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“Bullied in to paying 100 euros for an old key that broke in room door kock” 1 of 5 stars
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Hotel San Carlo Garni
Ranked #37 of 45 Hotels in Lugano
Paris, France
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Bullied in to paying 100 euros for an old key that broke in room door kock”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

Forced, (bullied) into paying 100 euros for an old key that broke in my room door lock. Key broke with no obvious difficulties with lock. I was threatened with being charged for the room they offered me, as I could not gain access my room, the key it self , and the labour to fix the lock. We argued about this my entire 3 night stay. In the end, I paid 100 euros, only because my friend had booked the room, and they threatened that had her passport details. I was stressed with this, everyday of my stay in Lugano.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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Thailand
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60 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

It would have been useful to know that the hotel was near the funicular when we arrived at the train station, as the taxi was about CHF 18 and funicular around CHF 1! The hotel itself is quite basic, and the room was small, but adequate. Just outside is the top shopping street and the lakefront is nearby. Wi-Fi and a basic breakfast were included.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank BKKMH
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San Mateo Ca
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

We spent 2 nights here and were very satisfied. Moderate price for expensive Lugano and a great location. Funicular to the train (1.10 CHF -must pay in CHF) only a short walk in pedestrian area which has many stores and restaurants. The lake promenade is one block away.
The entrance is narrow between store fronts and there is no lobby except the front desk.
Our room # 31 had a carved natural wood decor with large wardrobe closet. Room no smaller than most for a "garni" hotel. Very clean, of course. Super nice staff at front desk. Simple breakfast. We would return if in Lugano again.

Room Tip: Room 31 small but comfortable, no view except across the street.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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3 Thank Goldig
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Manitoba, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

I recently stayed here (October 1-3, 2012) and was very happy with my room. I'm not sure why some reviews say the decor is outdated; room 43 had perfect Swiss decor. The room was large and fully equipped. The bathroom (and the entire room) was exceptionally clean. Having just arrived from Venice, Italy I found this hotel fantastic. Beppe and his wife were the perfect hosts, as were all staff we interacted with. Breakfast is standard European fare, perhaps chain hotels offer something more "western". (Croissants were excellent!). Would absolutely stay here again. Perfect, safe location for female travelers.

Room Tip: Room 43 was quiet, clean and included a small view of the lake.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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3 Thank PSIMKO
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Carmel, IN
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

The hotel is nothing fancy, but centrally located and clean. Breakfast was the typical ham, cheese, hard boiled eggs, bread, etc. but it was plentiful.

Be sure when arriving by train to walk across the street and take the funicular down. At the bottom, walk to your right. We were tired from traveling and elected to take a taxi which basically drove us down the hill and charged us a flat fee of 20€.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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4 Thank Lyn405
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London
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2012

The room was very outdated. It looks really old and It's in desperate need of some renovation. The breakfast wasn't worth having, it would be better if they just didn't serve it. Very disappointing indeed. But then again, staff were very friendly and the hotel is very central.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars
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1 Thank David P
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

We had a very pleasant one night stay here, en route from Switzerland to begin a cruise in Venice. It is handily situated, just one street back from the lake and we had two rooms, one of which was smaller and more recently renovated - the other being larger and still perfectly satisfactory.

We had booked online and had great communication from the office, and upon arrival the front desk staff were particularly helpful and efficient.

The rooms were both very clean, as was the breakfast room with the meal being a good start to the day. I would thoroughly recommend the San Carlo as a good place for travellers wanting a solid, if not flashy, place to stay.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Thank balmac
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Property: Hotel San Carlo Garni
Address: via Nassa 28, Lugano 6900, Switzerland
Location: Switzerland > Swiss Alps > Canton of Ticino > Lugano
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Ranked #37 of 45 Hotels in Lugano
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Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel San Carlo Garni 2*
Number of rooms: 22
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