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Lugano is a sophisticated resort surrounded by conical mountains. Lake Lugano is a sparkling jewel with a pretty waterfront walk. In my opinion, it lacks Montreux's charm, as the buildings are haphazard and less architecturally pleasing. It reminded us of South Beach in Miami, without the art deco.
The hotel wasn’t anything special …
Anne and I met in Newark, NJ at around 3:00pm and went to the Contentinal Club and had a glass of wine and started talking. We haven't really stopped talking yet, although we tried to rest a few hours on the flight to Milan. We arrived in Milan around around 8:30am was pick up by the travel agency and driven up to Lugano, Switzerland. It was 65 …
... night we had a few drinks at a small little bar and watched the Roma-Bologna, then went back to the terrace for some wine which was nice. I fell in love with Como because of it's location and beautiful nature that surrounded it, so I am going to rank it #2 on the list of cities I saw on this trip. The next morning (Sunday) we took a bus to Vals. Read my next post to hear about my time at Peter Zumthor's Thermal baths!
... kids in the car.
On the way back through, we stopped in Lugano to pick up the kids' hats and mittens, which I had left to dry on the radiator in the hotel room and forgotten to pick up. The hotel had them and was able to get them right away! We also stopped at the grocery store for a few cheesy and chocolaty treats to take home.
The drive back to Malpensa was quick and easy on the motorway, without a surface road diversion over ...
... while we transferred him from the car to the room - he called out, "I just want to go home," which broke my heart a little).
When we got D settled at the hotel, C and the rest of us followed and took about a 2 hour nap, waking at 3pm, which is early enough so as not to disrupt night sleep, but is also suspiciously close to "time to get up" in Mountain Time.
We got dressed for the rainy sop that was outside and took a walk in Lugano - ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Grand Hotel Eden Lugano
If you like 60 and 70's decor, dark and gloomy hallways and reception, this is the hotel for you. For us it was a surprise that this is classified as a 5 star hotel, with the looks and first impression, but nowadays 5 star means how many amenities a hotel can offer.
Wonderful Hotel, Wonderful Place
Fantastic Hotel, spectacular view (definately worth upgrading to a lake view room), very friendly staff, pool just a nice size and very clean, great location - nice to walk into town to the restaurants and shops along the lakeside, couldn't fault the hotel in any way, would definately stay there again - in fact we are planning a long weekend later in the year!
A true taste of Eden
Ah...the Eden! I visited over 15 hotels on a 3 week trip throughout Southern Europe and the experiences, overall vibe and comfort I had at the Eden exceeded each of the other 14 hotels!
The staff (especially the waitstaff in the restaurant) were more than hospitable--they became my keys to the city of Lugano. Giovanni (the Captain) was helpful with his tid bits of information about the local cuisine as well as things to do and see in the town. He was knowledgeable and courteous, while reserved and respectful. It's the way the entire staff was at the Eden.
I highly recommend staying there when passing through or heading to Lugano.
The hotel is located on the edge of the lake. The hotel is split in two by the road that follows the curve of the lake. For the best views stay in the hotel part that is on the lakeside edge. We had room 404 and the lake views were fantastic day and night from the big balcony. Watching the herons and other birds diving for fish was a great treat.
First Class Experience!
We stayed for 4 nights during our Grand Tour in September and were delighted with the hotel and the staff. This is a first class hotel with first class staff and I do not say that very often! Visitors will not be disappointed with this hotel!
This is truly a 5 star hotel. The service was impeccable, the rooms spotless, and the location beautiful. Our room overlooked the Lake with a large balcony. I had just come from Interlaken where I stayed in a 5 star hotel and was quite disappointed, so it was a nice change to receive the service we did at Eden. I really enjoyed the Bar/Deck at the water front.
I spent three nights at the Eden, from May 13 until May 16, 2005. I arrived at the hotel's reception, and I was informed that I had been upgraded to a suite! The reception service is great, and everyone speaks perfect English, as well as all other languages, this being Switzerland. I was personally escorted to my room, which was in the front building directly on Lago di Lugano. The hotel itself is very modern and tastefully done. My suite consisted of an ample living room with large sofa, two large chairs and a large tv with all channels, movies, etc. The adjoining bedroom was HUGE, with yet another tv, and a large, fully equipped bathroom with all sorts of great spa items (bath salts, shampoos, bathrobe, slippers). Now to the best part--a HUGE balcony that ran the entire length of the suite, with an entrance from the living room, and another entrance from the bedroom. I would guesstimate that the balcony was 18 to 20 feet long. I was in heaven, to say the least. The view was to die for, with a total view of the Lake, the mountains, as well as a long view toward downtown Lugano. Mr. Rossi, the General Manager, was very gracious, and even personally helped me find my room when I got lost! He is very hands on, and it shows in how the hotel quietly hums along. There is also a 24 hour concierge available. Catarina at the desk was very helpful to me, as well (we had also spoken by phone when I first made my reservation). A large buffet breakfast is included, and is served in one of the lovely dining rooms. There are plenty of attentive waiters. There is also a beautiful outdoor terrace for lunch (since this was early May), and probably for dinner as the weather warms up. Technically, the Hotel is located in Paradiso, but it is super convenient. There is the Paradiso boat stop practically next door, and you can catch boats to Gandria and Ascona. There is also great bus service to town, if you prefer. I actually enjoyed walking the beautiful passeggiata from the hotel to downtown Lugano, which takes a leisurely 10 minutes. From the hotel, you are also close to the funicular which goes up to San Salvatore with breathtaking views of the region. I would advise anyone to stay at this hotel. If one is so inclined, it is definitely worth the the extra swiss francs to stay in one of the deluxe rooms. The hotel is also only about 5 minutes away in taxi to the train station. I can't wait to return!
Just wanted to share my thoughts about Lugano - what a fantastic place. OK, it's not exactly jumping, but for a quiet long weekend, it was spectacular.
FANTASTIC!! My husband and I spent three nights here on our honeymoon. The service was excellent (Katrina at the front desk especially). The best rooms are on the 5th floor overlooking the lake. Also, the new bar that is on the lake is pretty cool and is a night hot spot.