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“Quirky, comfortable, convenient” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Vezia
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Vezia
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Lincolnshire
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34 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Quirky, comfortable, convenient”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2012

We had a very quick stay here one Sunday night breaking a journey from Reims to Florence. I have to say we loved it. I had chosen it on location and price; this was quite reasonable compared to just about all the other hotels in Switzerland.
It had a very comfortable king size bed plus a comfortable single for my daughter. The shower was superb and I could not fault the cleanliness. As other reviewers have indicated we had a garage under our room with private access which was very hand as it was throwing it down with rain!
We did not eat at the hotel as we were on a flying visit but ate in the evening at the Italian ristorante directly across the road which was perfectly fine. The hotel staff were extremely friendly and had big smiles to greet us.
Lugano is an absolutely beautiful location and this is a very nice, reasonably priced hotel (with easy parking) from which to visit it.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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105 reviews
57 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2011

We stayed at the the Motel Vezia for an overnight stay on our way from Como to Reims.
The hotel is very neat and clean, on the main road of Vezia, a small and slightly dull town near Lugano, set within beautiful Swiss mountains.
Our family room had its own garage, a bathroom which was too small (but had the most powerful shower I can remember) and a bunk bed for the kids, which was quite short (ok for our young children but not so comfortable for kids over 10 I would expect).
The 60's look throughout the motel is very nice and makes it stand out from other places, but what we absolutely hated was the duvet covers in our bedroom and the small sofa covers in the lobby near the "petrol pump" with their dated pattern.
We did not have dinner at the hotel restaurant as we got an ok pizza across the road but we did have breakfast there, which, as other reviewers have pointed out, is really expensive for what you get.
Overall, I would have giving it an average rating, but the swimming pool area is very leafy, green and pleasant, there are swings and a slide for the little ones and a giant chess board too - exactly what our kids needed after a long car drive.
My tip to other travellers who are simply driving through Switzerland from Italy to northern Europe is to avoid Switzerland as a stopover: all the Swiss hotels we looked into seemed very expensive compared to places in northern Italy or south France/Germany.

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars
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Maribor, Slovenia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2011

We only stayed one night, but we got the warmest welcome ever! They showed us our rooms, a drying room, where we could dry our wet clothes because it was pouring rain and they gave us time to unpack and park our motorbikes in a garage before the actual check-in. They were almost fully booked but still found rooms for us to stay the night. All the garages were occupied, but they still tried to find a space for our bikes and moved some things so that our bikes would be kept safe and dry. When we asked for help, because we lost our keys for the locks while on the road, the owner himself came to help us and he found a solution to unlock the locks in no time. I truly recommend this motel to all the travelers who want to sleep well, not worry about their vehicles and sleep in a very expensive city for the lowest price in the best hotel/motel ever! Thank you once again for everything!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2011

Spotlessly clean, private parking garage, best shower we've had in Europe, friendly and affordable. Great find.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
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Redditch, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2010

We chose the Motel Vezia because we were on a driving tour, and safe parking was very important. The option of having your own, private garage directly under your room was too good to miss.

The motel gives a good first impression. The building is interesting, in nice clean grounds, and has a decent looking swimming pool at the one end (which we didn’t get to try, since we were only here for two nights).

After checking in, the receptionist showed us how the garage worked. You park your car, and there is a locked door inside which leads directly up into your unit. There’s a landing, off which is the bathroom, the bedroom, and another door that can take you out to the motel hallway so you don’t always have to enter/exit through the garage.

The bedroom was quite a good size, decorated in a modern style mainly in white with black touches. The furniture included a wardrobe shelves, a safe, bedside table, a desk-like chair and room for writing. The separate bathroom had a shower (no bath), and not much shelf space, but it was perfectly adequate otherwise.

The TV had numerous channels, but only CNN in English. The bed was, as is typical, two singles pushed together, with bedspread and blankets rather than the duvets usually found in Switzerland. The bed was firm, but comfortable. It was difficult to sit up and read, however, due to the shelf arrangement immediately behind the bed.

The motel has a very nice Italian-style restaurant, at which we ate one evening since they offered a set menu for 30CHF, which was reasonable compared with other places we had seen. We enjoyed our meal here, and would recommend it.

Breakfast was not included in the price of the room, and was an extra 15CHF each. This seemed excessive for what looked like a pretty standard continental spread. Luckily, there is a Manora department store right next to the hotel, which was great for buying some drinks and groceries, and had a small café on the corner, from where we had a coffee and pastry each for around 12CHF in total.

We caught the bus into Lugano, rather than drive and attempt to find parking there. The stop was only a short walk away from the motel, and we bought our bus tickets from reception. This seemed a relatively easy way of getting into Lugano, although it wasn’t at all clear where to get off the bus on our first ride in, and we ended up quite a way out of the town centre before somebody helped us and directed us back. Maybe this was just our own stupidity, but I mention it just as a bit of advice for any other new tourists – have a good map, and know where you want to get off, or ask somebody to help!

We found Lugano pleasant, but a little bit dull if I’m honest. It was a great base from where to visit Lake Como, which is what we did on our one full day there. We will never forget driving to and from Lugano to the Lake Como area – an experience not for the feint hearted, but one that we thoroughly enjoyed.

The motel is a great choice if you’re visiting the general area with a car. It’s probably not the best if you just want to visit Lugano itself, since it seemed about a 15-20 minute bus ride out of town. It’s not cheap to stay here, since the rate didn’t include breakfast, and is inflated somewhat for the privilege of having your own private garage – but that’s the main reason we stayed there, and it worked out well for us.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Hebden Bridge
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14 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2010

We really enjoyed our stay at Motel Vezia. It was a great stopover on the way to Italy. Easy to find off the motorway and something a bit different. We enjoyed sleeping over the garage! And thought it was really convenient. It is refreshing to stay somewhere so different and it was such good value for money We had dinner (we were almost the only people in the restaurant) and thought the waitress was charming, The food at both dinner and breakfast was good and reasonably priced for this expensive country. In the summer the hotel swimming pool is in use which must be very welcome after a long journey.
A great place for a stopover. Not sure how convenient it is for Lake Lugano as it was not on our itinerary.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank cally21
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Boston, MA
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16 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2009

I booked a night here at the last minute and regrettably realized it was a motel after the fact . I think for someone driving to Lugano this is probably a good place to stay. However, for someone, like myself, traveling by train it was very inconvenient and also a bit overpriced. The room was a bit small, the rooms also need some updating, and breakfast wasn't included in the price. I felt I was paying for the motorists parking rather than any amenities. The staff were kind enough though. Overall, I was a bit disappointed and would not stay there again or recommend it to someone who is traveling by train.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled solo
    • 1 of 5 stars
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Property: Hotel Vezia
Address: via San Gottardo 32, Vezia, Lugano 6943, Switzerland
Location: Switzerland > Swiss Alps > Canton of Ticino > Lugano > Vezia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Vezia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Vezia 3*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located at only 3 km from the center of Lugano, the Hotel Vezia opened in 1956 and has been renovated while keeping its soul of the "Fabulous 50s". Each of the 50 rooms have been decorated in a unique way, taking inspiration from the '50s movies and stars, many of them are connected to a private garage. Every evening local and American specialties are served in the rounded shape restaurant. Not to be missed are the subtropical garden with pool and bar. At the Hotel Vezia unusual events and banquets for up to 100 people are organized. Wi-Fi and parking are included free of charge. ... more   less 
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