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“Beautiful hotel and park” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Montarina & Backpackers Hostel
1.0 of 5 Hostel   |   Via Montarina 1, Lugano 6900, Switzerland   |  
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Prague, Czech Republic
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37 reviews 37 reviews
14 hotel reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Beautiful hotel and park”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

We booked hotel type room via hrs with private bathroom and after arrival were put to sister hotel Continental Parkhotel which is in the same location few meters away from Montarina reception - sharing together park and swimming pool.

Staff is very helpful and speeks perfect english. We could also see does from the nearby park from our room.

The location is very convenient - you can walk to the city centre in about 10-15minutes, or take funicular from train station to city centre. Train station is about 3min walking with a good connection to Switzerland and Agno airport.

We liked the most the huge park with palm trees and also free use of swimming pool. They also gave us discount coupons and map just after arrival. There is a "happy hour" in the bar cutting the prices to 50%.

The breakfast is little expensive (12 CHF), but the selection is HUGE - one of the best buffets we've ever tried so I would definitely recommend it.

  • Stayed September 2012, 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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San Francisco
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23 reviews 23 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

We stayed at the Montarina when we were in Lugano.

Extremely convenient location when travelling by train. About 7-10 minutes walking from Lugano Train Station. However be warned that there is a steep slope to climb. Something to keep in mind if travelling with heavy luggage.

We were in the Comfort Room which is air-conditioned and has an attached bathroom. The air-conditioner was much needed in the heat and humidity of Lugano! The room looked recently renovated - modern, clean and comfortable. There was a little balcony which overlooked the grounds and parking area. Very happy with our room.

There is a tiny kitchenette next to the reception area. It gets crowded in the evenings when everyone wants to prepare their meals. A bigger space would be appreciated if Montarina could manage it. The dining area was spacious and we had many interesting conversations with fellow travellers over breakfast and dinner!

The staff was VERY friendly and helpful. We had a problem using the washing machine and they had it attended to promptly.

The gardens have trees and plants which remind me of the tropics. Nice.

All in all, a pleasant stay and we would definitely recommend Montarina!

  • Stayed September 2012, 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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Toronto, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012

While the location, grounds and rooms are lovely, if you are unlucky enough to have a room adjacent the lobby, you will not sleep. Every sound in the lobby and from outdoors reverberates in the high ceilinged rooms. The staff are unfortunately not very sympathetic either. Earplugs are an absolute must, or this is a no-go.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Vancouver, Canada
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7 hotel reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012

Good value accommodation, 15-20 minute walk to central Lugano, and can take the funicular back up the hill. Large room with balconey, private bath. Very clean. Staff friendly. Free parking on-site (a huge bonus in Lugano). A bit noisey with the backpackers next door, but not at night. The train station is immediately in front of the hotel, but the noise didn't bother us at all. Use of all facilities available (kitchen, common eating area, pool).

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Ottawa, Canada
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8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012

My daughter and I booked a semi-private hostel room. What we got was a room with 2 single beds and a bunkbed - but they were all pushed together to make 1 3-bed base, with one upper bunk. The mattresses (and the bed frames) were terrible - sagged in the middle. The pillows were tiny. The hostel insisted on providing you (with a charge) with a sleepsack. Our room had a sink and AC. We were on the top floor of a building adjacent to the main building (no elevator). It was very quiet (many signs indicating there was absolute silence from 10 PM to 8 AM).No Internet (computer was down). Breakfast was average but quite costly (for our second breakfast we went to the small grocery store at the train station and bought fruit, croissants, yogurt and milk for a fraction of the 12 euros pp charged by the hostel). Tiny kitchen, dishwasher was broken. 2-3 shared fridges available, along with a stove, oven, crockery, etc. 1 washer and 1 dryer in basement bathroom of main building. Location is above the train station, so a hike downhill into town (take the funicular back up). Best thing about this hostel was the well maintained and attractive pool. Did not enjoy our stay in Lugano (where everything is CLOSED on Sundays).

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Shanghai, China
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2012

Location good and convenient - next to Lugano railway station. 5 minutes by walk.
The room for 2 persons are quite clean. Our room is on 3rd floor with a small balcony facing old town.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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82 reviews 82 reviews
25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2012

We stayed in this hotel after going on the Bernina Express and we were so happy! We stayed in the hotel portion in room 33. It was a beautiful room with a wonderful location on the top floor. We stayed one night and wish we had built in more time with this fantastic area! For 2 of us it cost 140 Sfr. but that included the fabulous breakfast in the hotel next door. It was great!
I totally recommend this place. We called and e-mailed back and forth to get the best room and rate. They were very nice in person and on e-mail. It really was worth it and I absolutely recommend staying here to see this beautiful location! It is a magnificent area.
www.montarina.ch
E-mail them at: info@montarina.ch

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  • Stayed October 2011, 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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Address: Via Montarina 1, Lugano 6900, Switzerland
Location: Switzerland > Swiss Alps > Canton of Ticino > Lugano
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 7 Specialty Lodging in Lugano
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:1 star — Hotel Montarina & Backpackers Hostel 1*
Number of rooms: 130
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