Lugano Dante Center Swiss Quality Hotel
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... and rather like an English seaside town, except that the shops sell foccacias and pizza. Our hotel is half a block from the beach but most of the stoney beach areas require you to pay to get in. You can hire a deck chair too, if you pay. We walked to the "old" town but didn't explore very much more. John picked up a paninni for dinner and sat on the balcony and ate it. What a rough life we lead! We have a tour guide and tour of Cinque Terre tomorrow. Let's hope the sea isn't too ...
... our lunch so that John could have wine for lunch Italian style followed by coffee. The sun was out now and it was about 22 degrees so we sat at the restaurant, by the lake, relaxing. Tough life hey? What a pity that the next week or so has no more rest days. After a relax (again), dinner, a suitcase pack and early night. We are back to Milan tomorrow and get the train to Cinque Terre. Whoops, a sudden turn of events, apparently the ...
... just used a crane from over the wall of the arena to lift it. I was lucky enough and could afford a "real seat" as opposed to the hundreds that sat on the stone steps like they did in Roman times. The acoustics were also amazing. We made it to Act II, Scene 3 before the skies opened again and the conductor rushed his orchestra away to save the valuable instruments. A very anticlimactic end but I was actually just cold and wet by that time but it was so worth ...
... as the morning but that's a different and complicated story. We stopped a couple of times on the way back to look at the olive trees and the island from another view. Next we wandered around some of the fishermen's houses, saw an old church or two and old style boats. We passed George 's back gate and saw the bridge over the road from his villa to his garden. Then we arrived back at our hotel at about 4pm. Our kind guide spent some time with us giving directions for a day ...
Plan A is scrapped due to rain. I had reserved a 19 ft center console with a little 40hp Suzuki to tool around the lake for the day and visit some of the small towns that cling on steep hillsides to the waterfront. However, it's pouring out and the forecast for the rest of the day is not looking promising. So it's off by ferry to the main town of Como. First stop is to get a rain jacket and an umbrella, More stuff ...
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- Wheelchair accessibility
Historical Traveler Reviews Lugano Dante Center Swiss Quality Hotel
Hard to find, but worth every penny
My only complaint about this hotel is that it was a bear to find if you are driving. It is buried in this city and the only way we found it was to stop at a Hertz location and they directed us there. They have a very nice garage so that is not a problem. The service was good, free internet for our daughterSo before going, if not arriving by train, get directions. If you are going by train, the funicular is direct from the train station to the front door of the hotel. We had a delightful stay and walked to all of our meals which were excellant.
Hubby and I stayed here for two nights in July 2005, and loved it. We were worried that being so close to the funicular (it is literally a few steps from it) we would hear lots of noise, but even though our room (101) looked out on the piazza and funicular, we couldn't hear a sound! And it's only a few blocks from the waterfront.
While it seems to be a hotel oriented toward business travelers, our family of 3 (my husband and I, plus our 11-month-old son), were treated very well and had a very comfortable stay. The soundproof walls were a treat, after staying in other hotels with paper-thin walls. Free internet access in the lobby was appreciated, as was the comfortable sitting area for reading or writing postcards. The breakfast was amazing to the point of overwhelming -- pastries and breads, a table full of fruit, cheeses, grilled vegetables, cereals, jams, eggs, sausage, and on and on. The staff in the breakfast room was tremendously helpful and so sweet to our son. The hotel's location was perfect, as we were traveling by train. Just a short ride down on the funicular from the train station and you're left practically on the doorstep of of Hotel Dante. Truth be told, I think we enjoyed the hotel more than the town of Lugano itself. Since were weren't up for high-end shopping and the weather was overcast and rainy, we had a hard time deciding what to do with ourselves besides eating out and hanging out in our lovely room. For those set on visiting this town, however, they won't go wrong with this hotel.
Staff that were helpful and accomodating without being too pushy. Free soft drinks from the mini bar and free internet connection.
Excellent location and clean spacious room.
Lugano Dante hotel was great. It was in a very convenient location at the bottom of the funicular and had so many wonderful perks and amenities. Free internet in the lobby, croissants and tea for free in the lobby all day, complimentary use of the minibar, excellent breakfast. Nice rooms, staff was so helpful. Really an excellent hotel in a beautiful city. Definitely recommend staying here.
My favorite Lugano hotel!
I've had the pleasure of staying at the Hotel Lugano Dante several times and have never been disappointed. This is a medium-sized property which has the professionalism of a business-class hotel, tempered by a very warm and welcoming staff. You can rely upon the cleanliness of the rooms, the quality of the service. It's quiet and solid. Located on an interior plaza, in a very, very convenient location to the train station (a 2 SF funicular ride down the hill). And....the buffet breakfast every morning is outstanding! I mean outstanding. Other features such as a nice lobby area with bar and free internet access in the lobby are also positives for this hotel.
I loved this hotel
I was travelling by train with my family from Zürich and we reached the hotel in only 2 minutes by cable car link (we were all so tired...).
Great location, wonderful staff, very nice and comfortable rooms.
The greatest buffet breakfast I've ever seen included in room rate and we were welcome with my 2 children from the staff with smile, toy, colours...
A place where to sta again!!
The Lugano Dante Hotel is nestled into historic downtown Lugano, at the foot of the funicular that takes you up to the train station. If you are looking for a hotel with a view, this is not the one, but as you walk out the door, you are immediately surrounded by the old world feel of this historic area. A great location for someone without a car, giving you easy access to explore the pedestrian only streets with charming shops and restaurants and then an easy 5 minute walk to the lake and all that it offers. The staff was friendly and attentive, the rooms were newly renovated, with attractive furnishings, (the website photos do not do them justice) and the bathrooms are modern, with everything you need. We only had breakfasts in the hotel, but it offered a classic European breakfast buffet, with fruit, cereals, cheeses, meat, pastries and eggs and every juice and breakfast drink possible.