Beautiful hotel overlooking the Lake

What a beautiful hotel. Our room overlooked the lake. The history room is really interesting. Ice machine in the honesty bar section was very much appreciated: those are pretty rare in Europe. Hotel was spotlessly clean. Breakfast selections were great.

Tripadvisor_DJ K - 09.06.2024

Wonderful old-world hotel on Lake

I was impressed by how well maintained this hotel was, while still maintaining its character, charm and history. The breakfast each morning - esp the fruit - was exceptional in quality and variety. I was under the weather so was not able to explore Lugano as I would normally but for the times I was resting at the hotel, either by the pool garden or the seating area on the first floor with a wraparound balcony that allowed you to people watch at the piazza below and the lake across the road, I didn’t feel like I missed out as much. Great hotel.

Tripadvisor_Nanda M - 07.06.2024

Great experience…

Everything was perfect during our stay…service was both friendly and professional…our room was beautiful…the view of the lake was amazing as was the balcony, down to the towel warmers in the bathroom…breakfast was delicious…will definitely be back…
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Tripadvisor_TerryBritt - 04.06.2024

Great location- nice hotel

The hotel is in an excellent location, has helpful friendly staff and good accommodations. The hotel is a bit of a throwback to glamour days, but it is appropriately so. Slightly worn but not bad and very clean. Also - if you have a car the attached parking is a savior.

Tripadvisor_BethV, Huntington Beach, California - 25.05.2024

A Serene Escape with Spectacular Views

My experience mirrored exactly what was advertised in their photos. The highlight of the stay was undoubtedly the breath-taking views of the lake from the balcony. While some areas of the hotel could benefit from a refurbishment, particularly the parts with carpeting, the overall experience was elevated by the stunning vistas, prime location, and the warmth of the staff.
One of the conveniences was the underground hotel car park, allowing for easy access right outside the hotel entrance. The seamless check-in process, where they did not even require my credit card, was a pleasant surprise. The presence of an honesty bar added a charming touch, and I particularly enjoyed indulging in some wine there.
The hotel's location is another major plus, with restaurants, shops, and cafes just a one-minute walk away. Additionally, the beautiful walk across the road, spanning from one end to the other, provided a picturesque experience.

Tripadvisor_André M - 14.05.2024

What a stunning hotel

What a stunning hotel and awesome piece of history. The entire hotel is like a beautiful museum - stunning paintings, furniture, ornate marble, and stonework. The view from our corner balcony room was phenomenal - you could not ask for a better view of Lake Lugano. The breakfast was also wonderful - many options to choose from and the service was attentive, efficient, and kind. The hotel's pool and gardens were absolutely stunning, and the location is fabulous - close to the lake, public transportation, parks, museums, and shopping. The "honesty bar" was such a neat concept, too; we enjoyed many espresso beverages, teas, iced water, and wine with stunning vistas. I would absolutely stay here again!

Google.com_Mariah B - 13.05.2024

An excellent way to appreciate the town and scenery

My husband and I spent 3 nights at this hotel and it was amazing. We had a balcony with a terrace and view of the lake, and the room had been renovated with beautiful decor. The breakfast staff was professional, and the room was lovely. There are also several additional areas to relax which are luxurious. I will say I do agree with the recommendations to go for the room with lake view. When we arrived the receptionist accidentally sent us to the wrong room which was isolated and not refurbished…..definitely not a good choice!

Tripadvisor_chrisbarlow - 02.05.2024


The loveliest hotel straight out of a Wes Anderson film. Charming and full of grandeur. I booked a single room on the top floor; it came with a balcony and a spectacular view of the lake. At the back of the hotel there was a gorgeous garden with a great swimming pool. Polite and courteous staff too. I did not want to leave!

Tripadvisor_TincanGirl - 30.04.2024

Beautiful hotel in perfect location

A magical stay in the Belle Epoque double room in a historic and comfortable hotel. So lovely to be so close to the lake and old town so we could walk everywhere. Breakfast was perfect, the staff all super friendly, and also great to be able to have our dog in the room with us.

Tripadvisor_Penelope W - 30.04.2024

Lovely old-world charm

Location and old school charm make this hotel an ideal choice in Lugano. The staff were wonderful. Breakfast was plentiful and tasty. The room was very nice with a lovely lake view. We booked long in advance and the price was very competitive by Swiss standards. Highly recommend.

Tripadvisor_singingtourist , Roma, Italia - 18.04.2024

Highly recommend!

Location and old school charm make this hotel an ideal choice in Lugano. The staff were wonderful. Breakfast was plentiful and tasty. The room was very nice with a lovely lake view. We booked long in advance and the price was very competitive by Swiss standards. Highly recommend!

Google.com_Nyle Wolfe - 23.04.2024

Belle-Epoque Room at International au Lac in Lugano

My wife and I spent one night at International au Lac Hotel during our stop in Lugano during our eight-day train tour of Switzerland this past August. We booked the Belle-Epoque room, which is one of the historic rooms in the hotel. We enjoyed the buffet breakfast which offered an excellent variety of breakfast items. We thoroughly enjoyed at stay at International au Lac Hotel.

Tripadvisor_Razorfish, Little Rock, Arkansas - 21.02.2024

Our stay

This is a FABULOUS old-world hotel. It embraces is turn of the century style while fitting in well with the modern world. The hotel staff were wonderful and did a great job maki g us welcome. This is a must stay location. When you come here be sure to check out their history rooms for the hotel. Great location right by the lake.

Tripadvisor_steve t - 18.10.2023

Wonderful old-world hotel with 21st century amenities

The hotel offered very good service & comfortable beds & rooms. The included breakfast was excellent. A wonderful variety of breakfast items.
Location was central to a vast number of restaurants, all within walking distance.
I would definitely return and encourage anyone considering this hotel, please go and enjoy!

Tripadvisor_Marilyn, In Kailua Lanikai, Hawaii - 22.10.2023

Lovely location on the waterfront

We enjoyed three nights at this historic hotel in Lugano. The location couldn’t have been better. From the train station we hopped on #4 bus and it too us to a stop in front of the hotel. From our room we had a sideways view of the water off our small balcony. On the first floor was a lovely lounge and sitting area. We enjoyed sitting on the small balcony there watching people below as the evening settled in. The breakfasts were very complete and tasty. We would stay here again without question.

Tripadvisor_cccyclist, Fox Island, Washington - 06.10.2023

Highly recommendable

We stayed here on our Grand Tour of Switzerland by train and had two rooms booked. Perfect location close to lake and old town. Everything is walkable. The rooms were clean and comfortable. Has AC but we did not need it. The breakfast was excellent with many choices. Great and friendly team. A beautiful vintage building all lovingly renovated to keep the charm but has all the modern amenities. A 3-Star Hotel with 5-Star service and charm. Highly recommendable.

Google_Vicki Burkhard - 26.09.2023

3-Star Hotel with 5-Star Charm

We stayed here on our Grand Tour of Switzerland by Train. The location is excellent and walkable right at the lake and the old town. Rooms are clean and comfortable. It has AC but we did not use it. Breakfast was excellent with many choices. Staff friendly and professional. Beautiful turn-of-the-century building lovingly renovated but with all the modern charm. This 3-Star hotel has 5-Star charm and service. Highly recommendable.

Tripadvisor_Vicki B, Lake Forest, California - 21.09.2023

A truly wonderful place to stay

This historical hotel has a reputation since 1906, and it doesn't disappoint in 2023. There is no better place from which to explore Lugano: the perfect location and all the comfort and service you might need. We enjoyed the room with a small balcony and unforgettable view of the lake from the 5th floor, the rich breakfast, the outdoor swimming pool and table tennis, and the lounge where you can just sit and talk, sipping a free coffee. As for the excellent staff: everybody at the International likes their work, and it shows.

Tripadvisor_mytravelling2015, Tel Aviv, Israele - 20.09.2023

Lovely Lugano Lakeside Hotel

This hotel is perfect and perfectly charming. Ideally situated across the promenade from Lake Lugano, this historic hotel has everything. From the generous breakfast, warm and welcoming staff, and lovely pool and garden area - this hotel met all our needs. The room was well-appointed with a large bathroom, comfy bed, and romantic balconies. We took advantage of the Honesty Bar and grabbed two beers to enjoy in the garden. The hotel is also in the heart of the upscale shopping and cafe district of Lugano, and we spent many hours just enjoying the town. Lugano is a wonderful place to visit. Take a funicular up for a fabulous view of the area. We hope to return one day to this lovely place. Thank you Hotel International au Lac staff.

Tripadvisor_Cheryl R - 19.09.2023


A perfect place to spend a night in Lugano. The location was terrific, right at the start of the pedestrian only street. Under 10 minutes’ walk to the main square, and an AMAZING view of the lake! We arrived by train and then a bus takes you from the train station to the stop directly across the street from the hotel (about 5 mins ride). Service was warm, I particularly appreciated the front desk storing our supply of cheese from Italy in their fridge. The hotel has a fabulous pool and children's play area. My kids loved the "go carts" and could have spent their entire time there! The rooms were somewhat outdated, but clean and we appreciated having a family room for our large family. Plenty of space for everyone and our luggage! The honesty bar was a nice touch, although we did not use it. The included breakfast was plentiful and delicious, with many options, both hot and cold. Finally, the view was just beautiful! Would stay here again in a heartbeat.

