This Art Deco hotel is perched above the town, and offers such sweeping views of Lake Lucerne and the mountains, it’ is a miracle guests ever leave their balconies. It opened in 1920, a glorious monument to the new style, and has recently been restored at vast expense, with six penthouse suites offering steam baths, hot tubs and beds pled with silk cushions, on which you can lie and watch the changing skies reflected in the lake below.
The Montana even has its own funicular railway, the shortest in the world, which carries guests up the cliff to the elegance of the lobby with its polished wooden staircase and original mosaic tiles.
The two elegant bars also overlook the lake, which offer live jazz and a grand piano, alongside the exquisite La Scala restaurant, where locals come to celebrate birthdays and anniversaries. The lakeside terrace is heavenly in high Summer, but in chillier weather, patrons sensibly gather in the whisky bar, to admire the cloudy mountains, or the new spa for a massage or facial.
The 66 bedrooms are elegantly stylish, their deco heritage mingling effortlessy with modern eco- comforts, and the 1930s style luxury bathrooms even offer rubber ducks.
In the Mood
A Tramp Abroad- Mark Twain
On Her Majesty's Secret Service (partly filmed on Mount Pilatus)
The Siegfried Idyll- Wagner, (composed in Lucerne)