Jail Hotel Loewengraben  2 stars

Lowengraben 18, Lucerne, Switzerland, 6004  show mapSave
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The three-star Jailhotel is located in the very heart of the city near many cultural venues.

The hotel was built in 1862 and was used as a prison till it was re-shaped into hotel in 1998.

All comfortable rooms feature antique furniture and private bathroom.

Breakfast is served daily.

The nearest railway station is within 10 minutes on foot.

Year renovated   2009.  Number of rooms   56.

City Center Lucerne - 3300 ft
Airports Zurich-Kloten (ZRH) - 30.7 mi, Euroairport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg (BSL) - 52.0 mi
Train Stations Lucerne Station - 2300 ft, - 400 ft
Bus stop - 1400 ft
Restaurants Soul Chicken (cuisine: European) - 100 ft, La Fenice (cuisine: Italian) - 300 ft


All rooms are compact and comfortable with a private bathroom.

Dining options

Breakfast is served from 7am to 10am.

The hotel Jail Loewengraben serves a continental breakfast for free. 


Free Wi-Fi is provided.


The hotel offers an access to the casino, billiards, table tennis, library, bowling.

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  • Pets allowed
  • Express check-out
  • 24-Hour Front Desk
  • Tour desk

Wireless internet is available in public areas and is free of charge.

Guest Parking

No parking available.

Dining facilities
  • Bar/lounge
  • Restaurant
Meeting facilities
  • Meeting room
Facilities for people with disabilities
  • Rooms/facilities for people with disabilities
Leisure and relaxation facilities
  • Night club
Room facilities
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Shower



from  12 pm


until  12 pm

Children and extra beds
  • All children under the age of 3 may stay free of charge when using existing bedding. 
  • There are no extra beds provided in a room. 

Pets are allowed on request.

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All rooms are compact and comfortable with a private bathroom.

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    Jail Hotel Loewengraben LocationWhat's nearby

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    • Tourist attractions
    • Museums
    • Convention centers
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    What's nearby

    Tourist attractions
    • Galerie 64
      1.7 mi
    • Berg Pilatus
      1.9 mi
    • Galerie der Gemeinde Emmen
      2.1 mi
    Popular areas
    • City Center
      3000 ft
    Places of interest
    • Kapellbrücke
      700 ft
    • Gemeindeverwaltung
      1.7 mi
    • Stiftung Kunstkeller Kriens
      1.7 mi
    Train stations
    • Lucerne Station
      2000 ft
    Convention centers
    • Messe Luzern
      1.7 mi
    • Bowling-Center Littau-Luzern
      1.7 mi
    • Scala Kino
      1.7 mi
    • Kino Broadway
      2.0 mi
    • Bowling Universum 2 GmbH
      2.0 mi
    • Pink Billino
      2.2 mi
    • Billard Club National Littau
      2.2 mi
    • Swiss Museum of Transport
      1.4 mi
    • Museum im Bellpark
      1.6 mi
    • Lake Luzern
      1000 ft

    Local Attractions

    • Richard Wagner Museum
      1.4 mi
      Richard Wagner Weg 27, Lucerne
    • Verkehrshaus der Schweiz (Swiss Transport Museum)
      1.5 mi
      Lidostrasse, 5, Lucerne
    • Glasi Hergiswil
      4.9 mi
      Seestrasse 12, Hergiswil

    Near the hotel

    • Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrucke)
      1000 ft
      City Center, Lucerne
    • Historisches Museum Luzern
      900 ft
      Pfistergasse 24, Lucerne
    • Natur-Museum Luzern
      1000 ft
      Kasernenplatz 6, Lucerne
    • Lake Luzern
      1300 ft
    • Mt. Rigi
      1500 ft
    • The Rosengart Collection
      1500 ft
      Pilatusstrasse 10, Lucerne
    • Lucerne Concert Hall
      1700 ft
      Hirschmattstrasse 13, Lucerne

    Restaurants Nearby

    • Soul Chicken

      63% likes this, based on 16 reviews
      Cuisine: European

      100 ft
      Lowengraben, 6004 Luzern

      Phone: 079 537 24 82

    • La Fenice

      65% likes this, based on 44 reviews
      Cuisine: Italian

      300 ft
      Rossligasse 2 6004
    • Restaurant Rathaus Brauerei Luzern

      56% likes this, based on 184 reviews
      Price Range: USD 13 - USD 93

      600 ft
      Unter der Egg 2

      Phone: +41 41 410 52 57

    • Martini Stube

      50% likes this, based on 34 reviews
      Cuisine: Swiss

      300 ft
      am Hirschenplatz
    • Chimney's Steakhouse

      Cuisine: Steakhouse

      400 ft
      Hirschenplatz 2
    Getting around.

    The nearest railway station is within five minutes walking.

    Jail Hotel Loewengraben Reviews

    Guest reviews are submitted by our customers after their stay at Jail Hotel Loewengraben

    Average guest rating

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    Based on 89 reviews

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    • Couple

      Excellent situation, you are very close to everything . We where staying in the Directors Suite, the décor is nice and the room is big enough. But it’s very very simple.

      Too noisy, and too expensive for what you get! It’s not a hotel but a youth hostel. But in Switzerland the prices are so expensive that it’s the best I found in Luzern. Definitely not worth the price as most hotels in Switzerland.

      • Average rating
    • Couple

      Small room but clean, good breakfast and the location was perfect

      There was noise on the road during the night, under the hotel there is a disco..

