Well, okay, I’d only read the reviews after we’d booked the hotel room online – and I was also a bit worried like reviewers before me, there was so much negativity. My husband and I were going to stay just one night, Saturday to Sunday, as we were going to do the 30K Stralugano Run on the Sunday. My husband’s attitude with a shrug was, well, we just need a bed for the night … right …
This place was very, very reasonably priced compared to other city hotels in Lugano. I was happy as soon as we got to the place. Its location is also absolutely ideal. It’s right next to the Mount Salvatore cog wheel train; only a block from the lake shore, and less than a mile from the old town center where all the action is, so you can walk from there, but should you feel disinclined to do so, the bus stop is right round the corner, a minute’s walk, from the hotel entrance. There are also restaurants and snack bars within five minutes on foot, as are two supermarkets.
Our room was pretty small indeed, but in an average hotel in Europe you should never expect the sort of space you get even at a motel back home in the US anyway. The furniture was old – but so what – and the walls had recently been painted. The bathroom also looked fairly new. You can tell it’s an older building, but everything in the room was immaculately clean – and yes, check in was swift and efficient by a lady who spoke three or four languages as heard. We also had a small balcony with a table and two chairs from which you could see the lake, between buildings, as well as the hills all around.
Once we went to bed after 10, the streets outside were quiet – apart form the occasional voice or car, but hey, when you’re staying in a city … what was highly unpleasant, but hardly the hotel’s mistake, was a gang of late-night revelers – Italian speaking – coming back at the dead of night – ready to wake the dead, as it were, as they seemed engaged in the Door Slamming Olympics – with all the hot favorites on our floor – and simultaneously in the “Who Can Shout and Laugh the Loudest in the Hallways” World Championship.
Breakfast, starting at 7, was a nice buffet with cereal, fruit salad, cold cuts and cheese beside the different types of bread and toast, a choice of different sorts of tea – my husband did pronounce the coffee bad though.
When we left we were allowed to leave our bags in a room downstairs till after the race, and we were also able to rent – for CHF 1!!! – a safe deposit box for our valuables. All the staff we had encountered during our stay had been friendly, helpful and polite. We would definitely stay there again, maybe not for a one or two week vacation, but definitely for, say, up to three nights.
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