The "Battello" must have been an exciting place to be some 30 or 40 years ago. It has the air of the 70s, when holiday making in the Ticino was at a peak. Since then times have changed, but this hotel seems to have remained in those times. And this is visible all over the place - especially inside.
The interior looks dated, especially the gangways and stairs. The rooms are a bit more up to date. But not much. It's clean, everything's there, but everything looks and feels the age. I wasn't too fond of the bed. It felt hard, rather uncomfortable. Everything else works, but some refurbishment and even some minor repairs could do wonders.
Most (all?) of the rooms have balconies with a spectacular view. This is one of the great assets of this place. Truly a great view. But there's another "but". The balcony windows are the original ones from way back then, there's not a lot of insulation. And having a well used street in front of the hotel you get the feeling of standing right in the middle of it - also during the night. It's noisy.
On other side of the street you find a private terrace and even a separate small private terrace for sunbathing and swimming. You're directly on the lake - another great asset.
Finally, a truly positive aspect are the friendly owner and staff. Upon check-in you're feeling welcome, also at breakfast. Breakfast is sumptuous and everything is there on the buffet.
The prices for bed and breakfast are moderate for Switzerland and the Lugano region, but still high in comparison to other countries.
Stay here, if you are into uncomplicated accommodations. The fact that I only give three instead of four points is the all in all rather shabby looking and feeling interior. Again, with a bit of work, you could turn the "Battello" in a nice and cosy yacht.
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