We travelled by train from Lake Como to Lake Lugano, then got the funicular down to the hotel from the train station. The hotel is a few metres from where it stops, so there was no problem lugging our baggage around. Check in was prompt and trouble free. The size of our room was fine with two large windows and all the usual amenities you would expect from a four star.
We had spent a busy two weeks in Italy so it was great to just wander about the towns pedestrian zone. There are plenty of restaurants and bars within strolling distance of the hotel. The weather was very pleasant and it was lovely to walk to the nearby park and just sit overlooking the lake and watch the world go by... The shopping is great (for those with a gold card!!), we spent many an hour window shopping between meals. I'm sure there is plenty to do in the town and on the lake, but it is also a perfect place to do nothing... For the brave you can take on one of the locals in chess on one of those big chess boards that are dotted around the town!!
The breakfast is a sight to behold. The best I have ever experienced in Europe. I recommend to give it at least an hour of your morning to fully appreciate it all!! (Ohh melted white chocolate for breakfast....)
The staff in general were friendly. They told us how best to get back to Milan Melpansa (private bus is the most direct - taking about 1.5 hours) and booked it for us with the bus company. There is also a few computers in the lobby that guests have access to.
We did enjoy the complimentary evening snacks also.
It was all very enjoyable and relaxing.
To nit pick: No view of the lake, no swimming pool on site (although you can use a pool close by).
It should be illegal to just leave sweets on the counter like they do, just begging to be eaten each time you pass!
Overall a very pleasant and relaxing experience. Thank You.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Lugano Dante Center is located in the heart of Lugano within the city's financial and business district, in a fascinating pedestrian area rich in history, shops and urban lifestyle! Only 1 minute by funicular from main train station and 200 m from Lake Lugano. The hotel services include 83 rooms, an underground parking space, meeting rooms and more. ... more less
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