The position of the Villa Honegg is worth a visit in its own right - more than 800 metres (2600 feet) above sea level with an outstanding panorama over Luke Lucerne and the alps. The villa hotel has been in existence since 1905 and, most recently, given a massive rejuvenation and upgrade by a wealthy Qatari investor. Luxury (with a light Arabian touch and taste) is everywhere - from the plush fixtures and fittings to a wellness area (open 6 am to 10 pm) which features an infinity outdoor pool heated to 34°C (93 °F), seemingly suspended between heaven and earth and featuring massage gadgetry that leaves nothing to the imagination. The hotel restaurant features a light cuisine with an Arabian (Lebanese) accent and, a welcome innovation for people sleeping in, serves breakfast until 2pm. The hotel staff enforce the hotel's rejuvenation with a genuinely welcoming, youthful team that seems equal to (and even relishes) a challenge.
Why not the maximum rating? The bedrooms are relatively small (25 - 36 square metres) for the price and, although the wellness area is fully equipped (fitness room, sauna, steam bath, massage facilities, indoor and outdoor pools), neither of the pools permit real swimming - the indoor pool is too small and the in-built gadgetry of the outdoor pool is an exercise handicap. The dog surcharge (40 Swiss Francs per night with zero canine services/ goodies) is also unrealistic.
One word of advice: our in-car navigation system took us to a private, back road to the hotel which almost caused an altercation with a (very) local Swiss. The hassle-free route is via the town of Ennetbürgen (after Stans) from where the hotel is signposted. Viator/Canis Coloniae
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Villa Honegg Switzerland/Ennetbuergen