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Posted 21 November 2018 20:17

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I stumbled on this info only recently. Not all artists can boast to have a suite dedicated to them in a 5-star hotel.


“James Blunt Suite” in Hotel Schweizerhof, Luzern, Switzerland

"Things take a long time, but when it's right things move fast" - James Blunt

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The five-star hotel offers 101 elegant double rooms and suites sized from 25 m2 to 65 m2. We want our guests to feel completely at home. Every room at Hotel Schweizerhof Luzern is unique. They all tell stories. Stories that grand personalities, such as Karl Frey, Richard Wagner and Leo Tolstoy, experienced during their stays at Hotel Schweizerhof Luzern. Unique objects, quotes and design elements turn these 101 stories into real experiences for our guests.

Quote's source: Interview with BBC Norfolk in May 2005


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Posted 21 November 2018 20:51

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Press release


Media information, Lucerne, 15 May 2014

Hotel Schweizerhof Lucerne inaugurates 101 new guest rooms and suites

The Hotel Schweizerhof Lucerne has inaugurated its 101 new guest rooms and suites at a festive gala evening this Wednesday, 14 May 2014. Guests will have the opportunity to experience a wealth of stories from the past 170 years - stories that play a central role in the venture. Amid the current spate of spectacular hotel openings in the Lake Lucerne region, the Hotel Schweizerhof Lucerne stands out for its hotel tradition and continuity.

First opened in 1845, the Hotel Schweizerhof Lucerne came into the possession of the Hauser Family in 1861. The hotel is one of very few in Switzerland to be of national significance from an art-historical point of view with original architecture that has survived to the present day.

The Hotel Schweizerhof Lucerne has a proud history of welcoming emperors and empresses, crowned heads, writers, politicians, captains of industry and musicians. Count Leo Tolstoy wrote a story here; this is also where Richard Wagner completed his Tristan and Isolde and met with his patron, Ludwig II of Bavaria. Mark Twain stayed here during his Swiss travels and wrote about them. Modern-day guests can sense here a long and rich history, which is at the same time the history of the Hauser Family.

All 101 guest rooms renovated
The project to refurbish each of the Hotel Schweizerhof Lucerne's 101 rooms and suites started in January 2013 and was performed in two stages. The first 52 new rooms, i.e. the entire east wing of the hotel, came on stream in April of last year. The remaining 49 rooms and suites in the main building were completed on schedule in late April this year.

One of the aims of the extensive renovation work was to be able to showcase all kinds of stories sourced from the past 170 years. Under the project title "Wo Luzern Geschichte(n) schreibt" (Where Lucerne writes history/stories), every room and suite has been dedicated to a guest with a special story. They not include great personalities such as thinkers, artists, politicians, athletes, musicians and crowned heads, but also unknown guests, whose stories are part of the hotel's history.

The project involved writing a different story for each of the rooms and suites, based on research conducted by the Hauser Family, proprietors of the hotel; the Director, Clemens Hunziker; and a team of authors headed by Fabrizio D'Aloisio and Alexandra Knetsch from Spot Werbung, St. Moritz. There are stories centred on world stars such as Anastacia and James Blunt having breakfast together, and on athletes such as marathon runner Viktor Röthlin cooking pasta in the Schweizerhof kitchen. There are anecdotes involving the hotel's concierge, Enzo Baciocchi, who has been with the hotel more than 25 years: one concerns his sourcing a Bernese Sennenhund puppy for an American guest.

Each room's design tailored to a story
The last story in the project emerged from a competition run last autumn. 0f the 60 unique submissions describing experiences or incidents involving the Hotel Schweizerhof Lucerne, one stood out: that of 97-year-old Karl Frey, who won the main prize – a room dedicated in his honour. The story tells of the professional risk he took when he forecast good weather for a crucial meeting in the Alps during the Second World War, observing the skies from the roof of the Schweizerhof. The contributions were examined by a jury.

Each story may be read on the writing desk of its room or suite. One wall in each room is also prominently inscribed with a quote or piece of graphic design taken from or inspired by the story. The story experience is further enhanted by details including special greeting music via the TV and a unique display of objects, many of them donated by the personalities featured. Various illuminated windows will be drawing the attention of the outside world to the unique concept.

A further 14 stories giving insights into episodes in the Schweizerhof's past are featured in the hotel's public areas for the benefit of guests not staying overnight. The hotel will shortly be publishing a book in two languages containing every one of the stories.

