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“Big room, friendly staff ” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hotel Belvedere Locarno

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Hotel Belvedere Locarno
Ranked #1 of 30 Hotels in Locarno
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New York City, New York
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263 reviews
80 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
“Big room, friendly staff ”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2014 via mobile

The Belevedere sits above Locarno, 10 minute (steep) walk down to the main square or quick ride on the funicular with slightly discounted rates from the hotel.

Nice views, big room, very modern. Perhaps lacks old world charm, but the nice views and spaciousness make up for it.

Staff is extremely helpful and very friendly. Good amenities (wifi, safe, nice toiletries, 2 free glasses if prosecco, fresh fruit in the room, etc.) plus, free use of bicycles and breakfast included. The only downside is the relatively high room price on which they add 13 CHF per day for parking in their garage.

All in all, a good experience. If only they could also control the weather and ward off all the rain.

Stayed August 2014
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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North Houston, Texas
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8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2014

The Hotel is trully wonderful, perfect location a few minutes walk from the oldtown of Locarno. The rooms are really nice, beautiful pool area and extemely frienly staff. We would come back anytime. Daniel and Deborah, texas

Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2014

We spent a week here this summer by booking with Ingham's. The hotel is an Ingham's "Select" hotel, and these prove to be just what we like- real comfort and well- cooked and presented food with excellent service from a friendly staff. Our plane from Manchester was delayed through technical reasons, but we were met by a rep at Zurich airport and directed to the platform on which the train to Locarno would arrive. This train journey lasts three hours and passes through extraordinary scenery. It just filled us with incredulity as we couldn't imagine how the line was ever designed and built. We were popping from side to side of the carriage to admire the views! We had one change to make- which was just from one side of a platform to another in Bellinzona, and we arrived in Locarno at 7pm - three hours later than expected. We rang the hotel but were unable to connect, so took a taxi (18 Francs) up the mountainside to the Belvedere Hotel. Instantly we were made really welcome and were escorted to our room in a modern wing, with a lovely balcony and view of the lake below. The lake is surrounded by wooded mountains- some still with snow on the summits. The town nestles down the slope into the lakeside area below. The room & bathroom were spacious and beautifully clean, with slippers & robes, wall- mounted hair dryer and plenty of toiletries. There was good wardrobe space and fruit for our arrival. Walking down into the centre is not a problem and took us us about five minutes to the market place, but the hotel has its own stop for the funicular which runs every fifteen minutes up and down the mountain. We always used it going back up- the hotel sells reduced rate tickets at reception, saving 25 per cent. We decided not to travel too far in the heat, but other residents used the train to explore much further than we did. We took the No 1 bus to Ascona a few times from near the train station, to see this pretty place just round the corner of the lake. This is a smaller lakeside town, with lovely cafes and shops. We took a train to Lugano on Lake Lugano - a 57 minute trip. Lugano has a beautiful park, designer shops and a promenade by the lake. It seems richer than Locarno, but we felt Locarno was 'lived in' and not quite such a tourist destination. We used the hotel pool every day, walked around Locarno and visited the church on the rock that we could see from our hotel garden(we used the funicular to go up, and walked down a cobbled pathway with the Stations of the Cross on the descent). We did a boat trip to the island off Ascona called Isole de Brissago where flowers from all over the world are grown. We didn't rush around all week, but we are able to walk easily. You don't need walking boots, but would need really comfortable shoes and sandals. My memories are birdsong all day, the lovely blossoms everywhere and the pretty sight as evening fell and the lights appeared on each side of the lake. Nature provided a spectacular firework display on night for us as a storm rumbled round the mountains but we didn't need raincoats or umbrellas during the day. There was a lovely light lounge in the hotel on the first floor which we would have used if necessary. We ate in the 'Restaurant Affresco' on the first floor and service and food was first class. As it was so beautifully cooked and presented we tried things we had never eaten before and were never disappointed. We had a five course dinner each night- really delicious. We had wine costing about £25 at dinner and it was perfect with the meal, advised by the waiter. Breakfasts were buffet style with lots of choice. It meant that a coffee and cake - or a sandwich, was all we needed to have at lunchtimes. I don't hesitate in recommending this hotel. It is a lovely place- it is Switzerland, but sounds like Italy, and is friendly and interesting. Try it!

Room Tip: We think the rooms for Ingham's travellers are always in the modern block, but don't be put...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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New York City, New York
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18 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2014

At first glance, I thought this hotel would be very nice. I stepped in the lobby, and was a little discouraged to see that yes it was very clean and modern, the lobby area was very gray and dark. The staff was slightly friendly and willing to help us to our room. Our room though, was situated in the older building of the hotel. This older building obviously contains older rooms. Our room was quite large which was nice, but it was very old. The furniture was very old fashioned and the pull out bed was extremely painful. The bathrooms were also very small and the carpets were not that clean. Overall, I did not enjoy this hotel that much. The pool was also small.

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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Neuchâtel
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70 reviews
39 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 13, 2014

What a view from our room ! Unforgetable ! Those are big, the bath room is well deserve too. We have dinner at the hotel, and the service was perfect, the" maître d'hôtel" was very friendly and professionnal.
We took the menu, it was ok but nothig exeptional.
The Spa, is great, even if the sport area is not big at all.

Room Tip: Even the cheapest ones have a nice lake view.
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Hong Kong, China
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44 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 14, 2014 via mobile

Very nice hotel, nicely renovated and decorated with balconies overlooking the mountains and Lago Maggiore. The decoration of our bedroom was in soft, grey tones, which made it cosy and comfortable. Good service at the reception. Breakfast is served in a spacious room and it was pleasant to have a quiet breakfast to enjoy the food. We even had dinner on the Saturday evening (it was included in the rate was had thanks to a special offer) and it was delicious. On Sunday morning we had some time to enjoy the swimming pool and the spa, which were clean.

Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Payerne, Switzerland
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2014

Wonderfull old hotel which seems very new.
Rooms are confortables and spacious. Breakfast and meal were excellent. Staff very helpfull and nice. I would recomment this hotel. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Room Tip: View to the lake.
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Hotel Belvedere Locarno
Address: via ai Monti 44, Locarno 6600, Switzerland
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Location: Switzerland > Swiss Alps > Canton of Ticino > Lake Maggiore > Locarno
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 30 Hotels in Locarno
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Hotel Belvedere Locarno 4.5*
Number of rooms: 89
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located on the hill which overlooks the city of Locarno, the Hotel Belvedere offers a breathtaking view on Lake Maggiore and its surrounding mountains, making it the ideal place for a wonderful stay in Ticino all year round. Only a seven-minute walk away from Piazza Grande, the train station and the lake side. ... more   less 
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