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Jailhotel Loewengraben
Ranked #66 of 68 Hotels in Lucerne
Sydney, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2014 via mobile

Stayed here as part of a contiki tour. Room was incredibly cosy for three males and our luggage. The lack of cooling (air conditioning or fan) made both night stay somewhat hard too. Great location, however.

Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
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    2.5 of 5 bubbles
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    2.5 of 5 bubbles
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    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 bubbles
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Lansing, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2014

I stayed at this hotel with Contiki, the hotel was very comfortable but a little creepy. The doors were the old wooden cell doors and the lights on the outside were motion activated. Creppiness aside it was a very comfortable and honestly the best night sleep of my trip. The people down at the desk were very helpful and where the hotel was, it was a great location to go and explore Lucerne. Also be careful of the motion censored lights, they freaked me out the first night! ha! If you're looking to stay somewhere that's a little off the beaten path, I highly recommend staying here!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Timmins, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2014

The good:

-Such a neat novelty hotel thats used to be a jail that still has the jail style doors and feel to it.
-Close to downtown.
- Staff is friendly and attentive.


The Bad
-No elevators so ask for a lower floor
-Most room have no mirrors
-The bathroom is a small wrap around peice of plastic that doesnt even go to the ceiling so if someone goes to the bathroom at night you will be woken up.
-No electrical plugs in the room but sometimes one in the bathroom.
-The beds are the old style jail bed and very unconfortable.
-The windows still have bars on them which rases the question what do you do in the case of a fire on your floor between you and the stairs.
-Many customers at the front desk complaining about bugs in there rooms.
-No internet other then lobby and even then it was very hit or miss.

I sadly could go on. I am a very open minded traveller and love no experiences but this one was unfortunatly not a good one for me. And I would not give it a second chance based on the night I had here. Sorry I just couldnt look pass the poor quality here.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Chandigarh, India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 14, 2014

Jail hotel is truly a unique experience as you stay in a hotel which was actually a jail till 1999. the doors and corridors give the same experience. but rooms are very very small and no lifts for upper floor. location of hotel is also not very convenient. rooms are costly also.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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30 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2014

Let me start off by saying, there are no elevators, pack a day bag and leave your larger bags elsewhere if you can. If you are on Contiki, this is especially important since the bus cannot drive up to the hotel and you have to lug your bags across the city. The bathroom is rather small, but was clean and efficient. The wifi was down while we were there which was unfortunate. The window in our room could not be opened and we didn't want to sleep with the door open because of the automatic lights in the hall, so we were a bit warm. This hotel gets pitch black. Bring your phone or a small flashlight if you have issues with the dark. The hallways have automatic lights that sometimes go off and you have to find the right spot to kick them back on. The rooms are extremely dark if you turn off the light, like cannot see your hand in front of your face, and there aren't many other options. Oddly enough, it was the best nights sleep I had the entire time I was in Europe. The food was pretty decent (we had dinner at the hotel). There is a pretty cook bowling alley and arcade right next door and it is within walking distance to city center and some great shopping. Also, if you get a chance to get fondue, it is absolutely amazing! Just check the prices, the first place we went to was insanely expensive, but we found another place a little bit further away that was much more reasonable. Overall, I'm really glad we stayed here because I can say I stayed in a jail in Switzerland, but I don't know that I would stay there again.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
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Jakarta, Jakarta Raya, Indonesia
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21 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2014

Unique hotel,really fun! It's my first time for staying in the jail! Unforgettable moments.. I stayed two nights in this hotel with my friends.. At first i thought it was creepy but we love it! The bathroom is small but it's clean and they provide the amenities.i really enjoy my sleep there

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
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Nashville, Tennessee
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25 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 8, 2014 via mobile

Pros: super clean I mean spotless!, cool concept, walking distance to anything in town, clean bath and bed, nice staff, good breakfast.
cons: if you stay in a cell and not a suite there is no power source for plugging camera or phone...it is an old jail :)

  • Stayed May 2014
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Property: Jailhotel Loewengraben
Address: Loewengraben 18, Lucerne 6004, Switzerland
Location: Switzerland > Canton of Lucerne > Lucerne
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Wheelchair access
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Ranked #66 of 68 Hotels in Lucerne
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Jailhotel Loewengraben 2*
Number of rooms: 66
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