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“I won't get back there!” 2 of 5 stars
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Hotel Garni Battello
Via G. Motta 30, Melide 6815, Switzerland   |  
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Ranked #4 of 4 Hotels in Melide
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“I won't get back there!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2011

The hotel was filthy, the carpets had stains and holes, the bath wasn't clean.
Very noisy, because of the road just beside the hotel.
Breakfast was good, the view from the window - terrific!

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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schleec, Front Office Manager at Hotel Garni Battello, responded to this review, April 11, 2011
We're very sorry you didn't have a good time in our hotel. We're always trying our best to satisfy our customers. We got renovation work in 2008 and in 2011 to improve the best we can and we will continue to do our best as much as we can.
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Toronto, Canada
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2010

We stayed here for one night this past September (on our way to Sion) and the view was wonderful. Our room had french doors that opened onto a balcony with a beautiful view of the lake. We sat there with a glass of wine in the evening.
The room seemed recently renovated, clean and nicely decorated.
The breakfast was the usual pastries and coffee, but better than many we've had.
The owner and staff were great. Very helpful and friendly.
There isn't much in walking distance from the hotel, but we did find a small bakery, a couple more small shops, and a visitor's centre.
Our car was parked right out in front, so we had easy access to it, when we needed it.

The only downside to the hotel was the street below our balcony and the zooming cars. The sounds continued into the night, but we had our doors open (we loved the lake breeze), so it might not be so bad if there was glass between. Anyway, for me, it was worth it for the view.

Lugano isn't a far drive and we visited it (we parked in the cleanest underground parking lot we've ever seen, right by the lake), rented a peddle boat and walked around. It's a beautiful city, but I didn't miss staying right in the centre of town when I had a nice lake-view room (for less money) not too far away.

It would have been nice to stay at least another day.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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schleec, Front Office Manager at Hotel Garni Battello, responded to this review, April 11, 2011
Thank you very much for your very nice review and your beautiful pictures. We're are glad you had a great time in our Hotel. In 2008 we renovate the room you were staying, along with other 6. This year we got other 10 rooms renovated, we always try to improve ourself and our bulding. We hope to have the chance to meet you soon again. God bless you.
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2010

We visited the hotel in August 2010.....just as a stop over for 2 nights on our way from France to Prague. The hotel is located in Melide, the location is excellent if you want to explore Lugano region. The hotel itself, however, is very dated. The rooms are clean but rather dull....treat just as a place to sleep over. Good breakfast is offered. The lady owner is multilingual and helpful. The hotel certainly felt very overpriced. I would probably try to find soem other place next time.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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We're very sorry you didn't have the best time in our Hotel. We're a family running business and always trying to safisfy our customers as much as we can. This winter we renovated 10 rooms, we try to improve and get better every year.
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2009

We stayed at this Hotel for only one night, but wish we could have stayed longer. It is more on the lines of serving only bed and breakfast, but the location is outstanding and the breakfast is really good. I am a Coeliac (no gluten in the form of wheat, oats, etc) and the family Borestyn looked after me really well and were happy to toast my gluten free bread, also directed us to a brilliant nearby restaurant with a fabulous chef who cooked me a delicious special meal.
We found the family run hotel to be clean and comfortable, with a stunning location.
Melide is only two stops from Lugano on the train - it is also the home of the Swiss Minataur (minature switzerland), a great fun place to visit for all ages.
We walked from the Melide station to the hotel - bit of a walk but on the flat. Without suitcases there is a stunning walk along the lake. Hotel has parking if you have a car, and also wonderful waterfront location. Wish we had brought our bathers!! We had a waterfront room for ourselves and teenage son, but when we come back (as we really want to!) we would book our own room as the place is sooooo romantic!
Excellent place if you want more "local" experience, away from massive crowds and at an excellent price to be on waterfront. Recommended if you have dietry needs as the owner, Alice, is very accommodating and helpful. We left our luggage all day after check out, and the owner very kindly gave us a lift to station when we returned late afternoon. Fabulous nearby restaurants...ask the hotel owner for their recommendations.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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schleec, Front Office Manager at Hotel Garni Battello, responded to this review, April 11, 2011
What a wonderful review! We thank you very much for charing your experience. We coudn't be happier reading that you had a great time in our hotel. We always try to do our best to satify our customer wishes. We hope to meet you again soon. God bless you.
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Address: Via G. Motta 30, Melide 6815, Switzerland
Location: Switzerland > Swiss Alps > Canton of Ticino > Melide
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 4 Hotels in Melide
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 20
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