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Hotel International au Lac
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Via Nassa 68 | Piazza Luini, Lugano 6901, Switzerland   |  
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Hobart, Australia
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53 hotel reviews
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60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
“Gently Fading Glamour in Fab Location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We stayed in an unrenovated balcony room, and it was very pleasant. Excellent lakeside location, amazing private garden and pool, friendly staff, complete breakfast buffet with lavish artisan cheese each morning, good WIFI. Good quality beds, pillows and linen.
Needs a minibar/fridge, and coffee machine/kettle, and hopefully renovated rooms have better showers, but overall impression was excellent.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 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
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We made an unplanned stop in Lugano and this hotel was a great choice. The staff were very welcoming and happy to show us the available rooms. We were happy with the room and the services and would stay here again. The bar is a particularly nice spot to enjoy a drink.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Great Hotel, and great people who works there. All of them help me when I needed it. Very clean and silent...maybe a little bit expensive but this is Switzerland...all is expensive. Normal price for the country. Location perfect, just in front the lake with a lot of shops and coffee close to the hotel. Very nice.

  • Stayed June 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

We love to stay at Hotel International au Lac on our way to and from Italy. The hotel is conveniently situated close to the designer shops of Lugano and secure, private car parking is available. The rooms are beautifully furnished, the beds are equipped with the finest quality linen and the bathrooms are spacious. Breakfast is excellent and all the staff are friendly and obliging. Dinner is served at 7.00pm and as we prefer to eat earlier, we always eat out. We look forward to staying again in September!

Room Tip: Try to book a room with a lake view.
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  • Stayed June 2014, 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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Tennessee
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

The hotel is 105 years old, established by the current owner's grandfather, and the charmingly old-fashioned decor is perfect for such a building. Our room was one with a lake view, modernized, and the bathroom was not poky at all. There was a great rain shower in addition to the hand-held one, and lots of storage and marble and glass. I am particular about my "amenities" and always take my own, so a lack doesn't matter at all. The wait staff in the restaurant and bar are true professionals. The breakfast was lavish, and not the same each morning.

The garage is a treat, with a car elevator that rides you to the upper floor if the lower one is full. We had a hard time finding the street entrance, even though we could see the hotel from the lakefront street. There is construction in front of the Santa Maria church next door (DO NOT miss the church) and the turn through the fence is all but invisible the first time. The city has not allowed the hotel to put up a helpful sign, which is a shame.

We investigated the lovely terrace and pool, but we did not use them. A real oasis in the city. All in all, the Internationale is a convenient place to stay, and all the staff make one feel right at home.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
    • 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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Melbourne, Australia
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Overall is a pretty nice place - located right on the lake, and in the middle of the tourist area. The place is a little out-dated, but in a charming kind of way. The brekky is great - more than enough to fill you up - and all of the staff in the bar and restaurant were lovely.

The rooms are nice, though the bathrooms are really pokey and hardly any toiletries. Also, the shower is handheld. And no exhaust fan in there so it gets really steamy.

The wifi in the common areas was good, and quick, but didnt reach to our room at the end of the corridor, so we had to sit outside the room in the hallway to use the wifi, which is not airconditioned and was stuffy (and also you feel a bit strange sitting out there...)

Overall, was not perfect, but I would maybe stay there if ever in Lugano again, mainly for the nice staff and the sort of dated charm of the place - feels a bit like the 1960s with the faded pool chairs, giant chess board and games room.

Room Tip: Make sure you get a room where the wifi works!!
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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RobertoSchmid, Owner at Hotel International au Lac, responded to this review, June 12, 2014
Dear kathdot,
Thank you for posting this review and for letting us know how you feel about your stay with us.

The Hotel International au Lac was opened in 1906 and belongs today to Lugano’s historical buildings. Constant renovation works and up-grades (the last in 2013 extending on 2 floors) made every room unique. Shape, decor and layout varies from one room to the other. We put great effort in keeping the traditional feel in our property by choosing noble materials and a classical design.

We sincerely regret your inconvenience regarding the limited access to our free WiFi Internet service. We had a week-end plus 2 working days where the system was partially malfunctioning due to a missed update. I can assure you that our supplier was working hard to solve the matter swiftly. Unfortunately, unlike for our core hotel services, for WiFi we rely on external contactors.

Thank you for choosing our hotel for your recent stay and we are looking forward to welcoming you soon again.

Roberto Schmid
Hotel International au Lac, Lugano * * *s
Fam. Giulio Schmid, propr. dir.
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London, United Kingdom
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

At the end of the main pedestrianised shopping street, next to Santa Maria degli Angeli and overlooking the lake: what more could you ask for? The staff were without exception excellent, but the guys in the breakfast room have to be especially praised. I wish some of the managers of swish five star hotels could visit to see what professional service really looks like: relaxed, unstuffy, charming. The terrace was a treat, our room delightful: I know everyone says 'we'll be back', but we really mean it!

Room Tip: The superior doubles overlooking the lake are fantastic.
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  • Stayed May 2014, 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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Address: Via Nassa 68 | Piazza Luini, Lugano 6901, Switzerland
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Location: Switzerland > Swiss Alps > Canton of Ticino > Lugano
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 Romantic Hotel in Lugano
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel International au Lac 3.5*
Number of rooms: 80
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Prime location in the old-town quarter and shopping district of the city centre and on the lake-promenade.Historical Downtown Hotel with extended facilities such as private garage parking, garden with swimming-pool and WiFi Internet. ... more   less 
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