Google_Alex Chinks - 10.09.2023

Would certainly book again and recommend it!

This was a wonderful place to stay. Hotel is located just near the lake (true to its name) with wonderful view and a few steps in the city center. Lovely staff at front desk. They booked a restaurant to visit only by boat (Grotto Tour) which can be done from May to end of August/first week of September: great experience.

Tripadvisor_Focco L - 04.09.2023

A perfect place to spend a night in Lugano

The location was terrific, right at the start of the pedestrian only street. Under 10 minutes walk to the main square, and an AMAZING view of the lake! We arrived by train and then a bus takes you from the train station to the stop directly across the street from the hotel (about 5 mins ride). Service was warm, I particularly appreciated the front desk storing our supply of cheese from Italy in their fridge. The hotel has a fabulous pool and children's play area. My kids loved the "go carts" and could have spent their entire time there! The rooms were somewhat outdated, but clean and we appreciated having a family room for our large family. Plenty of space for everyone and our luggage! The honesty bar was a nice touch, although we didn't use it. The included breakfast was plentiful and delicious, with many options, both hot and cold. Finally, the view was just beautiful! Would stay here again in a heartbeat.

Google_Ali C - 31.08.2023

Once again to hotel International

This just an outstanding hotel. Its history with style and grace. This makes my fourth stay at the hotel, and it will not be the last. Fantastic and ever helpful staff, restful garden, and pool, just a joyful stay.

Tripadvisor_geoffrey s - 26.08.2023

Stay with kids

Very nice room with enough space, good beds, and pillows. The bathrooms were splendid. Nice breakfast. Perfect surroundings. Fairylike atmosphere. Very nice staff. The view from the balcony is never to forget.

Tripadvisor_DayTrip50980620720 - 18.08.2023

Loved our stay!

We stayed at this hotel 8 years ago and we liked it then. This time we loved it. They significantly upgraded the breakfast since our last stay, and they redecorated the lake view rooms. Our room was huge and very nice. The view of the lake from or windows and balcony was outstanding. We enjoyed the nice pool. I highly recommend this hotel!

Norma L, La Canada Flintridge, California - 16.08.2023

Great Hotel!

Very clean room, comfortable bed, friendly staff, nice breakfast buffet, beautifully decorated interior. Located directly in the city centre of Lugano by the lake. Definitely going to come back here! Grazie Mille!

Google.com_ Jonathan Schächter - 11.08.2023

Old World Elegance/New World Amenities

I stayed here two nights while traveling around Switzerland. It is truly old-world elegance with new world amenities. I loved the balcony in my room overlooking the lake. Breakfast options were extensive, fresh, and plentiful. The bathroom was small but efficient with plenty of hot water. The hotel was located near a variety of stores from high end designer stores to the COOP supermarket. Staff friendly and efficient.

Tripasvisor_AnnNap ,Worcester, Massachusetts - 08.08.2023

Wonderful stay

Highly recommend! Great location. Very clean and comfortable. Staff was helpful, friendly, and accommodating (we stowed some bags and enjoyed the pool for a few hours after checking out). Breakfast (included) was excellent. It had a variety of whole fruits, breaks, dairy, and cereals in addition to eggs, bacon, etc (how many ways are there to take coffee? :-) We enjoyed the "coffee lounge" several times during our stay. The 100-year anniversary museum (room) was a pleasant surprise - I spent over an hour looking through the memorabilia. The hotel is not inexpensive (nowhere in Lugano is!), but we will stay here again if we ever find ourselves in Lugano again.

Tripadvisor_Steve L, Golden, CO, United States - 03.08.2023

Stay in a Historic but Modern Hotel

A classic older, but renovated hotel that is located central to many shops, lake activities, and the train station.
We stayed in a "family" accommodating room for 5 of us. Very comfortable beds, exceptionally large and updated bath/shower rooms (one with night-time star ceiling lighting), and large enough to allow us to spread out.
Breakfast is served in a very large and nicely decorate/organized central seating area but there are two smaller rooms where you can sit with only a few tables. The food ranges from fresh breads/pastries to hot dishes (eggs, bacon, sausages) to cold meats, cheeses, yogurt/muesli, and fruits - all very fresh. Coffee is brought to the tables along with hot milk. One of the best breakfasts we've seen in moderately priced hotels.
The hotel has a heated pool, games area, and lounge area with free coffee (and small balcony with seating that looks over the main walking path along the lake).
Staff was helpful and spoke English and several other languages. Check out was quick and accurate.

Tripadvisor_Bill T, San Diego, - 30.07.2023

Wonderful Stay

My wife and I had a wonderful stay at the hotel. Excellent accommodations, ideally located for shopping, restaurants, transportation, and just strolling around beautiful Lugano. After a long day of sightseeing, the pool was an added bonus.

Tripadvisor_Phil A - 29.07.2023

Wonderful hotel

Wonderful hotel...air conditioned, pool, great breakfast, fantastic staff, especially housekeeping. Beds comfortable. Available tea/ coffee service in room. Love the honesty bar downstairs. Central location but not noisy. Would recommend and would definitely return.

Google.com_ Nancy Hulme - 28.07.2023

Very traditional, genteel hotel in good location near the lake

Very traditional, genteel hotel in good location near the lake. It also has very easy secure parking (book ahead) which is good for Lugano. We stayed in the Belle Epoch room which was lovely. They have some very nice public spaces (lounge with balcony and honesty bar), terrace with bar and pool etc. Very good breakfast. Reasonably priced for Lugano and recommended.

Tripadvisor_Nick G, Sheffield, Regno Unito - 19.07.2023

Almost perfect

Best location, bang in the town and facing the lake. I got a really nice room on the top floor with a lake view so that always helps. I expected the hotel to be a bit old, but I have to say it is really well maintained. It was a pleasant surprise. I got a single room, it was spacious, clean, easy to use, unique sliding cupboard, decent bathroom, AC, quiet room etc. The breakfast was great too, a big hall and many options to choose from. I honestly wondered why this hotel is only a 3 or 4 star at times. Nice pool area, nice sitting area/bar. They even provide a self-service bar at night with free tea/coffee, and the rest to be paid by you at the reception later (works on honesty).

Booking.com_Az India - 07.07.2023

Great place for families!

We stayed only one night but it was great. The staff were particularly friendly, welcoming and patient. My nephew knocked over a large planter in the lobby and the receptionist was so kind and patient about it. They were very flexible letting us leave luggage while we went out to explore Lugano. In the evening many guests relaxed on the terrace which has many games and entertainment for kids (in addition to a pool). Overall good vibe, thank you!

Tripadvisor_kirstaa,London - 05.07.2023

Kid friendly

Only stayed 1 night on our way to Italy. I wish we stayed longer. Fantastic rooms and hotel presented clean and calm. Enjoyed the pool area. Very kid friendly as well.

Google_Josh L - 04.07.2023

Perfect Stay in the dead center of a beautiful town

I booked this hotel on and when I arrived my wallet was lost. They could not have been nicer, giving me a room where I could check my itinerary until I found the place where I, lost it. I had a simple but quiet single room with everything one needs for an overnight stay, perfect AC, and a very clean bathroom. The breakfast in the morning was outstanding. I never saw a breakfast buffet with so many different fresh fruits, remarkable.
Friendly service on top. on the second floor is the Hotels private Art gallery. The whole house is filled with art, there is a bar on the first floor with a balcony overlooking the lake. The pool area is very nice and quiet, and Marcello serves the best Spritz. Departure from the hotel's private underground garage was also perfect. I will come back to this lovely place.

Tripadvisor_Thomas K, Monte-Carlo, Principato di Monaco - 29.06.2023

Perfect weekend getaway stay!

Great location by the lake and only a short 1 min walk from the MASI and 5 min to the main piazza. Lovely terraced garden and pool area, some wonderful Belle Epoque touches and a Honesty bar with a cute little balcony overlooking the lake. Breakfast great, with a wide variety of sweet and savoury food, however rather busy.

Booking.com_Michael Svizzera - 28.06.2023

Wonderful stay by the lake

Fantastic location opposite the lake and a short walk to the main Lugano attractions. Friendly staff throughout (special mention to the dining room staff). Especially liked the Honesty bar with a view of the lake and the swimming pool.

Tripadvisor_GoPlaces37639985006 - 26.06.2023


Great staff and lovely hotel. Well-appointed and comfy. Great location. Very convenient. White tablecloth and fine dining feel was appealing for a breakfast including service. Great price and value with amazing service at all times. We will return to Lugano and WILL stay here again.

