This hotel is an inspiration and a surprise, a real gem designed by Jean Nouvel. The Hotel is housed in a 1907 building not far from the KKZ Culture and Convention Centre designed by the same architect. It is the centre of Lucerne, and yet located in a very quiet street. The Hotel is owned by Urs Karli, locally well-know proprietor of hotels, restaurants, cafés and bars; all of these establishments have one thing in common: they are permanently cram full. From the outside it is slightly reminiscent of a ghost building: laconic and very reserved architecture, curtainless windows - the only accent is the light-up ceiling. The lobby is dominated black, gold and a giant light-box like an illuminated work of art. The lighting is also special in each of the 25 rooms/suites. And then, of course, there is the legendary illuminated ceiling on which sensuous footage from Nouvel's favourite films is being projected: Buñuel, Almodovar, Greenaway, Lars von Trier, Wim Wenders, David Lynch etc. No connection with the reality whatsoever. One of the greatest gastronomic experiences in Lucerne is also hosted by The Hotel: it's the Bam Bou restaurant.
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