LOCATION: Hotel Pickwick is located on the banks of River Reuss, at Rathausquai 6, in the heart of Luzern's picturesque Old Town. There is a Saturday market selling local produce along the riverfront, right in front of the Hotel.
Luzern train station is a quick 5 minutes' stroll away. When you exit the station, just follow the bridge to the other side (Schweizerhofquai) and turn left into Rathhausquai.
Hotel Pickwick is a budget hotel with a British Pub; easily recognizable by its Union Jack. The Pub entrance is along the riverfront while the Hotel entrance is in the back alley; however, Check-In is conducted in the Pub. If you arrive early, you may stow your luggage in the Pub from 9am onwards.
ROOM: We stayed in a compact but clean Twin Room simply furnished with the following: 2 single beds; table with 2 chairs; wall-mounted flatscreen TV; adjustable floor lamp with dimmers; coffee-and-tea-making facilities; open-wardrobe with hangers & in-room safe. The French windows open out to a small balcony overlooking River Reuss and the 14th century Kapellbrücke.
BEDS: both were clean and fairly comfortable but the fold-down bed was quite creaky... To conserve energy and water, bed linen was not changed during stay.
BATHROOM: fairly compact but equipped with all necessary amenities: proper lighting; big mirror above wash basin; hairdryer; toilet; and shower stall. Soap dispensers were installed at the sink & in the shower. Ample clean towels and extra toilet rolls were provided. There was consistent flow of hot water and adequate water pressure.
F&B: room rate was exclusive of daily breakfast. This is not a problem as you can easily grab a bite from the many bakeries, cafés and snack kiosks around town.
SERVICE: Room Reservation, Check-In & Out all proceeded smoothly. All the staff we interacted with spoke fluent English and were generally warm and helpful.
We arrived several hours ahead of the official (3pm) Check-In Time but were allowed to place our luggage in the assigned room before Housekeeping carried out their cleaning. However, full payment had to be made upon arrival.
Check-Out is hassle-free, guests just need to vacate their rooms by 11am and drop the room keys into Key-Boxes conveniently located on each floor.
FACILITIES: Hotel has a small lift that saves you from having to trudge up several flights of stairs to your room, much appreciated especially when you are carrying heavy bags. On the 3rd floor is a Laundry Room with washers and dryer for guest use. Free WiFi is available throughout the property and near the rear entrance is a computer terminal with free internet access.
In SUMMARY: Luzern has a wide range of accommodation options to suit every budget. Hotel Pickwick is an excellent choice in this expensive city as it offers fairly comprehensive amenities and clean, comfortable rooms at affordable rates.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Pickwick is a popular tourist hotel and "Swiss lodge" approx. 600 Yards from the railway station. Located directly on the banks of the river Reuss, in the heart of the historical old town of Lucerne, the hotel commands a superd view of the world famous wooden "Kapell bridge". Very well maintained simple rooms with en-suite shower and WC, flat-screen TV, room-safe, tea & coffee making facilities, hairdryer, and free WIFI. Most rooms have a small balcony overlooking the river. Every room is a "room with a view"!Breakfast is not included but we recommend a nearby restaurant (only a few steps away) that offers a great breakfast buffet.Parking: due to our location in the historical old town we recommend that you use the parking garage at the train stations (600 yards away). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Mr Pickwick
- Mr Pickwick Hotel