More than a century old, the Palace Luzern is a classic European grand dame and it remains the leading hotel in Lucerne. Its location can't be beat, right on the lakefront promenade with a large terrace overlooking the lake and the Alps beyond. The 64 rooms and 65 suites are divided between city and lake views—if your budget can handle it, reserve one of the latter. The Marlin restaurant specializes in fish and seafood and the spa features a unique amenity—a giant singing bowl. You're suspended in a hammock above the 1.2 ton bronze bowl and then feel its musical, and therapeutic, vibrations pass through your body.