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Hotel San Carlo Garni
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   28, via Nassa, Lugano 6900, Switzerland   |  
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Ranked #30 of 43 Hotels in Lugano
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“Great hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2012

The hotel is in the centre of Lugano, near the Lake, near two commercial centres and near everything. It's easy to arrive to the hotel from the train station by using the funiculare, and while coming from the train station isn't a big deal, going back with luggages could be really tiring (the train station is the peak of the city).

About the staff: They were absolutely helpful in everything, from providing a good breakfast, checking all the time if you needed something else, to help me making a call because I had lost my ID card in the last hotel we were staying at.

Breakfast: it's not a buffet, but you get bread, croissants, cheese, orange juice, marmalade, butter, coffee, tea or chocolate, and, of course, water. The breakfast room is really clean, like everything else in the hotel.

Rooms: Clean, big enough and slightly outdated. We were in the first floor and as we left the window open during the night, we could hear some noise in the street but we could sleep perfectly fine.

I'd highly recommend this hotel and I'd definitely come back if I travelled again to Lugano. It might be a 2* hotel, but it felt better than other 3* hotels that I've been at.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Italy
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33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2012

This Garni hotel is an excellent value: great position for visiting the city, a parking lot is just a few meters behind the hotel, so it is very comfortable to get there. Rooms are small and not very attractive, they are no-frills but are very functional and have all you really need: cleanliness, good shower, comfortable beds. Breakfast is a little bit limited in choice, but tastes good. The owners are very friendly. A final word... the hotel is open all night long.
In brief: a good value.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled on business
    • 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2011

Given Lugano's outrageous rates, €150 paid for evening (family of 3) seemed reasonable. Location cannot be more central and convenient, provided you are not driving or do not rely on taxis. Agree 100% with other reviews here: very friendly and helpful staff at reception, that made our stay even more enjoyable. The rooms are O.K. in size, the furniture is outdated and a bit worn out, but nothing disturbing. So... thumbs up for San Carlo Garni...

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Milford, Michigan, USA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2011

Stayed at the Hotel San Carlo for two nights in August 2011. The fantastic location puts you in the heart of Lugano, on a pedestrian-friendly street just a few minutes from the Piazza della Riforma, the lakefront, and the funicular to the train station. Rooms were quirky but clean -- a good choice if you're used to affordable European accommodations, but perhaps a little sparse if you've only traveled stateside. Perhaps the best part of Hotel San Carlo was the staff -- we spoke very little Italian, so we were grateful for the reception staff who spoke wonderful English and even helped us learn some Italian phrases. Good breakfast included, with coffee, juice and pastries served in the hotel's breakfast room.

Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2011

This hotel was a real dream and a great find. It is perfectly placed on via Nassa, one street back from the road running alongside the lake, and only 10 mins away from Lugano station (via the funicular). The hotel is only small but has a lot of personality and charm. The staff are great and extremely friendly and willing to help. We asked for extra pillows and they were provided no problem at all. The room was really comfy and bright, and very spacious. We had a corner room which had a view through to the lake.

I would definitely recommend this hotel and will stay here again when I am next in Lugano.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2010

Our family of 4 stayed for 2 nights here in Sept 2010. We booked a "family room for 4", which basically is 2 rooms converted into one. Despite that, the room is still rather cramped. One half is filled with a double bed; the other half has 2 twin beds; and there are 2 small stools for sitting. However, the owners made the most of the room space and constructed plenty of shelves for storage.

Location-wise, Hotel San Carlo cannot be at a better spot in Lugano. Situated in the heart of Via Nassa, it is in the midst of high-end clothing boutiques and luxury watch stores. Right next door is a Coop dept store with a supermarket in the basement. One block away is Lake Lugano and the ferry terminal. A few minutes' walk takes you to the funicular station where you can take it up to the train station. Also around the corner is Piazza Riforma where there are dozens of restaurants to choose from.

For the reasonable rate we paid for, we thought the small room was an acceptable compromise for such a prime location.

The included breakfast is basic but adequate. Each table gets a bread basket, with a variety of cheese and jams; coffee/tea, juices, and a fruit bowl which constantly gets refilled.

The staff at Hotel San Carlo was very friendly, helpful, and accommodating. We would recommend Hotel San Carlo if you're in Lugano for a short stay and don't mind somewhat cramped rooms.

Our only issue during our stay was that in-room wi-fi didn't work. The management tried to fix/reboot the system, but it still didn't work afterwards.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2010

We stayed for 3 nights and I had no particular expectations of this hotel being anything more than a convenient place to stay. As it turned out, the experience was very good. Rooms were furnished in a charmingly retro way (although our double bed was pretty saggy in the middle, and the head end was significantly lower than the foot end). Staff were all very friendly and multilingual. We were travelling with a young baby, and she was accommodated very well (we had a travel cot in our room). No problems with noise or cleanliness. Breakfast was much better than I anticipated (a range of breads, jams, fruit, drinks).

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 28, via Nassa, Lugano 6900, Switzerland
Location: Switzerland > Swiss Alps > Canton of Ticino > Lugano
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Ranked #30 of 43 Hotels in Lugano
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel San Carlo Garni 2*
Number of rooms: 22
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