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Albergo Acquarello
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Piazza Cioccaro 9, Lugano 6900, Switzerland   |  
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Ranked #33 of 42 hotels in Lugano
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“our third stay here”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

in October 2013 it was the 3rd time we stayed here. it is very centrally located, a short ride by funicular from the train station. the hotel is in the middle of the city center and walking distance to the lake. the staff is very nice and friendly. specially the blond short haired lady at the check in and the lady at the breakfast. breakfast is great. and I would recommend adding it to anyone's stay. we stayed 3 nights, and the funicular that runs through the hotel .... I wore earplugs at night and heard nothing!! on our next visit to lugano .... we will stay here again!!

  • Stayed October 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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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Norwich
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

It is hard to believe how building permission for this hotel has ever been granted. The funicular going to the train station of Lugano runs through it, so it is impossible to get any sleep before midnight and after 5 am which is when the funicular is operating. My room was very shabby and very claustrophobic as there was only a window overlooking a damp wall and it was very high so couldn't even open it. The weirdest thing was that there was no bathroom door so the room was extremely damp and moldy.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Enfield, Connecticut
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

Yes, this hotel is built literally around a funicular cable car. I only stayed here for one night with a Cosmos tour and am very glad it was only one night! The cable car stopped later at night, so wasn't a problem getting to sleep. If you want to go to bed early, you'll likely have issues as the funicular can be heard in any room of the hotel and is quite noisy! They did have a small fan in the room, so we used that to try and block out some of the noise.
The room itself was very basic - nothing special or fancy here. The rooms, especially the bathroom, seemed quite outdated and could use a remodel. Wifi costs 2 francs and is very slow - don't do it. Others said the bar next door to the funicular gave you a wifi code if you bought a drink - would recommend that solution! The room did seem clean, but outdated. I think with a remodel, this would be a much nicer place to stay.
Breakfast was fine, nothing special. They did have orange juice made from fresh oranges which was nice!
Probably wouldn't stay here again if I had a choice, but for one night we survived!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Columbia, Missouri
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013 via mobile

If I could give this place 0 stars, I would. The furnicular that is in the courtyard of this ill-conceived "hotel" might be convenient, but if you like sleeping in a hot room with an open window, no air conditioning, no fan, and no shade so the people across the courtyard can watch you undress, and you like listening to the racket of people talking and the furnicular going off every 5 minutes--- then this is your place. Adding to the quaint charm, mold in the bathroom, dented lamp shades, and I am not exaggerating---they actually placed a damp and wet comforter on the bed. Oh, and you will need to use a key to lock your room from the inside. How hard could it be to actually replace that with something more modern and safe?

The bathroom looked like a bottle of pepto bismol pink had exploded in there. Don't expect anything but the absolute basics with this hotel and the standards are minimal to say the least. I have traveled to 17 countries and this might just be the worst hotel I've stayed in. If you are looking for cheap, then you get will exactly what you pay for. My recommendation, spend a bit more to actually get something better or just buy a tent.

Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

Recently stayed one night here when passing through Lugano. Found it a convenient, reasonably priced (for the area) place to stay. The funicular did not bother us that much; for those sensitive to noise, it may not work. Weather was mild when we were there, and a very quiet table fan was a nice breeze. Room was very basic, no frills, basic TV, but that's all we needed. Shower was tiny but good. Towels/toiletries were cheap, but for one night, no problem, we used our own toiletries. Breakfast not included, so we walked to McDonald's for cappuccinos and rolls. The location is great, just down steps (or funicular) from train station. We didn't know about the funicular so got slightly confused finding the hotel at first, but the location is super-convenient to lakefront, sights of Lugano, plus easy access back to the train station, all walking.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Sydney
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

The location of this hotel is very good as it is close to the station and central to the town and the lake. It is worth paying more to get away from the funicular (the hotel is built around it). Breakfast was 14 euros each which was costly on top of an expensive room. The room was comfortable and the staff were helpful.

We found Lugarno to be one of the most expensive places we have visited.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Nyon, Switzerland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

My wife and I decided to go to Lugano and the Ticino region for a week-end, to enjoy great weather and eat well.

So we booked this hotel, which had a perfect location, a few steps from Piazza Riforma and the lake. As we were going to arrive quite late, we called the reception to let them know, and we did well, as they close the reception and give you a passcode to open the entrance door. Your room is open, and the key can be found on the bed. I found this solution interesting and original.

The weather this week-end was very hot (37°C - 98.6°F), with night temperatures above 20°C (68°F). The room didn't have any A/C, so you can imagine how difficult it was to get some some sleep, even though we managed in the end.

The hotel is literally next to/above the cable car that takes you the central train station. As of 6am we will here the train leave and go. If your plan is to sleep until 11am, yes, it might disturb you. Otherwise, it's as good as any wake-up call ! If you want to get in shape, there's even a small fitness.

We chose to have a full breakfast for two, at a price of 15CHF each. Knowing the prices of a breakfast in another restaurant, I strongly suggest that you have breakfast at the hotel. You will find coffee, latte, cappuccino, tea etc. Croissants, bread, eggs, cereals, cheese, ham, salami and fruits.

In terms of service, the receptionist was very nice, asked us if we were able to enter without trouble the night of arrival. She asked us where we had parked, and offered the possibility to buy an exit ticket for our parking lot at a flat daily rate of 25CHF. In the end our parking stay was lower so we declined. This lady spoke Italian, English, Spanish and a bit of French and German.

Overall, it was a nice stay, with enough comfort for 2 nights, in the heart of Lugano. Would recommend it to young couples and people who just want to stay in a relaxed place and at a normal budget. We would come back next time we are there.

Room Tip: Ask for the rooms that are away from the cable car. They are more expensive but it might help you if...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Piazza Cioccaro 9, Lugano 6900, Switzerland
Location: Switzerland > Swiss Alps > Ticino > Lugano
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Ranked #33 of 42 hotels in Lugano
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Albergo Acquarello 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Benvenuti all'Acquarello Il nostro albergo e situato nel centro citta, sulla zona pedonale, a pochi passi dal Lago di Lugano, nelle vicinanze del Palazzo dei Congressi, del Casino di Lugano, del Padiglione Conza (centro esposizioni) e della stazione FFS. Il nostro albergo a conduzione familiare e la sosta di chi certa un alloggio economico ed elegante. Hotel Acquarello (Ex Cristallo) e stato recentemente rinnovato ed ora puo offrire ai suoi clienti, nel quadro della rinomata ospitalita svizzera, tutto il confort che si meritano. Tutte le aree pubbliche e le camere sono NON FUMATORI e gli animali non sono ammessi. ... more   less 
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