Tripadvisor_Ron K - 22.06.2023

Great parking

We returned to Lugano for a short stay and I chose to return to International au Lac Historic Lakeside Hotel because of its location and the really great parking (totally secure for hotel guests). When we are riding our Harley, parking becomes a very deciding factor.
This time we enjoyed a superior room with a balcony and an amazing lake view .
The room was totally renovated including the very comfortable bathroom with a lovely shower. We had a great stay and hope to enjoy the International au Lac Historic Lakeside Hotels hospitality next year.

Google_Rat Eitan - 08.06.2023

Always Charming

This hotel has been in Lugano for generations and each time I stay there, I have the same delightful experience. The hotel is beautiful and retains its old-world charm. The location is wonderful and the rooms well appointed. Starting each day with their expansive breakfast buffet is a major added bonus. The staff is available and friendly (thanks for the tip to eat at The Spaghetti Stop - it was great, with very authentic local cuisine). Throughly enjoyed our most recent stay!

tlsEurope201, Santa Clarita, California - 05.06.2023

Very nice hotel 30 seconds from the lake

This hotel was excellent. It is very tasteful and steeped in history. Our room was characterful in every respect. Breakfast was very good. The "honesty" bar is also a helpful feature and the prices very reasonable. One particular touch deserves special mention. I originally paid in full in 2020 for a non-refundable booking. When covid came, as far as I was concerned, that was that and I had lost my money - I had paid the cheaper, non-refundable, price. However, the hotel insisted on holding over the amount towards a later stay. When we could not go in 2021 or 2022, they honoured it for this year. And they kept writing to remind us once every six months or so. It is rare to have such personal service going above and so far beyond what is necessary. The position of the hotel near the lake is also outstanding.

Tripadvisor_Philip3 Sussex - 03.06.2023

Lovely hotel, great location and service

Lovely hotel, great service and facilities and a lovely room. We did upgrade to a lake view which was definitely worth it. I can’t say I understand how this hotel is only 3 stars. Having stayed in many hotels I would say the pool, breakfast and general facilities are of a 4 star level. Great location for a wander into town or a bus for trips further afield. Car park an added plus.

Tripadvisor_Bob J, Londra - 01.06.2023

We loved this beautiful, special hotel!

This is a very special place. Beautiful, restored hotel. You feel like you are back in time, and yet everything seems fresh and new! Incredible location right on the lake.
Get a room with a lake view...we upgraded when we checked in and were just lucky, but I wouldn't chance it...the lake view is worth every penny more.
Fabulous breakfast! We had a car so paid for parking...worth it. Don't miss the upper garden with the pool...gorgeous...So relaxing. We loved this hotel!

Tripadvisor_hopeoklahoma, Calabasas, California - 01.06.2023

Bonus for underground parking

Well situated Hotel in Lugano, with the added bonus of underground parking. Very clean and comfortable rooms and our room on the 5th floor had great views over the lake. Friendly staff and a good breakfast.

Google_Peter Moulduna - 25.05.2023

Excellent hotel

Excellent hotel, lovely rooms, staff very helpful, 3-course meal and breakfast. Excellent amount to choose good service well worth a visit.

Google_Keith Cheshire - 24.05.2023


Very good: cleanliness, staff and service, facilities and condition of accommodation.
The staff was very helpful during my arrival, Roberta helped me change rooms and was very understanding. Great honesty bar, complimentary espresso and cappuccino.

Expedia_Michelle - 21.05.2023

Excellent, would go again!

Breakfast was a good choice, staff friendly and helpful. Room good size and location excellent for walking about the town.

Booking.com_Roger - 21.06.2023

Best choice in the heart of Lugano

Unesco's monument hotel, best location with a parking place just on the basement, Huge rooms styled with charm of 70's !!
A surprising huge relaxing garden with a nice pool is waiting to play chess together with a 18yrs(and over) single malt & cigar talk...
Breakfast is ok without surprises in a huge hall.
Walking distance to everything!!!! Price less than any other!
Not all rooms with lake view but south rooms overlooking the lake offering petit balconies to share romantic evenings.
Unfortunately a season hotel... April to October :-(

Tripadvisor_CKreisen - 16.11.2016

Lake View on our Patio over rooftop of the Church Santa Maria degli Angeli

Stayed 2 nights at this hotel - with a mediocre welcome - no info - our room 585 was not ready. But such a beautiful day - time for a walk along promenade to Piazza della Riforma. The Hotel is beautiful - very well preserved. Our room was in a very nice location. The little balcony with view was terrific - we could see the funicular (old) a set of stairs where we people continue to walk ( or sprint !!) up and down ... The breakfast was delicious - a wonderful selection.. This hotel is at the end of the pedestrian (shopping and restaurant area - via Nassa) no need for a car. The local Bus #4 takes you to and from Train Station or Lugano Centro.
Room Tip: Room 585 small balcony with nice view of lake and roof top of adjacent church.

Tripadvisor_RiverbendTX - 03.11.2016

Perfect location, easy to find

We were driving through Lugano and decided to spend the night. We had no reservation and didn't know the city at all, so we 'happened' upon the Hotel International au Lac as we drove along the shores of the lake. So glad we did! The parking is right on sight, breakfast was delicious and included, and it's location is perfectly situated for everything.
Room Tip: We had a room with a small balcony overlooking the lake. Ask for one.

Tripadvisor_brenda49 - 19.10.2016

Great location, friendly staff, comfortable room

We stayed 2 nights and found the location to be ideal. Next door to Chiesa di Santa Maria degli Angeli and the steps up where the old funicular, very close to the LAC Cultural Arts center and an easy walk to shops, restaurants, boat tours. If you don't need modern luxury this is a well priced gem.

Tripadvisor_Kathy F - 17.10.2016

Very authentic Switzerland

We enjoyed this hotel very much. Throughout the hotel they have pictures that show how it was built how the town looked, who built the hotel. History throughout the entire hotel. It is literally across the street from Lake Lugano and shopping. All the shopping was very upscale just like all of Switzerland. Room was cozy. Every room throughout Switzerland we booked double but they are two twin beds pushed together so we figured thats just how it is, little stuff. Breakfast was very good with american eggs and meat along with the pastries and of course espresso or american coffee. Free WIFI, important to us. I would definitely stay here again.

Tripadvisor_takemeaway50 - 14.10.2016

Elegant hotel with gracious service and delightful amenities

The Hotel International au Lac has been run by the same family for years, and their attention to guests is obvious in so many ways. The rooms and common areas are clean and modernized, but still in the traditional style. It was hot in Lugano, and the large pool was a welcome treat at the end of the day. It is in a lovely courtyard with shade and comfortable seating. There is table tennis, a giant chess set, and other amenities to keep youngsters occupied. The rooms are spacious and air-conditioned. We had a top floor room at the side of the hotel, and a balcony with a partial view of the lake. The breakfast room is elegant, and the offerings varied and plentiful. The staff at the front desk were helpful in making reservations and giving directions. The hotel location is right across the street from the lake promenade and next door to the high-end shops. I highly recommend this hotel.
Room Tip: Top floor rooms have balconies.

Tripadvisor_SusanI297 - 11.10.2016

Bellissimo !!!!!!!!

My wife and I stayed at the Hotel International au Lac for four nights whilst on a rail tour through Europe, we had a lovely room on the first floor overlooking the piazza and lake and instantly felt comfortable and welcome on arrival.The hotel although old didn't show this and lacked no modern amenities, our bedroom was both comfortable and stylish with the bathroom being one of the best on our tour. Breakfast was a mixture of continental and cooked items with lovely fresh bread, rolls, cakes and croissants, fruit, nuts, dates and figs etc. so no one could have left the breakfast room hungry !!!!!!!. The staff were both friendly and helpful and our fear of language problems were unfounded. Although we didn't use them ourselves the gardens and swimming pool were excellent too. If you've never been to Lugano before, "BEWARE", it becomes your friend and you don't want to leave it. All in all Lugano and the Hotel International au Lac were a delight to visit.............thank you !!!!!!!

Tripadvisor_Stuart H - 30.09.2016

“the most luxurious *** i ever stayed in”

Amazing service location and room. Loved the staff -helpful and kind-loved the breakfast.The rooms are all quort and with high ceilings excellent position. Last but not least there ia a lovely external pool. just the best!!

sofia b Geneva, via tripadvisor - 14.05.2017

Hotel which turns back time..

Beautiful, well preserved hotel with a peaceful and relaxing garden terrace by the pool in the perfect location where you can take walks by the lake or on the pedestrian of the shopping district. Breakfast was perfect as well. The perfect place for a peaceful vacation..

Tripadvisor_BB3435,Istanbul, Turchia - 02.04.2017

A Sophisticated delight set in an Ideal Location

We broke our journey from Interlaken to Venice with a single night's stay here - that was the only fault and it was ours. A delightful setting in a convenient location - helped considerably by the discovery of the funicular to the station. The level of sophisticated luxury made our short stay a very pleasant one and the breakfast was a veritable feast of delights with such a wide range of foods to choose from. The bar was well supplied and the Easter Egg was a nice touch. It is the sort of hotel that you find and then are determined to travel back to for a restful holiday where all your needs are catered for.

