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Hotel Federale

3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   via Paolo Regazzoni 8, Lugano 6900, Switzerland (Formerly Minotel)
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Ranked #11 of 38 hotels in Lugano
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014
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Rating summary
  • 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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Geneva, Switzerland
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 hotel reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

Hotel Federale is very close to the train station. Our room on the 5th floor has a circular balcony which offers the best view over the lake, mountains and glittering lights at night. The hotel is managed by two brothers of same owner family since 1923. Very clean, fine and thoughtfully furnished room, homey and comfy. Lugano town and lake... More

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RGalliker, Owner at Hotel Federale, responded to this review

Dear Troy N, Thank you very much for staying at our Hotel Federale in Lugano and thank you for taking time in wirting a review about your stay. Thank you for your compliments and thank you for having also written about our new Pasta Shop Pasta e Pesto which we opened in January. Looking forward to welcoming you back to... More

Australia
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66 reviews 66 reviews
26 hotel reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

We arrived at the station above and quickly realised the map to get to this hotsl involved stairs to start with. That's ok if you have light luggage but we were from Australia and had 25kg suitcases and back packs. If you have this you should exit the station and turn right where you will see a roundabout where you... More

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RGalliker, Owner at Hotel Federale, responded to this review

Dear Crab67tkf, Thank you very much for having stayed at our Hotel Federale in Lugano and for taking time to write a very long and detailed review, not only about our hotel, but also about Lugano. We look forward to welcoming you back should your trip take you again in our region. With kindests regards Roland Galliker and team More

Singapore, null, Singapore
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36 reviews 36 reviews
12 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013 via mobile

Hotel is located at a downhill. From station, you need to walk a distance even through it look near (downhill). It's still walkable but maybe a challenge if you have big baggages. Luckily for us, we seek the hotel assistance to send us to the station when we checkout. We don't have to push our baggages uphill to reach the... More

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RGalliker, Owner at Hotel Federale, responded to this review

Dear MouseAK Thank your very very much for your review and comments regarding your stay at our Hotel Federale in Lugano. We are happy that you have enjoyed your stay in our family rooms and that you got some help with our hotel car to go back up to the train station. The beauty of Lugano is that it is... More

Christchurch, New Zealand
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73 reviews 73 reviews
64 hotel reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

This hotel is a short steep walk down from the railway station (don't take the funicular down like we did as you have to walk right back up again). Our room was spacious and comfortable with a good bathroom. The dining room offers lunch and dinner. The breakfast buffet offered a good selection. The staff were friendly and efficient. The... More

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RGalliker, Owner at Hotel Federale, responded to this review

Dear NZGrant, Thank you very much for having stayed with us at the Hotel Federale in Lugano and also for taking the time in writing a review and rate us here on Tripadvisor. We are happy to hear that you have enjoyed your stay in Lugano and also the description of the location of our hotel is very accurate. We... More

Los Alamos, New Mexico
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

Close to bus & train transportation, and downtown, although a fair amount of hill-climbing required. Helpful, professional staff. Nice quiet bar area. Nice variety of cold breakfast items & breads in the morning.

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RGalliker, Owner at Hotel Federale, responded to this review

Dear Bruce E. Thank you very much for having stayed at our Hotel Federale in Lugano and thank you also for having taken the time to post a review and rate us. Thank you for the compliments on our staff and our cold breakfast selection. We would be very happy to welcoming you again on your next visit to Lugano.... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013 via mobile

Found this hotel in the center for one night, friendly end gentile staff. We had a very large room end bathroom because of the two children. Everything very clean. A traditional breakfast for a good start. I raccomand this hotel.

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RGalliker, Owner at Hotel Federale, responded to this review

Dear Freseat, thank you very much for having stayed with us and for taking the time in writing a comment here on Tripadvisor. We are pleased that you have enjoyed your stay and we look forward to welcoming you again to our Hotel Federale on your next visit to Lugano. With kindests regards Roland Galliker More

Reading, United Kingdom
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108 reviews 108 reviews
23 hotel reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

One of the few remaining family run hotels in Lugano and it has a very warm feel as all staff from reception, to the maids, and waiters were very friendly. The room was of a good size, very clean, with very comfortable bed and high quality bed lined. Some of the furniture was borderline old/vintage but on the whole good... More

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RGalliker, Owner at Hotel Federale, responded to this review

Dear Mitch B, thank you very much for having stayed with us and for your comments, which are very helpul. Gym and sauna in summer: yes, it is messy, but in summertime it is hardly used and we use it, but as you point out we better should not, as a sort of storage room. Starting March 2014 we will... More

New York, New York
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

We stayed in the family room on the first floor with the big balcony and really enjoyed our stay. As a family of five it was a terrific setup and we all fit very well. The large family room fits 3 and the connected room held the other two kids. Lugano is an expensive city and the hotel represented a... More

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RGalliker, Owner at Hotel Federale, responded to this review

Dear Family rxrteam, thank you very much for having stayed with us and for your time in writing a review. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay in Lugano and we look forward to welcoming you back here some day. Roland Galliker More

Fort Myers Florida
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

The Hotel Federale is a nice hotel close to the city center. It had the feeling of a once very formal upscale hotel with high ceilings and a grand marble staircase. We visited in August so it was very warm and the rooms are not air conditioned. There was a fan which helped but it was still very warm. We... More

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RGalliker, Owner at Hotel Federale, responded to this review

Dear CMelloh, thank you very much for having stayed with us in August 2013, which indeed was a very warm month this year. Regarding airconditioning, some rooms do already have it, and other will be fitted with this coming winter, during our slower season. Due to the fact that we are a very old building and in the old city,... More

Oakland, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013 via mobile

Very clean, good staff, and great location. Our room with small balcony over-looking town was clean, comfortable, and up to date. Nice bathroom. A little cramped for the price. No AC; just a fan. Hot weather is not comfortable here. Hotel Wifi should be complementary, but is not. Breakfast was pleasant. Food is good, not great. If you want to... More

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RGalliker, Owner at Hotel Federale, responded to this review

Dear Ryan S, Thank you very much for having taken the time to write a review about our hotel and thank you also for having stayed with us. Regarding your two main complains: AC is difficult to install in this old building and up to now we have in about 25% of guest rooms. Each winter, during the slow season... More

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Additional Information about Hotel Federale

Also Known As:
Minotel Hotel Federale
Minotel Hotel Lugano
Minotel Lugano
Lugano Minotel
Address: via Paolo Regazzoni 8, Lugano 6900, Switzerland (Formerly Minotel)
Location: Switzerland > Swiss Alps > Ticino > Lugano
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Family Hotel in Lugano
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Federale 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Family run since 1923, near train station and bus terminal to Tirano, Milano, Bernina Express and Palm Express. Single, double, triple and four bedded rooms. Restaurant with terrace. Underground parking. Wlan. In old city center of Lugano, but on a hill. ... more   less 
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