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“Beautiful Setting” 4 of 5 stars
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Gandria, Lugano 6978, Switzerland   |  
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“Beautiful Setting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

We spent the extra $ to have a lakefront room and it was worth every penny. The room literally sat above the water. The room itself was pretty standard; pretty comfortable, spacious, etc. Apart from the view nothing great, nothing bad. The staff at the front desk were not very friendly, however, those working throughout the rest of the hotel were kind.

If you're looking for something close to Lugano, it's a good 15-20 minute ferry ride and the ferry's don't run late into the night. The town of Gandria itself is tiny and beautiful.

Room Tip: Perfect hotel if you're looking for something removed from the big city of Lugano.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Zürich, Zurich, Switzerlan
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4 hotel reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013 via mobile

In the summer this hotel offers a fantastic getaway in an amazing location. The price is so reasonable given the fact that the rooms look over straight onto the lake and you can swim straight from the hotel. It now one of my fave places to go. Combined with the authentic restaurants and charming village, can't wait to come back for a 3rd visit!

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012

For our 20-year wedding anniversary we went to Italy, Switzerland and France in late September. I booked the Moosmann prior to going on the trip. It looked like a fun place to stay of all the choices in that region. We were blown away by the little town of Gandria and especially the Mosmann. No cars in Gandria...just walking through the skinny walkways between the tightly woven buildings. The Moosmann operators (husband and wife) are fabulous and super friendly. hey told us about the rich history of the hotel and the village of Gandria. The breakfast was the best of our 7-day 3-country trip. If you go to Gandria or Lugano don't miss the 3-hour bout ride around the whole lake! Hats off the the Moosman for how absolutely pristine it is...not a spec of dust, a chip in a wall, nothing...absolutely pristine.

Room Tip: Try to get a room up high that overlooks the lake with a balcony.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Geneva, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

we spent 3 lovely days in Lugano area
The hotel was very well located and we enjoyed the surrounding
the staff was extremely welcoming and made our stay a pleasure
I recommend this place and will find a way to get back

Room Tip: choose a room with view on the lake
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  • Stayed September 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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Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2012

This is our second visit to Gandria and this hotel. The staff remembered us from our first visit and we were made most welcome. It is a shame that they do not still do evening meals but they do provide some meals and snacks until 6pm which was just what we needed. There are several other restaurants in Gandria which serve later meals. The bed was comfortable and we had a room with a balcony so we could sit and relax looking out over the lake. There is also a terrace where breakfast is served and a garden where you can relax which are lake side. Easiest access to the hotel is by boat. We flew in to Milan Malpensa airport the took the bus to Lugano and the boat to Gandria. We also bought two 3 day Ticino discovery cards. which gives free access to all boats, buses, trains and attractions in the Ticino region. The boat journey to Lugano and back every day covers the cost of the pass.

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  • Stayed August 2012, 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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West New York, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2012

In general the reviews before me give a good picture of the hotel, except for the one by the cranky guy from Birmingham UK.

The main selling point for the hotel is that it is the only real hotel in the tiny village of Gandria. And since the village is so tiny, you can't take your car down to the hotel. You will see that the "streets" are so narrow that it would be literally impossible to widen them enough to even accomodate a subcompact. In order to address this you get a key pass from the reception to drive your car to the point closes to the hotel, where there is an electric luggage elevator that you can use to get your luggage to the 5th floor of the hotel, where then you can take the elevator to your room.

Parking in the only parking lot costs 1 CHF an hour from 7 AM to 8 PM. The meter also takes EUR coins at EUR=CHF.

Yeah the decor is from the 1970's but I didn't see this as a significant minus. It would be nice if they updated it but 1970's decor is pretty common in Swiss hotels.

The real draw, as commented on before, is the lake view. There are no roads on the opposite side of the lake because it's too steep. So you are looking across at a forest, maybe 5 kilometers from Lugano. It's so dark at night, in fact, that I was able to take pictures of the stars with my camera.

Breakfast is served out on a lakeside veranda which is open to guests from 7:30 AM to 10:30 PM so you should not feel that you have to take a lake view room in order to see the lake.

As for the CHF being too strong and this somehow explaining problems at the hotel, no. The price of the Moosmann was somewhat more expensive than hotels we stayed at in Maggiore or Como, but given the unique circumstances (pedestrian village, unparalleled lake view) I think it is justified.

I think you could probably lose a pound a day staying at this hotel, between all the swimming you will do in the lake and all the walking up and down stairs you will do in the village and getting to the car park.

  • Stayed July 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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44 hotel reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2012

We were there in late April 12 and stayed there for one night. The room from our lake view room was incredible, especially the gorgeous view from the bathroom bathtub! The amenities in the room were basic but clean. Seriously, you don't need much with such a view, just a balcony and a couple of chairs. Such beauty with good privacy. Breakfast was adequate with warm coffee served at your table. Owner Enrico is also very friendly and helpful. Gandria is a small village but we like it because it is away from the crowds with fun winding streets to wander. There is a good regular boat service from Lugano that can bring you all the way to the end of the lake in Porlezza, Italy where you can get off to walk around and buy a gelato before taking the next boat back to Lugano. Gandria is also connected via hiking paths including the Olive path. We walked from Lugano to Gandria via Monte Bre Village. We took 1.5 hours, descended 2400 feet and walked a total of 3.75km. But you get to catch beautiful views of the lake and descend through the woodlands in well-marked paths. You do need moderate fitness and strong knees though.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Gandria, Lugano 6978, Switzerland
Location: Switzerland > Swiss Alps > Ticino > Lugano > Gandria
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Ranked #1 of 1 hotels in Gandria
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Also Known As:
Moosmann Hotel Gandria

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