Tripadvisor_Rossergruffydd, Glasgow, Regno Unito - 21.04.2017

The most luxurious *** I ever stayed in

Amazing service location and room. Loved the staff -helpful and kind-loved the breakfast.The rooms are all quor and with high ceilings excellent position. Last but not least there ia a lovely external pool. just the best!!

Tripadvisor_sofia b, Ginevra, Svizzera - 17.05.2017

Great location and old world charm

We stayed here for two nights - loved Lake Lugano and the hotel's great location. We had a newly remodeled room with a small balcony and view of the lake. It is worth the extra expense to get one of these rooms (also had a great remodeled bathroom). Breakfast is very good and all staff are helpful.

Tripadvisor_ Shenandoah32, Washington DC - 24.05.2017

A splendid Hotel! A superb stay!

My wife and I have just returned from our first ever visit to Lugano, where we spent a week and stayed in this very comfortable ideally situated Hotel. Our room was on the third floor on the corner of the Hotel overlooking a large piazza with an uninterrupted view of the Lake. The room and bathroom were spacious, well furnished and well appointed, as was the separate entrance area.
The Hotel is family owned and run, with the fifth generation of the family now running it. Everywhere we saw was beautifully furnished and well maintained with much evidence of family’s tasteful influence. Day to day running was meticulous. Cleanliness and attention to the needs of guests were first class as were the friendly, helpful and attentive staff.
Despite the same family having owned the Hotel for over 110 years, there was no evidence of wear, neglect or tiredness. Whatever needed to be up dated, whether furnishing or fittings, has been done to a very high standard.
An unusual but splendid feature of the Hotel is its large, well cared for, terraced garden at the rear with a reasonably sized swimming pool on an upper terrace and two or three self contained areas for quieter relaxation. Once in the garden, we stayed much longer, than intended.
As far as we are concerned, there was nothing negative. It is a lovely place to stay for anyone visiting Lugano.

Tripadvisor_John N S, Louth England - 24.05.2017

Wonderuf and charming!

I just spent a night here after booking it mainly by chance and because of the location. While the location cannot be better indeed, I really also loved the rest of it very, very much: such polite and helpful people (Mr. Shala, many thanks for fetching our wrongly parked car!), great room and truly fantastic breakfast. If you can, splurge for the room with a lake view, but even my room looking to the back had a great view as this is such a wonderful place like Lugano. I think for the luxury it offers the price is great and I also think this must be the most luxurious 3star hotel I have ever seen. I will come back as soon as I can and spend more than a night, that's for sure. Just simply GREAT!was nothing negative. It is a lovely place to stay for anyone visiting Lugano.

Tripadvisor_Sasch, Amsterdam - 24.05.2017

Very enjoyable stay in a hotel with charm and history

We spent 3 nights in this hotel and enjoyed very minute of it. The location is excellent: In walking distance to all sightseeing places of Lugano and the hotel was convenient, clean and reasonably priced. We also like the breakfast buffet. All in all a memorable stay.

Tripadvisor_PeterMarro Manila, Filippine - 13.06.2017

Ideal location

Set back slightly from the road along the lake, this is an ideal spot for nearby restaurants and for the boats that sail Lake Lugano. The stairs have many interesting items from the hotel's history. Rooms are comfortable, breakfast is good. The swimming pool was a nice place to cool down particularly on the hot day that we were there. Very helpful staff, ready with advice when required. Happy to highly recommend this place.

Tripadvisor_NeilNelson Evesham - 13.06.2017

Updated, chic hotel in best location

This hotel was recently updated with excellent room amenities. The location is superb, since everything is within walking distance along the waterfront promenade or through pedestrianized streets. We received a free Ticino transportation ticket from the hotel, which enable us to travel nearly anywhere by train, bus, cable, etc., so we took advantage of these services to see Locarno, Lake Como, Ponte Tresa, Casalano, Paradiso and more. Fantastic area for people watching from models to locals. Hotel front desk team tried to be helpful with directions. Book a corner room with a balcony and you will certainly enjoy!

Tripadvisor_Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida - 21.06.2017

A wonderful hotel with history, in the heart of Lugano

A great hotel to stay in Lugano! Ideal location, we had a lake view, and the hotel has its own atmosphere, it is over 100 years old, and although the rooms are renovated and the hotel looks rich and well maintained, they respect its history, there is a 100 year museum with very interesting items (old hoovers, old sewing machines, old letters, telephones, etc). There is even a Belle Epoque room, which we didn't have time to see, unfortunately. The building itself has architectural and historical interest.
And also there is a nice swimming pool, beautiful gardens and loats of cosy old-style rooms where you can relax and enjoy tea or coffee with a newspaper and go back in time and thoroughly relax! Breakfast was good, and the staff very friendly.

Booking.com_(CY) - 17.07.2017

Wonderful stay in Lugano

We chose the Hotel International au Lac from the good reviews on TripAdvisor and we weren't disappointed. This is a great choice if you want to be centrally located. The staff were welcoming from the moment we arrived, and everything was efficient and homely - this hotel really does feel that it's family run, rather than by a chain. The swimming pool is a real gem in the lovely gardens behind. Can't recommend this hotel highly enough - we loved our wonderful room with the spectacular view over the lake. Sometimes we just wanted to sit on the balcony and enjoy it! We will definitely be back. Many thanks to the Family Schmid and their excellent team.

Tripadvisor_Rae002_Bangkok - 01.08.2017

Excellent hotel

Very fine hotel, good location, the suite for familly is big and very comfortable and pretty: the beds are very comfortable to sleep. All facilities are good , nice pool and playground yard for kids. The staff very helpful, wonderfull stay! high recommended.
Tip: ask for suite near the playground yard.

Tripadvisor_kafis2017_Tel Aviv, Israele - 02.08.2017

Great value, great ambiance

Really enjoyed our stay here! The hotel has old school charm, lovely pool especially on a steamy hot day, hotel is right in the centre of town. Breakfast waitstaff are great, even remembered my husband's and my favourite beverages for breakfast without even asking. Would highly recommend this hotel if you are looking for clean rooms with classic Swiss decor for a very affordable price.

Tripadvisor_ontariogirl41,Toronto - 08.08.2017

Excellent hotel!!

This is a wonderful hotel!! In a great location. There are great views of the Lake and the location is also excellent. Rooms are very well appointed and clean. The staff at the hotel was excellent as well and quite helpful. I highly recommend!!!

Tripadvisor_SKCYCLES - 23.08.2017

Great hotel in Lugano

We stayed here during a Rick Steve's tour of Switzerland. This is a lovely hotel. Our room was beautiful and the AC worked great. The location is one of the best in Lugano. There is shopping and many restaurants within walking distance as well as the boat cruise dock. It has a great ambience and the staff was wonderful. We enjoyed having drinks in the bar at happy hour and late at night. The breakfast was very good.

Tripadvisor_kingscommon, Phoenix, Arizona - 18.09.2017

Beautiful hotel

A wonderful old world hotel, vey classic. A bit expensive but worth the price.
Great staff. They had a group with a special dinner and we were included, which was very nice of the staff, since I didn't feel like searching for a restaurant. The dinner was delicious.
We stayed in room 216 which had a partial view of the lake and a small balcony. I would definitely recommend this hotel.

Tripadvisor_Marianne P, New York, United States - 23.09.2017

Last stayed here 60 years ago, same family ownership, same high standards, missed my parents!

A very high standard from staff and facilities and great location in city centre, could not be better. Great breakfast with very helpful staff. Best traditional Swiss standards.

Booking.com_Peter, United Kingdom - 29.09.2017

Looking Forward to Coming Back

Amazing service at an older, charming property that is well maintained. Extremely well located, I even extended my stay. Step out the hotel doors to a view of the lake. Though it's close to train station, be ready for a up hill climb on the way back.

Hotels.com_Mariela - 01.10.2017

Totally in love with this hotel!

For a tourist town like Lugano, I was surprised to find such high quality and good service at such reasonable prices during Easter holiday, so good that we extended our stay with one night. It has the perfect old world charm, you’re whisked back to 50 years ago(the hotel actually opened 100 years ago!) as every detail inside and outside your room is meticulously planned and executed. Big breakfast spread open until 11:30(!), beautiful garden with pool and sun chairs, beautiful lounge which we never used because our room 460 has the perfect balcony facing the lake. Large room and bathroom, and overall great service makes this hotel one of the loveliest places I have stayed at, much more charming than 5 star chain hotels! I would definitely return here next time I’m in town!

Tripadvisor_Andie_laShanghai Shanghai - 04.04.2018

Beautiful city and hotel

The Hotel International au Lac is a beautiful old world hotel in a very nice location in Lugano. The hotel has a beautiful outdoor area with many lounge chairs, a pool, small bikes for kids, ping pong and chess. The hotel was very clean, it is an older but kept up well. Our room did accommodate two adults and two children but it was a bit small. There was a larger room for more money but we did not plan to stay in the room long. The beds were all comfortable and the balcony had a view of the lake. The breakfast was plentiful and the staff was very nice. If we return to Lugano, we would come back to this hotel.

