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“Convenient For The Railway Station” 4 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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Peterborough
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161 reviews
76 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
“Convenient For The Railway Station”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

We stayed just two nights in Lugano and were looking for somewhere to stay that was both inexpensive and in a convenient location. The Hotel Montarina isn’t particularly cheap but, this being Switzerland, it costs less than most other places we looked into in Lugano.

Rooms are provided in two buildings. We stayed in the building housing the comfort rooms which have en-suite facilities. Our room was pretty basic but was adequate. Some of the rooms have balconies although ours didn’t and, if we returned, we’d try to book one of these.

The hotel has a nice pool area and we found staff to be friendly apart from when they were trying to push us to book the breakfast. Tina was particularly helpful and answered our questions both via the internet and in person.

The railway station is just a 5 minute walk from the hotel and there’s a small supermarket and a few other shops there. A large proportion of the other guests were quite young but they were sensible and there was no more noise than in many other places we have stayed.

Hotel Montarina isn’t a bad choice if you’re on a budget and can’t afford the more expensive hotels Lugano has to offer.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

Very nice staff in the hostel, they were friendly and helpful. The hostel itself is nicely situated above the city, so nice views and first of all it's close to the main Lugano train station. There's plenty of trees and plants around the hostel building, so you feel like in a jungle actually ;) The bathrooms were very clean. Very positive experience!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

This hotel is steps from the train station but is quiet and secluded. The grounds and the pool are beautiful. Our room had a stunning view. Well priced but don't get the breakfast included. It's way overpriced. There are plenty of places to eat in Lugano. Our room was comfortable but there is no elevator and there are three floors.
We saw lots of young people in the hostel. There were lots of bunk beds in each room but the rooms were large and clean.
Good hotel for the money and I would stay there again.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Gurgaon, India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

Good location - but walking up to the property with lot of luggage will be a sweaty hike. Beautiful property. Since there are lot of plants, trees etc you run the risk of mosquitoes entering your room if you leave the windows open. Only comfort rooms are with attached bath, albeit small. Fully equipped common kitchen. A nice swimming pool. A nice breakfast area.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

I stayed in Montarina Hostel for many times over the years and this place has the best value for money for young backpackers.
You can use the kitchen to save money since the restaurants in Lugano are quite expensive. There's a wonderful terrasse where you can sit and relax. There's a table tennis table, a big swimming pool you can use and nice sunbeds. It's situated next to the train station which is not quite in the town but you can reach it within 10min. For the cheap accomondation, there's a dorm but they also provide nicer rooms for a bit more. Switzerland's hotel prices are enormous, especially in Lugano, therefore this place has by far the best value for money.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Zug, Switzerland
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21 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

The old villa areal is a very nice place. We booked a comfort room. The room is small but nice. If you look for a quite hotel the near train station and nightly trains might not be for you. But overall we slept better than expected.

It can be difficult to park your car. But you can be very creative and the hotel people are relaxed and very friendly.

Having breakfast outside is very nice (in our case one guy with a leaves blower was active during breakfast time). The breakfast is OK but nothing special.

There is a very nice pool, that seems to be shared with an other hotel. There is not much space but it's a good refresh.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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86 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

This is a good hostel at a good price for Lugano. Being a hostel one doesn't expect hotel privacy or ammenities but you'll be okay. The rooms are large- upto 20 or so in a room in bunk beds. The showers and toilets are clean and suitable. The grounds are beautiful and include an incredible swimming pool. Security Lockers on sight for your stuff. You must bring or use a sleeping bag with means a sheet sewn into a bag. they rent these for a small fee if you need one. The breakfast buffet was great. Lots of meats, cheeses, breads, yogurt, juice, coffee. The location is right behind the train station. While that is certainly convenient to many shops and restaurants, it is noisy. We heard train whistles through the night.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 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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