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“No Frills but tidy” 3 of 5 stars
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Hotel Besso
2.0 of 5 Small Hotel   |   Via Besso 24, Lugano 6900, Switzerland   |  
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Ranked #10 of 25 Lugano B&B and Inns
Lugano
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“No Frills but tidy”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2012

Whilst this hotel is close to the station [10 min. walk max.] it is on the wrong side of town in regards all the attractions and shopping and eating areas. it is a steep walk down to these things and a real steep walk back up. you can catch the funicular up and or down but at a cost of 1.20 euro a trip each mounts up over a few days if you make multiple trips. there are no restaurants / cafes close by. the hotel itself is aok and the included breakfast good. room was neat & tidy with the staff friendly and helpful

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 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
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Vevey
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2012

We stayed here as a family and had an excellent stay.At less than 5 mins walk from the train station it was ideal. We were on the main road (noisy) but it had the advantage of a lovely big balcony and large bathroom.It is true that some of the features are tired, but beds were comfortable the room was clean and cleaned well every day.Breakfast was basic but plentiful, one has to remember this is a 2* and for Swiss prices was well worth the money, we would choose to stay here again.The restaurant opposite was basic but gave large portions, not the best Italian cuisine, but served a purpose for a tired hungry family.Staff here are friendly and speak good English. Free Wifi was a real bonus. If you arrive by train cross over to platform four and then walk up the hill,it saves you dragging cases up stairs! Lugano center is just a short walk down hill and take the funicular up the hill on the way back at 1.10chf per person its worth it and will take you to the main train station.

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mossel Bay, South Africa
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90 reviews 90 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2012

The hotel is close to the train station but you have to walk over busy streets to get there. The staff was very friendly and helpful.
The room was nice with a very small TV and bathroom. We booked a non smoking room but the room smelled of smoke (even with the windows open). Our room did not face the busy street and the noise of cars did not bother us.
The included breakfast with croissant, buns, cheese, sausage, yogurt and fruit was good and the coffee was delicious.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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88 reviews 88 reviews
58 hotel reviews
Reviews in 55 cities Reviews in 55 cities
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2011

There were no family rooms available, so we had to take two double rooms. The location is a reasonably long walk from the city center. The hotel itself is basic, and a little dark. It is located on a busy street. Parking was difficult to access. We had a VW Passat estate, and I found it difficult to enter and exit the car park. The breakfast was somewhat limited. Overall I found it expensive, given its basic condition, and location.

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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Hartford, CT
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68 reviews 68 reviews
22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2011

This is an unpretentious, family run hotel, used by many local people when in town or when relatives are over. Very friendly and helpful desk staff, and friendly cleaning staff as well. One of the best aspects is its location: literally a 2 minute walk from the main railway station that serves Milano, Zurich, Basel and Lucerne, and also very close to the Giosy bus service stop at the station. (Giosy serves Malpensa airport in Milan) If you are looking to visit the Hermann Hesse Museum in Montagnola, you only need to cross the street and wait at the PTT bus stop by the small fountain. The Lugano center and shopping district is either a pleasant 5 minute walk downhill from the station, or a 2 minute ride on a cable car.
For convenience, neighborhood friendliness and location, the Hotel Besso is an excellent choice. Many good restaurants in town, and one not far from the hotel on a side street. Good value for price, with breakfast included and a computer terminal guests can use.

Room Tip: Best to have a room facing the rear (not the heavily used via Besso), and toward the upper floors. R...
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Romsey, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2011

Situated near the main rail station this hotel was on a busy road and so could be noisy at times. Our rooms were very clean although somewhat lacking in sockets and information. The breakfast was brought to your table and suggested the hotel were trying to limit waste. There are some decent places to eat nearby but, word of warning, do not go to the restaurant recommended by the hotel unless you want to pay an extraordinary amount of money for very average food. Are the hotel on to a back-hander? Lugano is an extremely expensive place and very beautiful but our wallets were releaved to leave the place!

Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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62 reviews 62 reviews
29 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2011

Medium quality rooms. Cleanliness OK. Relatively poor selection of food at breakfast. Not a great location, but not far from railway station.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Hotel Besso

Address: Via Besso 24, Lugano 6900, Switzerland
Location: Switzerland > Swiss Alps > Canton of Ticino > Lugano
Amenities:
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 25 B&Bs / Inns in Lugano
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Besso 2*
Number of rooms: 40
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