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Hotel International au Lac
Ranked #5 of 45 Hotels in Lugano
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 31, 2014

Well located, about a ten-minute lake-side walk from the city centre, this was ideal for our one-night visit. Arriving on a hot late-afternoon, we were able to cool off in the delightful swimming pool within minutes of arrival. As the dining room doesn't have any view, we opted to stroll and eat elsewhere (more expensively!), and for a bit of people-watching; but the breakfast offered a good buffet. What I really enjoyed was the sense of history, as I think the hotel has been owned by the same family since it opened in the early 1900s. There is a room full of artefacts (old phones, original china, pieces of furniture, and many photos, showing its location (without being surrounded by the shops of today), previous owners and staff, room lay-out and furniture, and its turn of the last century feel. This is a hotel that should never have too much modernisation imposed on it - it's simply a classic!

Room Tip: Lakeside view rooms are probably more expensive, but if you want easy convenient use of the pool, as...
  • Stayed: July 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 31, 2014

An old building, in the center of Lugano, showing its age.....
Very convenient underground parking.
Very helpful and polite staff.
Breakfast was good, but could be improved.
According to a friend, living in Lugano, not the best choise!

Room Tip: There are 3 different priced rooms - try to avpoid the 'cheap'
  • Stayed: July 2014, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank NickPapi
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Reviewed July 29, 2014

Great location for a reasonable price.

The staff are extremely friendly and helpful.

The room are very basic, however do try to get a room over looking the lake as makes up with the lack of luxury in the room. There is a nice garden space behind the hotel for enjoying the sun.

Breakfast is a huge buffet and great value.

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled with friends
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1  Thank sammielc
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Reviewed July 21, 2014

I was fortunate to have this hotel recommended by a friend who had travelled to Lugano before.
You can't beat the location and reasonable price. Rooms are fairly sparse but I wasn't there looking to lounge in my room.
They have a restaurant and bar inside, and it's an easy walk from the Funicolare.

  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled with friends
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Thank Wandy712
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Reviewed July 20, 2014

The hotel Is conveniently located on strip next to high end shopping districts with many room wart views, but a small hike to best restaurants. Typical European flair breakfast with good coffee. Our room was quite small so make sure you get all info on size. Staff very nice and pleasant compared to some of the restaurants here; Americans are fourth class citizens: 1) Swiss or Italian, 3) German, 4) USA

  • Stayed: July 2014, traveled on business
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Thank KipL
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Reviewed July 19, 2014

The reviews I read very very accurate.

The hotel is in a very good location.

Well kept, with a splendid breakfast!

Lugano is a wonderful city, but the traffic can be a huge headache. Be sure to arrive before 3pm.

Room Tip: I had a room which over looked the pool. Quite nice!
  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled solo
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1  Thank scott r
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Reviewed July 18, 2014

This historic hotel is perfectly located in the central Lugano district, yet on the edge of the action - providing a most convenient yet quieter environment. And it is just across the street from the lakeside promenade.
The room was a comfortable size for two, as is the bathroom, but the latter a little awkwardly designed. (A small price to pay to include modern conveniences in an old building.) The beds are comfortable, though at a low level. We stayed in an economy room with all the usual amenities except a minibar. Our room even had a small balcony, and from there we had a view of Lake Lugano, and could almost touch the Santa Maria degli Angeli church next door.
The hotel is smaller than I thought, or appeared on line, but quite comfortable, and very clean.
The lobby is small and has a colder feel than the rest of the public areas. The lounge (on the 1st floor) as well as the breakfast room are elegantly decorated with the feel of a by-gone era - upholstered chairs, big windows, paintings, flowers and other small touches. There is an outside dining space in the rear, with step leading to the pool area. The foliage surrounds the area, providing privacy while dining or at the pool.
The breakfast is delightful. A buffet offering a nice variety of hot and cold fresh regional items, with the service staff bringing your customized coffee/tea, etc. to your table. To add to the pleasant atmosphere, the chairs are padded, tables have crisp, clean white tablecloths and music from the 30s/40s plays softly in the background.
In July, though the hotel was not having construction itself, the exterior was negatively affected by all the fencing and noise of the construction at the church and new construction next door. (Which I imagine will be going on through the summer.)
Note: The best way to get from the rail station to the hotel is the #4 bus (towards the city center). It drops you right across the street from the hotel (the funicular is blocks away.)

Room Tip: Try to get a room in the from or side by the church - so your balcony can have a view of the lake.
  • Stayed: July 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank TourQueen55
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Address: via Nassa 68 | Piazza Luini, Lugano 6900, Switzerland
Location: Switzerland > Swiss Alps > Canton of Ticino > Lugano
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: $171 - $312 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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