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Hotel Elvezia al Lago
Sentiero di Gandria 21, Lugano 6976, Switzerland   |  
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Ranked #26 of 41 Hotels in Lugano
Indiana, Pennsylvania
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31 hotel reviews
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91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
“Take the time to experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

Good place to have a nice lunch over looking the lake. Must take a water taxi, Kurt Saladin, from Lugano, cell +41 (0) 79 621 31 22. Service was good, nice menu selection, but the outdoor patio over looking the lake is the main attraction.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

Although a lot of planning involved to get here it was well worth the journey. Rosie was very sweet and upgraded us on our honeymoon once the better room became available (top floor with dual aspect windows). We really want to go back ASAP.

Room Tip: Choose room 5 or top floor far right looking on to the property
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bern, Switzerland
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7 hotel reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013 via mobile

Definitely dont stop here despite the great view and location! A very nice waiter seated us at 9pm, he got yelled at by the -probably- owner, menu was limited as she probably didnt want to reopen the kitchen (sign outside said open until 10.30 pm). He served us very nicely (food was just heated as served within 5 min) and got sent home as we asked for dessert. The owner asked us what we wanted and we just asked the bill given her politness. She responded in the meanist way telling the waiter would be happy.., what a disgrace!! Treating your waiters and guest in such a way makes you wonder why people choose such a job. Or perhaps didnt you like our sporty outfits -coming back from a long hike- ? If you care for human dignity, pass your way!!

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Switzerland
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68 hotel reviews
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382 helpful votes 382 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

A small and charming Hotel, like a "secret hint" to enjoy. The location is just wonderful, not too far from Lugano (you may walk on the impressing "sendero de Gandria", and there is a small station for private boats in front of the hotel. The view over the lake is magnificent, the prices are resasonable. The owners are very motivated and ensure a personal service.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Carlsbad, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2012

Elvezia is a ferry stop away from Lugano, but a world away from any hint of city or tourists. The charming inn's terrace restaurant overhangs the lake and is the perfect place to laze away morning, lunch, or evening hours as gentle breezes blow and light changes on the water. The hotel and rooms are filled with antiques, but they are Swiss-immaculate with modern bathrooms. Ours was on the top floor and commanded a view out of tall windows over small balconies.

The rate of 180 ChF double came with the best breakfasts (cheeses, cereals, meats, eggs, breads, juices, ...) we had in Switzerland. A good rate in pricy Tincino. The dinners were wonderful--the Italian influence in full force.

Ferry rides from the front door take you to Guardia, Morcote, Lugano, and beyond. A pretty, lake-side path (car free) connects the Hotel with Lugano or Guardia.

Finally, enjoy Rosie who oversees all--she is outgoing, helpful, and truly cares that your stay is memorable.

Room Tip: Upstairs rooms have tall windows and the best views. Our room, number five, was on the corner and h...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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haarlem
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73 hotel reviews
Reviews in 78 cities Reviews in 78 cities
199 helpful votes 199 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2009

Hotel Elvezia is just like the pictures it shows on the website. Romantic and a magnificent location, great views and for that area a reasonable price for the rooms.
Rosi the manager is a gem. Funny, happy and very helpful. For her we would return.
All in all we were very positve and happy with our stay.
However,some things I had mixed feelings about. We had the suite, a nice spacious room,an extra small room,own terrace(terrible loungers) and wonderful lake views. But I was absolutely astonished that the room has no curtains and no blinds or nothing to keep the sun out. Think you can't sell a room that has no curtains or you should inform your guests on forehand. Fortunately the light in September only starts pooring in at 7 am, so we didn't switch rooms. In summer it must be very annoying. On the up side it does have many windows you can open and an airco in an alcove ,but that is not sufficient to cool the entire place. What I really didn't like was that the room was never cleaned during our 5 day stay, the bathroom was and I had to ask for clean towels or else wouldn't have got any fresh ones.
The room can only be reached from the outside by mounting a lot of steps,but that is also part of the charm, beacuase you have the best view from the windows. Breakfast is fine ,same every day.and the food in the restaurant on the lake is average and not cheap. One evening I had a scorched schnitzel, which they served anyhow. Pizza and canneloni great. And sitting there is so nice that somehow you don't really mind.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Zurich
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2009

Our first visit to this hotel in July 2008 was wonderful, the second a dismal diappointment. While we did book the day before, we were not told that we would be given the only room that does not face the lake. The view is basically the unique feature of the hotel. The room was also not terribly well kept and the balcony doors would not close. My mother and I were travelling with my baby and were not given any help with our bags to and from the carpark, despite asking very politely and noticing several male staff members sitting around smoking and drinking coffee. On our arrival a nice young guy helped us with our bags upstairs but no help was given on the way down. Curiously, on our previous trip my husband and I were assisted with our bags. We also were not told that a very large group of guests would be eating in the small restaurant and, as such, only a very limited menu of tripe, rabbit pasta and pasta with meat chunks was available. Very disappointing all in all. We definitely would not return and would not again recommend the hotel to others.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Sentiero di Gandria 21, Lugano 6976, Switzerland
Location: Switzerland > Swiss Alps > Ticino > Lugano
Amenities:
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #26 of 41 Hotels in Lugano
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 8
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