The Hotel is astonishly modern. It’s set just by a small park in the more modern area of town, but the only sound is the pealing of church bells nearby.
Designed in 2000 by Jean Nouvel, the rooms are closer to hip loft apartments than traditional hotel rooms.. Approached via a steel lift, in the consciously unadorned, post-industrial building, the door opens onto a slate grey room, with green leavers blowing outside the window, a polished wooden floor and a vast, white-linened bed. On the ceiling of each room are huge blown up photos from classic Art films, and the bathrooms are equally glamorous with huge baths, wet-room showers and Miller Harris toiletries. This is modern living in the style of a Sunday lifestyle supplement. Breakfast is served in the lovely Bam Bou restaurant (see below) and deserves an award. There are coffee pots, fresh orange juice, baskets of croissants, yogurt, granola in a pretty ribboned packet, cheese, ham and fruit on a stand.
The Hotel is too stylish to be a business hotel, and too sleek for weary tourists. It’s simply a fantasy of how life should be lived, down to the electronic ‘do not disturb’ sign outside the door.
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)