but never in Montana. Des Balances used to have an authentic old swiss look with large shutter windows and noise from the church bell across the river, unfortunately they modernized the rooms to the present non descript modern look losing its swiss character. The view over the river is still enjoyable. For your anniversary, you may consider the grand hotel National or the more traditional swiss inns like Wildermann.
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Apr 4th, 2008, 08:19 PM
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We're getting the hotel with a package and the Grand National is much more expensive. We are leaning towards the Montana. Do you know if it's walking distance to old town?
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Apr 4th, 2008, 10:16 PM
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It's not so much the distance to old town, but it's the climbing up the hill that you have to endure. The hotel has a van that can take you into oldtown but coming back you have to climb up the hill. Supposedly there is a cable car that you can ride up but I've never actually seen it. It is a great hotel to stay especially with the view balcony overlooking the lake or Lucerne. Have a great stay!
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Apr 4th, 2008, 11:00 PM
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I have never stayed at the Montana, but I met this lady in Lucern who stayed there. Funny, I stayed at the Des Balances that trip and she stayed at the Montana. We rode upon some kind of train deal or something. When we got to the top, we disembarked the train almost right in the loby. Another thing was the breakfast room looked out over lake Lucern. It had a very nice view. At night, I remember this jazz band playing at the hotel. One of the things that struck me about this hotel was that it appeared to cater to upscale clientele. This was 1999 and this entire train service might have been discontinued. I can tell you that they had this train service back in those days.

The Des Balances is right by the river in the old town. I have not stayed at the Des Balances since that trip. Someone posted that the Des Balances had gone to a modern look at that hotel. Back in 99, that hotel still had that quaint Swiss charm feel.

Anyway, times change huh?

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Apr 5th, 2008, 01:39 AM
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I've stayed at the Montana but not at the Des Balances.
Montana's Cable car to the lakefront(and Casino) must still be running, since the Montana still has it on its website. Actually, it works like an elevator, 24hrs, just by pushing a button for going down or up. So there is no need to climb the hill yourself. I'd stay that it is a 15min leisurely stroll to the historic town center along the lake.

The Montana itself, both the rooms facing the lake and the restaurant/ outdoor terrance have GREAT views over the Vierwaldstätter See and the mountains. It's like half of Switzerland is served to you on a silver platter when you sit outside on the terrace for drinks.

It may appear upscale, but not in a snotty way. Staff is friendly, helpful, efficient, professional - what I would call typical Swiss hospitality at its best.
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Apr 5th, 2008, 01:41 AM
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typo.. first paragraph, last sentence: I'd SAY (not I'd stay..)
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Apr 5th, 2008, 03:04 AM
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I'd like to know must how they could "modernize" those uneven wooden floors in the Des Balances and, of course, the rooms with the balconies overlooking the river are wonderful.

I think the overall VIEW is better from the Montana, however.

The restaurant and the breakfasts at the Des Balances is/are wonderful.

Tought choice to have to make.
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Apr 5th, 2008, 07:59 AM
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I did not mean to suggest that it was snotty or unfreindly, but based on what I saw one evening, the guests apeared to be rather upscale. I think the lady that I met who stayed there got a some kind of discount in her stay there. I was impressed with both hotels!!! As I said the views out over the lake were great!

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Apr 5th, 2008, 10:05 AM
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Yes - I''ve stayed in both.

Des Balances is quite pleasant, cute and right in the center of the old part of town.

The Montana is a few minute walk from the center, is a little more upscale, but - to me - the most important difference is the incredible views out over the lake and across to the mountains on the other side. Our room has French doors - and just looking at those view (at dawn, dusk, even during the middle of the day) makes the hotel worth it IMHO.
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Apr 5th, 2008, 04:02 PM
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It sounds like we can't go wrong with either. I'll give the pros and cons to my husband and let him decide. Thanks for all the input!
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Apr 5th, 2008, 04:41 PM
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We've stayed at the Des Balances twice, both times with river view rooms with a balcony on the top floor.

The service at the hotel was top notch but it's those amazing views that I will never forget!
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