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Lugano Dante Center Swiss Quality Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Piazza Cioccaro 5, Lugano 6900, Switzerland   |  
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“Always a treat”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

The Lugano Dante hotel is one of the most accessible hotels in Lugano when travelling by train. Just a funicular ride down and you are a few meters away from the front door. The hotel is also positioned right in the center of Lugano, so walking to any of the sites, the lake, bus station or the old district is very easy.

The accommodation is fantastic and the staff very welcoming and helpful. The rooms are very clean and spacious. The breakfast is very special - a very large verity a very stylish. This is one of my most favorite hotels in the world. Will go back any day.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled on business
    • 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014 via mobile

Stayed there a week, my room was quite (very) small and old style. The beds were confortable, but the overall of the room was nearly reaching 4star hotel standards. The room had only one very little window facing a sort of internal "patio" if it can be called so. Service was good I have to say. Conviennent location, which must be one of the big advantage of the hotel. However the city of Lugano is small and you can easily stay "out" of the city center and be only away by less than 10 min walk from the center and having a wonderful view over the lake. I am now prevaling this last option when traveling to Lugano.

Stayed January 2014, traveled on business
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CarloFontana-GM, General Manager at Lugano Dante Center Swiss Quality Hotel, responded to this review, March 5, 2014
Dear Isaef,

thank you for reviewing us.

For all our readers it is important to say that our interior design, including the rooms, have a classic „old“ style though undergo continuous renovation work every year. We understand that our „look and feel“ may not meet every guest taste and for this reason we invite all our guests to have a look at the pictures on our website.

Regarding the room, we are a small family owned hotel, all the rooms are different and not standard like in chain hotels.

We wished you had reported your dissatisfaction with your room at the reception staff and we would have certainly shown you our upper categories. We offer five different room categories that vary in size, furniture, upholstery and free amenities and our staff would have helped you finding the perfect solution for a very small supplement.

We are so glad to read that you could appreciate the quality of our services and the central location in the very heart of the old city, only 1 minute away by funicular from the railyway station and 300 m. from the lake (we don’t have a lake view), which makes us the perfect base for business or leisure travellers.

Hope to welcome you back very soon.

Best regards,

Carlo Fontana, GM & Staff
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Hoboken, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

I am not one to write reviews, but I think that the Dante deserved it! I just completed a 2 week stay at the Dante for a business trip. I stayed in the newly renovated junior suite, which was amazing! Everything was new and clean and great views of the lake. It is near impossible to find a room in Europe with this size and quality. To be two weeks away from home, this room was comfortable and made the stay much easier. The location is right in the center of town. There is a shuttle that brings you right to the train station at the doorstep of the hotel, as well as several restaurants and shops. This hotel is very hospitable with 5 star service. Some of my coworkers had clothes ruined on the flight over, and the Dante had their clothes dry cleaned free of charge the same day as our arrival. I look forward to my next stay at the Dante and would highly recommend this hotel!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled on business
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

Another fantastic stay at Lugano Dante Hotel . We spent half of the year in hotels, normally 5 stars. But an experience that you make at Lugano Dante you cannot see in any top hotel of London, Moscow, Singapore, Shanghai or Zurich . I think in the sense of hospitality , genuine warmth, willingness to feel the client good Lugano Dante hotel has no equal.
When you are at Dante , it feels like being surrounded by your friends and relatives that are sooo happy to see you .
The reception, this time Valentina and Pietro, were superb, the ladies at the restoration are like aunties who want to be sure you get all the food you want and need even the guy who helps you with the luggage , Pietro, is just perfect , sooooo friendly .

I think it is worth to mention that Lugano Dante is also very generous towards its customers : you have in the lobby variety of teas, nespresso, water , the same you have in the rooms- all free of charge .

So it has all: the best location in the best city of the world, the hospitality that had no equal, impeccable service and generosity

Thank you Lugano Dante

  • Stayed February 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

Enjoyed one night at Hotel Dante in Lugano, welcome was friendly, room was a bit smallish but met all the needs I needed. Hotel is located right in the Centre of Lugano. Room was quiet, Bathroom all amenities provided and very clean. Breakfast was included in the Room and was great, while booking the room they recommend the breakfast and can fully support this, not the usual "Swiss" style continental breakfast, no this is a full breakfast.
will definitely use this Hotel again.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled on business
    • 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

Having read so many glowing reviews and received so many welcoming emails from the hotel, we were eagerly looking forward to our stay at the Lugano Dante Centre Hotel. Unfortunately, not as much effort is put into getting the small things right as there is in promoting the hotel.

