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Ramada Hotel Arcadia
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Lungolago Giuseppe Motta, Locarno 6600, Switzerland   |  
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Ranked #13 of 31 Hotels in Locarno
Lucerne, Switzerland
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Magic Lago Maggiore”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2012

Would have been 4 star in its day - but definitely 3 star plus today. Management, reception and wait staff all very friendly and multilingual. Breakfast buffet was huge, and included in our room rate. Our first floor room turned out to be self catering. Although devoid of cutlery and appliances, there was plenty of crockery and glassware, plus a fridge and two electric hot plates. Located at the rear of the hotel, our balcony looked out over a very leafy and quite street. Our spacious room was divided into kitchenette, bathroom, bedroom and lounge/dining area - more than adequate for our 4 day stay. From our observation, the rooms at the front of the hotel (overlooking the lake) are grander. A seven minute walk from the train station, close to ferries and restaurants, on the lake edge and away from town centre noise - suited me beautifully.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 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
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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60 hotel reviews
Reviews in 56 cities Reviews in 56 cities
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2011

I would like to know who is responsible for giving this rating as it is both undeserving and very misleading.I almost laughed when I walked into our 330 CHF per night room (price didn't include parking, breakfast or internet access). The only good thing I can say about it was that it was a good size and had a nice view. The decor was like stepping back in time to the 70's. It hadn't been tastefully refurbished in a 70's style it actually looks like it hasn't been decorated since then. The furniture and carpets looked extremely dated and grubby. This hotel has not been upgraded in many, many years. It even had an avocado bathroom suite!!! I was glad we had only booked one night as we definitely would not have stayed another night. I guess you're paying for being located right on the waterfront! The balcony had almost no privacy at all with only semi-opaque perplex glass dividing each balcony. The glass did not even cover the full breadth of the balcony so you could easily see through to adjacent balconies. I have stayed in 2 Star accommodation with a higher standard of furnishing, linen, toiletries etc. Just because a hotel has a pool and a restaurant should not justify it receiving a higher star rating. If you have 330 CHF per night to spend on a room you could easily find a better alternative in Locarno. I'm still in disbelief that it has a 4 Star rating, I would struggle to rate it a 2 Star. If this was the only hotel available in Locarno I still wouldn't stay here.

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Winterthur, Switzerland
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13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2011

Professional reception. Underground parking for cars and bikes. Clean suites and bathrooms with enough space and spacious balcony with lake view. Swimming pool and fitness possibilities included. Professional and friendly roomservice and, a grand breakfast buffet with relaxing atmosphere on the sunny terrace. And everything a few minutes walk to heart of Locarno.

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2011

We chose the Ramada Arcadia because we wanted a lake view balcony, and we couldn't have been happier; a massive terrace on the 5th (top) floor with a stunning view over the lake, the mountains and the town.

The lake view rooms are booked as a special booking category, 40 francs more expensive than normal rooms at the back. Actually they are not "rooms" but one bedroom timeshare apartments that are rented as hotel rooms when the normal guests are not there. So they are huge, with a large bedroom & a large kitchen/living room area, and glass doors from both out to the large balcony/terrace (with a table and chairs).

The décor is as others have mentioned quite dated. Our bed was comfortable and the room was clean, but both the bathroom and the living room furniture looked very 70's/80's.

The kitchen area had cupboards with plates and glasses etc, but I understood from the receptionist that the actual cooking stove can only be used by the permanent time share owners (not by hotel guests), so ask about this if you want to cook.

The hotel location is fantastic in the town center and right on the water front (but with a road in between). There is a small swimming pool and a play area for kids in the hotel garden and it does look perfect for families with kids. We didn't try the swimming pool but enjoyed our lake view from the 5th floor (even on the 2nd/3rd floor the views would be pretty nice).

Breakfast is expensive; it's CHF 25 for the full buffet and the same price if you prefer continental breakfast in the room. We opted for the latter and enjoyed breakfast in the sun with a spectacular lake view. Room service brought a second pot of coffee for free so overall it was a nice experience!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Zurich, Switzerland
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42 hotel reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2010

The hotel is one of the few in Switzerland offering apartment like rooms for families and does not follow the general thinking that children sleep best in the parent's room. Unfortunately, the 2 room apartment we had was quite dated, and the 20 century type air conditioning was only available in the master bedroom, not very comfortable for the children sleeping in the other room in a south facing room. The equipment of the rooms was, although not modern, fine and the rooms were large. The plus is the big terrace, facing Laggio Magiore. Very nice!

Otherwise the hotel faces on all sides towards roads that are well used. So, even if it cooler outside, leaving the windows open is not an option.

The pool is rather small, and becomes soon crowded.

Breakfast is charged at an outrageous extra (25 CHF/person) compared to a full 3-course lunch including water and coffee served at 19 CHF/person. There is a minimal option consisting of coffee and crossaint&bread for 9 CHF which nobody except we took.

The hotel is well placed in the city (in walking distance to all attractions (including Moon&Stars). However, we would recommend to avoid the hotel in hot summer days, because simply sleeping is not possible on warm nights. Also beware that the parking situation in the garage is very peculiar and requires experienced drivers (small slots and lifts to accommodate 2 cars per lot)

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Zurich, Switzerland
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140 reviews 140 reviews
61 hotel reviews
Reviews in 57 cities Reviews in 57 cities
129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2010

Talk about kid freindly, this hotel caters on every angle. They have a dedicated kinder centre on level 1 for Children with two large rooms dedicated to fun.

We stayed with our 2.5 yr old and 8 week old baby, and stayed in a 80sm apartment style room with a small kitchette. A spacious living room and dining table and huge balcony (Accessable from the bedroom and living area) overlooking Lake Maggiorre.

The restaurant offered a half board option that was value for money with Breakfast and dinner, and enable the hasle free aspect of not having to find a restaurant to eat in that allowed chilren to be themselves. The staff were friendly from the reception, to the wait staff in the restaurant and the housekeeper was always greeting us with a smile.

The only downside is the decor, which is a throwback from the 70s in mustard yellow lounge and brown 70s dining table and chairs, but very comfortable for its age without any sag. I understand that this is due for a makeover this year, so this should lift it to the 2010 era.

At 350 chf a night, its a bit on the high side, but given the room size, meals and location, it is good value, and we would definately stay there again.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Lungolago Giuseppe Motta, Locarno 6600, Switzerland
Location: Switzerland > Swiss Alps > Canton of Ticino > Lake Maggiore > Locarno
Amenities:
Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 Luxury Hotel in Locarno
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Ramada Hotel Arcadia 4*
Number of rooms: 90
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our RAMADA Hotel Arcadia Locarno is located right on the promenade of Lake Maggiore and is just 0.5 km from the centre of Locarno and the famous Piazza Grande. Experience Locarno's many cultural, scenic and historical charms and enjoy the region's unrivalled Mediterranean climate. Locarno is considered to be the warmest place in Switzerland. The hotel offers a total of 90 rooms, which are available as one-room and two-room apartments and equipped with individually controlled air conditioning as well as a balcony or terrace. During the high season, we offer childcare, a playground, a video corner, a games and soft-play room and our pool in the garden, which is great fun in summer. Enjoy our hotel as an ideal base for your holiday plans, whether they involve hiking, climbing or e-biking. You might plan to visit highlights such as the Moon and Stars festival or the jazz festival, make an excursion to Ascona or just visit Locarno's Old Town. ... more   less 
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