Review: Park Hotel Vitznau, Lake Lucerne, Switzerland

Review: Park Hotel Vitznau, Lake Lucerne, Switzerland
Park Hotel Vitznau, Lake Lucerne, Switzerland

This Park Hotel Vitznau Review is part of our 2019 Switzerland trip report. For prior reviews, please see:

Review: Dolder Grand, Zurich

Park Hyatt Zurich Review

Review: Restaurant Focus Vitznau, 2 Michelin Stars

Park Hotel Vitznau Review, Switzerland
Park Hotel Vitznau

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 Entrance
Park Hotel Vitznau Entrance

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.

Les Fables Lake View Junior Suite, Park Hotel Vitznau Review
Les Fables Lake View Junior Suite, Park Hotel Vitznau
Scenes Painted by Claude Verlinde in Les Fables, Park Hotel Vitznau
Scenes Painted by Claude Verlinde in Les Fables, Park Hotel Vitznau

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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.

Fresh Roses, Junior Suite "Les Fables" at Park Hotel Vitznau
King Bed, Park Hotel Vitznau Review

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We appreciated the lovely welcome amenities, which included savory crackers and nuts, fresh fruit, and high quality dark chocolate.

Welcome Amenities, Park Hotel Vitznau Review
Welcome Amenities, Park Hotel Vitznau

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There were also complimentary bottles of red and white wine above the mini bar, near the Nespresso machine:

Complimentary Wine, Park Hotel Vitznau Review
Complimentary Wine, Park Hotel Vitznau
Nespresso Machine, Park Hotel Vitznau

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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.

Bathroom with Double Sinks, Park Hotel Vitznau Review
Rain Shower, Park Hotel Vitznau
Soaking Tub, Park Hotel Vitznau Review

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Here's our Park Hotel Vitznau YouTube Video Review:

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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.

Restaurant focus, Park Hotel Vitznau Review
Restaurant focus, Park Hotel Vitznau

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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.

Breakfast Fruit, Park Hotel Vitznau Review

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There were delicious yogurts and bircher muesli, fresh breads, and even an array of chocolates.

Yogurts
Chocolates, Park Hotel Vitznau

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Our table was given its own array of fresh pastries, alpine cheese, and cold cuts, along with jams and nutella:

Fresh pastries, Park Hotel Vitznau breakfast review
Alpine cheeses
Cold Cuts

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Here's the a la carte menu that supplements the buffet, with cooked to order egg dishes, crepes, french toast, etc.

Park Hotel Vitznau Breakfast Menu: Egg Dishes
Park Hotel Vitznau Breakfast Menu

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Everything we tried was delicious, especially the Egg Royal with salmon and the Acai bowl.

Acai Bowl, Park Hotel Vitznau

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The cappuccino was also expertly made and delicious.

Cappuccino

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.

Tepidarium, Park Hotel Vitznau Review
Pool, Park Hotel Vitznau

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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.

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The Verdict

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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