Acquisitions & Hotel Openings

The Palace Hotel at the Bürgenstock Resort Has Opened for Meetings and Special Events

Largest and Most Modern Meetings Facility in Central Switzerland to Offer Nearly 24,000 Square Feet for Conferences and Events by Summer 2017

LUCERNE, SZ. April 18, 2017 – The Palace Hotel, one of four hotels at the Bürgenstock Resort Lake Lucerne, has opened for small meetings and special events. When the entire resort is completed, the meetings facility – central Switzerland’s largest and most modern – will offer 23,680 square feet of space in 31 venues accommodating 800 attendees. The Palace Hotel will open for other guests in August.


Opening this summer, the 102-room Bürgenstock Hotel, a member of The Leading Hotels of the World, will boast a restaurant, lobby lounge and bar, wine cellar, and a cigar lounge. The five-star superior hotel offers 5,382 square feet of meeting space divided among its Lakeview Ballroom and its foyer, an Executive Lounge, private cinema and private dining room.

Situated behind the Bürgenstock Hotel overlooking farms and pastures, the 16,145 square-foot Piazza provides a very spacious outdoor area for events.

By the end of the year, the Waldhotel Healthy Living will open with 160 rooms and a restaurant serving healthful cuisine. This five-star holistic property will feature spa services and facilities for medical check-ups, physical therapy, weight management, post-operative convalescence and wellness programs. Meeting facilities will include a 1,700 square-foot conference room, two private dining rooms and a boardroom.

In addition, the resort's 12-room Taverne 1879 has opened after a comprehensive renovation. Its charming 65-seat restaurant serves authentic Swiss specialties.

By 2018, two indoor tennis courts (9,150 square feet) and one outdoor court (10,440 square feet) will provide additional event venues.

When participants are not attending conferences, they can sample one of the resort's 12 restaurants, lounges and bars that serve classic French cuisine à la Escoffier and César Ritz, Asian, Middle Eastern, Swiss and regional Alpine cuisines. The Bürgenstock Alpine Spa, one of Europe's largest spas, will offer a full menu of massages and treatments for busy executives. Attendees can also opt for golf, tennis, swimming and hiking on the resort's 43 miles of trails.

Incentive organizers and meeting planners will find charming historic buildings scattered throughout the resort's 148 acres that are ideal for special events such as the Spycher Club, an ornately-carved 18th century building and the 1928 Golf Restaurant with its terrace overlooking the course.

“We welcomed our first conference in March,” announced Mr. Schöpfer. “More than 1,600 American companies have offices in and around Zurich, Geneva, Lausanne, Montreux, Vevey and Zug, we are confident that our strategy is on target,” he continued. "And of course, with the spectacular views we have overlooking Lake Lucerne and the Swiss Alps, we know meeting planners will recognize the Bürgenstock Resort is a very unique venue," concluded Mr. Schöpfer.

The lowest MICE rate begins at CHF410 (or about US$409) and include full breakfast, VAT, service charges, spa entry, use of the resort's funicular and boat and free Wi-Fi.

For further information go to Bürgenstock Resort Lake Lucerne, call 011 41 41 612 9010 or email info@buergenstock.ch.

Bürgenstock Resort Lake Lucerne

Sitting 2,800 feet above Lake Lucerne, the car-free resort includes 4 hotels with 383 rooms and suites, a healthy living centre, 12 restaurants, lounges and bars, 67 residence suites, a 10,000m2 Alpine spa, a 9-hole golf course, 3 tennis courts and a wide range of leisure activities and cultural amenities. The Bürgenstock Resort Lake Lucerne is part of the Bürgenstock Selection – Katara Hospitality Switzerland AG. Katara Hospitality Switzerland AG is the developer and operator of the Swiss hotels on behalf of Katara Hospitality in Doha. Currently the portfolio consists of the Bürgenstock Resort Lake Lucerne (383 rooms), the Hotel Schweizerhof in Bern (99 rooms) and the Hotel Royal Savoy Lausanne (196 rooms). The total investment volume of Katara Hospitality in Switzerland is one billion Swiss francs.

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