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“Just adequate”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Hotel Alpha

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Hotel Alpha
Ranked #33 of 68 Hotels in Lucerne
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Just adequate”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 5, 2013

This being Lucerne, which being in Switzerland, prices were always going to be on the higher side as compared to the rest of europe, but we were hoping that it would turn out to be better than expected, but that was not to be.
The hotel is about a 10 min walk from the train station, so we walked from there and back and being a small town, we never really felt the need for using a bus or tram anywhere. The hotel is in the 'newer' part of town, so you have to cross the bridge to get to the more charming part of Lucerne. We had booked ourselves in for a double room with shower as we didn't really want to use the common baths. The rooms were adequate,but clean, nothing fancy just basic stuff. What we were really disappointed with was the fact that the bed wasn't really a double bed but just two single bed mattresses put together, which meant that there was a hole in the middle and it effectively served as two single beds. There was no air conditioning in the rooms, but there were windows, so we kept them open during the evenings.
The breakfast was nothing great, just a basic spread but we were glad that it was included with the room :) The staff at the reception were fairly helpful so that was a positive for the place. The wi-fi is complimentary only for the 1st hour per night of stay, so we used it sparingly.
In all, we weren't really happy with the quality of the place, given the price (especially after getting much better in Zurich for lesser) but had very little choice in any case.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 4, 2013 via mobile

We really didnt expect much given the price we paid (considered cheap for Swiss Hotel standards) The location rather good; only requires a 5mins bus ride to city centre. The breakfast is good, and staff is friendly. but note that the wifi is chargeable (1st hour free).

  • Stayed April 2013
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Geneva, Switzerland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 30, 2013

I enjoyed the Alpha very much on this solo trip to Lucerne. I had initially booked through a hostel site, so was even happier to discover upon my arrival that there were, indeed, rooms with bath/shower rather than having to use the one down the hallway. The place was super clean, very easy to find -- only a ten minute walk from the train station -- and the staff exceedingly helpful. The breakfast was adequate and there was plenty of space to relax, work, and read. I will return should I visit Lucerne again!

Room Tip: I suggest up on the 4th floor, and someone suggested room 415 which has a balcony.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2013

Loved the hotel. It was well within walking distance from the lake and the main touristy areas in town. We stayed one night in a double bed room with an attached bathroom. It was spotless and well maintained with an attached balcony and a view of Mount Pilatus.
I didn't opt for the single rooms with the shared loos but if I ever go back, I'll probably stay in one of those. Because those bathrooms are also very well maintained and clean. And for a single night, it's well worth saving a few francs.
Oh, and the breakfast spread is also very good.

Room Tip: Shared bathrooms are also very clean so it's worth staying in those rooms because they are cheap...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 16, 2013

Great price and not far from the station. Room was basic with shared bathroom/toilet. The room had a sink. Good size room and warm. We never had any trouble in having to wait to use the shared showers/toilets. Unfortunately noise from the room next door is audible. The breakfast buffet is very good. The hotel was very clean and the front desk staff very friendly and helpful. Also able to leave luggage there securely after checking out.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 27, 2013

My husband and I stayed here mainly because it was the most affordable hotel close to the train station.

Easy to find, about a 15 minute walk from train station. Our room was large, very clean and had a sink in it. Room was warm and cozy, as you can regulate the temperature yourself. The shared toilets and showers were very clean and attended to often. A buffet beakfast was included, which was nice, and there was a good variety and plenty of it. There is an elevator, which is always helpful.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Geelong, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 23, 2013

We spent a very pleasant three nights at Hotel Alpha, chosen on the basis of location, reviews and price; as hoped, it turned out to be a great choice. It was an easy walk to and from Lucerne railway station and the heart of the old city, yet situated on a quite side street. We received good advice on locating a restaurant with Swiss food at fair prices, and all staff we met were friendly and helpful. The buffet breakfast offered a wide choice of tasty food. Our room was comfortable with a pleasant view, and the shared bathroom modern and spotless. We enthusiastically recommend Hotel Alpha to anyone looking for good accommodation in a convenient location at the cheapest possible price.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Alpha
Address: Zaehringerstrasse 24, Lucerne 6003, Switzerland
Location: Switzerland > Canton of Lucerne > Lucerne
Amenities:
Free Breakfast
Hotel Style:
#3 Best Value Hotel in Lucerne
#17 Family Hotel in Lucerne
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Alpha 2*
Number of rooms: 50
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