Mandarin Oriental is headed to Lake Lucerne, Switzerland (locally known as Lake Luzern). The company has announced plans to manage and rebrand the existing Hotel Palace Luzern as the Mandarin Oriental Palace, Luzern. The property is currently undergoing an extensive renovation, with plans to reopen at the end of next year.
The Hotel Palace Luzern first opened in 1906, and it is set in the heart of the city, on the shores of the lake. The renovation project will. Include the restyling of all guestrooms and suites; the redesign of all of the property’s public areas, restaurants and bars; and the landscaping of the hotel’s outdoor grounds. Following the completion of the renovation, the hotel will have 146 rooms and suites offering views of the lake and mountains. There will also be a restaurant and bar, as well as a variety of social and meeting facilities, plus a spa and fitness room.
In a written statement Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group CEO James Riley said that the new hotel will complement the company’s growing portfolio in Europe, which also includes another hotel in Switzerland, in Geneva. He also noted that Lake Lucerne has long been a popular destination with luxury travelers.
Lake Lucerne is home to one of Switzerland’s most famous landmarks, Chapel Bridge, which was first erected in the 14th century, and is one of the oldest wooden bridges in Europe.