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“Location, Location, Location” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Walter au Lac
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Piazza Rezzonico 7, Lugano 6900, Switzerland   |  
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Ranked #19 of 41 Hotels in Lugano
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“Location, Location, Location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

In some places around the globe, it is all about location. Lugano is one such place, and Walter du lac makes the most of it, including charging an exorbitant price for 3 star facilities. I booked for 6 nights, and even then did not get any concession from the standard tariff. The first room (Room 58) I was given was real tiny with an even smaller bathroom. The bathtub was a joke. It was so narrow and deep that once could neither stand in it to take a shower nor lie in it to have a bath. Plus, the shower head was placed in such an awkward position, it was impossible to use the shower whether standing or sitting or crouching. Nonetheless, you cannot get a better located hotel in Lugano.

Any way, the next day the room was changed with no fuss, and this one (Room 47) was more spacious, had a larger bathroom and a shower stall. However, it had a quirk. The sink and the shower could not be used at the same time. Also, the water pressure in the shower was really low. However, surprisingly for Europe, the bed was very comfortable. I guess the Swiss are different from the rest of Europe in this issue as well. They like firm mattresses and pillows as all civilized people do.

The breakfast is in a stunning sun drenched lake facing room, and one could sit there for hours sipping the wonderful cappucinno or caffe. The breakfast itself is not much to write about. Fresh fruits yes, but no fresh juice. Yogurt was super market quality. Limited cereals, and surprisingly for Swiss hospitality, no muesli. The breads were the most disappointing.

A very disappointing thing was the 5 franc charge for using the Jacuzzi on the terrace. This feature is widely mentioned on the web site, but no mention that there is a charge for it. For the steep prices for the room, it is sad that they have to nickel and dime the guests for this. Lastly, the staff are genuinely warm and hospitable both in Reception, breakfast room and housekeeping. Hats off to them.

Sorry, one more. On Saturday when I arrived in the evening, there was some kind of a basketball game going on at full blast with commentary and music right next door in the parking lot. As soon as it ended, another ear deafening gig started a few meters away that continued well into the night. It was enough to think twice whether we wanted to stay in this hotel. Thankfully, this nonsense did not recur in the next few days. I think the Lugano city as well as the hotel industry should think twice before allowing or encouraging such noise pollution in one of the prettiest parts of Switzerland.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 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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walteraulac, Propriétaire at Hotel Walter au Lac, responded to this review, August 22, 2013
Dear guest,

Thank you for your review. A good critique - positive or negative - is always helpful to us.
We sent you an offer about 1 month before your arrival, so you already knew the room rate and were aware of our 3-stars rating. The price of CHF 242.-- for a double room with balcony is standard for Switzerland. We don’t like hidden rates: for this reason we opted to charge an extra CHF 5.-- to the guests who want to use the Jacuzzi. Please note that we provide an extra towel, a bathrobe and slippers.

We serve Continental breakfast with cold buffet at will, with cold meats and cheese, 10 different types of bread (every day fresh from a local baker), jam-tart, homemade jam, honey, fruit, fresh fruit salad, prunes, cereals (including muesli), yoghurt (not from the supermarket, but from a local dairy), hard-boiled and soft-boiled eggs. As drinks we offer: coffee (espresso, American coffee, cappuccino), hot and cold milk, hot and cold chocolate, hot and cold Ovaltine, black tea, green tea, different herbal teas, 4 different types of juice.

We know that city organized events aren’t necessarily appreciated by everybody, but we are proud of the variety of events offered in Lugano during the year, with the inconvenience of the noise on certain occasions, like sports events or gigs for the young. Nevertheless, the majority of events are aimed at people of every age and taste and appreciated by most.

Before your next visit, we could provide you with a list of the events happening in Lugano, when requested.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013 via mobile

Good location with lake view, soundproofed to keep out the noise of the lakeside road. Plenty of storage space in the room, which you don't always get in hotels! No parking but the very helpful lady at the desk directed us to the "Lac" underground car park 5 minutes walk away and provided a card that allowed us to leave the car there as long as we wanted for 25 Francs (which sounds expensive but on the normal tariff would only get you 8 hours parking). We also got a deal that included a discount card for boats, funiculars and museums etc around the area. Would definitely stay here again.