Our room on the first floor was beautifully decorated, but was the smallest room of any 4 star hotel I have ever stayed at and much smaller than rooms of the 3 star hotels we had stayed at prior to our arrival in Lugano. What is more is that those hotels all had balconies with magnificent views, whereas this hotel had no balcony and no view. On the bed was a card welcoming us to the hotel and this was accompanied by 1 small individually wrapped chocolate of the type that comes in a box of chocolates. Having booked a double room for 2 people I thought this was rather strange. It was also strange that there was 1 bathrobe for us to share. While these are only trivial issues it shows a lack of thought by the management.

The room did not have tea/coffee facilities but free tea and coffee were supposedly available in the reception area. Having just arrived after a long train trip we decided to go down for a cup of tea. My wife prefers English Breakfast tea but this was not among the tea bags which were available, so she asked at the reception desk if she could have an English Breakfast tea bag. She was told that certainly she could but at a cost of 5 francs per tea bag.

Breakfast was a mixed bag. The scrambled eggs were the best we had on our whole 25 day trip but the only hot food to accompany them were bits of cut-up sausage. The tables were so close together that we were literally bumping elbows with the people next to us and we had to squeeze between the backs of our chairs and the backs of the chairs of the people at the tables behind us
to get to and from the food.

The hotel is conveniently located next to the funicular station and the reception staff were very friendly but I would not stay at this hotel if we return to Lugano (despite their offer of a 10% reduction for subsequent visits). A better option would be to stay at a hotel with a view of beautiful Lake Lugano. I noticed a hotel with balconies overlooking the lake (I think it was called Hotel Nassa) and I will be looking at staying at that one if we return.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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CarloFontana-GM, General Manager at Lugano Dante Center Swiss Quality Hotel, responded to this review, February 2, 2014
Dear Kilsherry,

We thank you for your feedback.

We are saddened to know that you were not fully satisfied with the quality of your stay.

We realize that when expectations run too high, because of other comments, it becomes more and more difficult to surprise and satisfy our beloved guests.

We are a small family owned hotel, rooms are all different and not standard like it may happen in chain hotels.

This means that you have five different room types to choose from – from Quality to Suite – which vary in size, interiors, amenities and for a small supplement you can book the room which better meets your needs and willingnes to pay. Our reservations department is always on hand to assist you making the right choice.

I noticed you booked a Quality room - the first category out of five available - and it’s useful to precise that tea/coffee facilities, as also clearly explained on our website, are only included in the upper categories.

Common to all room types instead are our “complimentary extras” such as: in room nonalcoholic minibar, free WiFi, free 24 hour Tea & Coffee corner in main lobby, "Good Morning News" sheets in 8 different languages and a nice antipasto “Happy hour buffet”, free with purchase of drink.

With regard to the free Tea & Coffee corner, it’s fair to say that we offer three differents types of tea bags and that the rate you mentioned of CHF. 5.-- is the cost for a complete tea served at our Bar and not for a tea bag.

We are honestly also very suprised to read that you were expecting rooms with „balconies and magnificent views“, as we are located in the very heart of the old pedestrian city and never advertised those features.

We apologise you were not totally satisfied with our buffer breakfast, which is included in all our room categories (except the room only product) and is considered by the vast majority of our guests to be one of our most appreciated services. We offer an array of food and beverage to our guests that come to us from all over the world and try all our best to cover all tastes.

We are glad you have appreciated our location and your Quality room to be beautifully decorated, comfortable and clean. And we are also grateful for your comments about our Staff being very helpful and friendly, who are always on hand to assist our guests in any way possible.

Hope you will give us a second chance to show you how important you are.

Carlo Fontana, GM & Staff
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014 via mobile

Our stay at this hotel was perfect from the arrival. The breakfast was one of the best we had in Switzerland. We will return to this hotel when visiting Lugano again and we highly recommend it to everyone.

Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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Address: Piazza Cioccaro 5, Lugano 6900, Switzerland
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Location: Switzerland > Swiss Alps > Ticino > Lugano
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 41 Hotels in Lugano
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Lugano Dante Center Swiss Quality Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 83
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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