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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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Navi Mumbai, India
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Good hotel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

We were here only for a night and we had a pleasant stay. The lake is just opposite and the location is awesome. The breakfast was good and the staff over there were helpful. It has a terrace garden . Overall a good experience.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 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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Bristol, United Kingdom
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124 reviews 124 reviews
51 hotel reviews
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79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

This hotel is opposite Lake Lugano over a main road. This can be a bit noisy with windows open but it did not disturb us. Boat trips on the lake are just over the road and are nice to do. If you do the afternoon trip to Porlezza where you can step off for a coffee or a lovely ice cream bear in mind this town is not Swiss it is Italian therefore uses euros. From the hotel towards the town end there is an amazing shopping area and it is not very far away, we drove but I am sure there is a bus, it can only be a few stops. Limited car parking outside hotel with a charge, we always found a space. If you do not want to eat in the hotel there are a few restuarants just a few minutes walk away. There is a swimming pool at the rear of the building but it was far too cold to swim in during August!

The room we had was a superior room with Lake view. Although the balcony was on the side of the hotel we could see the lake, we also had a window on the front of the hotel looking straight out onto the lake. The room was large with a small bathroom which was the cleanest bathroom I have ever had in a hotel.

All the staff were cheerful and helpful. The breakfast room was in a conservatory type room added to the side of the hotel. It was not particularly a nice room but the breakfast was ok, nothing special. We never ate dinner at the hotel as there was a good restaurant, near by so I don't know if dining was in the same room as the breakfast room. For nice food turn right out of the hotel, cross a busy corner road but do not turn right, and a very short walk away, opposite a bank that is on the corner, is a very nice restuarant. Do give it a try it is better than the one actually on the main road.

All in all a nice two night stay.

Room Tip: Rooms at the front overlooking the lake are the best.
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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

The hotel takes you back to an era of European travellers - from the initial welcome to the helpful staff at dinner, breakfast and in the bar, comfortable beds and a lovely pool in the terraced gardens. Only minutes from the lake, in all a beautiful stay.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bern, Switzerland
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

This Hotel makes you feel the best moments of the past but in a very clean and modern comfort and popped with a very great attention and hospitality. The location next to the lake and the superb hidden garden with a very nice pool is a gem among real traditional Hotels. One just need to relax in the readingroom with a charming bar or to visit the small museum with the history of the Hotel to feel, that this house has a very real tradition and is not one of the many Hotels pretending to have a history but in reality is just artificial. We also very appreciated the Buffet-Breakfast, great value overall!

Room Tip: we booked an interior room for maximum silence but were upgraded to a lakeview room slightly hidden...
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Harpenden, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Well located, about a ten-minute lake-side walk from the city centre, this was ideal for our one-night visit. Arriving on a hot late-afternoon, we were able to cool off in the delightful swimming pool within minutes of arrival. As the dining room doesn't have any view, we opted to stroll and eat elsewhere (more expensively!), and for a bit of people-watching; but the breakfast offered a good buffet. What I really enjoyed was the sense of history, as I think the hotel has been owned by the same family since it opened in the early 1900s. There is a room full of artefacts (old phones, original china, pieces of furniture, and many photos, showing its location (without being surrounded by the shops of today), previous owners and staff, room lay-out and furniture, and its turn of the last century feel. This is a hotel that should never have too much modernisation imposed on it - it's simply a classic!

Room Tip: Lakeside view rooms are probably more expensive, but if you want easy convenient use of the pool, as...
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Antwerp, Belgium
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

An old building, in the center of Lugano, showing its age.....
Very convenient underground parking.
Very helpful and polite staff.
Breakfast was good, but could be improved.
According to a friend, living in Lugano, not the best choise!

Room Tip: There are 3 different priced rooms - try to avpoid the 'cheap'
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Geneva, Switzerland
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57 reviews 57 reviews
55 hotel reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Great location for a reasonable price.

The staff are extremely friendly and helpful.

The room are very basic, however do try to get a room over looking the lake as makes up with the lack of luxury in the room. There is a nice garden space behind the hotel for enjoying the sun.

Breakfast is a huge buffet and great value.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 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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