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Cheri
Cheri
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Jul 17, 2018 - 2:54 PM

Good Day! We will be arriving on Sept.5 (my birthday :-) ) into Lucerne by boat as part of the Gotthard Panorama Express, having started in Lugano that morning. I'm looking for advise on a lovely hotel near the boat landing or a hotel that offers complimentary shuttle service at the dock. We also plan on enjoying a special dinner that evening and would welcome recommendations. Thanks in advance!

Arno
Arno
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Jul 17, 2018 - 4:15 PM in reply to Cheri

Hi Cheri,

The boat dock is as the same place as the Lucerne train station. You'll find several options here: www.myswissalps.com/lu cerne/hotels. Is there anything of interest listed there?

Cheri
Cheri
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Jul 17, 2018 - 4:23 PM

Thanks Arno, I have booked the Renaissance Lucerne and will continue to research restaurants nearby

Slowpoke
Slowpoke
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Jul 17, 2018 - 11:02 PM in reply to Cheri

Hi Cheri-

Super special restaurant in Luzern...BamBou by Thomas. Ignore the screwy name, it has some history. It is at The Hotel, a block or two from the train station.

Definitely not cheap.

www.bamboubythomas.ch/ en/

I have followed that chef (Ralf Thomas) around Switzerland for many years.

Every time that I go to Switzerland, I go to eat at his restaurant, where ever it is.

There are other special places...at the Hotel Palace, for example, and many that are quite good but not extraordinary. If you just want a good one but not a special one, I have some favorites. Let us know.

Slowpoke

PS- I'm sure that Marriott will be excellent, but the hotels along the river are a lot more scenic. Hotel des Alpes is one of them. I stay there.

Attached is a photo taken from another one of them nearby few years ago. Now apartments; still a good restaurant.

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Slowpoke
Slowpoke
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Jul 18, 2018 - 1:29 AM in reply to Cheri

Adding to my earlier post, the restaurant Bam Bou is just behind the Marriott.

Slowpoke

Peterli
Peterli
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Jul 19, 2018 - 6:36 AM in reply to Slowpoke

Bam Bou. Now that rings a bell. When I was a teenager my father brought me to England and while in London I had an amazing trifle called Bam-Bou. Or was the place we were eating at called Bam-Bou ? In any case, that trifle was the best I had ever eaten. You don't hear me saying much positive about English food, although I know it is much better because of all the immigrants that have arrived.

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Slowpoke
Slowpoke
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Jul 19, 2018 - 9:29 AM in reply to Peterli

The restaurant in Luzern at The Hotel, now run by Ralf and Corinna Thomas, serves European food ( whatever that is). ;-) In its previous incarnation, it was an oriental restaurant, hence the name.

On our last trip through the Midlands and a bit of Wales, in 2015, we always found food that was acceptable to good by our standards. Indeed, some excellent Italian here and there. Perhaps the high point was in Norwich at The Old Rectory where the owner was the chef, and a good one. We did not seek out famous or highly rated ( by the internet) places. We rleid on our innkeepers/B&B- keepers, who did well with their advice.

However, I'll agree that it is not the same thing as traveling in France or Belgium. ;-) Or, with a bit of care, in Switzerland, for that matter.

Slowpoke

Peterli
Peterli
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Jul 19, 2018 - 10:20 AM in reply to Slowpoke

What I do remember well about our séjour in England and Scotland and Wales was the breakfasts in the BnBs we stayed at. They were so much more substantial than what one often got on the continent. But once again, we digress. I guess it is my fault, this time. Sorry, Cheri !

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