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“This is the place to stay in Lugano” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel International au Lac
Ranked #7 of 45 Hotels in Lugano
Certificate of Excellence
Vevey, Switzerland
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100 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“This is the place to stay in Lugano”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

From the time we arrived for our 3 night stay until we departed everything was first class.
We had a suite at the back of the hotel (no view there of course but right next to the swimming pool and courtyard) and having stayed in much more expensive hotels all over the world, this was one of the best rooms we have ever had, there were even two separate bathrooms and the room was just huge. The free wifi worked perfectly, the included breakfast was great, the bar was cosy and comfortable, the parking was just perfect (entry right by the check-in area), but the real bonus was the location it could not be better, right in the centre of the town in the very best area of Lugano.
My wife and I are just so glad that some of the more so called "grand" hotels were booked out for a medical conference as we would not have booked here, but would never stay anywhere else when we return to Lugano as this beautiful old hotel has a fantastic warmth, charm and style. We would like to thank all the staff once again.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Cairo, Egypt
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7 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

Location is not counted in Lugano since its a tiny town, yet you need a hotel with a lake view which was the case for International au lac, stunning views for the rooms facing the frontage.
I loved the historic style of the hotel and how its maintaining the feel of old and very clean. Beautiful bar on the first floor with a nice small french-balcony directly facing the lake. An amazing tiny-museum like room on the first floor having all the hotel's belongings since the beginning of the 20th century, displayed in an excellent way.
Breakfast hall is beautiful and food is good. Very nice swimming pool area if you go in summer with nice wooden seatings.
Rooms need to be renovated somehow while keeping the old style.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Reading, United Kingdom
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76 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

I stayed here one night and the hotel was fine for my purposes. The staff were all very helpful and friendly, the breakfast was plentiful and the room was clean. The only reason I would try somewhere else next time is that the room had just one socket and you had to go to the bar for wifi. Not a major inconvenience in itself and I suspect that many patrons of this hotel like it for the location and the rather traditional upmarket style bordering on old-fashioned. So, not to my taste, but many people will like this hotel for its location, ambience and service.

Room Tip: Although I did not ask for a room with a view I got one on the side where you could just see the lak...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Cheshire, United Kingdom
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17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

Yes, it could do with some updating as previous reviewers have mentioned, but it was still a most comfortable experience spending a couple of nights here. It has real character and atmosphere which is preferable to some of the plastic modernised hotels. Breakfast was amazing, and dinner was also first class. The outside areas and swimming pool (which unfortunately we didn't use because of a thunderstorm!) were also a bonus. Fantastic location, great staff, and great atmosphere were the highlights.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Jersey, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

More expensive than we would have liked but the staff are charming and helpful. Great location. It was very hot when we visited so we were very glad of the pool. Slept well. Don't miss the gorgeous church next door.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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Pennsylvania
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3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

A great location and warm service from this hotel that has been family run for over 100 years. Traditional styling with a beautiful hidden garden and pool. Fine for relaxing and exploring Lugano and the lake.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Panama City, Panama
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28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

This is an old, classic hotel harking back to the 1940's and 50's. It is perfectly located at the end of posh Via Nassa and literally 25 steps from the lakeshore. It has a private parking space, which is a great advantage if you arrive by car as we did. Rooms and bathrooms are smallish and rather poorly maintained; they look aged and in dire need of investments. Breakfast was plentiful and very good. The staff at the main desk were great in assisting us with our needs.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars
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Property: Hotel International au Lac
Address: via Nassa 68 | Piazza Luini, Lugano 6900, Switzerland
Location: Switzerland > Swiss Alps > Canton of Ticino > Lugano
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#9 Romantic Hotel in Lugano
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel International au Lac 3.5*
Number of rooms: 80
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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. ... more   less 
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