This Park Hotel Vitznau Review is part of our 2019 Switzerland trip report. For prior reviews, please see:
Review: Restaurant Focus Vitznau, 2 Michelin Stars
Park Hotel Vitznau Location and Check-in
The Park Hotel Vitznau is located on the shores of Lake Lucerne, about a 45 minute-1 hour drive from Zurich, depending on traffic, and about a 35 minute train ride from Zurich to Rotkreuz Station, followed by a 25 minute drive to the hotel. The Park Hotel Vitznau offers a complimentary pickup and dropoff service between Rotkreuz Station and the hotel on guests' arrival and departure days, if you arrange it in advance of your stay.
We were met at Rotkreuz Station by a friendly hotel representative, who helped us with our luggage and drove us to the hotel, where our luggage was tagged and whisked away, while we completed the brief check-in formalities in the lobby lounge.
Park Hotel Vitznau Lake View Junior Suite “Les Fables”
Plenty of boutique hotels describe their rooms and suites as “individually decorated,” but at the Park Hotel Vitznau, the 47 rooms and suites are so distinct that you reserve the exact room or suite you'll stay in. Some of the themes that the rooms and suites are based on include Wine & Dine, Health & Wealth, and Arts & Culture. Our Lake View Junior Suite is part of Arts & Culture and called “Les Fables,” after the mythical scenes painted by French surrealist Claude Verlinde.
As with most junior suites, it's open plan in design. At 48 square meters (~516 square feet), it's a good size for a room, and easily accommodated our son's extra bed, in addition to the king bed. There were some lovely fresh white roses on the desk.
We appreciated the lovely welcome amenities, which included savory crackers and nuts, fresh fruit, and high quality dark chocolate.
There were also complimentary bottles of red and white wine above the mini bar, near the Nespresso machine:
The bathroom featured double sinks, a large rain shower with lights that changed colors (this will be in the video I'll be posting soon), and a soaking tub.
Here's our Park Hotel Vitznau YouTube Video Review:
Park Hotel Vitznau Breakfast
Breakfast at The Park Hotel Vitznau is served at Restaurant focus (the hotel's 2 Michelin star restaurant), with both a cold buffet and a la carte items available.
The cold buffet featured high quality, nicely curated buffet with many kinds of fresh fruits, from fresh passion fruit and mango to different berries, and even red currants.
There were delicious yogurts and bircher muesli, fresh breads, and even an array of chocolates.
Our table was given its own array of fresh pastries, alpine cheese, and cold cuts, along with jams and nutella:
Here's the a la carte menu that supplements the buffet, with cooked to order egg dishes, crepes, french toast, etc.
Everything we tried was delicious, especially the Egg Royal with salmon and the Acai bowl.
The cappuccino was also expertly made and delicious.
Park Hotel Vitznau Spa
A major attraction of the Park Hotel Vitznau, in addition to its culinary offerings, is the spa. While we didn't have any massages or spa treatments, we enjoyed the spa facilities, including the large pool with a view of the lake, the tepidarium, and the indoor and outdoor jacuzzis.
Don't miss the aquarium full of tropical fish, which is also in the spa area–gazing at the unicorn fish reminded all of us of snorkeling at Cheval Blanc Randheli, Joali and Velaa in the Maldives.
Clients have loved the Park Hotel Vitznau, so I was especially looking forward to our visit, and even my high expectations were exceeded, despite the rather cloudy weather during much of our visit. The setting, of course, is beautiful, with gorgeous lake views from the outside terrace, spa, and some of the rooms and suites.
But while even many luxury hotels become a little complacent when they have the advantage of a beautiful setting, that's not the case here. If foodies stay only one place in Switzerland, this is the place. From the high quality snacks and dark chocolate welcome amenities in our room to the superb breakfasts, dinner at the bar, and 2-Michelin star Restaurant focus, the culinary treats and level of service matched the surroundings.
And when we made a last minute decision to try to catch a Rigibahn train that departed in 10 minutes' time for a walk on Mount Rigi, the house car whisked us there in 4 minutes, ample time to buy tickets and catch the train. Our only regret was not having more time and slightly better weather during our stay, but this is one of the few luxury hotels I know we'll try to get back to for a second visit.
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