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Hotel San Carlo Garni
28, via Nassa, Lugano 6900, Switzerland   |  
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Ranked #27 of 40 Hotels in Lugano
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“Good hotel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

First of all you should know that the funicular connecting the central train station Lugano to the center of the city is not working until 2016. The easiest way to the city center is taking the bus no.4 or no.2 or the funibus from the bus station in front of the train station. There is no turist office at the train station, so do not bother looking. The turist office is near the piazza rezzonico or manzoni. Regarding the hotel: first we received a room with the sink in the room, the shower was separated from the room only through the shower door and the WC across the shower (so actually there was a bath split in 3 units). We asked another room and we received a very nice room. The staff was very friendly. Breakfast could be improved (not so many choices, no tomatoes or stuff like that).supermarket coop next door. The hotel is 10 min away from the train station with the bus no.4. 2 min away from the lake and 5 min. from turist office city center.

  • Stayed August 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 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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Sheboygan, WI
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Hotel San Carlo was perfectly located just a block away from the lake. I can't say enough good things about the staff, especially Franco! He went above and beyond to make our stay as pleasant as possible. The rooms are very clean. t can be a little noisy at night with outside noise, but you'd probably get that anywhere in this town.

  • Stayed May 2014, 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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Tel Aviv, Israel
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22 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

Excellent location of this hotel, right in the city center, the staff was extremely nice, kind, and helpful. We highly recommend asking for their advice and tips. the room was reasonable, a little unusually structured (bathroom right next to the door) but absolutely fine. Our room had a bathtub which we didn't find in our other hotels during our trip.
Since the hotel is - as they write - in the pedestrian area, there is no parking area but you can park your car in a publich parking lot 6 minutes walking distance, but for an outrageous rate (CHF43 per 24 hours, but CHF30 for hotel guests).
They also had very nice breakfast.

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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Turku, Finland
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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

I went to Lugano for a weekend and as I was travelling alone, I chose the hotel based on a fairly cheap price (a special winter offer) as well as the location, which was really superb! It's in the middle of the city center and a block away from the lake - the view is unfortunately just the wall of the next building. With normal price I'd say the value is average instead of the very good grade I've given now.
The room was a bit peculiar furnished, but had everything you need and was very clean. The bed was for my taste a little too hard and the pillow too soft, but for someone else they might be just perfect. Wifi works well. Basic breakfast.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled solo
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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13 hotel reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

Ideal location; close to the cable car which brings you down from the main train station. Second street row from the lake and in the middle of shops and restaurants. Staffs are very helpful and friendly, rooms are clean and modern. Breakfast is a typically and simple.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 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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Paris, France
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48 hotel reviews
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74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

Excellent location- a cable car takes you from railway station in 5 mins. Don't climb down like us!
To continue with location- it is next to grocery store, next block is the lake. It is also in between a lively shopping area and pedestrian zone.
Front desk was very friendly.
The 4 star is only because of the very limited breakfast. Otherwise it would have got 5 stars.
Definitely we would stay again.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 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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Fort Myers, Florida
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14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013 via mobile

The hotel is only minutes from everything making it a 5 for location. Parking is in a car park within easy walking distance to the hotel but you have to drive quite a bit out of your way to get to it because of one way streets. The room we stayed in was clean, very small and also very dark even with the blinds open. There was no AC, only a small fan which you can't put in front of the window to catch the cooler air because the fan's vibration causes it to "walk" off of the sill onto the floor. The decor was very plain and non-descript. There was a sink in the room with a curtain around it, a separate room for the toilet and another area for the shower all of which was a little odd. The staff were all very helpful and pleasant. The breakfast was pretty spartan by comparison with the vast selection of breakfast foods in the several other hotels we stayed in on our trip. At the San Carlo there was only coffee, bread, a croissant, juice and an apple or pear. There is a lift which is helpful when you check in and out with your luggage.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 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
Amenities:
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #27 of 40 Hotels in Lugano
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 22
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