We arrived by bus from Milan Malpensa airport at the Lugano train station. Albergo Stella is a very short walk from the station (behind the station and slightly up the hill--use one of the underground passages to get through the station). We arrived before check-in, thinking they would just store our bags, but we were allowed to store our bags in our room! The room had a small air-conditioning unit that cooled the room well (and pretty quickly). The beds in our twin room were comfortable (and we slept well). There was a little balcony/terrace attached to our room with a table and chairs. The room had a mini-fridge and a TV. The wifi worked OK in the room. The breakfast room was very pretty, and we were able to sit outside. Breakfast included great croissants, great multi-grain bread, 3 cheeses plus "fresh cheese," sliced meat, 2 cereals, yummy strawberry yogurt, good coffee, orange juice, water (with lime?), honey, and ham. The room's ensuite bathroom was small (like a cruise cabin bathroom), but the shower had hot water with decent pressure. The room was non-smoking and did not smell like smoke (hooray!). The only smoke we smelled during our stay was during breakfast when another guest was smoking (and we were disappointed, but this was the first day of our trip, and we learned that all outdoor spaces smell like smoke in this part of Switzerland and Italy--ugh). One of the owners spoke excellent English (the man), but the woman spoke more limited English (but communicated). The only negative of the hotel is the cost--quite expensive (around $200 per night). For a first night in Europe, this was great for us, but now that I have a good feel of Lugano, I would look for a cheaper place if I come again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Only 100 meters off the central railway station of Lugano, we welcome you to our privately managed hotel called „ALBERGO STELLA“In our centrally located « 3* Garni Hotel », 14 comfortably furnished rooms, as well as a rich breakfast will be awaiting you.All rooms contain air conditioning, shower, WC, hair-dryer, minibar, safe, phone, radio, flat screen TV, and free Wi-Fi .Surrounded by a Mediterranean garden you may refresh yourself in our swimming pool after an exhausting day or you may comfortably spend your day there.Smoke Free HotelNo domestic animals please.Without elevator ... more less
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