With soaring snow-capped peaks of the Alps, some being the highest mountains in Europe and glittering blue lake, Switzerland has always been a dream destination for me. It has been one of the very few places with a fairytale beauty.
Staying in Lucerne is the perfect base for exploring Switzerland. If you haven’t been to Lucerne yet, now is the time. With several mountain excursions to Mt. Titlis, Jungfraujoch and Mt. Pilatus as well as city excursions to Chapel Bridge, Old Town and Lion Monument, this Swiss gem has got it all. I recently had my first chance to visit Lucerne and totally fell in love with it. One of the highlights of my trip was staying at a comfortable studio new hot spot.
Here’s my experience at HITrental Allmend Business Apartment in Lucerne, Switzerland!
– The Location –
Pros: HITrental Allmend is located in a quiet place but well connected to Lucerne city centre and other tourist destinations such as Mount Pilatus. The apartment is only 2-minute walk from bus station Zihlmattweg and the bus no.20 connects the apartment and city centre, just 15 minutes to reach downtown. Bus is running frequently. MIGROS, a grocery store is located at very next building is an added advantage. In front of the building, there is nice outdoor play area for kids.
Cons: Location is outside city centre. Free parking is not provided, you have to park your car at the next building for additional cost of CHF 24 per day.
Summary: This is a new apartment and good choice for travellers wanting value for money. Major perks if you are using public transport to travel around as parking is another additional cost.
I just loved the modern and very clean atmosphere that is evident throughout the whole property!
– The Reception –
Pros: Secure entrance and check in staff who welcomed us was really helpful and showed us around the entire property, explained the security features, the free to use laundry room, the trash area, our room, how to use the kitchen facilities and the complimentary Nespresso machine. The staff ensured that guests are aware of all the features the property provided. Staff is helpful but it would be nicer if there is another staff station in their office.
Cons: Lots of emails sent asking when we expected to arrive as there is no reception. There is only one staff standby at the office in the lobby and guest have to wait for their turn to check in while the staff showing around the entire property to other guest. No luggage storage as there is no reception.
Summary: The check in procedure was not smooth, professional and quick as you would get at a hotel, but then again, this is a holiday rental. Overall, the service was adequate and the quality of the apartment more than compensated for the lack of excellent service.
– The Rooms –
Pros: HITrental Allmend is a fully furnished studio or apartment. With dining table, two single beds and a sofa bed, the studio room gave me just enough space for two. Drying racks and hangers are provided in case you do laundry. The room is clean and the kitchen is well supplied. It comes with a compact kitchenette having a refrigerator, microwave, two induction cook tops, coffee maker, toaster, kettle, utensils, crockery and cutlery. Of course, you’ll get all of the essentials too, like a solid Wi-Fi connection and Direct TV. The apartment is completely furnished with IKEA products which I feel everyone is comfortable and familiar with.
Cons: The apartment looks smaller in actual compared to the pictures in the website. However, there’s ample space for all the luggage that you’ll need. There is no air-conditioned in the room and also no housekeeping service if you stay for more than one day. Had to clean all dishes and empty the trash before leaving.
Summary: The apartment is compact but had all the necessary facilities. The kitchen is tiny but had everything you need to cook basic foods and meals. Perfect value for money as cooking saves lot of money in expensive country like Switzerland.
– The Bathrooms –
Pros: Basic toiletries and hair dryer are well supplied. Water heater is well function.
Cons: The shower cubicle should have been enclosed with a glass partition instead of curtained. The floor most probably will get wet after shower.
Summary: I have no major issue with the curtain partition as I’ve get used to it and the floor is not flooding after shower. The most important thing to me is as long as the toilet is very clean and able to have my hot shower.
– The Laundry –
Great that laundry facilities are free. The laundry room located at the ground floor where the common facilities are located and opposite to the garbage room.
– The Directions from Zurich Airport –
From the Zurich Airport you can take a train directly to the main station in Lucerne, it departures every hour. Then from the train station in Lucerne, you can take bus no.20 and get off at station Zihlmattweg. When you arrive at the bus station you will see two tower buildings. Then walk towards the higher one, this is the apartment building, on Zihlmattweg 44.
HITrental Allmend Business Apartment is the best value for staying in Lucerne that saved our money on food and living to spend on other activities in Switzerland!