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“A 2 star hotel, overpriced, not renovated since the 1970s”
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Croce Federale
Ranked #1 of 5 Bellinzona B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Canada
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“A 2 star hotel, overpriced, not renovated since the 1970s”
Reviewed June 29, 2012

All in all a very unimpressive 2 star hotel.

Rooms are small and very simple with no amenities, no air conditioning, no telephone. Rooms at the rear of the hotel look out onto a sheer rock wall - for this reason, they are dark all the time. If you open a window for ventilation, you hear constant noise (banging, yelling, music playing) from the kitchen below. Rooms have not been substantially renovated in the last 40 years. There is no elevator, and no parking.

If it cost CHF 60 a night, it would be a satisfactory 2 star. But, at CHF 110 a night single and 130 a night double, it is vastly overpriced and falls into the "any port in a storm" category.

On a positive note, the hotel is clean and the staff are polite, and it is very centrally located.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
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Winnipeg, Canada
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Reviewed May 3, 2012

We choose this hotel because of its location : quite close to the train station, and very close to the historic centre of Bellinzona and one of its castles. The building itself is quite old, but our room was comfortable and quiet and the breakfast was simple but fresh and good. This is one incredible city to explore, with its amazing castles, churches and museums. So the hotel turned out to be a good find in terms of location and value.

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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Lubbock, Texas
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Reviewed April 9, 2012

This hotel is close to the train station (8 minute walk at the most), really close to the elevator to one of the castles and a big Migros (supermarket chain). The staff was friendly, the room was clean. not noisy. but small. Bed was comfortable. Breakfast was ok (coffee, juice, bread, some hard boiled eggs, cereal, milk, yoghurt, ham and cheese on a tray).

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
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Statesville, North Carolina
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Reviewed September 12, 2011

Good location in center and near train station. No air conditioning- be careful in summer. No elevation, but bags delivered to room promptly. Decent breakfast. Spotty wireless. Would stay here again.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed August 5, 2011

Croce Federale is a well-located hotel in Bellinzona. Like everything in this and other parts of Switzerland, it's expensive. Not the place for travellers with cars either, as parking is difficult (just municipal parking wherever you can find it) and it's in a pedestrianized part of town, so you'll have to carry any luggage from wherever you do find a park. That said, the location is excellent and the hotel is nestled into a huge rocky edifice and overlooked by a medieval tower. Having arrived in Bellinzona without a booking, this hotel is certainly better than others we checked out. It's walking distance to everything of interest in the town. Walking the steps up to Castelgrande is a must for excellent views and if your room faces the small piazza, you'll also get great views of the Castelgrande from your bed! The rooms are not that spacious, as noted by others, and the bathrooms are a bit dated (but clean) - bring your own soap! Beds are firm and very comfortable. Breakfast, included with our room, was a bit minimal but OK.

Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Walperswil, Switzerland
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Reviewed July 20, 2011

After having read the two reviews posted for Hotel Croce Federale I was quite worried what we would find in Bellinzona. But we had a good surprise. The hotel is very well located in the center of town in walking distance of the train station. There is a nice restaurant with terrasse in front of the hotel. Yes, the rooms are small but the beds were good, the room and bathroom clean (except the door of the bathroom inside the bathroom, a problem that I have often noticed in hotels), the big bathtowels were new and good, the sheet were changed even though we stayed only three days and breakfast was good and plentyful. Ok it can be loud during the night but you are in the center of town and of there are parties this is what happens! In addition the hotel personnel was VERY friendly and helpful, it is a longtime that I have not seen so nice people. We were happy with our stay and will probably go back.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
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Property: Croce Federale
Address: viale Stazione 12A, Bellinzona 6500, Switzerland
Location: Switzerland > Swiss Alps > Canton of Ticino > Bellinzona
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #1 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Bellinzona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 13
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