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“Basic and Clean Hotel in Great Location”

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Hotel San Carlo Garni
Ranked #32 of 45 Hotels in Lugano
Reviewed 9 September 2008

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.

  • Stayed: September 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 May 2008

We have just returned from a weekend trip at Hotel San Carlo.
The room was simple, clean and compact, but you can find anything you need.
The hotel location was very close to Lugano lake(but you can't see the lake from your hotel room) on the shopping street in centre of the town, (we were a bit afraid of some noise at night, but was very silent at night. Only we heard rang bells of church which was next door at 7.30 on Sunday morning.) it was very convenient. If someone comes by car, you can find parking places on Lugano station side.
Hotel staff were very friendly and helpful, and we like their warm and kind hospitality.


We recommend everyone and for sure we'd like to stay this hotel again.

  • Stayed: April 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 March 2006

Hotel San Carlo was located right on the Via Nassa in Lugano. About two blocks from Lake Lugano.

Overall room was clean (a little tacky though). Beds were comfortable but walls were a little thin and could hear our neighbors. Our room had a sink in the bedroom. Separate toilet room and shower room. Breakfast was simple, coffee and bread items only.

Good room for one to two nights but any longer than that I would stay in a 3 star. Rate was around $114.00 for a double in early March.

10  Thank Nalacalli
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Reviewed 9 October 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 September 2017
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  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 September 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 August 2017
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  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Hotel San Carlo Garni

Address: via Nassa 28, Lugano 6900, Switzerland
Region: Switzerland > Swiss Alps > Canton of Ticino > Lugano
Amenities:
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #32 of 45 Hotels in Lugano
Price Range: £65 - £159 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel San Carlo Garni 2*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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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