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“Close to the station” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hotel Federale

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Hotel Federale
Ranked #15 of 45 Hotels in Lugano
Certificate of Excellence
canada
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27 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Close to the station”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2010

This is a good three star hotel - right below the main station in Lugano.
Just cross the road and take the litlle lane going down hill, it is an easy 3 minutes walk( dragging your suitcase back up on the way out is not so easy;-)
The lobby is small but the staff are very friendly - the rooms are decent sized for Switzerland and are clean.
The little bar was quite lively in the night but it does seem to be a group hotel as we could only see groups.
Very conevient for sightseeing, the lugano cathedral is 5 minutes walk and the old town is 10 minutes - all downhill.

  • Stayed April 2010
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank leahgirlCanada
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Bangor, Maine
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284 reviews
173 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 209 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2010

I chose this hotel mainly because it was near the train station (down a fairly steep ramp, if you're pulling luggage) and not too expensive; and was pleasantly surprised to find how luxurious it felt, and how nice everything was: a good-sized room, clean and quiet, with upholstered chairs and full bath; a nice view of the town from the small balcony; an ample breakfast in an attractive, sunlit room. To be sure, it cost 50% more (150 francs for a single) than the other hotels I used on this trip (so I won't go for the highest rating), but it was worth it - no complaints at all.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Ranke
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ireland
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54 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2008

We spent one night here as part of an 8 day walking holiday. On arrival our room wasn't ready - not great having spent 4 hours or so walking and keen to have a shower. When we returned to check in to our room and having been told it was ready- i discovered that the bathroom hadn't been cleaned.
The towels were used, the waste bin full of someone elses rubbish etc, - not good. There were chamber maids about and when i brought this to their attention it was resolved very quickly. But not a great start!
Our room was fine, compact - but adequate! The decor a touch faded. The breakfast next morning was good and served in a lovely room.
It wouldnt be the best place to go for a luxurious holiday. But for a few days in Lugano - its fine.

  • Liked — the breakfast
  • Disliked — dirty bathroom on arrival
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank yogaladyni
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Venice, Italy
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75 reviews
63 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2008

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.

  • Liked — Staff
  • Disliked — Room
  • Stayed August 2008
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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1 Thank anticorpo
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Boston, MA
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2008

Our family of four, plus our kids grandparents, stayed at this wonderful hotel for 6 nights. We rented 3 rooms, all on the 5th floor with balconies and wonderful views of the town of Lugano and Lake Lugano. Although just 200 meters from the train station, it was very quiet even with the windows open at night.

The hotel staff was very courteous, friendly, and helpful. We elected to take the dinner option during our stay (half board) and all meals were very satisfying. The restaurant staff quickly became big hits with our kids.

If you are looking for a nice, friendly, clean and quiet hotel to stay at in Lugano, you won't be sorry if you choose Hotel Federale!

  • Liked — Hotel staff and clean, quiet, comfortable rooms
  • Disliked — Had difficulty with internet access using the hotel provided computer in the lounge area.
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank tripboy58
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Toronto, Canada
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6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2008

The pictures do not do the hotel justice, our room was more modern looking with a completely renovated washroom. The staff was very helpful and informative. My only complaint was the hotel location, it is situated on a hill, getting down to the main shopping area and piazzas wasn't the problem, it was walking back up. It was worse for me because I had cast on my leg and needed to use crutches to get around. Other than that I would recommend this hotel to anyone visiting Lugano.

  • Liked — Cleanliness
  • Disliked — Location
  • Stayed June 2008
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
Thank Ancor71
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Oslo, Norway
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21 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2007

Fine, possibly family-runned. Parking garage in the basement. Car-lift!
Room was a single room - tiny, and a bit worn. Smelled of sigarettes.
Close to Lugano Centro, just down the hill. 4 min. walk.
Continental breakfast - not the poor and sweet Italian style.

  • Liked — Close to town
  • Disliked — Nothing in particular
  • Stayed December 2007, travelled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
Thank Garrrrden
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Additional Information about Hotel Federale

Property: Hotel Federale
Address: via Paolo Regazzoni 8, Lugano 6900, Switzerland (Formerly Minotel)
Region: Switzerland > Swiss Alps > Canton of Ticino > Lugano
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #15 of 45 Hotels in Lugano
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Federale 3*
Number of rooms: 48
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

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