My boyfriend and I stayed at Hotel Villa Honegg in early January 2013 and agree it was, hands down, one of the best experiences of our lives. The view is quickly becoming famous (hopefully it will remain a secluded treasure and not too over-populated as that is definitely part of the charm) as they have a heated infinity pool overlooking Lake Lucerne and the surrounding hills and Alps.
We loved every moment of our stay, from the warm welcome [by name] at the front, the personal check in process, our gorgeous room equipped with any and all amenities (Nespresso machine, robes, slippers, fruits, nuts, fizzy and still bottled water, Hermés bath products, free movies, balcony overlooking the Alps and town below, the list goes on!), the fact that our reservation for dinner had already been made for 7pm but should we desire a different time we just needed to let them know (we changed to the latest possible option so we could stay in the pool/spa for as long as possible), the gourmet food in the dining room, the gorgeous and state-of-the-art gym (beautiful views from the treadmills!), coed sauna with bouillon/broth "wellness" to drink and ice bath, movie theater, complimentary breakfast, bearskin coats....need I say more?
This place will not disappoint in any aspect - the people could not be friendlier and more eager to make your stay as close to perfection as possible, and what a difference it makes. Every staff member we passed stopped to smile and say hello while introducing him/herself and asking how he/she could help. We especially enjoyed our waitress, Marissa (sp?), who could not have been nicer and we ended up chatting with for a while. The dining experience was unbelievable - the food options, wine, cocktails, desserts that we enjoyed were over-the-top exquisite and I have no doubt that had we any special dietary needs or restrictions the staff would have bent over backwards to accommodate. We also noticed from the time we unpacked to the time we departed (regrettably) we were referred to by name - can you say personal any louder?
Because we stayed during the week in the winter it may have been an "off" time and it didn't seem like more than 5-6 other parties were staying at the hotel, but it sounded like come the weekend they were booked. Because it is a small hotel to begin with I'm sure it always has an intimate feel, but we literally practically had the dining room to ourselves both at dinner and breakfast - that is definitely something you don't experience very often.
We also booked with our Visa Signature card which was great, I highly recommend it in general for booking hotels because of the added perks and better rate. You will definitely pay a pretty penny for your stay here, but I can guarantee 1) it is worth every cent and you will not be disappointed and 2) for what you get experience-wise the rate actually seems outrageously reasonable. I'm sure a suite lake view would cost more, but we had a beautiful double room with balconies overlooking the town and hills & Alps in the distance and it was more than perfect for a couple. The bed was unbelievably comfortable and shower and bathtub extremely nice and new. The rooms also have character and charm and you truly feel like it is your own.
We did not have time for spa treatments but wish we did, however I can say we felt like we had a spa experience after using the gym and rewarding ourselves with the famous infinity pool (it is half-inside, half-outside and has all sorts of cool effects - it looks to be stainless steel (Jon was saying some famous Dubai architect designed it, very modern) and there are different jets and controls throughout, not to mention a whirlpool-within-the-pool that you can turn on yourself and sit up to enjoy the view even more. I can see how when the weather is warm you wouldn't leave the outdoor pool area, however even though it was freezing outside and snow was on the ground the pool is so warm you really don't need to leave it and can swim in the dark and look out over the lake and town lights. It is such a one of a kind experience we can't stop talking about when we can go back and for how long.
All in all I would say this is the perfect honeymoon or romantic getaway spot, even if you just stay 2-3 nights before moving on to another destination; we had to get to Munich the next day but both wished we could have at least stayed another 2 days to enjoy the hotel more without being pressed for time and also to enjoy the area which we didn't get to explore at all.
I will say that we took a taxi to and from the Lucerne train station and had no idea going into it that this hotel is far enough outside of main Lucerne to be an expensive ride (about 100 Swiss Francs each way - yikes!). We both agreed that next time we would probably rent a car and stay for longer - I have to think parking is included in the rate but am not 100% sure, however since the hotel is so far removed it's not like they are competing with neighborhood parking lots and spots. Or we would at least weigh and compare the costs of renting a car vs. taking the expensive taxi ride to and from. The hotel told us they have a shuttle that will take guests down to Ennetbuergen so that is at least an option but because Lucerne is so central and there are so many Swiss and neighboring country destinations within 1-3 hours driving distance I would think having a car to getaway for a couple days trips makes the most sense. For the purposes of our visit we were more than happy to stay put at the hotel and enjoy every element of it to the full, it was the perfect getaway to a relaxing hotel and when we left we were so rejuvenated and rested.
I cannot recommend this property enough and can only hope we make it back soon. Thank you Hotel Villa Honegg for setting the bar to what a vacation and resort should be! -Betsy Deuster & Jonathan Dahl
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Villa Honegg Switzerland/Ennetbuergen
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- The Villa Honegg is a unique superior establishment in the heart of Switzerland. This long-established hotel was built in 1905 and reopened for business in May 2011 following a major refit. For its size, it is unique in Switzerland in terms of what it offers. As a haven of peace and privacy, it enjoys an incomparable setting. ... more less
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