After an extensive 5-year renovation, a legendary Belle Epoque landmark, and one of Switzerland’s last grand-dame hotels comes back as Mandarin Oriental Palace, Lucerne.
Nothing can compete with the experience offered by grande dame hotels, always housed in architecturally notable buildings and situated at the most stunning locations. It’s always huge news for all hotel lovers when one of them is given a new life!
Commanding a pristine setting on the shores of Lake Lucerne and with captivating views over the Swiss Alps, this iconic Belle Époque landmark has shone in the heart of Switzerland since 1906, established by eccentric Swiss hotelier Franz Josef Bucher After an extensive renovation, the Mandarin Oriental Palace, Lucerne is set to usher in an era of contemporary elegance and legendary service. Embodying true serenity and a refined sense of contemporary luxury, it features 136 guest rooms, including 48 beautifully appointed suites. As well as four unique restaurants and bars managed by Executive Chef Gilad Peled, a culinary expert who has led multiple Michelin-starred restaurants. In addition, a rejuvenating wellness sanctuary spa offers guests soothing and holistic treatments. For entertaining and events, a 240-seat ballroom and additional meeting rooms have also been incorporated into the state-of-the-art redesign.
The renovation and the interior design has been curated by local architects “Iwan Bühler Architekten” and London interior designers “Jestico + Whiles” who preserved the building’s rich history and heritage while infusing contemporary elements into the design. The faded Art Deco grandeur of the original interiors have been remixed with fresh bold ideas, while decorative features have been faithfully restored, including scagliola columns, chequerboard marble flooring and stucco-adorned walls. The hotel’s original colour palette, inspired by Bucher’s travels across the Mediterranean, has emerged from beneath layers of past alterations. Earthy terracottas, rich greens and chalk whites are incorporated into the newly renovated interiors, as palm and lily motifs nod to the stylised botanicals of the Art Deco era. By stitching new into old, uniting the traditional with the contemporary, the venerable Palace is ushered into a new era as a Mandarin Oriental.