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Hotel Federale

#8 of 43 Hotels in Lugano
Certificate of Excellence
via Paolo Regazzoni 8, Lugano 6900, Switzerland (Formerly Minotel)
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Mount Victoria, Australia
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

first class hotel, excellent position, friendly helpful staff. The hotel in very close to the station, but there is a steep quite long ramp to go down to the hotel (and of course to go up again pushing luggage. The staff were very helpful in taking our luggage up to the station by car without payment at the end of... More 

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RGalliker, Owner at Hotel Federale, responded to this review

Dear Irene512 Thank you very much for having taken time to write us a review here on Tripadvisor and of course for having stayed at our Hotel Federale in Lugano. We are pleased to read that you enjoyed your stay with us. Regarding the steep hill: the city is restructuring the old funicular which runs from the city center up... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This hotel has the 'old world charm and attention to detail" with all modern conveniences and a delightful courtyard garden. Staff were very welcoming and friendly. They provide a shuttle to/from the railway station which although nearby is a very steep hill away.

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RGalliker, Owner at Hotel Federale, responded to this review

Dear Adrienne S thank you very much for having stayed at our Hotel Federale in Lugano and thank you for your time you dedicate us to write about your experience. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and we presume in Lugano as well, and yes, the hill is a little steep. The railway station... More 

Haskovo Province, Bulgaria
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This hotel was a great surprise for us. It is 3 stars hotel , but we think that it deserves at least 4. Location is very good - everything you need is close to reach. We were accommodated on the top of hotel and view was spectacular , especially in the evenings. We tried the food in the restaurant -... More 

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Dear Silvia I, thank you very much for having stayed at our Hotel Federale in Lugano and for the time you dedicate us in writing your impressions about your experience with us. Thank you for the compliments and thank you for your recommendations about our breakfast buffet. Warm dishes are missing indeed on the buffet, but other items are in... More 

Roma
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16 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This Hotel keeps a good atmosphere, like at home. Perfect position, in front of Lugano train station, away from the confusion of the city but near to centre, just 5 mins by walk. Breakfast: you can enjoy the quiet in the breakfast, if you eat in the garden. The staff for morning breakfast was great, kind and friendly. The buffet... More 

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RGalliker, Owner at Hotel Federale, responded to this review

Buongiorno TheMonkey86 thank you very much for having stayed at our Hotel Federale in Lugano and for the time in writing about your experience. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay in our hotel in the region of lake Lugano. Thank you for the nice words about our employees, which I will forward to them. Again, thank... More 

Berkeley, California
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Desk staff were warm and welcoming from start to finish. They really made a difference. The hotel is near the train station, and a delightful short walk down to the town center. Breakfast was delicious and could be taken in a lovely courtyard. A small van owned by the hotel took us up to train station on departure--could not have... More 

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RGalliker, Owner at Hotel Federale, responded to this review

Dear Janet S, thank you very much for having stayed at our Hotel Federale in Lugano and we are happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay in Lugano. Thank you also for having taken time to write about your experience here on Tripadvisor. We would be pleased to welcoming you back to our Hotel when you will be visiting... More 

Ripon, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

We have been staying since 1996 but never tire of going back. The atmosphere is so relaxing and the overall experience is ideal. They say you can often judge a hotel by the Reception, this being the case, the Federale comes out tops. The greeting/helpful nature of the staff is excellent, nothing is too much trouble; the other staff in... More 

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RGalliker, Owner at Hotel Federale, responded to this review

Dear Bernard W, thank you very much for your very much appreciated review and we look forward to welcoming you back to Hotel Federale on your next trip to Lugano. With kindests regards Family Galliker and staff More 

Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Stayed here for two nights as part of my visit to Switzerland. The hotel is nothing special inside as it is old but clean which some may say , brings charm to the place. The desk crew is great. The breakfast had good servers and the food was good: lots of Fresh breads, fruits, yogurt , cheese , coffee etc...One... More 

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RGalliker, Owner at Hotel Federale, responded to this review

Dear Chloeh114, Thank you very much for having stayed at our Hotel Federale in Lugano and for the time to write a review about your impressions. The hotel is old indeed, it was built around 1890 and the inside has been renovated numerous times over these more than 120 years, at yes, not all is perfect and the ground floor... More 

Zaandam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

To get to the city center from the train station, you have to walk a down hill path. The hotel is right at the foot of this path. It has wifi in the room. It has an elevator and a fantastic kitchen. You can walk to the city center, which is a down hill path again. We staid three nights,... More 

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RGalliker, Owner at Hotel Federale, responded to this review

Dear tjous, Thank you very much for having stayed at our Hotel Federale in Lugano and for the review you took time to write. The hotel is on a hill of Lugano about 50 meters up from the shore of Lake Lugano and 20 meters below the train station. The funicular connecting the city center to the station is under... More 

Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Hotel Federale is located a few minutes walk away from Piazza Della Reforma. Very convenient. It is nice 5 storeyed hotel with well furnished rooms. It has an attached restaurant too. A comfortable stay. Recommended.

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RGalliker, Owner at Hotel Federale, responded to this review

Dear amjadshamsi, Thank you very much for having stayed at our Hotel Federale during your visit of Lugano and we are happy to hear that you had a comfortable stay. Thank you also for having taken time to write a review and we really appreciate your opinion. With kindests regards and we hope to be able to welcoming you back... More 

New Delhi, India
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6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

The hotel enjoys a nice location near to the train station. However, consider to climb up the ramp for 5-7 minutes to reach the train station from hotel. The hotel staff were very nice and followed up every request we made. The rooms were basic but very clean with all the necessary amenities. The breakfast was a bit of disappointment.... More 

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RGalliker, Owner at Hotel Federale, responded to this review

Dear Suman2007, thank you very much for having stayed at our Hotel Federale while in Lugano and thank you for having taken time to write us about your experience with us. The hotel is in fact half way up (or down depending if you arrive or leave Lugano), between lakeshore and Lugano train station. While reaching the hotel is quite... More 

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