      • Average rating
    • Single

      Great location, Stylish building, Breakfast

      Tiny and weirdo bathroom, Only stairs, No wi-fi in the room (some rooms 206~210 had some wifi if you put your computer near the window), It gets really noisy depending of your room location at night.

      • Average rating
    • Couple

      The location is great. The facilities are extremely poor. Essentially, someone bought an old jail in a great location and didn't put any money in it to renovate it as a hotel but instead marketed it as a "jail house". Avoid at all costs unless you just want to piss your money away for a room worse than a youth hostel at a four star hotel price. Avoid!!!

      No ac, very poor quality beds and linen, make shift toilets, high price, very loud music from the club next door. This hotel is a rip off for unwarey travelers.

      • Average rating
    • Group of friends

      No air conditioning, the windows are small and it really gets hot there in summer time. The breakfast was very basic. You might spend a long time at the reception before getting checked in as there is only one receptionist, who also does other stuff. The night I was there, there were a lot of people shouting and laughing where the hotel was, it was almost impossible to sleep. The hotel is close to the old city but it can get very noisy there at nights.

      • Average rating
    • Couple

      Very unique atmosphere, there was still the feeling from prison in sight.

      Somebode would miss an elevator, stairs were OK for us. Some noise from the nightclub, but not disturbing in 2th floor.

      • Average rating
    • Couple

      Nothing, the prisioners would have been better treated and we paid for the privilege.

      Where do I begin 1/ Bedbugs are rampid in this hotel, the first night we changed rooms twice. I got no sleep due to the infestation of these bugs. 2/ Sheets are dirty, had to ask for extra linen to cover the crap on the other lined 3/ Windows have no curtains therefore you might just be awake at 6:00am 4/ You can hear everything in the street outside (I mean everything) so forget sleep entirly. 5/ Staff are usless and rude, no one wanted to help us with our bedbug issue. No apology the next day when I told them about it. I was so infrurated I checked out and found another hotel 2 mins away (aka no bedbugs). In short this is the biggest hole I have ever ever stayed in !

      • Average rating
    • Single

      1. Noisy nightclub in basement of hotel 2. if pay by credit card hotel takes ADDITIONAL 4 CHF COMISSION, which is not described in hotel policy on this site

      • Average rating
    • Older travelers

      Absolutely nothing. It was a terrible experience. I got bed bugs; they don't clean the rooms, there wasn't even a cup in the bathroom.

      -They have an internet reach of about 10 feet in their reception area -They don't have a lobby -There were bugs crawling in my bed -I got eaten up by bed bugs -No cleaning service -No one single cup or glass in the room -No AC -Don't know how to run a credit card Do I need to go on?

      • Average rating
    • Single

      the price! it is by far the ceapest hotel in luzern, and in the middle of the old city!!! it's ideal if you are just one night and you don't care where you sleep. the staff was friendly and helped me really well to find a parking place for my car in the vecinity of the hotel (which has no parking spaces, nor are there any parkings in the vecinity). breakfast was for swiss standard quite rich (ham, eggs, chease, salami, breads, fruit, jams etc etc ... perhaps some vegetables would be nice as well)

      hm ... quite a lot ... but once again, for beeing the cheapest hotel (probably in swizerland) it was ok: no soap in the bathroom, no glasses in the bathroom, old towels, small towals, towals with holes, if you put the light on in the bathroom the hole room is inlightened (so if there is a seccond person sleeping there is no chance of not waking up), no desk, no sleep light, no radio, no internet, no tv, no ventilaion, no wardrobe, noise from the street, noise from the neighbours, noise from the partyroom in the underground .... but once again: it's supposed to be jail confort ... so i guess from this point of view it was autentic enough :) oh yes: got charged 5 francs more for paying by credit card...but i guess as a hole, the hotel had a fair confort for the price :)

      • Average rating
    • Family with children

      Staff was friendly and breakfast was great! The ambience of staying in a jail was "totally awesome" according to my 12 year old. Beds are comfortable for what they are. The location is great for exploring Lucerne! The staff was helpful and went out of their way to heat up food for me and help carry things to my room as I was traveling alone with children.

      The advertised Wifi was broken and parking in Lucerne is expensive and difficult to find. There is no lift, as it was a jail, so be prepared for stairs. The rooms are very basic, and I felt the price was a little steep for what you get- the room is very hostel like. For one night, to say you slept in a jail, this place is great. For longer stays look elsewhere.

      • Average rating
    • Couple

      Location is only thing to like.

      Wifi does not work. Staff is rude and not knowledgeable about town. Also can hear people walking on floor above you. Rooms are more similar to hostel with a tiny restroom.

      • Average rating
    • Single


      Otherwise boring. Next to nothing for breakfast. Staff indifferent once paid. Seem to want to survive on the gimmick of being a former jail. Should check out Hostel Celica in Slovenia. Superb.

      • Average rating
    • Couple

      Interior is what you pay for - jail cells with related stories and decorations. Free parking for motorcycles and bikes in front of the hotel. Nice bar nearby

      Breakfast is divided into two tables and not everybody is told about the second room, with meat, eggs and cheese (moneysaving in action?) Comfort in 'jail comfort' rooms is low - well, what you expect from jail? No private parking for cars

      • Average rating
    • Family with children

      The idea to transform a jail as a hotel

      I found chewing-gum on my bed & under my bed Every morning, no cleaned table for breakfast, no cut anymore We are not protected by a band in the upper-bed I was searching the receptionist... But he was smoking outside The housekeeper was listening music in the corridor... Difficult to sleep Lots of noise in the corridor The floor of the room was not cleaned : we found some plastic and packages under the bed

      • Average rating
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