Client First Swiss Hotel Collection AG
Location Luzern, Switzerland
Completion July 2022
Established by eccentric Swiss hotelier Franz Josef Bucher in 1906, the former Hotel Palace Luzern reopens as Mandarin Oriental's latest luxury European hotel after five years of extensive refurbishment. The faded Art Deco grandeur of the original interiors have been remixed with fresh bold ideas, featuring four distinctively designed restaurants and bars, 136 unique guestrooms, and a new spa hand-carved from Tuscan stone.
Decorative features have been faithfully restored, including scagliola columns, chequerboard marble flooring and stucco-adorned walls. The hotel’s original colour palette, inspired by Bucher’s travels across the Mediterranean, has emerged from beneath layers of past alterations. Earthy terracottas, rich greens and chalk whites are incorporated into the newly renovated interiors, as palm and lily motifs nod to the stylised botanicals of the Art Deco era. By stitching new into old, uniting the traditional with the contemporary, the venerable Palace is ushered into a new era as a Mandarin Oriental.
Palace Luzern, circa 1910