The best part of this hotel is the location. It is located only a few hundred meters from the train station and is directly on the pedestrian shopping street in the main part of the city. It is also a 5 minute walk to the boat dock, and some rooms (try room 43) have a view of the lake.
We paid 160 chf per night--a bargain in Switzerland (we asked for a group discount as we were with a group and booked 3 rooms for 3 nights. The normal rate is 170). The people at the front desk were always very nice and spoke English. We didn't even have to remind them about the discount later.
The rooms were basic (and included a shower and toilet) but very clean. The price included breakfast, which wasn't much--orange juice, coffee (or tea or hot chocolate) and a basket of bread, but it was enough to get you going.
The first night I didn't sleep much since our room was on the first floor (room 12) overlooking the street and we were also near the breakfast room, but the next two nights we were given a fan and that worked to drown out any noise. My husband didn't have any problems sleeping at all but I am a light sleeper.
The hotel had no lobby, so we always waited for each other outside, but that was no big deal as there were benches right next to the hotel.
Overall, I recommend the hotel if you are looking for a clean, basic place in a great location.
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- Nel pieno centro di Lugano, nel cuore di Via Nassa, tra ristoranti e boutique...L'Hotel San Carlo e il suo Staff, sono pronti ad accogliere i clienti con la simpatia e gentilezza che da sempre li contraddistinguono... ... more less
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