Jail Hotel Loewengraben




Hostelz.com's Review

This trendy boutique hostel was actually a prison until 1998. Now prison memorabilia lines the corridors and each of the rooms has the original heavy wooden cell doors, replete with slots for food. The rooms are surprisingly bright and spacious, some even have toilet and shower.

The place is very clean and they provide sheets and towels. One complaint is the lighting system -- turning on the bathroom light lightens the whole room. There are two restaurants and a bar attached to the hostel, with parties on summer Saturdays.

The hostel is in a great location. It's a bit creepy, but that's half the fun. As fellow hostelers walk around, you exchange smiles because you realize just how weird this is.

Directions: From station, cross over Seebrucke Bridge. Turn left onto Grendelstrasse. At the end of the street, hang a left onto Grabenstrasse which becomes Lowengraben. The hostel is on the right.
by Brooke Kosofsky
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
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Löwengraben 18, Lucerne (Luzern), Canton of Lucerne, Switzerland
47.052816, 8.304146 (accuracy not guaranteed)
+41 (0) 41 417 12 12
+41 (0) 41 417 12 11
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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews

Too noisy.
It was too noisy all through the night, externally by late-pubbers and internally by the gush of water running through heaven knows where. The room did not have any space to move around. And Oh my God what stairs to go up with heavy luggage. I think it is a bad policy of allowing you stay for less than 24 hours on any booking. Asking people to come over at 3 o' clock after long hectic trips is quite inhuman. It was eerie to stay in such narrow a room, it was indeed a jail cell with a small dim-bulb light and the plug-in facilities not working.
Dipanwita Ghosh
Age 45, India
Terrible hotel
It was a jail and it is one. It CAN NOT be called a hotel. Not even a hostel. Rooms are claustrophobic, Hardly any ventilation or light. Only one yellow light bulb adds more to the nightmarish experience. No lift -- You have to drag all your baggage upto the 3rd floor. No double beds but hostel like beds one on top of the other. No WiFi in the room and with no lift, you have to do up and down from reception to your room to access it. No intercom. Even for small doubts you have to go down in the reception. There is nothing called a room service. There was no soap kept in the bathroom, we informed the reception and nobody came up to deliver it. Had to go again to get it. No common microwave even to heat your food. Breakfast has limited options. All in all, there wasn't a single good point about this hotel. Terribly bad experience.
Kuldip Patel
Worst stay in Europe -- due to lack of security
The lack of security is a serious concern. With coded doors whose codes never change, any previous hotel guest can re-enter the room years later, with the exact same code. Not sure why there is no lock on the inside of the door either, to prevent unwanted intruders from entering your room. To make things worse! We awoke at 3 a.m. to a stranger who entered our room with a beer bottle in his hand. Thankfully when we confronted him, he left. We will not stay at this hotel ever again, nor would we ever recommend it. Horrible experience. How did we sleep after having an intruder enter our room? We didn't. Made for a very poor experience.
They lost our reservations, which is understandable I guess. Staying here was literally like staying in a jail. It was a horrible experience all around. Don't go during the summer (especially in a heatwave) because there is no air and it is horribly horribly awfully disgustingly hot. I took a freezing cold shower and I was still hot. The rooms are cramped and the people working there aren't very polite. Unless you book one of the fancy rooms, consider this the same as a night in jail.
Fun but Wouldnt Return
It was fun, very unique for sure. However, our concern was for the security. many of the rooms had the same codes, and the locks were not changed between guests, so any person who has stayed there previously could get into your room. The students on our trip (myself) liked it, however the chaperones were not impressed and would not be returning in the future.
Canadian Tourist
  What an experience to stay in the jail-hotel. never been so thrill and excited. try to stay alone and experience the goose bumps.
  This hotel is awesome, it's very clean and though it's weird to sleep in what used to be a jail, it's a cool experience.
  It's really pretty.

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