The Villa Martia is a discount hotel on a hillside above Lugono, Switzerland: it is in a residential area in walking distance of the city, although the hillside is very steep. Be sure to have a good map to find it: signage is minimal; there is limited parking available adjacent to the hotel. The hotel itself is dark with a pervasive smell of cats, the staff speaks little English, and it was difficult to find someone to check-in (it turned out to be downstairs behind the dining room). There are no elevators in the building, so be prepared for many stairways dividing the split-level architecture.
The room was adequate: a small balcony, twin beds, a small TV with local channels. The bathroom has a shower, no tub, with adequate hot water and pressure. While the area is generally quiet, the group in adjacent rooms sat talking on the balcony late into the night; the hotel staff was unable to do much about it. There is no internet beyond borrowing the computer in the hotel office.
The hotel restaurant serves a single-choice meal that varies each evening; breakfast is a small buffet of breads and cereals. The cook will prepare an egg ad there is fresh coffee. This is an adequate budget hotel for the area, but a better suggestion would be to take a holiday apartment available from the VVV website: it’s roughly the same price but gives a much better experience.
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- Also Known As:
- Marita Hotel Lugano