Tripadvisor_scherrc 2018 Cantone di Zurigo, Svizzera - 23.04.2018


Fabulous breakfast with lots of hot food choices. Beautiful elegant hotel with lots of history. Pool area was lovely. We even had a lake view from our room!, United States of America, - 01.05.2018

Very amazing

Everything was perfect. The breakfast time until 11:30, it is relaxing. I like the free hi-speed WiFi to your liking. Also, we enjoy the historic atmosphere of the hotel. The free bus tickets facilitate the site seeing of several places in! Worth a stay.

Tripadvisor_Abeer E - 10.06.2018

Stellar experience!

This stellar experience started at the front desk with the friendliness of the staff, followed by the early room check in request being accommodated and an upgrade to a lake view room which was breathtaking. The hotel was clean, had an outdoor garden area with pool. There was also a bar area where we sat for a couple of drinks in the evening. The hotel is in the very upscale shopping area of the old town and across from the lake. Breakfast is typical European with the addition of scrambled eggs and bacon/sausage. Service was excellent in both bar and breakfast area. I finally want to give Teresa high praise for satisfying my request for laundry service on short notice. I cannot say enough good things about this hotel! Many thanks from your recent Texas visitors!

Booking.com_Amy, United States of America - 22.06.2018

Best one in Lugano

The staff of the hotel and the location is the best you can find it in Switzerland. The staff is really really helpful and makes sure that you get the most comfortable and enjoyable stay in Lugano. The breakfast is the best breakfast we had in Switzerland with a very good spread. The hotel is has beautiful vintage architecture. With really nice lake views and is located right in front of lake lugano. It is very convinient from train station and lugano center. You can hop on bus number 4 and get down at piazzia luini which is the stop right outside the hotel. And lugano center is really walking distance from the hotel. The rooms are really nice and comfy to have a pleasant stay and the bathrooms are quite large and elegant too. One should definitely stay in hotel International au lac lugano for the most enjoyable stay.

Booking.com_Ishan mehta, (IN) - 03.06.2018

Located just in front of the lake on the walking/shopping street

The hotel interior is decorated with great sense of taste and style. Our room was very comfortable and totally equiped. Private garage was one of the criteria when we choose a hotel in the center where parking is usually a problem. Back yard with a pool and a lake view keeps your relaxing stay. The receptionist suggested us a restaurant with local cuisine and it completely matched our expectations (La Tinera). We hope to return to this great hotel for longer stay some time.

Booking.com_Maxim, (RU) - 11.05.2018

Old world charm in a fabulous location

We had a lovely three days here. It is right on the lake and retains the charm of when it was built in 1906. The public areas are charming as is their little museum.
Our bedroom was absolutely fine but not as plush as some might want. That's what comes with old world charm. I'm sure it also varies with the room rate.
Breakfast excellent and the car park under the hotel a great boon.
All the staff were friendly and helpful.

Tripadvisor_Petermac99, Reading, Regno Unito - 06.07.2018

Very good choice

Excellent location, staff extremely friendly and helpful. Breakfast very nice. Room was quaint with amazing lake view, loved the little terrace. Very reasonable cost, convenient.
Certainly would stay again.

Tripadvisor_Hockeylover59, New Jersey - 08.07.2018

Lovely Hotel, great location

We booked for four nights and had a wonderful stay. We arrived early and so our room was not ready. However, the staff member at reception put in a priority request for our room to be made ready; the room was ready by the requested time. All the staff we met was friendly and helpful and our room was spacious, clean and comfortable; we had a good view of the lake from our window, when looking out at an angle. The breakfast room is large and the tables well-spaced; a very good selection of food was provided. The location of the hotel is excellent, just across the road from the lake. We took the number 4 bus from the station which dropped us very close to the hotel (exit the train station from the front, not the rear, for the bus stop). If we return to Lugano, we would certainly use this hotel again.

Tripadvisor_ElizaTravellers, Mt Eliza, Australia - 10.07.2018

Short break

A fabulous hotel in a great location. Everything was perfect, the room, breakfast, bar, service and most of all the beautiful view from our balcony! I would recommend this hotel to anyone. The Ticino travel card is great also and allows free travel on the bus and funicular. Also discount on lots of other modes of transportation.

Tripadadvisor_Icaz1862, Huddersfield, Regno Unito - 14.07.2018


Nice hotel close to the lake. Unique - reminiscing old traditions. Glad we chose this!

Expedia_Scottsdale, AZ - 23.07.2018

Charming hotel next to historic old church

It’s a gracious old hotel with beautiful public spaces including the bar area, the secluded outside terrace and swimming pool and a cozy little den.

Booking.com_Mary, (US) - 03.08.2018

Hotel right by the lake

A lovely, old-fashioned, traditional hotel right by the lake. The air conditioning was welcome, and it didn't make a noise when I switched it off, so I had a good night's sleep.

Booking.com_michael, (GB) - 02.08.2018

Beautiful and great for our kids

There were very few hotels left when I tried to book a month in advance (book early!), so I was pleased to find this gem. Our family of five stayed in one of their rooms that opened onto a gorgeous rooftop courtyard that had an outdoor chess set and a few car/scooter toys for the kids, plus a very nice pool. The room itself was very nice and beautifully decorated, and the staff was extremely nice. Because demand was high, I spent a bit more on this hotel than I normally do, and I felt it was well worth it.

Tripadvisor_Becca D - 12.08.2018

1 night

3 persons and a dog, staying in their only suite. It was absolutely perfect. The suite is clean, big and very quiet. The room was very spacious, with 2 newly renovated separate bathrooms. No view but it was so close to their swimming pool, and their garden, excellent air conditioning especially under the heatwave. Beds are very comfortable. Location is superb! We even rented a little motor boat just across our hotel. Service was good, very helpful, speak English, German, and Italian. I am very pleased that the hotel is pet friendly. The hotel sent us emailed before and after our stay and this was very professional. I definitely will stay in this suite again and highly recommend to everyone and their pet. The hotel is on the lakefront and next to the famous church and luxury shopping alle, and much green lawn in front of the building.

Tripadvisor_spiky007_frankfurt - 10.08.2018

Excellent hotel over lac(lake)

Excellent hotel for family. They provide decent room for 2 adults and 2 kids and have lot of activities to keep little ones interested. Hotel location is amazing and has all places of interest in walk able distance. Ticinio Pass provided by the hotel is saviour as you can use local transport for all Lugano activities.

Tripadvisor_Sanjeev A_Reston, Virginia, USA - 27.08.2018

Unique historic building

A very unique hotel, located in an historic building. Great atmosphere and location!
Parking private garage for extra payment. Good breakfast. Location just in front of the lake, and in the beginning of the main commercial street. Nice looking swimming pool, but pity we had no time to use...Will definitely return! Ask for high floor, and off course lake view.

Tripadvisor_Alon S, Ness Ziona, HaMerkaz, Israel - 02.10.2018

Visiting our Daughter

Spent a few days in Lugano with my wife. We were visiting our daughter who was studying abroad for the semester. The Hotel International au Lac was the perfect place to stay. Well located on the lake. Small but very nice room with renovated bathroom. Breakfast was wonderful. Bar area very nice.
But the best part of the hotel was the staff. Front desk helped us find great places to dine. The bartenders were so friendly. Would highly recommend the Hotel International au Lac.

Tripadvisor_Jim Owens - 08.04.2019

Best bang for the buck!

"I was a little afraid to see what I was going to get at this hotel because the rates were almost too good to be true! I had based my decision on the beautiful photos I saw and the fabulous TripAdvisor reviews and I have to say, this hotel easily exceeded my expectations. We had comfortable beds, a very nice little deck, and if the water pressure in the shower had been better it would have been a perfect room! The room charge included a pretty extensive breakfast buffet which wasn’t the best breakfast food I had ever eaten but it was certainly a nice meal. And I think the best thing about this hotel was the front desk staff - especially Silky (sp) and Kristina (I hope I got that right). They were extremely helpful! The location was also terrific! The only complaint, I think I had, was that there were no bottles of water in the room. We had to go downstairs to the bar to buy bottled water. All in all though I thought this was a fantastic hotel and I would definitely go back!".

Tripadvisor_Marilyn J - 25.04.2019

Excellent hotel in Lugano Switzerland

"We stayed in this hotel for a few nights - great position, room, view & breakfast - highly recommend if coming to Lugano - we really enjoyed staying in this charming hotel - excellent service in all departments - David & Helen Melbourne Australia"

Tripadvisor_David M_Melbourne, Australia - 25.05.2019

Highly recommend it

This Hotel had lots of character, very clean, excellent location, delicious breakfast and very friendly and helpful staff. It was like stepping back in time to a gentler era. Highly recommend it.

