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Lugano Dante Center Swiss Quality Hotel
Ranked #1 of 45 Hotels in Lugano
Certificate of Excellence
Brooklyn, New York
Level 6 Contributor
126 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“Fantastic hotel.”
Reviewed 9 October 2012

I love this hotel.

For starters: very easy to get to. I rode the train into Lugano then took the funicular down to the bottom and the hotel is literally right there. Great for luggage. The pedestrian old town area with restaurants, bars, banks/cash machines, high end shopping starts at the foot of the hotel entrance. The lake and public transportation are maybe five minutes walk away.

My hotel room was QUIET. It was WONDERFUL. I was even directly across from the elevators and yet I heard no one. The curtains were like black out curtains. It was the best sleep I had during my entire two week vacation through Switzerland. Also, plenty of electrical sockets for devices and the mini bar offered FREE beverages (no alcohol of course). Great water pressure, shower offered different types of shower heads which was nice and relaxing.

Also, free wifi. THANK YOU HOTEL. And free appetizer snacks during happy hour that were quite tasty. And the breakfast buffet? OHMY. Piles of food. PILES. Coffee, fresh juices, teas, white and dark chocolate drinks and pieces of chocolate, several cereal selections, eggs, hot meat, several types of sliced meats and cheeses, fresh grilled veggies, some salad options, fresh fruits, several types of bread including gluten free crackers (thank you hotel!), several types of dessert pastries and cakes (YUM)...there's a lot of food to choose from and each day was a little bit different so you didn't get bored with the selections. And it was all GOOD.

So for the price? You can't do better. Excellent location, excellent food, lots of wonderful free items that surprised me, very nice and lovely staff to help with your needs and tourist info, easy walking to wonderful parts of the city or transportation to get where you want to go. Just lovely. I'd stay here again in a heart beat.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 9 October 2012

Lugano is a lovely city to visit, however like much of Switzerland it is difficult to find affordable accommodation. The Dante is one of the best options available. The location is very central and just a 30 CHF trip from the small airport in Lugano. The lake, shops and restaurants are all very close. The decor of the hotel is bold, bright colours, it does have a chintzy feel but the hotel is spotless and very well maintained.
Where this hotel excels is the service - from the moment you check-in the staff are very professional and eager to help. Wi-fi is free to use and good quality, the mini-bar is stocked with water, juice and soft drinks and is also free and there are always 'treats' of cake or chocolate on offer.
The breakfast is also a stand out feature. As well as the usual cereals, breads and fruit - there are the unusual features of separate juicers for carrots and oranges. There are also two tubs of hot chocolate (white and milk!), there is a also a wide array of cold meats and other savoury options.
The only downside of this hotel is the size of the rooms. I was given a small single and although very comfortable it was definitely small! The bed was only just long enough for me (6'1) and the space between the bed and the door was no more than 2 metres.
One other consideration is the possible noise from the street, I stayed during a festival, so there was a live band playing till midnight and noise reached my room and the back of the hotel.

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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled on business
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Switzerland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 October 2012

I must say, this is by fair one of the best hotels in town Although it is situated right in the heart of the city, the rooms are very quite, clean and comfortable. The warm welcome we received at check-in was beyond expectation. The hotel has their own private parking at Chf 33.00 per day, which is very comfortable ( A very ultra modern parking) The hotels provides a wide range of breakfast to get you started with the day! It is a little bit pricey but afterall, hotels in Switzerland are all expensive and for the service Dante provides makes it worthwhile! HIghly recommended!

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Madrid, España
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Reviewed 7 October 2012

it is the third time we went to the hotel Lugano Dante and we will come back. it is perfectly located, high quality, but the most important is the personal touch of the service. Perfectly located, though a little tricky to find the way by car to its parking facility. You have to feed your GPS with via Motta and drive to the very end, there, in a pedestrian passage is the entrance to the hotel. If you place its actual address, you will not find it by car.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with family
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 7 October 2012

Our son is a student in Lugano, and we have had hit or miss experiences at hotels there for years. Some are wonderful, but crazy expensive; others not so great, but reasonably priced. Dante is now the one we will return to. Price fair. Location great. Nice and clean. Breakfast very good. Candy at reception, a nice touch. Service excellent. Parking garage, very cool!

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
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Mentone, Alabama
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 October 2012

My wife and I spent two wonderful nights at this hotel in the center of Lugano. The location was fantastic, within walking distance to several good restaurants, shopping, and city center. We took the bus to the bottom of Mont Bre and the funiculare to to summit for lunch with a wonderful view of the lake and the city below. Breakfast was a delight each morning, and the service at the hotel desk was most helpful. Definitely a good experience.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 October 2012

We stayed at the Dante on the 28th September which was the first stop of our four day tour. We found this hotel to be a total delight from the very friendly and helpful staff to all the other amenities that it offers. The location is perfect and as soon as you arrive the staff offer all the assistance possible. Extremely comfortable room; the pillow menu is something that we have never encounted previously from our many trips all over the world and my request for a different pillow was answered within two minutes - quite amazing. The free mini bar of soft drinks is also something that we have never experienced before, together with the invitation to a glass of wine and nibbles in the hotel bar. The reception area also offered twentyfour hour availability to free fresh coffee and tea together with a selection of continental style pastries. The buffet style breakfast was extremely good and definitely the best that we encountered within Switzerland.
Surely is the first place for hotels in Lugano well justified, in fact we would go a step further and say that in our opinion this must be one of the best hotels in the world.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Lugano Dante Center Swiss Quality Hotel
Address: Piazza Cioccaro 5, Lugano 6900, Switzerland
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Region: Switzerland > Swiss Alps > Canton of Ticino > Lugano
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 45 Hotels in Lugano
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — Lugano Dante Center Swiss Quality Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 87
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Lugano Dante Center is located in the heart of Lugano within the city's financial and business district, in a fascinating pedestrian area rich in history, shops and urban lifestyle! Only 1 minute by funicular from main train station and 200 m from Lake Lugano. The hotel services include 83 rooms, an underground parking space, meeting rooms and more. ... more   less 
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