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“Best Location in Lugano” 4 of 5 stars
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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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Hoboken, New Jersey
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27 reviews 27 reviews
19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
“Best Location in Lugano”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

I was fortunate to have this hotel recommended by a friend who had travelled to Lugano before.
You can't beat the location and reasonable price. Rooms are fairly sparse but I wasn't there looking to lounge in my room.
They have a restaurant and bar inside, and it's an easy walk from the Funicolare.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • 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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Santa Barbara, California
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131 reviews 131 reviews
34 hotel reviews
Reviews in 51 cities Reviews in 51 cities
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

The hotel Is conveniently located on strip next to high end shopping districts with many room wart views, but a small hike to best restaurants. Typical European flair breakfast with good coffee. Our room was quite small so make sure you get all info on size. Staff very nice and pleasant compared to some of the restaurants here; Americans are fourth class citizens: 1) Swiss or Italian, 3) German, 4) USA

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Madrid, Spain
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148 reviews 148 reviews
39 hotel reviews
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

The reviews I read very very accurate.

The hotel is in a very good location.

Well kept, with a splendid breakfast!

Lugano is a wonderful city, but the traffic can be a huge headache. Be sure to arrive before 3pm.

Room Tip: I had a room which over looked the pool. Quite nice!
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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California
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13 hotel reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

This historic hotel is perfectly located in the central Lugano district, yet on the edge of the action - providing a most convenient yet quieter environment. And it is just across the street from the lakeside promenade.
The room was a comfortable size for two, as is the bathroom, but the latter a little awkwardly designed. (A small price to pay to include modern conveniences in an old building.) The beds are comfortable, though at a low level. We stayed in an economy room with all the usual amenities except a minibar. Our room even had a small balcony, and from there we had a view of Lake Lugano, and could almost touch the Santa Maria degli Angeli church next door.
The hotel is smaller than I thought, or appeared on line, but quite comfortable, and very clean.
The lobby is small and has a colder feel than the rest of the public areas. The lounge (on the 1st floor) as well as the breakfast room are elegantly decorated with the feel of a by-gone era - upholstered chairs, big windows, paintings, flowers and other small touches. There is an outside dining space in the rear, with step leading to the pool area. The foliage surrounds the area, providing privacy while dining or at the pool.
The breakfast is delightful. A buffet offering a nice variety of hot and cold fresh regional items, with the service staff bringing your customized coffee/tea, etc. to your table. To add to the pleasant atmosphere, the chairs are padded, tables have crisp, clean white tablecloths and music from the 30s/40s plays softly in the background.
In July, though the hotel was not having construction itself, the exterior was negatively affected by all the fencing and noise of the construction at the church and new construction next door. (Which I imagine will be going on through the summer.)
Note: The best way to get from the rail station to the hotel is the #4 bus (towards the city center). It drops you right across the street from the hotel (the funicular is blocks away.)

Room Tip: Try to get a room in the from or side by the church - so your balcony can have a view of the lake.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

We chose this on location and value for money as much as anything but were very taken by the old world feel and the friendliness of the staff. The hotel has been in the same family for several generations and they are very much in evidence. The decor is a little faded but the rooms are comfortable- the air conditioning is surprisingly effective. Recommended if you want somewhere with character and great views of the lake.

Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
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Bahamas
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94 reviews 94 reviews
22 hotel reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

This old hotel has kept up with today's tends without losing its character. The lake views are shared with an old disused funicular railway and church. The back has been renovated into a car park and dinning room. There is also a roof deck that leads to the pool terrace. The rooms are adequate and the bathroom is slightly larger than other hotels of this era. We had very pleasant stay.

Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
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Helsinki
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

We spent a night in this great old hotel full of memorabilia of its great history. Nice atmosphere, very reasonable price. You don't get the latest and greatest, let alone anything modern. Economy rooms are rather basic, and not very sound proof. Instead you move back in time to the days of less hectic travel and time to enjoy the hotel charm in the many lobbies, bar and restaurant. Perfect location by the lake, very friendly and attentive staff, very good value for money.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 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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