As a reasonably-priced business-cum-vacation hotel chain, Accor Ibis are in my experience the best. This year I stayed in Locarno on Lake Maggiore and experienced one of the best Ibis's I've ever stayed at! Situated just off Locarno's public gardens and main hotel-restaurants along the breathtakingly beautiful lakeside, Ibis Locarno is just right for everyone, from Locarno Film Festival journalists to singles, honeymoon couples and family groups.
It doesn't have its own restaurant, but being surrounded by some of Europe's best restaurants and snack bars, it doesn't need to. Still, intriguing appetisers and snacks can be conjured up from the Ibis hotel bar at any time of the day or night!
The building is very tall, with a truly lofty public area, enclosing a futuristic reception, lounge, bar and breakfast room.
Staff are mainly local Italian Swiss, very friendly and helpful, most speaking English.
Don't try to arrive during July and August, though, without long prior Booking as it's The Locarno International Film Festival, when the city submerges as tens of thousands film buffs and cinema production companies invade, producing audiences of ten thousand squeezed into the night-lit Piazza Grande, a truly exciting and heart-thumping event believe me! Without the film festival Locarno reverts to it European premier location as a very, very hot summer resort for sun-lovers,
swimmers, mountain walkers and climbers - you decide - its all there just waiting for you!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The ibis Locarno hotel is located in the heart of the town of Locarno, just a few minutes' walk from the lake, the ferry terminal, the Piazza Grande and the casino. It is 100% non-smoking. The hotel is fully air-conditioned and has 83 rooms, of which 4 are for people with reduced mobility and 3 are suites. There is also a 24-hour bar serving snacks, a sauna, a business corner, a welcoming breakfast area and an indoor paying car park. Free WIFI access. ... more less
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