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“Astonishing view over Lugano and the lake.” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Colibri
Via Aldesago 91 | Aldesago, Lugano 6974, Switzerland   |  
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Ranked #25 of 41 Hotels in Lugano
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Astonishing view over Lugano and the lake.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013 via mobile

One of the best view over the area aroumd Lugano.
Clean rooms and friendly personal. Not a boutique hotel, but a romantic place remembering the 70ties.

I would just avoid the tartar for dinner, was expecting much better one and it is a bit overpriced at CHF 95 for 2.

Otherwise its one of the cosiest place to stay fot a prolonged Weekend in Lugano.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Boone, North Carolina
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58 reviews 58 reviews
34 hotel reviews
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2012

We love this hotel! Second time in 20 years and they have updated a lot of the rooms..so make sure to ask if otherwise...the views are spectacular! The restaurant is very good...it is a great place to hang out when in the Lugano area. We love to go to Morcote for lunch, then to the AlpRose Chocolate Factory and back to hotel for a glass of wine on the balcony and dinner at the hotel. It does have a pool which is rare in this area and a nice addition when travelling in the summer....Doesn't get any better than this!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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College Station, Texas
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265 helpful votes 265 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2012

As stated by many before, the views of of the lakes and Lugano are stunning (I had room 227). However, while the bathrooms have been recently remodeled, the rooms still sport rather old furniture with large floral patterns. Not my style at all, but clean. CHF 240 per night is not cheap, but then again, all hotels in Switzerland are a scam. Breakfast buffet was extensive for Swiss standards (again, with a view). Overall I can recommend this place to older travelers that like to relax and enjoy the view. It is fairly close to Bre sopra Lugano, an amazing little town with even better views. A pool is also available (across the street).

Note: A car is almost a must. Getting there by bus is not efficient.

Room Tip: Get a room with a view. Well worth it!
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Zurich
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2012

Three-star hotel, first class experience!
Friendly welcome and service, attention to detail, clean, well appointed rooms, superb food, and THE most amazing views across the Lake of Lugano and mountains.
We will return.

Room Tip: Rooms with balcony and view over the lake are well worth the extra cost.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Geneva, Switzerland
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2011

If you want to go back to the 70/80's at a clean, nice, hotel with a superb view then Colibri is your place.

Room Tip: All room are with view, but I would take corner rooms,
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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New England
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27 hotel reviews
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2011

Stunning location over the lake. Hotel was built in the 60s and has been perfectly maintained and upgraded only where needed. What a relief to stay in a family hotel which is neither part of a chain or modeled after the usual over-priced "boutique hotels".
Unique gem with fine restaurant and professional and helpful staff.
It is not absolutely necessary to own a car to stay there (good bus connections and one can ride the "funiculaire" during the day), unless one is intent on whatever night life Lugano may offer (we were very happy with the hotel restaurant menu and specials on 3 different nights).

  • Stayed April 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2010

As a travel writer I stay in a large number of hotels and my assessment of the Hotel Colibri posed unique dilemmas.

It has such a stupendous view over Lake Lugano and such friendly elderly owners one tends to forgive its other shortcomings that in any other hotel would be seriously negative. The view fortunately keeps you breathless on the balcony and away from the perfectly preserved time-warp 1970s accommodation and public rooms. Nothing has been upgraded (although everything well maintained and clean) to fit in with the more modern demands of an hotel at this price. Even telephones and reception switches in punishing heavy plastic are as they were when first installed - a real museum piece. A curious experience this.

The restaurant is stunningly located too but again the food very mediocre and amateur in style - a real disappointment when you consider the million-dollar potential of this site. Also as the hotel is so far above the town alternatives for the tired traveller do not readily beckon. It is a long and circuitous way to drive down to real Lugano cuisine.

In my travels I have encountered a number of hotels that rely on their fabulous location to distract you from the disappointing realities. Their sites were obtained relatively inexpensively forty years ago and not much in the way of modernisation has happened since. There is an excellent outdoor kidney-shaped swimming pool, again with sun loungers with overwhelming views. An island sporting a palm tree lies at the centre which means you can swim in a never ending circle of beneficial mountain exercise.

Overall I considered I was paying a premium for the view but what of that ? A melancholy mood assailed me in the face of this fabulous but unrealised potential.

Michael Moran

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Via Aldesago 91 | Aldesago, Lugano 6974, Switzerland
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Location: Switzerland > Swiss Alps > Canton of Ticino > Lugano
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #25 of 41 Hotels in Lugano
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 30
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