One can see why the Federale is popular on Tripadvisor : it is a nice, warm, unexpensive hotel convenient to the train station without having the look of a "station -hotel" .
The staff (and the owners) look very efficient , friendly and they do any extra-mile to accomodate guests . Dinner is on the cheap side and rather good . Breakfast is OK.
The real down-side of this hotel are the single rooms, which are really "single", cramped, funny-shaped and hot. No AC, only a big fan standing in front of the small bed. The bed is adjacent to the room door and in the morning the wake-up call is slamming doors one after the other.
The furniture dates back to the Corean War at least. Bathrooms are renovated and work properly.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Family run since 1923, near train station and bus terminal to Tirano, Milano, Bernina Express and Palm Express. Single, double, triple and four bedded rooms. Restaurant with terrace. Underground parking (for a fee). Free WiFi. In old city center of Lugano, but on a hill. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Minotel Hotel Federale
- Minotel Hotel Lugano
- Minotel Lugano
- Lugano Minotel