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Hotel International au Lac

via Nassa 68 Piazza Luini, Lugano 6900 Switzerland
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
Updated 07/13/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
A note from Hotel International au Lac
Updated 07/13/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#9 of 44 hotels in Lugano
Travelers' Choice
Prime location in the old-town quarter and shopping district of the city centre and on the lake-promenade.Historical Downtown Hotel with extended facilities such as private garage parking, lobby-bar, garden with swimming-pool and WiFi Internet. A variety of restaurants, pizzerias and typical bars are located close to the hotel.
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Property amenities
Paid private parking on-site
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Game room
Table tennis
Children's playground
Indoor play area for children
Parking garage
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Snack bar
Wine / champagne
Nightclub / DJ
Highchairs available
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Fax / photocopying
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
First aid kit
24-hour front desk
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Air conditioning
Interconnected rooms available
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Private balcony
Room service
Seating area
Wardrobe / closet
Clothes rack
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Flatscreen TV
Walk-in shower
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
City view
Landmark view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Good to know
Historic Hotel
Languages Spoken
English, French, German, Italian
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Jesse V wrote a review Sep 2020
Vlissingen220 contributions102 helpful votes
Great hotel in the city of Lugano - a decent outdoor swimming pool, tropical garden, and a lounge to have a drink. It has the look and feel of grander days in Europe, like Oriental Express style, and so don't expect brand new stuff - but rather very well maintained history. Staff very friendly, helped a lot with questions. Prices of drinks in the lounge or the rooms very acceptable, a welcome rarity. Probably returning next year.
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Date of stay: September 2020
debbie40 wrote a review Sep 2020
West Midlands, UK189 contributions149 helpful votes
The hotel is not lakefront as there are buildings in front of some of it. However we had booked a room with a lateral lake view. We were celebrating our anniversary and had asked for a nice view. We certainly got this - the view was incredible. The room was advertised as having a balcony and I had envisioned us sitting on the balcony together with a bottle of wine but what we got was not really a balcony. It was 2 separate tiny semi circles of ‘balcony’ where one tiny chair would barely fit and did not feel safe at all to me. Other rooms above and below had larger balconies where more than one of us could have sat. This was disappointing but we just got on with our stay. If I ever returned I would insist on a proper balcony. The hotel had left us a nice card and small cake as a gift which was sweet. The lady who checked us in was lovely and friendly. They have a small car park which they charge 20chf per day for. You should book this in advance as it’s only 36 cars and on our final day cars were blocking us in so it’s busy. The room was one of the recently renovated urban chic rooms which my husband thought was a bit stark and plain. The bathroom was a good size with a nice large shower head. The doors to the ‘balcony’ are super noise reducing - when open it is very noisy around the hotel but when shut you can barey hear anything . The hotel has a good location for restaurants and boat tours etc. There is a bar with great views but it was closed. They had a fridge where you could buy a limited selection of beer and soft drinks and charge to you room. We visited the pretty garden and pool area for a short period but we both got loads of bites from being sat there for 15 mins so we went back inside. Breakfast was ok but the room is a bit dull and uninviting. The food choices for breakfast were ok and the staff very efficient and friendly If returning we would be happy to chose the hotel again but would want a usable balcony we could both sit on.
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Date of stay: September 2020
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livetrotters wrote a review Aug 2020
Switzerland15 contributions4 helpful votes
This hotel is perfect. The old school interior architecture mixed with the service quality and the cleanness, I highly recommend this place. The price was cheaper directy on the desk than on ebookers.
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from Roberto Schmid, Owner at Hotel International au Lac
Responded Aug 24, 2020
Dear 'livetrotters', Thank you for your words and we are very happy to read that you fully enjoyed you stay with us. Contacting the hotel directly (via hotel's web-site) and booking on hotel’s own channels is always recommended; like our Hotelier's Association says: "Smart bookers book directly with the hotel - The best offers are always the ones of the hotels". Thank you for choosing again our hotel for your recent stay and we are looking forward to welcoming you soon again. Sincerely yours, Roberto Schmid Hotel International au Lac, Lugano * * *s Fam. Schmid, propr. dir.
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catmouse wrote a review Jun 2020
Mies, Switzerland1,852 contributions101 helpful votes
We spent 2 nights in the International whilst exploring bits of Switzerland that I didn't know so well. Lugano itself was rather empty. The hotel is a traditional, very well maintained structure, and everything that the chain hotels are not. Staff were friendly and always helpful. The rooms have been renovated, but maintain their character. There are plenty of power points in the room. We had a room with a balcony, with a view over the lake. The bathroom was really what I always look for in a bathroom, a proper walk-in shower which didn't flood the floor, for example. At the back of the hotel there's a peaceful terrace and swimming pool, away from the bustle of the road. Whilst we were there the bar was self-service and you noted drinks on a chit. Location is perfect, right at the end of via Nassa, a couple of minutes walk into the main square and plenty of bars and restaurants.
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Date of stay: June 2020
Response from Roberto Schmid, General Manager at Hotel International au Lac
Responded Jul 7, 2020
Thank you 'catmouse' for your nice words. Our destination, like many others, is still facing the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic; the city is getting more and more livelier as we are all trying to get back to normal life, combined with the health and safety measures in place. Your appreciation about our newly renovated room made my day! and I thank you for that. Hope to welcome you soon again at the International au Lac Sincerely Roberto Schmid Hotel International au Lac, Lugano * * *s Fam. Schmid, propr. dir.
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Daniel-Grossmann wrote a review Jun 2020
39 contributions10 helpful votes
I returned to this hotel right after this Pandemic crisis. I was stuck between Milano and Luzern in the middle of the night and they allowed a very unusual last minute booking. I arrived at 2am and all check in was prepared, quick and flawless. Further renovated rooms with separated bathroom and shower. A very functional room that I enjoyed very much. If international travel will be further restricted, that it the hotel where I will spend some holidays in Switzerland. Lovely pool and garden, and the lemonade at their new Honesty bar was perfect (a bar where clients may server themselves from a fridge and just write down what was consumed at any hour of the day)
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Date of stay: June 2020
Sleep Quality
Trip type: Traveled on business
Room Tip: There are many rooms with view on the lake bookable. Ask for it.
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$179 - $298 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hotel International au Lac
Which popular attractions are close to Hotel International au Lac?
Nearby attractions include Lake Lugano (0.3 miles), Church of S. Maria degli Angioli (0.09 miles), and LAC Lugano Arte e Cultura (0.08 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Hotel International au Lac?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Hotel International au Lac?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a bidet.
What food & drink options are available at Hotel International au Lac?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, a lounge, and a snack bar during their stay.
Is parking available at Hotel International au Lac?
Yes, a parking garage, paid private parking on-site, and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Hotel International au Lac?
Conveniently located restaurants include Ristorante Grand Café Al Porto, La Tinera, and Bistrot & Pizza Argentino.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Hotel International au Lac?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Is Hotel International au Lac located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.5 miles away from the center of Lugano.
Are pets allowed at Hotel International au Lac?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does Hotel International au Lac offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business center, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Hotel International au Lac?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, German, and Italian.