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Hotel Rondinella
Ranked #18 of 27 Hotels in Locarno
Reviewed 26 September 2012

We are staying in Rondinella every summer for more than 10 years and always look forward to coming back. Nice, homely and family run for several generations, it is now a modern hotel superbly located on the lake shore overlooking Locarno Bay. Spacious rooms are air conditioned and boast fantastic views from the balconies over Lago Maggiore and the mountains.

The hotel is close to all amenities, funicular, boat, bus and train station, in a short walk from the old city and the famous Piazza Grande hosting annual Locarno Film Festival.

The owners are wonderful and go out of their way to make your stay pleasant. Delicious breakfast is home made with all the fruits and preserves coming from their own garden in the nearby village of Losone. Indeed a true pleasure, home away from home.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 November 2009

We knew this was a budget hotel and we had got a special rate of 400chf for four nights, but this was still bad value. We drove to Locarno as we live in Switzerland and had been led to believe that there was parking. We parked in the small public carpark outside the building, 2chf per hour and went up with our bags to a very lukewarm reception from a lady who we presumed was the owner. When we asked her about parking she said we would have to park in the underground multi story across the road (30 chf a day) but then gave us a piece of paper which she signed the back of, to present to the person in the carpark office along with the ticket from the machine, when we left on Sunday, which would let us pay half price.
She gave us the room key and told us it was on the 5th floor. The room itself was very basic but OK with an ensuite toilet and shower, but bed linen and towels were old and scruffy and had a balcony with a partial view of the lake. There was a terrible smell of paint in the lift and on the stairs/landing which thankfully had not made its way into the room. The noise from the road ouside was extremely loud and went on all through the night, and that was with the windows closed, goodness knows what it must be like if you need to have a window open. Despite running the tap for at least five minutes the water only got to a just about bearable warmth, in not much more than a trickle from the shower head. Breakfast was extremely basic and the coffee terrible.
Locarno is a beautiful town with lots to see and some great restaurants. We did not use the car during the four days because we were close to the centre and the station for the funicular up the hill etc, and also because we fancied walking to a couple of the adjoining villages, ( Ascona for example, is lovely and only about 40 mins walk)
This morning when we drove out of the carpark to come home, there was nobody in the carpark office as it was Sunday...... the only way out was to put 80 chf in the normal machine.

  • Stayed: November 2009, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank mikeandjude
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Reviewed 5 May 2009

excellent location, friendly and efficient staff, cleaned and nice breakfast
simply perfect

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled with family
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Thank mouse176
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Reviewed 2 September 2007

Location of the hotel is good - close to train station and with nice view towards the lake but one major problem - it is located on the main street in Locarno and traffic noise is 24hrs non-stop. If you fancy some sleep, if is almost impossible with the windows open. And it is too hot and stuffy to sleep with windows closed but we were told with extra CHF20/day we can get the controller to the airconditioning in the room. Something we weren't told when we booked the hotel. We checked out after one night though initially we booked for three.

  • Stayed: August 2007, travelled with family
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2  Thank cmh1
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Reviewed 9 June 2007

I enjoyed my recent stay at Garni Rondinella. The owners are very nice, the rooms clean and comfortable and the location is the best in Locarno. The hotel is very easy to find from the train station and most rooms have a view of Lake Maggiore. It is in the heart of Locarno, so the hotel is very convenient to shopping areas and lake trips. I would definitely stay here again. I debated between staying in Locarno and Lugano and was glad I choose Locarno, because it is smaller and much easier to navigate than Lugano.

  • Stayed: May 2007, travelled solo
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5  Thank mjnbrown
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Reviewed 11 October 2004

The Rondinella is right on the harbours edge with beautiful views across the lake to the mountains from the balconies (ask for a south facing room). Staff very friendly and helpful. Rooms clean and spacious. Breakfast excellent. Try the restuarant downstairs for simple but delicious local dishes

5  Thank ianperthaus
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Reviewed 18 May 2004

We stayed at the Rondinella in May of 2004 and recommend it without reservation. Here's why:--location is the best--two blocks from the train station and across the street from the lake and the Piazza Grande shopping area--hotel and rooms were immaculate--you could eat off the floors.--the price is unbeatable--140chf/nt for a double with breakfast--great view of Lago Maggiore from many rooms--lovely, friendly and helpful owner, Ms. Bachstein-Rondalli, who speaks English, Italian and German and goes out of her way to make your stay pleasant--refrigerator in room, balcony, good sized bathroom and cable tv that has english speaking channels, in addition to french, italian and germanTry this hotel--it's a true find. Website is: http---------------------------------------

  • Stayed: May 2004
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17  Thank ICB
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Additional Information about Hotel Rondinella

Address: via nuova Dogana 4, Locarno 6600, Switzerland
Region: Switzerland > Swiss Alps > Canton of Ticino > Lake Maggiore > Locarno
Amenities:
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant
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Ranked #18 of 27 Hotels in Locarno
Price Range: £116 - £118 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Rondinella 2*
Number of rooms: 28
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