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“Excellent small and personal hotel!!” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Villa Selva
Via Tesserete 36, Lugano 6900 , Switzerland   |  
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Ranked #13 of 40 Hotels in Lugano
The Hague, The Netherlands
2 reviews
“Excellent small and personal hotel!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2012

Small paradise in Lugano, centrally located:beautiful garden with very nice pool. Nice and very clean room. And we enjoyed very much the home cooked food, having dinner outside under the pergola. Everything has a personal touch. The owner and her staff are very friendly and helpful. This kind of unique hotel you find very rarely these days. Excellent quality for a fair price, especially for Lugano standards.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Annapolis, MD
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2012

Stayed here for 3 nights a couple of weeks ago. Went back and forth about what I thought about the hotel. Some pros and cons:

Pros:
1. Very nice pool and gardens! Really exceptional for a 2-star property.
2. View of the lake from our bedroom window. Though somewhat marred by construction (see more about construction below).
3. Furnishings are simple (perhaps even a little spartan), but the room and bathroom were really impeccably clean.
4. Close to a bus stop.
5. We ate dinner there one night and it was delicious, and unlike at breakfast, portions were generous and we were even offered seconds!

Cons:
1. Not the property's fault, but there is some major construction going on right next door, making it quite noisy in the gardens and pool.
2. Breakfast is adequate, but really monotonous. Same bread, ham & cheese, jam & butter, everyday. It would not cost much more, nor increase the staff's workload much to vary this at least a little. Also, what was served was not offered abundantly-- exactly one super-thin slice of ham per person...
3. Location is out of the way-- very walkable from the train station, but not really walkable to (and especially back from-- it's uphill) the lakeside area.
4. No credit cards-- this was not a huge problem for us, but was not communicated to us ahead of time. Could be a problem for overseas visitors who can't withdraw a large sum of cash!
5. My biggest complaint would be the lack of a warm/gracious welcome. Though the owner and staff were not exactly unfriendly or rude, we just never felt like valued guests. Everyone who worked there just seemed tired and grouchy. Many requests we made were initially met with resistance. For example, when we asked for a crib for our 3 year old, the owner initially said no, that cribs were only for 2 year olds and younger. When we asked whether we could eat take-out pizza in the garden, we were initially told no. All this resistance just made us feel unwelcome.

Overall, though we had an adequate stay, I would look for a different hotel if we were to return to Lugano.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Canada
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2012

My husband and I stayed here with 2 adult children. We were so happy to find this place. The price for the small apartment we rented was fantastic. We loved the location, about a 15 minute walk down the hill to the centre of town. We also enjoyed the breakfast, the gardens and swimming in the pool, which was very refreshing. We would definitely stay here again. It was a very relaxing and memorable experience and we even extended our stay from 2 nights to 3 nights, as we were all having such a good time.

Room Tip: We liked having rooms facing the lake for the views, which were exceptional.
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 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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St Gallen
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2011

Difficult to find inititally, easy to drive by the parking. Lovely gardens, swimming pool and restaurant. Rooms clean and good value for money. No Credit Cards. Wifi 5CHF.

Good Grappa from the grapes all over the covered garden.

Will be back!

Room Tip: Aircon in the rooms, but ask for a lake view room (now obscured). The road is quite close on the oth...
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sao Paulo, SP
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2011

Nice hotel, higlhy reccommendable for travellers attending conferences at the local EOC

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled on business
    • 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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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2011

stayed just one night, highly recommend this hotel. room was huge, clean, quiet. service perfect.

  • Stayed February 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Alameda, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2010

Recently, my husband and I stayed at this lovely gem of a hotel. We were very pleased with the location(minutes walking to the center of town or taking a funicular) and the room. Our room, on the second floor, had a view of the lake and surrounding mts. It was also very light and cheerful which we loved. The breakfast was a little more than adequate....platter of different kinds of bread, cheese and ham, coffee/tea, juice and upon request, for a small fee, you could have an egg. We did have dinner at the restaurant and the pasta was fine. Unfortunately, due to lack of warm weather, we couldn't use the pool or sit in the lovely garden. Although, the owner was nice, she also seemed very aloof. Lugano is a lovely area with lots of pedestrian only streets, pretty parks and great walking along the lake. We would definitely recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed September 2010, 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
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Via Tesserete 36, Lugano 6900 , Switzerland
Location: Switzerland > Swiss Alps > Canton of Ticino > Lugano
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 40 Hotels in Lugano
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 25
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