This wonderful backpackers (+hotel) was once a private sprawling estate overlooking the village of Lugano and the lake below. Located up the hill from the main train station, the grounds of the Montarina are covered in palm trees and leafy shaded pathways. The main building, an architectural beauty itself, houses several large dorm rooms with 5-10 bunk beds per room, as well as hotel rooms upstairs. A large communal dining area is available, as well as a kitchen, for those who want to cook, have a drink or play board games and meet fellow travelers. A chess game between newly met friends was going on outside on the balcony overlooking Lugano (through the palm trees), when we arrived.
The city center is just a short stroll downhill and connections with the train couldn't be better.
The price/value is incredible! A fantastic way to stay in Lugano and experience this gorgeous and exciting slice of heaven!
I will certainly be back to the Montarina!
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Montarina And Backpackers Hostel
- Hotel Montarina & Backpackers Lugano