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“Great base for exploring Lugano” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Federale
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   via Paolo Regazzoni 8, Lugano 6900, Switzerland (Formerly Minotel)   |  
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Ranked #10 of 42 Hotels in Lugano
Certificate of Excellence
Brooklyn, New York
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18 reviews
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“Great base for exploring Lugano”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Hotel Federale is right down the hill from the train station and at the top of the hill which descends into Lugano's old city center. We stayed in early December of last year and found the staff extremely helpful and friendly with good recommendations for places to see and spots to eat.

Breakfast in the hotel is delicious - cheese, meats, hearty breads and pastries plus delicious dark roast coffee and more. We also had a convenient and delicious dinner in the hotel one night as well, but vegetarian options are slim.

Accommodations are nice, but not super luxurious - comfortable firm beds and spacious rooms. We splurged for the Superior Double room on the very top floor - the views were unbeatable and it was enjoyable to open up the balcony doors in the brisk winter air. Definitely recommend this hotel - a solid choice.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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RGalliker, Owner at Hotel Federale, responded to this review, August 31, 2014
Dear jillysp,
thank you very much for taking time in writing a review on Tripadvisor and especially for having stayed with us at our Hotel Federale in Lugano.
We hope we can welcome you again on your next trip to Lugano and remain,
with kindests regards
Roland Galliker & Team
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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

I arrived in Lugano in the late afternoon via train without a hotel. Just feet from the platform was a tourist stand eager to help me book a room. Within minutes she had booked a from just down the hillside on a quiet corner, balcony overlooking the center (an upgrade at no charge) on a Saturday night in a lakeside resort town. I was greater at the door by a charming young man, given tips of where to dine for good food, atmosphere and cost, then informed of the festival with street side live entertainment, all just a few minutes walk.
The Sunday rains were not a disappointment since the breakfast buffet was ample and the balcony view a delight. So much so, I stayed an extra night at the same reduced rate. The quality and attitude of the hotel staff - both the weekend and on Monday - were first rate. I so enjoyed this hotel while seeing Lugano. Thank you!

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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RGalliker, Owner at Hotel Federale, responded to this review, August 31, 2014
Dear Jana,
Thank you for having stayed at our Hotel Federale in Lugano and we are very pleased to hear that you have enjoyed your stay at our hotel and in our very beautiful city.
It was a pleasure having you as our guest and we look forward to welcoming you back on your next trip to Lugano.
Thank you also for taking time in writing a guest review on Tripadvisor.
With kindests regards
Roland Galliker & Team
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Basel, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We stayed here for one night as part of a walking package and found the hotel conveniently located by the station, yet in a very pleasant setting surrounded by colourful hydrangeas and in easy reach of restaurants and shops. The buffet breakfast was ample and varied with fresh fruit and even cherries. And to cap it all the friendly staff gave us a small jar of honey to take home!

Room Tip: 442 and 444 have balconies.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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RGalliker, Owner at Hotel Federale, responded to this review, August 31, 2014
Dear Lis S,
Thank you very much for having stayed with us at Hotel Federale in Lugano and thank you for taking time in writing a review of your experience.
We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay and would be more than pleased if we could welcome you again on your next trip to Lugano.
With kindests regards
Roland Galliker & Team
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Unfortunately we were on the noisy (railway) side of the hotel. Good size room and bathroom.
Conveniently located to the station as long as you don't follow google. Head downhill, it is in front of the station. Breakfast was lovely sitting on the terrace. Staff were pleasant and new how to make a hot cup of tea. Other hotels had not achieved this.

  • Stayed June 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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RGalliker, Owner at Hotel Federale, responded to this review, August 16, 2014
Dear Biglizard1,
thank you very much for having stayed in our Hotel Federale on your visit to Lugano and thank you for the time you dedicated us for writing a review on Tripadvisor
During summer months the hillside is a bit noisy because many activities and people go around until late and those rooms are the standard category. The problem goes away as soon as the weather gets cooler and people tend to stay inside.
We are happy to hear the you appreciate our service and we would be pleased to welcoming you back on your next trip to Lugano.
With kindests regards and many thanks for your time
Roland Galliker & team
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Chicago, Illinois
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

I'm not sure why some of the reviews are just average. My husband and I are from Chicago and we LOVED our stay! It's a lovely boutique hotel centrally located--but just enough in the background of the lovely Lugano center with shops, restaurants and ferry tours. The room was quite nice with spectacular views of the lake during the day and the lighted hillsides at night. The hotel staff was very welcoming and hospitable, and also helpful with any questions we had about sightseeing. And we also dined in the hotel restaurant--food was delicious. We absolutely enjoyed our stay in every way possible and cannot wait to return! We stumbled upon this hotel and Lugano itself when in town for a wedding and have decided that we love it enough to visit again and again in the future.

Room Tip: The lake view is stunning and refreshing! Book a room with a lake view if it is available!
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  • Stayed October 2013, 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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RGalliker, Owner at Hotel Federale, responded to this review, June 5, 2014
Dear Nancy B
Thank you very much for having stayed with us and for having taken time in writing a review.
We are pleased to hear that you and your husband enjoyed your stay in Lugano and our services.
We look forward to welcoming you back soon and remain,
Yours sincerely
Roland Galliker & Team
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

The hotel is very near to train station, less than 5 minutes walk. The staff is very friendly, she offer me a room on 6th floor, very spacious. Room is clean and have a very good view of the city. Highly recommended.

  • 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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RGalliker, Owner at Hotel Federale, responded to this review, June 5, 2014
Dear grace_szetokwHK,
Thank you very much for having stayed in our Hotel Federale on your stop in Lugano and for taking time in writing a review about your experience.
We are happy to hear that you have enjoyed your stay and look forward to welcoming you back in the future should you happen to pass by our region again.
With kindests regards
Roland Galliker & Team
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014 via mobile

Stayed here for one night on the way north and it turned out to be a good last minute find. Room was large enough to sleep three. Nice view of the city. A five minute walk down the hill will take you to the city center. Driving to the hotel is a little tricky but my GPS vectored me okay. Parking is limited.

Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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RGalliker, Owner at Hotel Federale, responded to this review, May 14, 2014
Dear 73F250
Thank you very much for having stayed at our Hotel Federale in Lugano in August and thank you for having taken the time to write a review.
We are happy to hear that you have enjoyed your stay with us, and we would like to inform you that we have just finished to equip some additional threebedded rooms with air-conditioning (although not all yet) to feel even better during warm and humid summer months.
Thank you again and we would be delighted to welcoming you back on your next visit to Lugano.
With kindests regards
Roland Galliker and team
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Additional Information about Hotel Federale

Address: via Paolo Regazzoni 8, Lugano 6900, Switzerland (Formerly Minotel)
Location: Switzerland > Swiss Alps > Canton of Ticino > Lugano
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 42 Hotels in Lugano
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Federale 3*
Number of rooms: 48
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Family run since 1923, near train station and bus terminal to Tirano, Milano, Bernina Express and Palm Express. Single, double, triple and four bedded rooms. Restaurant with terrace. Underground parking (for a fee). Free WiFi. In old city center of Lugano, but on a hill. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Minotel Hotel Federale
Minotel Hotel Lugano
Minotel Lugano
Lugano Minotel

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