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Calipso Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via delle Scuole 3 | Paradiso, Lugano 6900, Switzerland   |  
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Ranked #35 of 42 hotels in Lugano
Melbourne, Australia
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21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Great stay!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2012

We only stayed one night as we were driving through to Germany and this was the cheapest option we could find in Lugano, we were very pleased. Great clean rooms and lovely bathroom with shower and bath. Tv in your room and a little balcony oustide. Wifi seemed as though it was only usable in the lobby area but they have lots of tables and chairs so that wasn't a problem. There are 2 pools! One indoor and one out, they were a fantastic bonus. Parking wasn't free but they do offer a safe carpark for a fee of around 16 francs. We had a great stay here and would definitely choose this hotel again! Great location also

  • Stayed October 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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Florida, USA
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36 reviews 36 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

Stayed here for 1 night on my way to St Moritz. Hotel Calipso is a pretty good hotel for the money you paid ( the cheapest I could find in Lugano). The room & bathroom was fine, very small TV. The hallway smell pretty bad but that was just a small issue. If you want to save money and have a decent place to sleep, this is the perfect choice. Nothing wrong with this hotel. I would stay here again.

Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Wickenburg, Arizona
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61 hotel reviews
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424 helpful votes 424 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

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.

Room Tip: Rooms on the two small sides, the front and the back, have a balcony.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2012

We booked this hotel for a one night stay in Lugano and it was a nice experience. The hotel is close to the station, in a safe locality and very affordable. The rooms are neat and quite spacious. I would definitely stay here again if i visit Lugano.

Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2012

I liked the hotel a lot. It has a good location: 2-3 min to Lugano lake, 1 min to funiculare San Salvatore, 5 min to station. The personnel is charming.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 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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Camarillo, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2012

We booked this hotel at the last minute for a 3-day weekend in Lugano, after realizing that Lugano hotels can be quite pricey for mediocre accomodations.

Its clear that the hotel could use some renovations, but for a basic stay, it was everything we needed, it was clean, and the staff was friendly and helpful.

Check-in:
A bit hectic, as we arrived at the same time as a herd of rude Swedish tourists. Although the staff may not have been as quick and efficient as possible, they surprised us with their multi-lingual skills and ability to keep calm under the pressure.

Room:
See my pictures. Pretty standard, maybe a bit dated, but charming. We're not too picky, and weren't expecting anything luxurious. Two twin beds pushed together into a full, a couple chairs, a TV we didn't turn on, a closet with hangers. Heater, but no A/C.

Bathroom:
Big and clean, bathtub with shower, seemingly new shower-curtain. Some complimentary shower gel and a bar of soap, so bring your own toiletries if you're picky. Clean towels.

Breakfast:
A pretty standard assortment of bread, jam, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, orange juice, milk, sliced cheese, cold cuts (salami, jambon cru), yogurt, granola, corn flakes. Nothing fancy, but more than sufficient to start your day.

Pools:
Decent looking but unfortunately not heated. After realizing both pools were cold, we decided to proceed to the sauna, which was unfortunately only about 40 degrees C (we may have missed the peak hours).

Parking:
Additional 15 CHF per day, and they give you a key for the gate (which is another 10 CHF deposit).

To Lugano:
About a 20 minute walk along the tree lined lakeshore promenade towards the old town. Super easy, flat, and a lovely view of the lake and town.

Room Tip: There's only one elevator, and it went out of service after our first night. If you're incl...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Athens, Greece
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8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2012

I was passing through Switzerland coming from Ancona, Italy by car and as it was late and I was already driving for many hours I was looking for a hotel in the Lugano area with secure parking to sleep and park my car.
Hotel Calipso is perfect in this aspect, as it is in a good location and easy to find and has both an open and a closed secure parking.
The rooms are badly decorated and have not been renovated in years, the cleanliness average and my room had a small old TV and overlooked the open car park.
I had no problems with hot water in the shower and the area is pretty quite so I had a peaceful sleep.
The price I paid included the room, secure closed parking and breakfast and I have to admit that what I paid was very reasonable for Switzerland.
Also, the breakfast was ok but not amazing.
Overall I highly recommend this hotel for people who are travelling by car through Switzerland and are only looking for a hotel for one night stay + secure parking, but not for those looking for a beautiful hotel for many nights of enjoyable stay.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Via delle Scuole 3 | Paradiso, Lugano 6900, Switzerland
Location: Switzerland > Swiss Alps > Ticino > Lugano
Amenities:
Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #35 of 42 hotels in Lugano
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Calipso Hotel 3*
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