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Hotel Montarina & Backpackers Hostel

Via Montarina 1, Lugano 6900, Switzerland
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  • Location
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The best thing about this hostel is the location: 1 minute from the station and 7 minutes to the city center. We stayed in the 16 bed mixed dorm, which was in the basement. The dorm itself was ok. There were by far not enough electrical outlets though. Although there were only two showers and two toilets for four dorms... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This hostel should be great: a near brand new lower level for backpackers, great location and a lovely building. However this is the worst hostel I have ever encountered. The staff simply did not seem to care for our problems, they seemed irritated! The 'kitchen' is an exaggeration, it is a broom closet at best - dreadful. The decor in... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lugano wasn't my favourite town but that doesn't mean the hostel should get a lesser score! The staff were very friendly, the lockers were free with a refundable deposit and the showers had the best water pressure out of my whole trip! I stayed in the room of 16 coed; there was a high school from Germany so they took... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

The hotel and hostel is located just across the train tracks up a little hill, took no more than 5 minutes to get there. I stayed alone in one of the Hostel rooms. The room was very clean and despite having 16 beds it never felt busy. Lockers are deposit only, so it's nice not having to actually spend money... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

of Lugano. Clean and friendly. This time I stayed with a friend in an antique hotel, which is clean and functional, good beds, but ancient style - almost original from "old times". Not at all shabby, but "shabby look" which is enchanting. POOOOL!!!! Palm garden, shades, kitchen.... in short: do not tell others.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Pros: It's quite close to the train station, about 5~10 minutes walk distance. With a small but well-equipped kitchen, which allows you to make a dinner by yourself. Cons: Very thin wall, as you can even hear people snoring from the other side of wall. Small double bed, even for two Asian girls(private room), and room amenities are very limited,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

We stopped here to connect our backpacking trip and ended up in Lugano after the Bernina Express. Let's just say it's the best value and absolute hidden gem. The staff are friendly and helpful. The place is very very nice from the outside and a mere 5min walk from the train station. The rooms (big dorm) are spacious considering how... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

I made a reservation by phone the morning of the day I was to arrive. I was told I had a room and was given a confirmation. I selected the place based on a Rick Steves recommendation. When I arrived, I was told they did not have a room but would put me up in their sister property next door.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Great hotel, very short distance from the train station and great connections. Possible to walk to the centre and also by public transports. Lovely view to the city of Lugano. Great staff, clean rooms and very comfortable. Totally recommend.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

This is a nice hostel, a some fifteen minutes from the city centre, near the station. To the centre is going down a bit, so back to the hostel is going up, remeber before drinking too much wine. It's in a nice building, and everything is very Swiss and decent, except for the bunkbed i slept in, because that was... More 

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