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Hotel Federale

#9 of 43 Hotels in Lugano
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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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Ripon, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
6 hotel 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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25 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
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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15 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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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16 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
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
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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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7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

We had a corner room with a balcony that looked to the mountains. Drinking coffee and reading (and eventually dozing off) on this balcony is something I will take with me forever. If you walk up the hill directly behind the hotel you find the main train station and a small grocery. The walk down to the lake is very... More 

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RGalliker, Owner at Hotel Federale, responded to this review

Dear Melissa S thank you very much for having visited our Hotel Federale again this year and for your time in writing a review about your impressions. We are happy to read that you enjoyed your stay and a big thank you for so precisely describe the location of the hotel. We are indeed very close to the main train... More 

Yardley, Pennsylvania
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82 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Loved this hotel and will definitely return if back in Lugano. However, you should be aware of a few things before you go... 1. The hotel is very reasonable and no more than a 5-10 minute stroll to the lake. For the price, highly recommend this hotel and this location. The rooms are very nice. Good beds, nice linens, beautiful... More 

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RGalliker, Owner at Hotel Federale, responded to this review

Dear tokross, Thank you very much for you visiting our Hotel Federale in Lugano and taking much time in writing a very exhaustive review. We are happy to read that you enjoyed your stay in Lugano and in our hotel and I must say that your description of the surroundings of the hotel are very detailed, althogh maybe in my... More 

Singapore, Singapore
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11 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

I chose this hotel because of its proximity to the train station. It is also with walking distance to the town centre and the beautiful Lake Lugano. This hotel gives you the traditional feel of an Italian experience.

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RGalliker, Owner at Hotel Federale, responded to this review

Dear Binggo, thank you very much for staying in our Hotel Federale in Lugano and for taking time in writing a review about your experience. The location of our hotel is very close to the train station of Lugano, and quite comfortable to reach on foot. The building is a typical construction of the last years of the 1800s (we... More 

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26 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014 via mobile

highly recommended for travellers coming into Lugano by train. It is just across the train station, and an easy downhill walk to the shopping and restaurant area of Lugano imdliding the lakeside. The staff are highly competent and professional and very accomodating. We arrived at 12 noon, official check-in time is at 2 pm but we were allowed to have... More 

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RGalliker, Owner at Hotel Federale, responded to this review

Dear Cesar O, thank you very much for having stayed at our Hotel Federale in Lugano and also for taking time in writing a review about your experience. We are happy to hear that you have enjoyed your stay. We have taken note of your suggestion about waterboiling pot and we have decided to implent this service (incl. free coffee,... More 

Podebrady, Nymburk, Czech Republic
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21 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Great and also english speaking staff that can help you even at 1am to park your car at their hotel garage.Wonderful breakfasts with their typical like-a-Italiano "concern". Also nice nighlife - just walk three minutes down to the centre and you can have as much beer as you want - and then you can just take the lift at the... More 

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RGalliker, Owner at Hotel Federale, responded to this review

Dear Standa K, Thank you very much for having stayed at our Hotel Federale in Lugano and thank you for taking time in writing us about your experience. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay at our Hotel and that you love Lugano, a wonderful little city indeed. We would be happy to welcoming you back should... More 

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