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Hotel or AirBnB Recommendations in the Lugano area


My husband and I are excited to attend my college reunion in Lugano this May. I went to Franklin University Switzerland in Lugano, but haven't been back to Switzerland since I graduated in 2005, so have no idea where to stay now.

When I lived in Lugano (in Soregno and Montagnola) I always loved the Monte Bre, Castagnola, Gandria, and Mortcote areas. Are there any hotels or AirBnBs you might recommend here?

Franklin University already booked a block of rooms in Villa Sassa and Hotel Principe, but they are extremely expensive.

We would prefer something that is more reasonably priced, but that is also in a pretty, peaceful location.

- A parking spot since we will have a rental car for hiking
- A view would be fantastic!
- Private bathroom
- Comfortable bed
- Quiet

Thank you!

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If you don't mind being about 8km from the Villa Sassa, you might consider Melide. The rooms at the Hotel Riviera, in Melide, where I stayed the first time I visited the area, are a little less expensive than Villa Sassa. They have nearby parking for guests, which I recall was a short distance away across the street.

The property sits immediately on the water and if you get a lake side room on an upper floor, the views from your room and balcony are never-to-be-forgotten dreamy. The tables for the breakfast room are on the deck that is directly on the lake, with the same fabulous views. You may never make it to your reunion!

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I have always wanted to spend some time at Elvizia al Lago, a tiny boutique hotel on the lake in Castagnola, just outside Lugano. It is on the pedestrian path going toward Gandria, so you would have to park somewhere nearby, not at the hotel, but I am sure they can arrange that.

Just haven’t managed to work it into our Swiss trips thus far, as we like to focus on hiking.

Posted by
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Go to Google Maps and center the map on where you want to stay. Hit the Hotel bar at the top and little icons will pop up showing all of the available accommodations.

Click on the icon and you'll pull the property up on the screen. It's a good way to scout out hotels and B&B's.