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Via delle scuole 3, 6900 Lugano – Show map
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Outdoor Pool, Grounds, Terrace
Ping-Pong, Cycling, Sauna, Indoor Pool
Food & Drink
Free! WiFi is available in public areas and is free of charge.
Private parking is available on site (reservation is not possible) and costs CHF 15 per day.
24-Hour Front Desk, Baggage Storage
Safe, Non-smoking Rooms, Elevator, Soundproof Rooms, Heating, All Spaces Non-Smoking (public and private)
1:00 PM - 10:30 PM
7:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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Children and Extra Beds
All children are welcome.
Free! All children under 6 years stay free of charge when using existing beds.
All children under 2 years are charged CHF 10 per person per night in a crib.
The maximum number of cribs in a room is 1.
There is no capacity for extra beds in the room.
Any type of extra bed or crib is upon request and needs to be confirmed by management.
Additional fees are not calculated automatically in the total cost and will have to be paid for separately during your stay.
Pets are not allowed.
Cards accepted at this property
Hotel Calipso accepts these cards and reserves the right to pre-authorize your card prior to arrival.
Please note that the indoor and outdoor pools are not heated.
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Everything, arrived when it was very hot and loved the outdoor swimming pool. Rooms well equipped, friendly, helpful staff. Location next to the funicular which is an abxolute must as the views over Lugano were amazing from the top.
It was a bit cold
Location is very good - 2 minutes’ walk to the lake, 5 minutes’ walk from Lugano-Paradiso train station and 1 minute walk to cogwheel train to San Salvatore. Ladies in the reception are very nice and friendly. We were lucky to get a room at the end of the corridor with a big balcony with 2 chairs and a table, overlooking mountains and trains. Despite the fact that our windows faced trains, there were not a much noise from the trains and we could have the balcony door opened all the time (there is no A/C in that small room, so keeping the balcony door opened improved considerably the air and the temperature in our room). There is a big closet with a lot of storage. Everything was in working order and clean. Bathroom is big enough and has a bath. Sun terasse is good to take great pictures of Lugano and enjoy sunset - there are some tables and chairs, but not sunbeds. Check-in time is very good - 13:00 (many Swiss hotel can have it so late as 17:30!)
The room is small with very boring furniture. The beds are small and very uncomfortable. They do not have duvet covers. Instead they put a sheet under the blanket - not very hygienic - after changing your position a couple of times most of your body will touch that blanket, which of course cannot be cleaned after each guest. There is only 1 power socket in the room (although there is another one in the bathroom). There is no bathroom math, so we used one of the towels to stand on after taking a shower. The water in the shower was changing the temperature constantly between very warm and cold. The soundproofing between the rooms is non-existing. Luckily we only had neighbors from one side, but even that was enough to wake us up earlier than we wanted because we could hear all the sounds from neighbor’s bathroom. That’s a pity that there is no minibar or small refrigerator in the room. For 3 star hotels it should be available, I think. Also it would be very nice if at least indoor pool was cleaned and warmed up. I am prepared to pay more for the pleasure to swim a little after a whole day out. It is clearly written on booking.com that the pools are not heated, so we knew that, but it's really a pity not being able to use such a nice and big indoor pool when it,0's already there! We have not tried the breakfast as it was not included in the price. We have not tried Wi-Fi, as after many stays in Swiss hotels, learned that it is hardly used anywhere, so we used our own Sunrise mobile internet.
1 star hotel maximum. Seems it was decorated 30 years ago or even more. Clean but smells like grandma's storeroom. Beware of pool if you don't have winter swimming experience - water temperature about 15-17C.
Very comfortable room, great bath tub, big size room, nice, very clean and quiet, very relaxing and cosy.
- Very central location in Lugano - bath capabilities: pool, sauna - friendly staff - outdoors parking lot
- Wifi missing in the back building
The location is good and since I was upgraded the room was spacious and with a balcony.
No mini bar in the room. Very few TV channels.
Reception staff is very unfriendly and rude. Rooms have terrible ventilation and smoke smell. Very poor quality mattress, pillows and bed covers. Overall I would not recommend this place to anyone.
The room with the huge en-suite bathroom and the big comfortable bed. Clean linen and really clean bathroom easy to get to and perfect base to visit the town. All is within walking distance. Helpful staff.
Slight damp/stale smell in the bedroom when you enter but seem to disappear when you open the windows. Noise from the street. No tea/coffee making facilities and very old fashion TV. Small lift which shows signs of tiredness.
Location, not very far from the city center.
Our room is not at the main building, rooms are bit small and the design and furniture is somehow old... The staff are friendly but they need to improve their English.
Hotel is placed just in front of funicular to San Salvatore mountain and literally 3-5 min away from train (Lugano-Paradise), bus (Geretta) station and 7-10 minutes to lakeside. Normal bath inside the room.
WiFi only on reception. Room was small and furniture looked as just painted by 5-year old boy (unfortunately).
- Hotel is close to the lake, and next to the funicular to Monte San Salvatore - quiet neighborhood - room with terrace - swimming pool (although quite small and cold water) - free wifi (only in the lobby, range not good enough for the first floor) - arrived late and the hotel's private parking was full, had to park in a public garage which was alright, payed 10 CHF for the night
- Expensive - Terrible beds - Smelly/musty - Dark - Old - Staff not friendly - Expensive parking
hotel location is decent
Receptionist (a tall, skinny lady) has nasty attitude. Swimming pools are filthy, rooms are dirty, hot ( no air conditioning), aged, very poor quality. This is definitely the worst motel (not a hotel for sure) over the 100+ hotels I have stayed. Not worth a try at all!
this is not a 3-stars hotel
Location is very nice, the staff is friendly.
The extrapayment for privat parking
Room with balcony was nice and spacious. Good breakfast.
The room,the location and the price.
The free coffee we received for being put in a room they don't normally sell
They put the two of us in a room which they don't normally sell. It had terrible facilities and was extremely uncomfortable. 1 towel and 1 pillow for 2 people is ridiculous. Their computer system was down and couldn't find our reservation. Worst hotel we have stayed in during our time in Switzerland.
Friendly staff and decent clean rooms with comfy beds. Nothing remarkable though. Good location by the lake and easily accessible from the town and train stations.
A bit shabby and old building. A bit pricey for the quality your getting (but hey, this is in Switzerland!).
The location wasn't bad.
Tv ridiculously small and old. Paintwork in appalling state. Shower was bad. Shower curtain torn appart so that the floor ended up in a flood. 1(One) 20 gram bar of soap. I could go on.
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