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Hotel Restaurant Hammer
Ranked #1 of 1 Eigenthal B&B and Inns
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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13 reviews
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“Beautiful country experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2013

This place is located 15 minutes outside Lucerne and is at the base of a beautiful mountain. We went for walks and runs each day and for this sort of thing you couldn't get a better location. There is a handy bus that goes into Lucerne regularly. We never met the owner and the staff we spoke to during the 3 days we were there did not speak too much English. I know this place is very reasonably priced compared to most of Switzerland but it is still expensive compared to the rest of Europe. The restaurant is lovely and very traditionally Swiss. Please note that there is no TV and no fridge in the rooms.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2013

- friendly and welcoming staff
- clean n tidy hotel
- breathtaking views of mount pilatus
- cosy atmosphere
- delicious breakfast esp freshly baked bread
- owner has all the adapters to charge phones n camera
- shuttle bus to n fro Lucerne
- well worth it n will def go back
- the best bit was the owner is very helpful n accommodating

  • Stayed July 2013
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Key West, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2013

We thoroughly enjoyed Hotel Restaurant Hammer. The hotel staff is very friendly and welcoming, the accomodations are comfortable, the restaurant food is delicious, and the views are amazing.

After spending a few days in Zurich, we took a train to Lucerne and then a bus (#71) from the train station to the hotel. The bus takes about 35 minutes, costs 9 francs one way, and is totally worth it for the views you'll see as you ascend to Eigenthal Talboden (the last stop and the hotel's location). The bus is somewhat infrequent, though, so make sure you plan accordingly if you want to rely on public transportation.

We stayed in room 301 and loved it. The room is at the very top of the hotel and has an incredible view of the surrounding landscape. We had a private bathroom and small sitting area connected to the bedroom. Though there are no TVs in the rooms, you'll just want to stare out the window and listen to the cow bells at night. The bed was very comfortable.

The restaurant offers a variety of menu options, but we selected many of the more traditional Swiss items, like sausage with rosti, which were excellent. The highlight, though, were the desserts, like the lebkuchen (somewhat like gingerbread) and the apple streudel. The lebkuchen was so good, we had to have it again as an afternoon treat with coffee the next day. Breakfast in the morning is a nice selection of breads, meats, cheeses, yogurt, and granola - simple, yet very fulfilling.

One of the best things about Hotel Restaurant Hammer is its location - only about a 1/2 hour from Lucerne, but it feels very secluded, with many hiking trails to explore. Apparently the hike to Mt. Pilatus is pretty difficult and probably best attempted by experienced hikers, though, so we wandered around the local area. We spent one afternoon in Lucerne and felt it was plenty of time in the city. It also allowed us to pick up some food from a supermarket and the the Tuesday market vendors for a picnic in the hillsides near the hotel.

I highly recommend the hotel. We only wish we had more time to spend there and enjoy the service and beautiful location.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2013

This hotel is a drive from central lucerne, but well worth it. The scenery here is stunning, rooms are very comfortable, the food is excellent and the staff are wonderful. It is a place where you can truly relax. We took day trips from here, so did not get to sit and relax as much as we would have liked, but what a wonderful place to come home to in the evening. We hate to leave today, but will return.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2013

The Hotel Hammer was absolutely fantastic. My wife and I stayed there for 3 nights and we can't find a negative thing to say about the hotel. We stayed on the 3rd floor in a room with a private bathroom that was not ensuite but it was never an issue that the bathroom wasn't in our room. Our room, number 2.2, had the most serene and marvelous view of the mountains. It also had a small balcony that was large enough so that both me and my wife could sit outside and read with the view of the mountains all around us.
The food was excellent which was quite a surprise. We expected good food, but were taken aback by the level of cuisine offered. Our first night at the hotel we just ordered garden salads since we had enjoyed swiss fondue for lunch that was quite filling. The garden salads were such a surprise: fresh tomatoes, asparagus, cucumber, pickled onions, it was so good that we decided we needed to try the restaurant for a proper meal. The 2nd night my wife had beef strouganoff and I had the veal and both were perfect. They even packed us fresh goat cheese (there are goats in the hills behind the hotel) and prosciutto sandwiches for lunch when we went hiking in the alps. I really felt like I should be paying 5 times the price for the level of service we received.
The staff was extremely warm and friendly and spoke multiple languages so there was never any communication difficulties. If your taking the bus in from Luzern make sure to mention that you're staying at the Hotel Restaurant Hammer and the bus ride is free.
Hotel Hammer in Eigenthal was the best part of our 2 week holiday in Europe that included Venice, Verona, Zurich, and the Cinque Terre.

Room Tip: We stayed in room 2.2 which was terrific and had an excellent view of the moutains.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Kyiv, Kyyivs'ka Oblast', Ukraine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2013

We arrived too late but because we called in advance they kept the restaurant open. Not only was the food great but they even had good wine from Chile. Afterwards we asked if we could sit outside and they opened the terrace for us and lit a couple of candles and gave us blankets. The view of mountain Pilatus is breathtaking and in combination with the delicious breakfast, it was almost a pleasure waking up early. The only negative I can think of was the shared bathroom, but other than that everything was superb. Highly recommended. Will go back there some day.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
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Gold Coast
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2013

My stay at Hotel Restaurant Hammer was so much more than I expected! Even though a few foggy days were a bit disappointing, the staff at HRH made me feel very welcome, making a real effort to ensure my comfort.

I had booked my stay at HRH as a break from backpacking, so was looking for a quiet place to rest up and enjoy the mountains, and it delivered!

The perfect place to spend a few days away in the Swiss countryside, it was well worth the 30 min incredibly scenic bus ride up the mountain from Lucerne. Travelling by bus was a bit difficult as the buses are not frequent. It would be much easier if you have your own transport.

The hotel itself is quaint and very well appointed with an authentic warm vibe. My room was upgraded free of charge as I was travelling in off-peak. I felt very spoilt! The room was very comfortable, had a magnificent view of the mountain and valley which i enjoyed (when it wasn't foggy!), with a comfy double bed, lamps, ensuite and most importantly... a bath! I spent most evenings soaking in the tub after an afternoon tramping around the mountain surrounds. The owner of HRH was so kind and got me a few bath soaks to make it even better :).

The breakfasts were huge and equipped me well to explore the many walks, or day trips in to town. The dinners were delicious and the wait staff very friendly and helpful.

I wholeheartedly recommend Hotel Restaurant Hammer to any traveller wanting a beautiful, quiet and interesting break!

Room Tip: Low season travel allowed me a room upgrade!
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
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Property: Hotel Restaurant Hammer
Address: Wuerzenrain 11, Eigenthal, Schwarzenberg 6013, Switzerland
Location: Switzerland > Canton of Lucerne > Schwarzenberg > Eigenthal
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Eigenthal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hotel Restaurant Hammer 2.5*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Hotel Restaurant Hammer in Eigenthal (Lucerne / Switzerland).Your satisfaction is our highest aim.A well-functioning team with joy to offer you an excellent service. Traditionally and innovatively we offer typical Swiss atmosphere and cultural events which are known over whole Switzerland.Elegant furnished rooms with view to the Pilatus and the Eigenthaler mountains offer you the rest which you search. Enjoy our generous solar terrace after an extensive walk or a wandering and simply let the nature around work on itself. Lunch packages available for hotel guests.Your ideal surrouding for group tours, events of every kind are our Rümligsaal or the Pilatussaal. ... more   less 
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