This is a new hotel in Lugano, which means that facilities are modern and clean. The room is quite spacious for the european standards, clean and organized. The bed is comfortable and they did provide a crib to your baby and we requested online when reservation was made.
We spent the New Years' Eve in Novotel Lugano and we had the impression that the staff was enough trained. We were informed that the breakfast would finish at 11:00 at the time we arrived, but for 2 days we had to eat just remaining of what was supposed to be a breakfast at 10:30. In our last day, we went for our breakfast at 10:45 and there was nothing there!!!! Unfortunately, only in our last day we found out that breakfast closed at 10:30, and not at 11:00 - reason why we only had "left overs"....
Also, we were looking for something interesting to do in the city - like a bar, a nice restaurant with a view, etc, but they were unable to help us with reservations or recommendations (they even mentioned to us that there was a Christmas Market in the city center). Exception made for one night that the receptionist recommended us one restaurant and said it would be ok for us to go walking. OMG!! The restaurant was on the top of a hill and by that time I was 5 months pregnant and our 1 yo kid was with us in her stroller!!! When we finally reached the restaurant it looked like we had run a marathon!!! A little bit of sense was needed.
Despite of that, as already mentioned, the hotel is new, clean and modern. It is very well located - 2 minutes walk to the promenade and 20 minutes to the city center. We hired a car in Zurich and the parking, although expensive, was very spacious. There is a very nice swimming pool.