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“Hidden gem on Lake Lugano” 5 of 5 stars
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Art Deco Hotel Dellago
Lungolago Motta 9, Melide 6815, Switzerland   |  
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Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Melide
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“Hidden gem on Lake Lugano”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2010

We booked for 6 nights but ended up staying for 7. Booking online a week before they only had the smaller rooms available, the 12sqm streetside 'Sugar & Sweet' (http://www.hotel-dellago.ch/E/sugarsweetE.html) was lovely, pink & cosy for the first 6 days. The lake view 'Art & Deco' room (http://www.hotel-dellago.ch/E/artdecoE.html) perfect for our last night. They have reduced rates for 6+ day stays.

Actually, we realised that we'd never have left the hotel if we had one of the lake view rooms - so, a blessing in disguise, perhaps!

There's a wonderful, fresh, expansive breakfast buffet every morning on the deck overlooking the lake. And if you do end up hanging out at the hotel during the day, the decks are closed off just for hotel guests where drinks and snacks are freely available.

At night the bar and lounge area on the lake is a perfect way to end your day, music, great cocktails and our favourite "one-stick" snacks. Friendly barman Stefano made us wonderful drinks on the one night of good weather we enjoyed - they don't open if it's raining, but you can still sit on the covered upper restaurant deck if it's closed.

The Dellago is great value too - after you've been around Lugano for a few days, you realise that it's not a cheap place, most meals for 2 will come to at least CHF50. So, if you factor in having breakfast included, a free minibar (no alcohol, but bubbly water, coke, red bull, tonic, bitter lemon) and a coffee machine in your room when looking at the Dellago's rates - there's at least CHF50/day of value right there. You get all the usual stuff: internet, tv, dvd, hifi, ipod hookup, computer/printer in the lobby.

Dellago is in Melide, which is about 10 minutes drive from central Lugano, so we did rent a Smart Car on our first morning from Sixt (CHF350/wk). There are plenty of trains and buses, but to give you flexibility of getting around it's probably a good idea. Plus there's free parking at the hotel. We managed to squeeze in 900km of driving around, including Lake Como and Interlaken during our 7 day stay.

We didn't eat a full meal at Dellago's restaurant in the evening, but it was busy most nights. This was perhaps the only reservation I had about Dellago, the menu reads a little too complex/fusion for the surrounds. We had drinks and snacks one night where the 'Deep Fried Asian Delight' included guacamole(?!). Having said that, you can't fault the venue for it's views, staff and atmosphere.

All the staff (Karin, Barbara, Nancy, our 'Indian' and the rest) are amazing. The hotel is small but perfectly formed. Not much more to say, it was one of the nicest and relaxing stays we've had. Highly recommended.

Oh, don't forget to visit Alessandro at Osteria Penel for the best meal in town http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g188095-d806387-Reviews-Osteria_Penel-Lugano_Ticino_Swiss_Alps.html -- great value too, dinner for 2 with wine (and multiple desserts) for CHF100.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Lugano, Switzerland
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2010

It' my usual piece of dream in reality. I usually go at the restaurant once a week not only to enjoy the food but to recharge my batterie !!

Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
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luzern
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2009

would go there again. nice rooms, near the lake. not too expensive.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2009

travel sites should warn you that this hotel is not in Lugano and has NO AIR CONDITIONING in the hottest month of the year.
It is not a boutique hotel, it is just a small hotel. The only good thing is the breakfast and the staff. the hotel is terrible.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2009

Fantastic location and relaxing atmosphere ! Good food with ethnic twist !

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Stuttgart
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2009

It's way too pricy for what it has to offer: the rooms are small; the bathroom is tiny; the bed was really uncomfortable because the mattress was worn through; the bed was rediculously placed on a raised platform with only a slither of space to spare on three sides before it takes the plunge to the main floor, (I leave it up to you imagination why this is an important aspect); it's located on the main street of Melide village, which has considerable traffic (admittely, we had a room facing the lake, which was nice, but could still hear the road); it's located about a 20 minute drive from Lugano; on both mornings we thought we were in Alfred Hitchcock's film The Birds when we were having our breakfast.

Despite all of the above, I have to compliment the staff. They are very friendly and well informed. You feel taken care of. Regardless if you stay there or not, you should definitely try their restaurant and bar. The food is very good and the location of the bar is chilled.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Faellanden
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2009

Small art deco Hotel, right at the lake side, phantastic cuisine (a dream for seafood lovers :-) ), great rooms (each one completely different, greatly decorated) super friendly and service and very nice lounge bar right by the lake.

Free of charge wireless internet in every room as well as on

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Art Deco Hotel Dellago

Address: Lungolago Motta 9, Melide 6815, Switzerland
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Location: Switzerland > Swiss Alps > Canton of Ticino > Melide
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Melide
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Dellago was built as a small family hotel around 1907 and has since seen many concepts & transformations, but it has never been completely restructurated: this place has style and patina.as a holiday hotel, there is not enough space, as a design hotel we are much too improvised and for families we are far from being suitable, but for a relaxing city escape in jeans and chucks it's absolutely gorgeous. 21 simple or stylish, basic and luxurious, tiny and huge but always surprising rooms, an excellent fish and seafood restaurant, cool sound, wacky people and a lake lounge where your feet sometimes literally get wet are all perfect reasons to forget about the daily hassle for a couple of precious moments. ... more   less 
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