Hello. Have any of you stayed or visited Hotel Gabbani in Lugano. City Center and good reviews, small (17 rooms), but I haven't seen it come up at the beginning of any hotel searches there. We will arrive by train and stay for 3 nights before heading on to Balzano. Additional advice welcome: is it worth paying room rate to include breakfast (e.g., about $21 each person each morning)? We are light eaters but understand Switzerland to be expensive Thanks.
I have not stayed there, but it looks to be in a good location--near the funicular to and from the train station. I have the Lugano dante booked for next month and that is in the same area.
$21 is a good price for breakfast in Switzerland. I think one of our hotels last year charged $40. I like to bring my own instant oatmeal as it’s quicker and cheaper. Another option is just to grab something from a bakery or grocery store. Lugano also has a Manor Dept. store (not too far from your hotel) with a restaurant. Looks like they offer breakfast for CHF 6.90.
Thanks, Carrie!! I saw that you and possibly a different forum member are staying at Luganodante in March. That hotel shows up at the top of the list repeatedly and looks wonderful, but I didn't want to spend that much for our 3 nights. We will be continuing on to Balzano and joining a Backroads Dolomites hike afterward, and all the $$$ are adding up! If you learn anything new and have more advice after your visit to Lugano, let me know! We'll be on the hunt for a couple of good day trips and plenty of good Italian food, especially pasta! Cheers.
You will love hiking in the Dolomites! We were there last September, with a different company (Mountain Hiking Holidays) and it was a wonderful experience.
Lugano hotels are expensive overall. We were going to spend a night there on our way to Bressanone to meet our group, and I planned on booking Hotel Federale which is very close to the train station. Then I looked at Locarno instead, and it seemed hotels there were less expensive, including one right on the lake. That would have fit well with our plan to take the Treno Gottardo from Luzern, going over the Alps instead of under them in the deep tunnel used by most trains.
In the end we chose to proceed to Milan and overnight there to see the roof of the Duomo, and then head to Lago di Garda to get some lake time. That all worked out well..