Stayed August 2013
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walteraulac, Directeur général at Hotel Walter au Lac, responded to this review, August 14, 2013
Dear guest,

It was a pleasure for us to read your review. We are always happy to know that people enjoy their stay at our hotel. We look forward to welcome you here again.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013 via mobile

Very much enjoyed our stay at this hotel. Great central position on the lake which made it easy to explore Lugano. Staff were very friendly and helpful. Would stay here again and will definitely recommend it to others.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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walteraulac, Direttore at Hotel Walter au Lac, responded to this review, August 12, 2013
Dear guest. Thank you for your visit in our hotel. We are happy that you enjoyed your stay in our house. It is our wish that our guests feel as part of a big family. We hope to see you soon again
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

We were delighted by this place. A short walk from the little funicular at the train station. The location is just perfect. Across the street from the lake, with a great view. This is a stylish place, with great help staff. Unlike some hotel staff, the folk at Hotel Walter au Lac obviously liked working there, and it showed in their attitude towards their guests. Breakfasts were excellent in every regard, with comfortable seating on leather furniture with tables providing a good view of the lake. It is a grand old-style hotel that has been updated to be pretty classy. The central staircase walks you around an inset stainless steel and glass elevator. Stylish place! You could not ask for a more convenient location to the boats, the restaurants, etc. We recommend this place!

Incidentally, go on August 1 and see the fireworks right on the lake. Spectacular!

Room Tip: Go for the balcony. We had room 58 which was on the top floor (four floors) total.
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  • Stayed August 2013, 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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walteraulac, Directeur général at Hotel Walter au Lac, responded to this review, August 6, 2013
Dear guest. Thank you for your visit to our hotel. We are happy that you enjoyed your stay in our house. It is our wish that our guests feel as part of a big family. We hope to see you soon again.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

Staying on the lake is a must for Lugano, also puts you in the prime downtown shopping area. The Hotel has its roots in the hey day of Lugano's tourist era from 100 years ago. The Hotel hold much of this era's charm and old photographs show it as it really was. Staff made this 3 night stay relaxing and enjoyable. Breakfast was taken in the old dining room overlooking the lake and the fare while not lavish was adaquate for our needs.
The room and ensuit clean and bright and double glazing meant the street noise was non existant. The A/c was very quiet and efficirnt. I would definetly stay again.

Room Tip: I believe all rooms have a lake view with some also having a balcony although it was not very wide.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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walteraulac, Directeur général at Hotel Walter au Lac, responded to this review, August 6, 2013
Dear Guest
Thank you very much for your visit. We are happy that you enjoyed your stay in our house. We are looking forward to your next visit!
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

Hotel Walter au Lac is situated on the lake and central to everything. The rooms are very clean and well kept. The staff were very friendly and helpful, especially Sylvia on the front desk and breakfast is served in the dining room overlooking the lake. Some rooms in the hotel have a small balcony, ours did not. We would always stay when visiting Lugano.

Room Tip: Ask for a balcony.
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  • Stayed May 2013, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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walteraulac, Directeur général at Hotel Walter au Lac, responded to this review, August 6, 2013
Dear guest,

Thank you for your praise. Please ask for a room with balcony on your next visit.
We are looking forward to your next visit.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

The rooms were clean and the location is excellent. Breakfast was good enough. You get what you paid for. We stayed in A room with balcony with the lake view. We enjoyed the excellent lake view from our room's balcony.

Room Tip: Room with balcony is best.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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walteraulac, Direttore at Hotel Walter au Lac, responded to this review, August 2, 2013
Dear guest. Thank you for your visit in our hotel. We are happy that you enjoyed your stay in our house. It is our wish that our guests feel as part of a big family. We hope to see you soon again.
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Address: Piazza Rezzonico 7, Lugano 6900, Switzerland
Location: Switzerland > Swiss Alps > Ticino > Lugano
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge
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Ranked #19 of 41 Hotels in Lugano
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Walter au Lac 3*
Number of rooms: 37
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