Created in the 1870s by Cesar Ritz, Grand Hotel National is located on the lakeside promenade, within walking distance of the downtown area, and approximately 40 miles from Zurich International Airport . This location is also within walking distance of the old city and the famous Chapel Bridge, the medieval wooden bridge that crosses the Rheuss, the river of Lucerne . From the hotel there are views across the lake to the Alps and one can see the famous Rigi, Stanserhorn, and Pilatus mountains . Guests have included monarchs and diplomats from all over Europe . <P> Hotel amenities include swimming pools, sauna, and solarium . Le Trianon offers French cuisine and an extensive wine list, while the National Bar has live music nightly and turn-of-the-century interior . The restaurant Thai Lotus and Padrino Italian restaurant are also on site . The hotel offers room service, a concierge, and valet laundry service . <P> All rooms feature Italian marble floors, silk wallpaper, hand-woven carpets, and sofas .
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