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Hotel Garni Muralto
Ranked #3 of 27 Hotels in Locarno
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 28 June 2012

This hotel is only about 2 blocks from the train station and the lake. But, it is uphill. It is in a convenient location to walk around the old town and stroll along the lake. The hotel is very well appointed. Clean and modern. I booked a standard room (cheapest). The room we were checked into was very small without a view. So, if you want the large room shown in the pictures, you'll need to upgrade to the lake view (king bed) which is what we did. It has a wonderful balcony with a sitting bench and small view to the lake.

Beds were very comfortable, room was clean and fresh. There is a very nice lobby with great big windows if you like to sit out somewhere other than your room.

Breakfast was okay. It was continental but did not have much variety. Maybe two types of cereal, some bread, cold cuts and cheese with croissants and some whole fruits. Butter, jam and nutella. Coffee and Juice. But, the breakfast room is great with floor to ceiling windows and a great outdoor patio to sit out and relax for the morning.

I would book this hotel again.

Room Tip: Upgrade to a room with a lake view or a king bed. Queen rooms are small.
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  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 June 2012

This hotel was an amazing surprise in the best possible way. It is a newly rebuilt building with modern fit out that has been done to a great standard. We were on the corner of the 4th floor and the view was exceptional. As it is up the hill a little bit it looked out over the buildings in the foreground and was a wider view than you get closer to the water. Location was great, an easy walk to the shops, restaurants and waterfront. Breakfast was a good quality and fresh which we found as good as we had elsewhere. Rooms were spotless, staff very pleasant and helpful and spoke good English as well as other languages. It is a place we would not hesitate to recommend.

Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 February 2012

Very pleasant experience overall. The breakfast could have been a bit more varied, but I got the impression that the hotel caters basically for travellers in transit.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with friends
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Thank BalkanEnthusiast
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Reviewed 10 October 2011

Good location, within a walking distance from the train station. The hotel was nicely decorated with very pleasant color tones and Italian touches were all over the place. Breakfast was excellent, we liked having it at the patio outside, just add an omlet stand and i would say it would match breakfasts in much more expensive 5 star hotels. The bathroom was nice as well i especially liked the twisting shower door.

My only remark is that they did not have English movie or Arabic news channels.

Room Tip: the room we took was towards the back, but the hotel faces the lake, ask for a lake view.
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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 September 2011

The Garni Muralto has been very tastefully decorated with modern fixtures and fittings and good quality linens and towels. The hotel was spotlessly clean, bright and airy. The hotel is in a great location just a 2 minute walk from the station and town centre. Unfortunately during our stay there was construction work next to and across from the hotel. This meant there was substantial noise from 7:30 am till around 5pm. I know the hotel can't help construction taking place however it would have been courteous of the hotel to mention it on or before check in and offer a token apology for the inconvenience. We chose a suite on the top floor, which I would highly recommend if staying here. The room was spacious and the view from the balcony was lovely. It was especially pleasant sitting out on the balcony in the evening (during the day the experience was slightly spoiled due to the construction - both from the noise and a reduction in privacy). The bathroom contained a separate shower and bath which is always a nice treat in a hotel. The internet connection was good enough for my husband to use for business purposes. The only negative comments about the room would be that the air conditioning was not very powerful and there was no tea and coffee making facilities in room which is very unusual for 4 star accommodation. Breakfast was OK but nothing special, just a standard continental. For a 4 star you would expect a wider choice and perhaps some hot options. It is a small property and so doesn't have the facilities of a larger hotel, no gym, restaurant etc however this was not a problem for us. We previously spent 1 night in the much larger Ramada Arcadia, which has more facilities, but had a truly terrible experience. The staff at Garni Muralto could not have been any more pleasant or helpful. They were keen to answer any questions and always greeted you with a smile. We would definitely chose to stay at the Garni Muralto in the future.

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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 September 2011

I was nervous about booking this hotel because it only had three stars and was not extensively reviewed. It turned out to be better than three of the four-star hotels we stayed in. We booked a suite and were pleasantly surprised that it was newly and beautifully furnished. It had tons of storage space, air conditioning and an awesome, furnished outdoor balcony overlooking Lago Maggiore. The room was impeccably clean and the bathroom was wonderful. Location was also great...just two blocks from train station. The only downside is that the beds are platforms with a mattress...no box spring makes for a hard bed. At least the bedding was cushy and comfortable, however. I would recommend this hotel and would stay there again myself! Hotel offers a decent continental breakfast for free. It doesn't have a full serice restaurant, a concierge or porter service, but if you can live without those amenities, this is a terrific hotel at a reasonable price.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 July 2011

To keep it short: The hotel appears very fresh and trendy - from the interior and the exterior. We had a room on the fifth floor which was a little bit more exspensive but the panoramic view was well worth the extra money. TVs could have been chosen a bit bigger - but who comes to Ticino for watching TV anyhow. The Receptionists were not only very friendly and helpful but very pretty and charming, too. Breakfast buffet was a okay-standard. Nothing fancy but just what you need to start well into the new day. Summa summarum - I wouldn't hesitate to chose the Hotel Garni Muralto again for my next trip to Switzerland's exciting south.

Room Tip: Get a fantastic viwe from the 5th floor
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  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Address: via Sempione 10, Locarno 6600, Switzerland
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Region: Switzerland > Swiss Alps > Canton of Ticino > Lake Maggiore > Locarno
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Bar / Lounge Restaurant
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Ranked #3 of 27 Hotels in Locarno
Price Range: £68 - £128 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Garni Muralto 3*
Number of rooms: 34
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