We just returned from a 2 week trip to Switzerland. Stayed at the Hotel International Au Lac in Lugano for 3 nights. We found the accomodations to be basic, not fancy, but comfortable and with a sense of history. Furnishings were somewhat worn, but functional. Very good location and on-site parking in tiny garage (at extra cost, but very convenient). The area around the hotel is very busy with pedestrian shopping areas, restaurants and the lakefront. The older buildings in Lugano were very close by and we enjoyed exploring the area. Had the look and feel of an Italian city.
Our room looked out over an old church and we could see the lake if we leaned a little. Lake view rooms face the main roadway along the lake, so would be noisy. Rooms facing the rear (pool) would be quiet at night.
It was hot while we were there, so the pool was an excellent way to relax after a busy day. Our room had an air conditioner, but it didn't quite keep up to the USA expectations of air conditioner (i.e. like an icebox), but we were cool enough to sleep.
The breakfast was a very generous continental and was included in the room cost. It featured meats and cheeses, fruit, wonderful fresh breads, cereals, yogurt, etc.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Prime location in the old-town quarter and shopping district of the city centre and on the lake-promenade.Historical Downtown Hotel with extended facilities such as private garage parking, lobby-bar, garden with swimming-pool and WiFi Internet. A variety of restaurants, pizzerias and typical bars are located close to the hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- International Au Lac Lugano
- International Au Lac Hotel