Expedia_Traveler - 21.05.2019

Simply wonderful

"We spent four days at this charming hotel. We arrived a few hours before check-in time but were delighted that the room was already available. Our room, 219, had spectacular lake views, which could be enjoyed from the room and also from the balcony. It was a spacious renovated room with all the expected amenities. Very comfortable beds, shutters to block out light the operate electronically, a writing table and was very quiet. Friendly reception staff. The Blues Bar was the perfect place to relax at the end of the day and the waiter was very friendly. The buffet breakfast was a wonderful way to start the day, fresh ingredients, including fruits, yoghurt, birchermuesli, eggs, cereals, wonderful breads, cold cuts, cheeses, etc. There is a lovely outdoor swimming pool and area to lie in the sun plus a large chess game. The location is perfect, at the end of Lugano's main shopping street, near LAC Lugano and very wonderful shops which are in the Grand Palace plus you just cross the street to stroll the esplanade. Relaxing and welcoming, highly recommend."

Tripadvisor_yns_10, Sydney, Australia962 - 06.06.2019

Beautiful classic hotel in perfect location

"We stayed here for three nights in late April and could not have enjoyed our stay more. We had a beautiful room with a panoramic view of the lake. The room was spacious and clean, and the service was friendly and helpful. We enjoyed a late night drink in the beautiful bar. Perhaps the best part was the breakfast where we lingered and enjoyed all it had to offer. We could not think of staying anywhere else when in Lugano."

Tripadvisor_RTRACY, New York, USA85 - 19.06.2019

Old world elegance

"Beautiful hotel so much charm and character. The rooms are spacious and comfortable, there is just an elegance’s so much to enjoy. There is a lounge area with an in ground pool. The staff is wonderful, breakfast is delicious and included with your stay. Our room faces the lake, just beautiful to open the window and look out. This is the place to stay in Lugano."

Tripadvisor_Laurabob52, New York City, New York166 - 19.06.2019

THE Place to Stay in Lugano

"On our first ever stay in Lugano this month, I depended on a number of nice reviews to settle on the Hotel International au Lac. It turned out to be a superb choice. At the end of the posh Via Nassa in the old part of town, this elegant historic hotel is perfectly located across from the lake, and nestled right next to the beautiful old Santa Maria degli Angioli Church. We opted for a Double Classic room with lateral view over the church and the lake. The hotel is a classic historic landmark, filled with beautiful antiques and memorabilia that recall its place in the early days in Lugano as a popular resort destination. The hotel has been modernized carefully to include such conveniences as great air conditioning and a lovely swimming pool in the garden terrace above the hotel. But it has retained its charm and beauty to make it the perfect choice for a stay in Lugano."

Tripadvisor_pvecat,Palos Verdes Estates, California51 - 13.07.2019

Very central to everything, nice rooms, fantastic pool area, good breakfast

I stayed here with my mom in July for 2 nights. Beautiful property in the very center. Everything can be done on foot. Nice rooms (we were upgraded to a room with a partial lake view), helpful staff, good breakfast. Fantastic pool area. Would definitely come back.

Tripadvisor_eki, Provincia di Arezzo, Italia53 - 10.08.2019

Family run hotel with extensive facilities

We had such a great time at the Hotel International au Lac. The rooms were pretty basic (renovation on its way in October 2019), but all the public areas were fantastic - pool, garden, breakfast room and piano bar. The reception staff was very helpful and knowledgeable. The breakfast was terrific. The renovation will deliver walk-in showers instead of a shower-over-bath situation, which will be much better. The style is old-world glamour, thankfully without the price tag, so hopefully they don't increase the price too much after the renovation. Tip: ask for a lake view if you want one.

Tripadvisor_Teajaye, Melbourne, Australia191 - 03.08.2019

Lovely relaxing and peaceful visit

Had a 5 night stay here and wished it was longer. Lugano is so beautiful and to compliment your stay, please choose the Hotel International au Lac. This property is so beautiful and is so much in the centre of everything and all excursions can be done on foot to both ends of the lake front (Mt Bre to Mt Salvatore) with easy access to the Boat stations. The Hotel has a fantastic pool area and also caters well for families. We were lucky to have one of the corner rooms overlooking the Lake and that made the stay even more special as it was just “perfect”. There is a lovely history museum of the family Hotel on the 2nd floor which is so nice to see how the Hotel has changed but you also get a sense and feeling of what is, still a very much, family Hotel. Our reception greeting by “Daniela” was perfect and told us everything we needed to know and looked after our cases until our room was ready – first impressions were excellent. The rooms are going through a renovation process with several floors already done, we had a room not renovated but in no way was it not perfect, with a sitting area, good size King Size bed and that Balcony!
The breakfast was terrific and we spent two lovely evenings in the bar before heading off into the town. I do hope that the renovation works, whilst required, will not detract from the old-world charm that makes this family run Hotel so special and would be happy to book again. Thank you for a wonderful stay in beautiful Lugano.

Tripadvisor_Shipwrecked49, UK126 - 13.08.2019

Quality and service from a bygone era

This is a lovely historic hotel, owned by a family who obviously loves it and this creates a more personal atmosphere - nice. It is in a great location in Lugano and has its own underground parking garage (chargeable) which was essential for us, as there doesn't appear to be much parking available in this part of town. We enjoyed our stay here and would return.

Tripadvisor_Helvellyn, Cumbria98 - 18.09.2019

Lovely hotel in the heart of Lake Lugano

We stayed for just one night at the hotel. It was just beautiful. It's location is perfect, right on the lake and next to the gorgeous church, Chiesa di Santa Maria degli Angeli, which is a must see. We did encounter an issue driving to the hotel as a race was going on all day along the promenade and the street was blocked off in all directions. We had to park a long way away and walk to the hotel then take a cab around 8 that night to get back to our car and luggage. Once the streets were open we could drive our car to the hotel and park in their underground parking. We enjoyed sipping our wine on the terrace overlooking the lake. I needed to chill our bottle of wine, but ice in Switzerland is hard to come by. The bartender fixed us up with the ice we needed and even opened my bottle of wine for me as I had misplaced my corkscrew. After dinner elsewhere we had nightcaps at the hotel bar, which is just lovely. In the morning we were served a very nice breakfast. I would highly recommend this hotel!

Tripadvisor_joan N - 28.10.2019

Step back in time and taste!!!

Forget plastic and chain hotels!! This is Class from an elegant era. In the same family for over 100 years with many momentoes doted around the rooms. Quaint and quirky furniture is complemented by an air conditioned system which was very necessary during last week's heatwave.

Tripadvisor_Carol,Leighton Buzzard, Regno Unito - 15.10.2019

Belle Epoque Suite is a living Fantasy!

"We fell in love with the Belle Epoque Suite at the International au Lac. It was like living in a pristine movie set. Like living a fantasy! I highly recommend the room. It is a once in a lifetime experience."

Tripadvisor_Christina Linhardt - 30.04.2020

Great hotel in the heart of Lugano

We spent 2 nights in the International whilst exploring bits of Switzerland that I didn't know so well. Lugano itself was rather empty.
The hotel is a traditional, very well-maintained structure, and everything that the chain hotels are not. Staff were friendly and always helpful. The rooms have been renovated, but maintain their character. There are plenty of power points in the room. We had a room with a balcony, with a view over the lake. The bathroom was really what I always look for in a bathroom, a proper walk-in shower which didn't flood the floor, for example.
At the back of the hotel there's a peaceful terrace and swimming pool, away from the bustle of the road. Whilst we were there the bar was self-service and you noted drinks on a chit. Location is perfect, right at the end of via Nassa, a couple of minutes walk into the main square and plenty of bars and restaurants.

Tripadvisor_catmouse, Ginevra Svizzera - 30.06.2020

Parfaite destination

This hotel is perfect. The old school interior architecture mixed with the service quality and the cleanness, I highly recommend this place. The price was cheaper directly on the desk than on ebookers.

Tripadvisor_livetrotters, Svizzera15 - 20.08.2020

A little hidden heaven

The location is perfect and the tranquility you feel in such central place is unique.

Booking.com_Sonia, Switzerland - 04.09.2020

Comfort with great food and service at a very reasonable price

Great location and helpful, courteous staff, comfortable bed, and excellent breakfast. What we particularly liked was the traditional decor--real paintings on the walls, stylish furniture.

Booking.com_Fred Italia - 01.10.2020

Lovely hotel in a great location

Historic hotel next to the lake in a great location in the centre of Lugano. We stayed in a renovated room which was lovely, great modern bathroom and views of the lake. Staff very helpful and would return.

Samantha C, Zurich, Switzerland - 27.04.2021

Great lake view, good location

I was looking for an hotel not far from the city centre with a pool. Hotel International au Lac met these two criteria, with one additional: lake view. So, I booked a "Renovated double Panorama, with balcony and lake view" room and was allocated one at the top floor, in the "corner", right in front of the lake. It was a large room with a great view (see picture). The swimming pool in the garden is nice. And the breakfast was good. A nice option when staying in the Summer in Lugano.

Tripadvisor_Swissdiver, Ginevra, Svizzera - 01.08.2021

Amazing hotel and staff

This hotel is amazing, and the staff are especially friendly and welcoming.
We stayed in a room with a balcony, and it was excellent. Would definitely stay here again and recommend it to everyone!! Great experience!

