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“A Room with a View” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Walter au Lac
Ranked #24 of 45 Hotels in Lugano
Durham
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107 reviews
54 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
“A Room with a View”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012

Just a short walk down from the train station and situated on the lakeshore the Walter is ideally situated to explore Lugano and the lake. Small attractive reception area, staff on the desk efficient but not particularly welcoming or friendly. Porter service up to our rooms, I had room 45 which was very clean and modern, small bathroom but no complaints very good shower. The best thing was the balcony and the beautiful view onto Lake Lugano. Despite a busy road infront I never had any problems with the noise.
Breakfast is in a lovely dining room with a very good buffet though no hot food, breakfast staff very pleasant and helpful. Would definetly stay at the Walter again.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Boston, Massachusetts
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93 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2012

Plus side: when we opened our balcony doors the lake just took our breath away! The staff was friendly and efficient and the room was clean. Minus side: since it is right on the main street and there was no A/C (??) and the doors were kept open, the noise level was pretty high in the evenings and also in the early mornings when deliveries were being made. Overall, a very nice place to stay but overpriced, in my opinion.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars
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Neuchatel, Switzerland
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17 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2012

We had a junior suite with our 2 sons, and we just all loved it ! Huuuuge balcony, with jacuzzi (in May, just a tiny bit too cold yet to try it), overlooking the beautiful view on the lake.
Lots of room for your stuff.
All facilities, and we could adjust the clim for every room. Nice breakfast buffet, adjoining room with computer and tv. Wifi everywhere.
Very clean. Helpful and smiling staff.
No parking though. You have to let the car outside, or walk to a parking in another hotel with which they have an agreement.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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29 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2012

Although the hotel is very old but its very clean and prfictilly located on the heart of the lake especially if you get the nice rooms with balaconies. Moreover, the old market is just behind the hotel. But the price is very high compared to the poor facilities of the dated room. personnaly I won't retuern to this hotel unless they reduce their rates with 25% minimum.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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Zurich, Switzerland
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57 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2012

We stayed for 1 night on 2 separate occasions in the last month.

This hotel is very well located on the waterfront and is easily reached from the SBB station using the funicular rail track (CHF1.1) each way per person.

The rooms are very basic and certainly have no feeling of luxury. e.g there was not a single picture hanging from the walls in the room. The bathroom toiletries were sachets rather than some regular hotel branded bottles. The Minibar was well stocked and not to expensive.

Room rate included breakfast which was reasonably ok but limited to cold items.

We paid CHF200 per night plus CHF20 for the inclusion of a Balcony. (approx Euro 180)

If this hotel was in France or Italy, I believe it would be much closer to Euro 100

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars
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Fremont, California
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121 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2012

Loved this hotel, the location was terrific, in the middle of all the action in town. Bus stop, tourist office right downstairs. Amazing views from the rooms, specially if you have balcony. Friendly helpful staff. good breakfast.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Dl0vestotravel
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Whitby, United Kingdom
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75 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2012

My husband and I stayed here en route to Tuscany for our honeymoon. My husband had booked us a room with a balcony and the view was simply stunning. On a morning, before the road outside was getting busy, the stillness and tranquility was just incredible. Be aware that you are right in the middle of things so expect a level of noise on an evening. The room itself was fine but dated. It felt like it needed a thorough clean and a lick of paint. Saying that, the views could forgive the room just about anything. Beautiful.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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Property: Hotel Walter au Lac
Address: piazza Riziero Rezzonico 7, Lugano 6900, Switzerland
Location: Switzerland > Swiss Alps > Canton of Ticino > Lugano
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge
Hotel Style:
Ranked #24 of 45 Hotels in Lugano
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Walter au Lac 3*
Number of rooms: 37
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