It had been exactly a year since our last stay. We'd run the 30K Stralugano road run in 2011 and had stayed at this hotel. we had been happy and satisfied with what we got for the money, and so we decided to stay at this place again when we came back for the 2012 edition of the Stralugano. This time we were going to stay for two nights. The experience was more or less the same we had last time. The staff were all helpful, friendly, polite and accommodating. There's not a single thing I could say against any of the staff members I met at front desk, the bar or the dining area, all impeccable behavior.
The room, 516, to the backside this time, also with a balcony, was small again - guess they all are. However, it had been totally renovated recently. All was new: the large closet, the bed, the wall paint ... well, maybe not the really small TV set, but it worked perfectly well and provided many channels. The bathroom, too, was totally new. Everything was spotless clean and worked. There was also a small table (with the TV on it) and two chairs, but not much space in between the furniture - but we came here to be out and about, not to hike our hotel room.
The breakfast/dining room is large. It's very bright but not very cheerful, a bit canteen-like. The buffet was okay, different types of bread, toast, cake; different types of flakes/cereal, cold cuts, cheese, on Sunday also eggs. For CHF 120 per night (for two - with breakfast) in Switzerland and at such a tourist location, this was really good value - for Switzerland.
At night it was very quiet. Even though the lake shore road is only two blocks away, we heard no traffic. And this time it was also very quiet inside the hotel during the night (last time a bunch of vociferous Italians had had themselves a door slamming derby in the middle of the night).
If we go back to Lugano, we'll stay there again.
There's also an indoor swimming pool on the premises, but we didn't use it.
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