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“Go up the hill and get out of the rat race of Lugano...”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Hotel Colibri

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Hotel Colibri
Ranked #26 of 45 Hotels in Lugano
Certificate of Excellence
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Go up the hill and get out of the rat race of Lugano...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2012

We love this hotel! Second time in 20 years and they have updated a lot of the rooms..so make sure to ask if otherwise...the views are spectacular! The restaurant is very good...it is a great place to hang out when in the Lugano area. We love to go to Morcote for lunch, then to the AlpRose Chocolate Factory and back to hotel for a glass of wine on the balcony and dinner at the hotel. It does have a pool which is rare in this area and a nice addition when travelling in the summer....Doesn't get any better than this!

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2012

As stated by many before, the views of of the lakes and Lugano are stunning (I had room 227). However, while the bathrooms have been recently remodeled, the rooms still sport rather old furniture with large floral patterns. Not my style at all, but clean. CHF 240 per night is not cheap, but then again, all hotels in Switzerland are a scam. Breakfast buffet was extensive for Swiss standards (again, with a view). Overall I can recommend this place to older travelers that like to relax and enjoy the view. It is fairly close to Bre sopra Lugano, an amazing little town with even better views. A pool is also available (across the street).

Note: A car is almost a must. Getting there by bus is not efficient.

Room Tip: Get a room with a view. Well worth it!
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2012

Three-star hotel, first class experience!
Friendly welcome and service, attention to detail, clean, well appointed rooms, superb food, and THE most amazing views across the Lake of Lugano and mountains.
We will return.

Room Tip: Rooms with balcony and view over the lake are well worth the extra cost.
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2011

If you want to go back to the 70/80's at a clean, nice, hotel with a superb view then Colibri is your place.

Room Tip: All room are with view, but I would take corner rooms,
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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2011

Stunning location over the lake. Hotel was built in the 60s and has been perfectly maintained and upgraded only where needed. What a relief to stay in a family hotel which is neither part of a chain or modeled after the usual over-priced "boutique hotels".
Unique gem with fine restaurant and professional and helpful staff.
It is not absolutely necessary to own a car to stay there (good bus connections and one can ride the "funiculaire" during the day), unless one is intent on whatever night life Lugano may offer (we were very happy with the hotel restaurant menu and specials on 3 different nights).

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2010

As a travel writer I stay in a large number of hotels and my assessment of the Hotel Colibri posed unique dilemmas.

It has such a stupendous view over Lake Lugano and such friendly elderly owners one tends to forgive its other shortcomings that in any other hotel would be seriously negative. The view fortunately keeps you breathless on the balcony and away from the perfectly preserved time-warp 1970s accommodation and public rooms. Nothing has been upgraded (although everything well maintained and clean) to fit in with the more modern demands of an hotel at this price. Even telephones and reception switches in punishing heavy plastic are as they were when first installed - a real museum piece. A curious experience this.

The restaurant is stunningly located too but again the food very mediocre and amateur in style - a real disappointment when you consider the million-dollar potential of this site. Also as the hotel is so far above the town alternatives for the tired traveller do not readily beckon. It is a long and circuitous way to drive down to real Lugano cuisine.

In my travels I have encountered a number of hotels that rely on their fabulous location to distract you from the disappointing realities. Their sites were obtained relatively inexpensively forty years ago and not much in the way of modernisation has happened since. There is an excellent outdoor kidney-shaped swimming pool, again with sun loungers with overwhelming views. An island sporting a palm tree lies at the centre which means you can swim in a never ending circle of beneficial mountain exercise.

Overall I considered I was paying a premium for the view but what of that ? A melancholy mood assailed me in the face of this fabulous but unrealised potential.

Michael Moran

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2009

We stayed for 3 nights and got this tip from the Lugano tourist office. The hotel is located a bit away from Lugano center on the mountain Brè, but it provides one of the best views on the lake!
The hotel itself is clearly dated (I guess it was built early 70's), but the owners and personell where very friendly. Also the pool is only accessible after crossing the road, but it is clean and a nice refreshment for the kids.
Meals are served on the terrace (in July, temperature is high enough), so you can also enjoy the magnificent view. Many dishes are served and even prepared at the table, giving an extra special touch. The food was very good, and Italian style with Frenh influence.
The rooms are old fashioned, but have the comfort you may expect from a *** hotel. The only thing I really missed was an airco, since days are hot in July.
We think it is a perfect hotel for a short stay in Lugano, and worth the price.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with family
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Property: Hotel Colibri
Address: Via Aldesago 91 | Aldesago, Lugano 6974, Switzerland
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Region: Switzerland > Swiss Alps > Canton of Ticino > Lugano
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #26 of 45 Hotels in Lugano
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Colibri 3*
Number of rooms: 30
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