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“Extremely helpful staff”
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Hotel Federale
Ranked #12 of 45 Hotels in Lugano
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“Extremely helpful staff”
Reviewed 21 May 2007

This is a lovely hotel with very reasonable rates but what makes this
hotel stand out is the staff who were more than helpful and pleased to go out of their way to make our stay as comfortable as possible.

We were given a room on the 4th floor which had an amazing view over the town and mountains. I also found the bedroom and bathroom spacious, modern and clean.

The communal lounge and breakfast area are a little outdated but are cosy and comfortable.

I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone.

  • Liked — Staff
  • Disliked — the communal areas
  • Stayed August 2006, travelled with family
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Reviewed 16 October 2006

This hotel was great. We stayed here in October - weather was good but not boiling, so had no trouble with the lack of aircon.

The hotel is faded grandeur, but it is still great - the rooms were excellent, comfy and clean. Try and get a room with a balcony facing the mountains - perfect spot to sit out and relax with a lovely view.

The hotel is in an ideal spot - only a short walk down hill from the railway station, but in a nice quiet area - just a few minutes further down the hill to the cathedral and then on to the town centre and lakefront. The staff are multi-lingual, very helpful and friendly.

The breakfast is excellent as well! We got a weekend room rate of 200CHF for a double with a bath, which was great value (especially for Switzerland, which can be pricey)

I would recommend this place to anyone.

  • Stayed October 2006, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 June 2005

We had the unfortunate luck of hitting this place during a heat wave. No air conditioning meant keeping the windows open in an extremely noisy area just down from the rail station. The back side of the hotel, away from the station, might be quieter, couldn't tell.

The hotel would have been merely adequate had we stayed here during another season. But I wouldn't chance it unless your budget dictates so.

I think I recall the breakfast being above average, but we were so wiped out from the previous night's sleeplessness that I can't say for sure.

I knew in advance that the place did not have A/C and I'll never make that mistake again. Luckily, we were able to bail out after one night and moved over to the Albatro which was about the same amount of money but not as good a location.

  • Stayed June 2001
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Reviewed 28 September 2004

Oh, what to say about the Federale? The Federale looks just like a hotel that may have been grand some years ago, and although it has faded with time, it is insistent on keeping the same formality associated with traveling in years past. For example, there was a beautiful old-style bar area in lieu of a waiting area, with a friendly, old-style, Capra-esque bartender to serve you. The room in which breakfast was served had an lovely atrium feel. Coffee was served in formal silver pots. Waiters were dressed in black vests and bow ties. I noticed the Federale was popular with the silver-haired set, and I can only imagine that it brings them back to a more formal era, when people expected a hotel to be true home away from home. As for the rooms, they are very clean and very comfortable with lovely duvets, a nice shower, and are on the larger size for Swiss standards. I would stay there again.

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Reviewed 31 March 2004

We had a very good experience at the Hotel Federale in Lugano. Hotel Federale is a small, intimate, relatively modest hotel conveniently located within a 5 minute walk to the train station and the downtown area. The staff was very friendly and accommodating, the rooms were small but very clean with wonderful down comforters. We felt as though we were in an authentic Swiss hotel instead of an American hotel that happened to be located in Switzerland. Great breakfasts too! Definitely worth a visit!

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Reviewed 24 November 2003

The hotel was beautiful in a very pretty Swiss italian town, Lugano. A good starting point to visti either Switzerland or the neraby cities of Milano and Como.

The stay was perfect, we got a nice room with a nice view and the service was just wonderful. The breakfast buffet had everything from different breads, yogurts, jellies, fruits, cheeses, and so on.

Whenever I come back to Switzerland I will stay in this hotel again!

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Property: Hotel Federale
Address: via Paolo Regazzoni 8, Lugano 6900, Switzerland (Formerly Minotel)
Region: Switzerland > Swiss Alps > Canton of Ticino > Lugano
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 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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