Summary--Stay at Lugano only if you have to. If you get online and try, you can probably do better for the money. OK for crash pad; NOT OK for romantic getaway where you are trying to impress her. Believe me, you will but it won't be good.
Booked for stay during Oktoberfest because everything else was already booked except for stays of 250 Euro a night and up. No joke. Returned a week later and stayed in different room. 5 nights total. So, I have some experience with this Pension.
Rates--advertised low, but may be raised significantly because of any event. Understandable, I suppose, but 60 Euro raised to approx 180 during Oktoberfest, and remaining there afterward due to a technology exposition in town! Be careful about the rates. Also, this pension is more like a 45 Euro hotel, for many reasons. Actually, it's more like a small hotel than a Pension.
Location--Pension Luganois is approx 2 blocks from 3 different U-Bahn stations, including Hauptbahnhoff Central (the main station). Close to Karlstor and Sendlinger Tor stations as well. This is convenient. However, walking south from Hauptbahnhoff Central toward Pension Lugano brings you immediately into a stripper night club area. I did not see evidence of prostitution or crime there, but you should expect all manner of night noise outside your window. This was not a quiet area. I do not view the area as dangerous--just sleazy. The room was very warm, even during the night and with all radiator heat turned off, leading us to leave the window open all night. I recommend you keep your airplane earplugs and use them if you sleep at Lugano.
Food--This is a plus. The restaurant and bakery below Lugano in same building is superb and reasonably priced. While not belonging to Lugano, it is a plus for this pension. Open early, good baked goods, and excellent ham and eggs. Friendly staff. Lugano does not serve breakfast and has no arrangement with this restaurant to provide guests with breakfast. Lugano does not offer guests coffee. Come on, guys, you could offer coffee.
Internet--Bad, bad Pension Lugano. You have your own Wi-fi! Why don't you share it with your guests? You might make up for some of the other amenities you do not offer. Your immediate competion at Hotel Brunerhof 2 doors down offers free wi-fi and far clearner rooms. Good grief! Get outa here! Offer free wi-fi. Sure, there is the internet call center right across the street. It's owner keeps long hours, but these days, free wi-fi is the way to go. The call center charges 1 Euro per hour and has Skype with headphones set up for you to make calls.
Cleanliness--First room was not bad. I give it 3 of 5. Last room was not good. Carpet stained; wall stained; Dust and dirt in out of way places. Bedding, however, was clean and changed daily. Lugano is accessed on street level by walking into a marbled passage, then up steps to the Pension. During Oktoberfest, this passage was not locked from the public and it became a latrine where drunk Oktoberfest revelers could go to the bathroom. That's bad enough, but Pension Lugano (which does not own the passage) did not clean it up. Unsavory, to say the least. Mop the passage whether it is yours or not. You and your guests have to use it.
Furnishings--Very basic. Very basic. Functional but that's all.
Staff--Some very friendly, professional, and helpful, some not so much so. No one hostile.
Bottom line: OK at 45 Euro per night if you have to but they charge 60 and up. Try to find something better for your money. Lots of places to stay in the immediate area.
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