Tripasvisor_menchie, San Antonio, Texas - 15.09.2021

Gorgeous hotel

Gorgeous hotel. Room is huge. We have a triple. With a balcony with a view of the lake and mountains. Shower is in a separate area from the toilet/sink. Bed and pillows are soooo comfortable. Lots of electrical outlets. Safe, fridge, fast Wi-Fi. Heated pool and pretty private terrace. Right in the center of town.

Tripadvisor_Diane K, South Brunswick, New Jersey - 21.01.2022

Excellent stay

We really enjoyed the hotel including its location. The grounds including the pool are very pretty. Our corner room facing the lake offered great views. Easy walk to San Salvatore funicular and to boat tours operators.

Tripadvisor_martingE9779WA,Montreal - 27.04.2022

Style and grace with an add of history

It is a joy to stay here with the lake at your doorstep, as well as restaurants and shops, plus you don't have to drive. Get the Ticino ticket for free bus rides and discounts for the boat and museums. Raffaela is the Queen of the reception desk and a great help.

Google_geoffrey seward - 09.05.2022


The pool was very relaxing, and the beds are extremely comfortable. I had a room with a balcony and the view was amazing. Staff are very friendly.

Booking.com_Hailie-jade, Great Britain - 19.04.2022

Step back into traditional Swiss Hospitality

We loved our stay at International au Lac Lugano. The location, the hotel and its charm, the employees and personalised service were great. The hotel offers also good facilities that you can use in summer like the pool, garden and various amenities. Highly recommended!

Tripadvisor_Daniel S, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam - 26.05.2022

Beautiful quiet hotel in a great location

We arrived in this beautiful old hotel after a long journey & were greeted very warmly at reception. Our room was wonderfully cool as it had air conditioning, which was a real bonus as it was exceptionally hot & humid for mid-June. The breakfasts were very good, so much to choose from, we ate out every evening as the hotel doesn’t offer dinner. We found excellent restaurants within 10 minutes’ walk & also very close to the boat stations. The bonus for me was the hotels tropical garden & wonderfully refreshing swimming pool, after a day’s sightseeing a dip in the pool & a sunbathe was heaven.

Tripadvisor_Pam Julia P, Brighton, UK - 22.07.2022

Best location

We were given a room on the top floor with access to the balcony and views to the lake. Loved the coffee at the honesty bar. Staff were multilingual and very knowledgeable and helpful. Breakfast had a good variety of selection.

Tripadvisor_Charles Bertram - 23.07.2022

Great hotel

Perfectly located hotel at the beginning of the promenade, tasty and varied breakfast, polite and kind staff. Historic accommodation with feelings from the past, possibility to relax by the pool. Very comfortable beds and air-conditioned rooms, garage. Really good choice for our stay in Lugano.

Tripadvisor_K S - 19.07.2022

The perfect place to stay on holiday!

We loved our stay here! The hotel has a classic feel with a modern twist. The room is spacious, and view of the lake is beautiful. The bed was very comfortable. The bathroom is also spacious and modern. The shower felt wonderful. The staff were very friendly and helpful. Service was top-notch. We made use of the parking garage and the transportation pass was an added bonus. We also enjoyed the included breakfast buffet.

Tripadvisor_Resort31873603692 - 21.07.2022

Outstanding Staff, location and facilities

Great location in Lugano on the lake and in the middle of everything. The rooms were very spacious, comfortable, and recently renovated. The staff went above and beyond for us. I unfortunately left 2 passports and some currency in the room safe. The staff contacted my travel agent via the party that booked the room to let me know. Via emails, telephone calls between this Hotel and the Nolda Hotel in St. Moritz, my passports and cash were waiting for me at the Schweizerhof Hotel in Zermatt 3 days later. I was much relieved and forever grateful to the Roberto Schmid and the staff at the Hotel International au Lac in Lugano.

Tripadvisor_Allan T, Napoli, Florida - 24.07.2022

Long weekend in Lugano

The hotel has a lot of historic features. The location is excellent. The room was clean and the staff were friendly. The swimming pool area is pleasant for chilling in the sunny afternoon .
In general we enjoyed our stay in Lugano :)

Tripadvisor_Mayada A - 03.08.2022

A bit of history in the city centre

Great hotel from the beginning of the 20th century nicely located just back from the lakeside. We particularly liked our Belle Époque room with its historic furnishings; breakfast and swimming pool were excellent too. Good selection of public rooms, ‘honesty bar’ for after-hours drinks.

Tripadvisor_Amstraveler,Amsterdam - 20.08.2022


We stayed at this lovely quaint hotel overlooking the lake for 5 nights. The beds were great, and my back is a serious critic.
The breakfast was delicious with a variety of European foods to choose from.
The staff were all very professional, helpful, and friendly.
This was amazing for our first time in Lugano.

Tripadvisor_Ingrid L, Moroto, Uganda - 05.10.2022

Excellent hotel, great location

Excellent choice of hotel in Lugano. Convenient location - walkable to restaurants and shops, bus out front. The breakfast was delicious and plentiful, rooms spacious, and the staff were helpful and friendly.

Tripadvisor_Sandi K, Woodbridge - 18.10.2022

Nice hotel in the old town and lake of Lugano

Very charming hotel, excellent location, parking, very friendly and helpful staff, excellent breakfast. Keep the same family behaviour please ! When we asked for a restaurant nearby, they indicated us at least two places and we had a very good and tasty dinner.

Tripadvisor_Explore65754799937 - 03.05.2023

Lovely hotel in an ideal location

The hotel is in an ideal location off a piazza, across the street from the lake. If you're driving, you can pull into the square & directly up to the hotel to unload luggage. Pre-booked parking (€20/day when I stayed) is easy in the hotel's private garage.
The staff were all very friendly, and check-in was fast.
The room was a decent size and brightly lit. The bed was comfortable and there were power outlets at each nightstand --perfect for two people charging devices at bedside! There was no coffeemaker, but the front desk staff can bring one to your room. There were two luggage racks, which is great for two people.
The bathroom had both a tub and a separate shower with no mold--good job, housekeeping! The water pressure was decent. The bathroom lighting was bright--perfect for applying makeup. The large washcloths were a nice addition. There was a good multi-speed hairdryer. Overall, a great stay. I would likely stay here again if I am in the area.

Tripadvisor_RoadWrangler, Cupertino, California - 07.05.2023

We love everything!

We love everything in this hotel. It is charming and full of characters. They share the history of the hotel along the corridor, including some really nice painting. Perfect location to stay in Lugano. Short walk to the shops, restaurant, and supermarket. Big park with playground nearby so you can enjoy the lake walk and finish it off at the park. Lovely breakfast with great service staff. Mini bar in lounge area with complimentary tea and coffee. We stay in family suites at back next to the play area so my son can enjoy himself there with minimum supervision. My room comes with pantry and kitchenette so you can cook if the easy meal if needed.

Booking.com_Sassy, Thailandia - 19.04.2023

Beautiful old hotel with a great location on a pedestrian street

Excellent location, right on a pedestrian walkway and across from the lake. There is a large supermarket close by and many restaurants, clothing, and shoe shops. For breakfast, there are many food choices. My room was large, comfortable and clean. Would definitely stay here again.

Tripadvisor_MtBiker, Mount Vernon,Washington - 17.05.2023

Comfortable and well located

We stayed for 4 nights in a double aspect room on 5th floor (582). The room was clean and comfortable with a good view out over the lake. The staff were all friendly and helpful. Breakfast was a good mix of breads, cold meats, and cheese and cooked. It was conveniently served from 6:30 am. Having an underground garage was very convenient.

Tripadvisor_Peter M, Abingdon, Regno Unito - 17.05.2023

I just want to go back

I had the best time. The hotel has a view of the lake, the location is unrealistically convenient. I loved the 'honest bar', I loved the generosity and warmth outlook behind the 'honest bar'. The staff was very friendly and loved the private backyard/garden/pool area with the lake view.

Booking.com_Hanifeh Regno Unito - 21.05.2023

Easy to find

Bigger room compared to most European rooms. Honesty bar was nice, and breakfast was good. Easy access to funicular, train station, and area attractions.

Expedia_Robert W - 04.05.2023

Lakeside with pool and personalized service

Spacious, clean, historic and charming. Public areas are amazing with a service personnel unbelievably attentive and courteous. Location (via Nassa) excellent for shopping, walking and provides a quiet oasis convenient to the Piazza della Riforma. Extraordinary breakfast buffet. Room Tip: Higher floors seemed quieter.

Tripadvisor_DAN S - 30.09.2016

Great choice for Lugano

This hotel is in an ideal location for touring Lugano and in a beautiful spot right across the street from the lake. All the major sights are within easy walking distance. The rooms were very comfortable and the breakfast above average. The property itself is like a museum with many interesting artifacts throughout- especially if you walk the stairs. Outdoor pool and sitting area is ideal to unwind after a busy day. The parking garage is right on the premises. We rented a boat right across the street from the hotel for 75 francs and took a leisurely tour around the lake - highly recommended and it requires minimal boating skills. There is a funicular ride up Mount Bre which is a bit expensive but if you have a car you can drive almost to the top at no cost as there is free parking a 20 minute walk from the summit. The walk is a bid difficult and require some level of fitness. Highly rated restaurant La Tinera was mediocre but we did enjoy Galleria Trattoria Pizzeria.

