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“Wonderful stay @ Calipso Hotel” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Calipso Hotel
Ranked #43 of 45 Hotels in Lugano
Brno
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Wonderful stay @ Calipso Hotel”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 15, 2013

I was in the city for three days to attend a seminar and I booked this accommodation because of its location close to the station. It is a great hotel in every respect and I cannot find any fault in any department. Whatever I needed for my stay was there. Cool rooms, friendly staff, amazing food, huge bed, comfy pillows and great bathroom. I will definitely recommend this place.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 bubbles
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 18, 2013

If you are looking for a good budget hotel in Lugano, the Calipso might suit you. Friendly, helpful staff - nice clean rooms and a good buffet-style breakfast for 10 CHF. The hotel's decor is straight out of the 60s/70s, but is strangely comforting and makes a nice change from that of the homogenized budget hotels you find in every other city these days. We stayed 5 days and can't fault them on anything. We even had an upgrade with a balcony too - bonus!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank kitsmum
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Brussels, Belgium
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9 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2013

I stayed here with my family for four days in February 2013. We had a great weekend there and were very much delighted to be a guest of this property. Right from the staff at the reception to the guys at the restaurant and the transport desk, the attention to the guests needs was perfect. They valued their customers. All of them were very friendly and co-operative. Rooms were good and had a TV and balcony. Buffet breakfast was good and had cereal, cheese fruit salad, cold cuts and a variety of types of bread and toast. I loved it. Will definitely come back again.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Ann D
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Melbourne, Australia
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46 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2012

We only stayed one night as we were driving through to Germany and this was the cheapest option we could find in Lugano, we were very pleased. Great clean rooms and lovely bathroom with shower and bath. Tv in your room and a little balcony oustide. Wifi seemed as though it was only usable in the lobby area but they have lots of tables and chairs so that wasn't a problem. There are 2 pools! One indoor and one out, they were a fantastic bonus. Parking wasn't free but they do offer a safe carpark for a fee of around 16 francs. We had a great stay here and would definitely choose this hotel again! Great location also

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank marnie h
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Florida, USA
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42 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2012

Stayed here for 1 night on my way to St Moritz. Hotel Calipso is a pretty good hotel for the money you paid ( the cheapest I could find in Lugano). The room & bathroom was fine, very small TV. The hallway smell pretty bad but that was just a small issue. If you want to save money and have a decent place to sleep, this is the perfect choice. Nothing wrong with this hotel. I would stay here again.

Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank aroundtheworld008
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Wickenburg, Arizona
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742 reviews
84 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 615 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2012

It had been exactly a year since our last stay. We'd run the 30K Stralugano road run in 2011 and had stayed at this hotel. we had been happy and satisfied with what we got for the money, and so we decided to stay at this place again when we came back for the 2012 edition of the Stralugano. This time we were going to stay for two nights. The experience was more or less the same we had last time. The staff were all helpful, friendly, polite and accommodating. There's not a single thing I could say against any of the staff members I met at front desk, the bar or the dining area, all impeccable behavior.
The room, 516, to the backside this time, also with a balcony, was small again - guess they all are. However, it had been totally renovated recently. All was new: the large closet, the bed, the wall paint ... well, maybe not the really small TV set, but it worked perfectly well and provided many channels. The bathroom, too, was totally new. Everything was spotless clean and worked. There was also a small table (with the TV on it) and two chairs, but not much space in between the furniture - but we came here to be out and about, not to hike our hotel room.
The breakfast/dining room is large. It's very bright but not very cheerful, a bit canteen-like. The buffet was okay, different types of bread, toast, cake; different types of flakes/cereal, cold cuts, cheese, on Sunday also eggs. For CHF 120 per night (for two - with breakfast) in Switzerland and at such a tourist location, this was really good value - for Switzerland.
At night it was very quiet. Even though the lake shore road is only two blocks away, we heard no traffic. And this time it was also very quiet inside the hotel during the night (last time a bunch of vociferous Italians had had themselves a door slamming derby in the middle of the night).
If we go back to Lugano, we'll stay there again.
There's also an indoor swimming pool on the premises, but we didn't use it.

Room Tip: Rooms on the two small sides, the front and the back, have a balcony.
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  • Stayed September 2012, 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
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Esty666
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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25 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2012

We booked this hotel for a one night stay in Lugano and it was a nice experience. The hotel is close to the station, in a safe locality and very affordable. The rooms are neat and quite spacious. I would definitely stay here again if i visit Lugano.

Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank rsarvesh12
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Property: Calipso Hotel
Address: Via delle Scuole 3 | Paradiso, Lugano 6900, Switzerland
Location: Switzerland > Swiss Alps > Canton of Ticino > Lugano
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #43 of 45 Hotels in Lugano
Hotel Class:3 star — Calipso Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 168
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