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Hotel Garni Millennium
Ranked #10 of 28 Hotels in Locarno
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“Fantastic '3 star' hotel !”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2014 via mobile

We have travelled around the world and we can honestly say that our experience with Millennium was as good as any hotel we have stayed at (including Wynn's Las Vegas). For us, the location was perfect - right on lake's edge and about 40 m from the ferry terminal. Magnificent uninterrupted view of the lake and snow capped mountains in the background. The hotel is very close to excellent restaurants and within walking distance of the train station, Piazza Grande and the Old Town as well as the funicular to the Pilgrimage Church of Madonna del Sasso.
We requested a double room with a lake view but, as these were taken, we were upgraded to the 'penthouse' which also had a lake facing balcony. This was at no extra cost on condition that we only used one of the two bedrooms and we didn't use the kitchen (both of which were fine by us).
The apartment was very clean as we assume the other rooms would be. The shower in the bathroom we chose (there were 2 bathrooms) was rather confined but we got used to that. Plenty of water pressure and instant hot water. Early in the evening there was traffic noise but this disappeared later in the evening. Importantly, the floors were serviced by an elevator.
Breakfast was included in the price and it included cereals, yoghurt, boiled eggs, sliced ham, cheeses and a selection of bread rolls and croissants. It was nicely presented and for us it was more than adequate. Petra made an excellent fresh coffee but there was also a range of teas available.
In our experience, it's the little things that are so important. We needed some laundry to be done and Sonje (who we think is the manager) said they would do a load in their machine for CHF10. Within a few hours it was pressed and beautifully laid out on our bed. It's also the chocolates on the bedside table and the very helpful advice about anything - ferry timetables, specialty shops etc etc.
Sonje and Petra are both multilingual, including speaking very fluent english. Ilda was the lady who looked after our room and our laundry. We will definitely stay there again and recommend the hotel to our friends.

Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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135 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2014

We stayed one night at this hotel in Locarno. Pros: excellent location right in the city center, walking distance from everywhere, nice breakfast (selection of cheeses, bread, croissants, etc.), clean rooms, with electric kettle and tea, staff was nice and helpful. There is a very good tourist information office just nearby. Locarno itself was a good starting point for a trip to the nearby mountains and small towns. Cons: no hotel parking but a five-minute walking parking lot with discounted daily parking rates, the city itself doesn't have much to do in, other than walking along the lake shore.
There was an option of adding CHF65 for a balcony room, but we didn't want it and settled for a regular room. We drove to Verzasca Valley for a day trip, very nice with walking trails, and nature options (boulders, bridges, waterfall).

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Davis, California
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2014

Easy walking distance to train station ... priceless location on Locarno's waterfont right across from ferry terminal, yet amazingly quiet nights ... clean spacious room with balcony ... very nice breakfast ... lovely terrace cafes, restaurants and shopping nearby. And the staff were truly gracious, attentive and accommodating. All this at a very fair price!

My only problem -- wishing I was still there ...

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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London
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43 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2013

As we were travelling by rail we chose this hotel due to its proximity to the railway station, just two blocks away. We booked a room overlooking the lake. It was very quiet at this time of year and we heard no street noise during the night. Both the room and bathroom were very clean and well maintained. Just across the road we could take a boat to the Brissago islands and to Ancona. The old town and shopping centre (mostly under arcades, so great on a rainy day) was just a two-minute walk away. There are a number of excellent restaurants just along the promenade.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sydney
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2013 via mobile

The hotel was in an excellent location for transport and the grand plaza. The room was a good size..however shower was quite small. Very clean and comfortable and rooms were made up daily with fresh towels. Breakfast was simple but more than adequate with choice of cereals, fruit and yoghurts, cheeses, meats and breads etc. Great cafe latte with refills offered until satisfied. A very good quality 3 star hotel .. Price was quite high, however with no other experience to compare with other Swiss hotels this may be typical of Locarno.

Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2013

Cute rooms b&b atmosphere. Very clean. Tea in room but coffee downstairs. Centrally located but a little noisy. Just 50 meters from the Embarcadero. Take the boat to the Prissogo Islands. It is frequently sunny in Lucarno when it is overcast further north.

  • Stayed October 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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29 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2013

Quaint little hotel in the best location of beautiful Locarno. We stepped off the boat from Stressa and walked 10 meters cross the road to the front door of the hotel, and was greeted by a friendly receptionist who helped us with maps, list of restaurants, and other ideas.
Two blocks back is the railway and bus station. Best room in the hotel is the corner balcony room (Billy Holiday Room) where you can see boats coming and going, and entertainers on the foreshore. Nice restaurant just along the lake one block away is SENSI where the waiters are mature men who know their wine and are willing to have a conversation with you while enjoying their work. Locarno is a beautiful town - well worth visiting.

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Garni Millennium
Address: via nuova Dogana 2, Locarno 6600, Switzerland
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Region: Switzerland > Swiss Alps > Canton of Ticino > Lake Maggiore > Locarno
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Ranked #10 of 28 Hotels in Locarno
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Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Garni Millennium 3*
Number of rooms: 11
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