Investments in three seminar and function rooms
The Hotel Schweizerhof Lucerne took advantage of the major refurbishment work this spring to renovate three seminar and function rooms. Salons 2 and 11 on the first floor received major upgrades in design and technical infrastructure. The two Salons are ideal for, e.g. executive seminars lasting several days or small-scale private banquets. Built in 1887, the Bringolf Hall is again resplendent with its original parquet floor.

The general contractor for all the works was LIGNO in-Raum AG from Rathausen (Emmen LU), led by Guido Henzmann. The total value of the investment was in the order of CHF 10 million.

Further consolidating its position as festival hotel of choice
The Hotel Schweizerhof Lucerne is aiming to leverage its new unique room concept to consolidate its position as Lucerne's festival hotel of choice and to incorporate the rooms in the overall vision. Large numbers of local residents come to the Schweizerhof thanks to partnerships forged with the town's many festivals (e.g. Blue Balls Festival, Lucerne Blues Festival, Fumetto Comix Festival) and to events organised by the hotel itself, such as the Retro Festival.

The Hotel Schweizerhof Lucerne has been in the same family for more than 150 years. That, and the devotion shown to the establishment by Clemens Hunziker, its Director since 1999, have made it possible for the Schweizerhof to make the transition to a Lucerne institution that is much frequented and much loved by locals and visitors alike. Amongst the many spectacular hotel openings currently taking place in Central Switzerland, the Hotel Schweizerhof Lucerne's unique 101-room concept featuring individual stories restores the balance in favour of tradition and continuity.

The new rooms have been officially inaugurated at a festive gala dinner this Wednesday. Amongst the many invitees were many guests from Switzerland and abroad who have a room dedicated to them (i.e. Kim Wilde, Stihne Mannheims and Bobby Kimball).

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Posted 22 November 2018 16:46

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A big thank you to Hotel Schweizerhof Luzern for sending me the story written for the room 068 and for agreeing to let me post it here.

Pages 126 and 127 of their book dedicated to the 101 rooms and suites.



Hotel Schweizerhof Luzern, Room 068


British singer-songwriter

It is mid-June 2011. You enter the Hotel Schweizerhof Luzern incognito — no one recognises you. To make sure things stay that way, you check in under the assumed name of Charles Barclay — that's right, the name of the former American basketball star. At 1.73 metres in height, you aren't nearly as tall as him. Who cares — your four million-strong Facebook fan base shows that you are an established great of the contemporary music scene. But that's not all, of course: nine years after Elton John, you are the first British artist to have made it to the top of the US charts. Elton John reached number one in 1997 with his song Candle In The Wind, rerecorded to mark the death of Lady Diana. The title of your number one hit was just as powerful: You're Beautiful. The lyrics don't reveal who those sentiments are addressed to. No matter — that song made you something of a heartthrob. Your detractors say men leave the room when they hear your music; secretly, though, they probably wish they could be a little more like you. You are in Lucerne for your appearance at the Summer Sound Festival in Sursee. Your stay continues as discreetly as your arrival at the hotel. As a person, you are very straightforward; you have no special requests. You also remain unruffled when the taxi taking you to the Festival is delayed due to heavy rain and traffic hold-ups. You like to spend your free time on the hotel terrace, keeping a low profile. You now live on the holiday island of Ibiza, but you feel equally at home in your temporary accommodation here in Lucerne. That could be because the Schweizerhof is a little like you: it has maintained its discretion and remained grounded despite its tremendous success. The press loves that image of you keeping people's spirits up with your guitar while an army officer on NATO peacekeeping duties in Kosovo. At the time, your songs came as a welcome distraction for the troubled population of that region. Your performance this evening is not about life or death. Instead, James Blunt will make thousands of people feel good about themselves.

As this rooming list shows, James Blunt stayed in this very room under the assumed name Charles Barclay. Also on view in the display are a ticket from the Summer Sound Festival 2011 and a 2014 Blue Balls Festival booklet featuring, amongst others, James Blunt, Ed Sheeran, Passenger, Joss Stone.

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Posted 22 November 2018 17:13

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If you'd like to recall some memories of both concerts:

SURSEE - Summer Sound Festival - 23 June 2011 (Some Kind Of Trouble Tour)

LUZERN - Blue Balls Festival - 23 July 2014 (Moon Landing Tour)

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