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Albergo Acquarello
Ranked #33 of 45 Hotels in Lugano
Reviewed 4 May 2012

Well situated hotel, real Lugano center. 2 steps form shopping zone and main square. Room was clean. I had no problem with the noise, but my room was not facing the funicular. Cofee maker in the room, a nice touch.
That was positive. Now the other side of a medal.
Really small room, usable only for sleep
Wi-Fi for additional costs. 15 CHF (12,5 EUR) for a breakfast buffet. We didn't ever try it. No parking, public parking near the hotel is rather expencive. I can't say the personnel was very friendly. And for all this I've paid 185 eur per night (room for 2+additional bed for a 13-years-old daughter, nothing else, no meals).
For me it must be cheapier.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 1 May 2012

The strength of the hotel is the location. It is at the base of the tram (to the train station) and can be a little noisy in the late evening and early morning, but it is not overwhelming. From the hotel explore the environs and you will quickly see you would be hard pressed to find a better location. The Manor is close providing an incredible place for breakfast, the lake is nearby as is quality shopping. This is not a luxury hotel, but it is adequate, well located and the staff was remarkable.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 April 2012

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 31 March 2012

Prices being higher in Switzerland than in Italy, I can say this hotel is good for its price even though breakfast and parking are not included. Good, comfy room with safe, separate bathroom with hairdryer, clean, good service. Above all, excellently located by the funicular --noise is not a big problem-- right in the middle of the city centre, close to the shopping area and the lake. I'd come back and recommend it.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Rita Z
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Reviewed 20 March 2012

Stayed at the Acquarello as part of a tour group. Our room was basic, but clean. As mentioned in other reviews, the hotel is built around a funicular, though it didn't particularly bother me as I sleep with earplugs anyway. It was directly below our room (which overlooked the central patio area) and I just noticed a low rumbling sound. No air conditioning, just a fan which is OK but it was in the upper 80s and it did get rather hot. The included breakfast was pretty basic, but filling. Lugano itself is a beautiful area and there are plenty of places to walk right out of the hotel with great views.

Room Tip: If the noise from the funicular is likely to bother you, try a room away from the front of the hotel...
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  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 November 2011

this hotel,is located in the heart of Lugano and offers what you expect.
The reception was gentle, the room was large,but a bit cold.The swiss type beds come with a small cover...

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  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 October 2011

booked this hotel by mistake ('not that one' turned into 'that one' over the phone, doh!), but even though the reviews are pretty bad, the hotel wasn't. Ok it has a cable car going right through it and you can hear it, but that didn't bother me at all and my friend used ear plugs, the walls in our room definitely did not shake and we both slept very well.
Multilingual staff at reception were always very helpful and friendly, maybe we were lucky, but they were always really nice to us.
It's actually quite basic, has a backpackers feel to it and the bathroom was pretty small, but it was clean and being right next to the cable car actually makes it extremely easy to get to. Location is just perfect and close to everything.
At first we decided not to have breakfast in the hotel as there are loads of cafes and restaurants nearby, but we eventually decided to give it a try and it wasn't so bad. Not great, but you can always have a look before you decide to eat there or not.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled on business
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Thank David P
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Additional Information about Albergo Acquarello

Address: piazza Cioccaro 9, Lugano 6900, Switzerland
Region: Switzerland > Swiss Alps > Canton of Ticino > Lugano
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Hotel Style:
Ranked #33 of 45 Hotels in Lugano
Price Range: $155 - $325 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Albergo Acquarello 3*
Number of rooms: 66
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Benvenuti all'Acquarello Il nostro albergo e situato nel centro citta, sulla zona pedonale, a pochi passi dal Lago di Lugano, nelle vicinanze del Palazzo dei Congressi, del Casino di Lugano, del Padiglione Conza (centro esposizioni) e della stazione FFS. Il nostro albergo a conduzione familiare e la sosta di chi certa un alloggio economico ed elegante. Hotel Acquarello (Ex Cristallo) e stato recentemente rinnovato ed ora puo offrire ai suoi clienti, nel quadro della rinomata ospitalita svizzera, tutto il confort che si meritano. Tutte le aree pubbliche e le camere sono NON FUMATORI e gli animali non sono ammessi. ... more   less 
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