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Hotel International au Lac
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Reviewed 21 May 2013

A modern hotel with good facilities and lovely bathroom! Nice size room. Reasonably friendly staff. Internet surfers note that free wi fi is available but has very poor coverage - it did not work in our room. It is some distance from the station (if thats important to you) - we took a taxi but you could use the furnicular and then a bus/walk.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Chickoo M
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Reviewed 15 April 2013

Well situated hotel by the lake with charming garden and pool. I believe the hotel has been run by the same family for many years. Courteous staff and well appointed rooms Lovely traditional bar with an impressive range of cocktails and free wifi. Small charge for wifi in your room.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank JMS833
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Reviewed 20 February 2013

We were very much impressed with Hotel International au Lac in Lugano. Its location in the city is perfect, just across the street from a pedestrian walk along the shore of beautiful lake Lugano, and close to a variety of shopping areas and restaurants.

We arrived early afternoon, and were greeted enthusiastically with a smile and a welcome. The lobby was very clean and impressive with its art items, e.g., old style furniture, sculptures and paintings. While registering, we were given various information about the hours of breakfast (included), the cost of in-room wi-fi (not expensive), as well as the location of shopping areas in the city. We were then given our key and led to the elevators.

Our room was absolutely spotless, and superbly and tastefully old-style decorated with wall sconces, paintings, beautiful lamps, two desks, two very relaxing accent chairs and a large screen TV. The small balcony gave us a very nice view of lake Lugano. The modern bathroom was immaculate with all the necessary items, nothing missing. And when we returned from dinner at around 9 PM, our beds were turned over, something you don't see very often these days. The two large beds were indeed very comfortable with duvet covers - like sleeping on a cloud.

The owner of this very large hotel came to our room to ensure that we were satisfied with the service and the room. How's that for caring?

As the dinner menu was of no interest to us, and because we usually prefer to eat with the locals, we decided to go to one of the many nearby restaurants. Breakfast (included) was the normal buffet fare; it was plentiful and the food was very well prepared.

If ever we go back to Lugano, without hesitation this is were we will stay.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Ren_N91
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Reviewed 12 October 2012

This is an older hotel, just across the street from the Lake Lugano. The cable car takes you from the train station to the city center and from there it's a 5-minutes walk to the hotel. Otherwise it's a 20 euro cab ride.

We were greeted by friendly staff in reception, and shown to rooms that were large and clean, but dated. This is not necessarily a bad thing. I like rooms that have character, if they're well maintained, and these are. If you need a modern room, this may not be your place. The rooms had a nice view of the lake and very small terrace outside. We could open the windows and not be disturbed by traffic outside.

We did not eat dinner in the hotel, but the breakfast was varied and delicious.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Richard L
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Reviewed 8 October 2012

The hotel location is the best, near the waterfront, in the beginning of the pedestrian shopping street of the city, going straight to the center, a five minute walk. It is situated near the medieval church Chiesa degli Angioli with beautiful frescoes. The busy road that runs along the lake near the hotel did not disturbe us because it is not directly under the windows. Right under the windows – the small squire starting the pedestrian Nassa street.
Hotel International au Lac is absolutely recommend in terms of price / performance ratio for a stopover in Lugano. The hotel of the old school is the story of the early 20th century and even gets a UNESCO grant to retain its historic appearance and spirit.
Live interior looks much more beautiful than on the promotional photos, a lot of old paintings, sculptures, antiques some interesting little things that you want to look at and touch. There is a good old timed-time, pleasant, because for all that it does not look dilapidated or worn, as is often the case in older hotels.
Service is very friendly and attentive, the ladies at the front desk immediately provided with all possible tourist information - city maps, boat schedules, tips what to see, attractions booklets and explain every detail. We've even bought cable-car tickets to San-Salvador (a must to see in Lugano) on the reception without any exta - very convinient.
Room was old-fashioned, but very clean, comfortable and cozy, nice view of the lake from the balcony. The main impression of the hotel - do not laugh, extraordinary, just heavenly comfortable beds. Probably I did not sleep at best. I do not know what kind of sheets and mattresses, but the feeling is like sleeping in the arms of an angel (nobody told me how it is but I think it's very pleasant).I'll not hesitate to stay another time in this hotel to sleep ones more in that bed!
The hotel has convenient underground garage- not free - 20 francs a night, about 16 euros, but for Lugano it is inexpensive.
Breakfast is served in a beautiful room with a glass window in the ceiling. Coffee, well boiled, commissioned to bring all tastes: cappuccino, latte, espresso, etc. Breakfast is continental, but very good- delicious cheeses, fresh pastries, fruit salad and fruit, they serves natural scrambled eggs, some sausages, in-general, everything was normal.
The hotel is pets friendly , like many in Italy and Switzerland. The presence of outdoor pool is an additional plus to the hotel. Very nice clean cool pool on a quiet courtyard with a lovely old garden. Nobody was there when we went to swim . Statue of a girl with a pitcher pouring a trickle of water into the pool, flowers around, a dozen sunbeds for sunbathing if time and desire. Comfort and beauty!

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Natella_R
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