Tripadvisor_MartinAB - 02.06.2017

Relaxing family holiday

Hotel International au Lac gave us everything we were looking for on our family trip to Lugano. We had the family suite which was large and quiet. It didn't have a view of the lake but it was close to the pool and play area which was better for our kids. Since the lake can be seen from many other public areas of the hotel we didn't mind. The service was wonderful from the great buffet breakfast to drinks on the bar balcony looking at the lake. The hotel has a lot of history to see in the little one room museum (over 100 yrs).
We will stay here again.

Tripadvisor_828mjj, Basilea, Svizzera - 01.06.2017

Charming place, with personal service

I wasn't expecting too much, but actually this was a lovely hotel to stay in. There is an air of faded glamour, but this is more than made up for by the friendly personal service,
helpful staff, comfortable rooms and great breakfast. Would definitely visit again!

Tripadvisor_Edimburgo, Regno Unito - 15.06.2017

Wonderfull stay at Lugano

The people are very kind, the view from the bar is unique, the breakfast is more than great and different every day. The hotel is at the same time warm and luxurious and exquisite.
The room clean, silent, and beautiful. I am in love with International au Lac.
The perfect spot for your stay in Lugano.

Tripadvisor_Maria Alejandra T Caracas, Venezuela - 05.07.2017

Lovely hotel

The Hotel International au Lac presents old-world elegance, right near the shore of lovely Lake Lugano. There are many shops, restaurants and sights within easy walking distance, and public transportation is readily available.
The building itself is elegant, with a large breakfast room and bar on the first floor. The rooms are a good size, with nice amenities in the bath and comfortable beds, and air conditioning. There is also a pool and garden area available for use. Just remember not to take anything glass anywhere close to the pool. The area provided a nice place to have a picnic otherwise. This hotel added to the lovely Italian lake experience.

Tripadvisor_Anna H_Chicago, IL - 11.08.2017

Hotel with grace and warmth

We can't say enough about our magnificent stay. This hotel is so delightful and sophisticated. The view from the hotel is amazing. Each detail has been thought of, the food for breakfast is so delicious and the staff is all so friendly and hospitable. The hotel has been owned by the same family, since it was built and you feel at home, as well as a part of its long history as you stay - the building, staff and aura just seem to welcome you in and invite you to linger. There is a hotel museum that is fascinating and lovely artwork and historical information of the hotel's history sprinkled throughout. We loved it and truly enjoyed reading all of the wonderful history about this family.
It's a personal but elegant boutique hotel that should be experienced should your travels lead you to Lugano. What a legacy to be a part of and thank you for sharing it so intimately with your guests with the frames up the stairs, the artwork and the lovely museum. Thank you especially for being so thoughtful to leave a gift for my husband upon our arrival. He loves to journal and write - it was the perfect gift and such a lovely, welcoming gesture. We had a fantastic stay and an unforgettable time in beautiful Lugano!

Letter_Kelly and Charleston - 05.09.2017

An unbelievable 3* Hotel!

Due to a generally high occupancy of 4 and 5* properties, we opted for Hotel International Au Lac. Was wondering why a 3* had such rather 4 Star rates, but this experience was simply outstanding!! Located 100 yards from the lift to the train station, footsteps from the lake and literally across from the biggest Louis Vuitton Store, which pretty much says it all. Yes the regular bar, restaurant, spa service is missing from these bigger brands, but this property has simply made our trip! I think the images speak for themselves!

Tripadvisor_Daniel-Grossmann - 28.09.2017

Lovely Lugano

The location of the hotel could not be better, right by the lake and in the heart of the town. Excellent breakfast selection with dedicated table of gluten free food . Bedroom very comfortable . Spacious hotel with lovely views and small attractive garden with swimming pool. Would definitely like to return.

Tripadvisor_SuzyCue60 - 19.10.2017

Living history!

We only had less than 24 hours here but loved every minute of it when in our historic hotel and room. The hotel is beautifully restored and renovated to keep it up to date yet keeps the old world charm it once had. We stayed in the canopy bedroom and love the romantic feel of it. We enjoyed hanging out at the bar on the second floor and sitting room for pre-dinner cocktails and after dinner wine. As always, I wish for more time in such lovely finds.
Tip: ask for a room with a view and balcony if you are there in the summer. Great lake views.

Tripadvisor_Paar21 Khartoum, Suda - 05.04.2018

Beautiful hotel

Great hotel, beautiful, great location and great breakfast.

Booking.com_JANET - 24.04.2018

Exceeded expectations

We booked this property based on location and reviews. We arrived after a very long train trip to find we were upgraded because we paid non refundable and rooms available. Breakfast was excellent, bar was excellent, service was excellent, location was excellent. Excellent stay and highly recommend!

Tripadvisor_Thomas M - 02.05.2018

Fabulous View!

The view from our room was simply magical! The location could not be better with many restaurants within walking distance. Our room was a great size and the bed comfortable and clean. The hotel was listed as a 3 stars but can compete with most 4 stars. We also appreciated the convenient parking as we drove in. Overall, we had a wonderful experience at this charming hotel.

Tripadvisor_Elizabeth S - 16.05.2018

We had a wonderful stay and were delighted by the exceptional staff!

Fantastic rooms, excellent service, perfect location, stunning view, WiFi is fast and breakfast is served until 11:30am (with a noon check-out and area where you can store your luggage). We were also able to visit the beautiful garden pool, a relaxing oasis. Will definitely be back!

Tripadvisor_Olivia M - 07.06.2018

Short break

Lovely hotel sited in fabulous location in Lugano right on the front. Getting there if driving is straightforward enough. Parking is €20 per night, but at least it's private and safe. Hotel opens onto one of the main thoroughfares with upmarket shopping. Breakfast was a double delight..good choices with cooked food, and served from 7.30 - 11.30 am; great for that extra lie in. Choice of rooms is reflected in price..but a classic double had everything we needed. Beware of different plug sockets in Switzerland from before you go. Probably the highlight was the provision of free travel within the Ticino region for guests on public transport (take your vouchers). We had a great train journey to the Alps free! Worth a stay.

Tripadvisor_Contea di Armagh, Regno Unito - 08.06.2018

Beautiful Hotel in Lovely Situation

Just back from a 2 centre holiday booked with Switzerland Travel Centre. Their choice in Lugano was the Hotel International au Lac. They couldn't have chosen better. Hotel is right by the lake and a few minutes walk from several restaurants. Bus stop is across the square and boarding point for boats is 5 minutes walk if that. Hotel has a beautiful garden,pool and children's play area. Breakfasts are excellent and nothing is too much trouble for staff. Really enjoyed my stay.

Tripadvisor_ guernseyliz14, Guernsey, Regno Unito - 11.06.2018

Extremely good stay

The hotel is situated right by lake Lugano, a 10 minute walk to the Casino on one side and a short bus ride from San Salvatore on the other side. It's been there for over a 100 years and it really exudes a classic old world charm. The service is awesome - we got a lot of help from the front desk. And the best part? It was all done with a smile. The rooms are well furnished with just the right mix of the modern and the vintage. The high ceilings and strong showers were particular highlights. The hotel is also equipped with a table tennis table, giant chess board and a decent swimming pool. The pool isn't very deep or big but enjoyable in the summer months nonetheless. I would definitely recommend this hotel in Lugano.

Tripadvisor_Varun S - 03.07.2018

Excellent hotel

Excellent hotel. Great location on the Lake. Pool and Patio area are something special. Breakfast is really done well. Easy walk from train station.

Booking.com_Terry [United States of America] - 19.07.2018

«First-class experience»

We liked everything about it. A very high quality offering. Superb breakfast, lovely room, great location.

Booking.com_Vivien [United Kingdom] - 20.07.2018

Great traditional style hotel

This hotel has a great location in Lugano, it has a great tradition dating back over 100 years yet still has modern facilities and a superb service level. The breakfast choice was vast and of good quality. The staff was friendly and helpful.

Tripadvisor_geoffwst, Lucerna, Svizzera - 06.08.2018

Great hotel, great location

The hotel is a short, pleasant stroll from the centre of Lugano. We stayed for 10 days in July 2018 and would recommend one of the 'superior' rooms which have a balcony and excellent views of the lake. The room and bathroom were spacious and spotlessly clean but we felt that the decor would perhaps benefit from refreshing. This is just a minor niggle. Breakfast was plentiful and good quality, and served until late morning, which is a bonus if you ever feel like a little lie-in. All of the hotel staff was very helpful and polite making our stay very enjoyable. If we visit Lugano again this is where we will be staying. Highly recommended.

Tripadvisor_DAVID S, LINCS - 29.09.2018

Loved the charm and service

This is a great hotel- over 100 years old but recently refurbished. Modern amenities in the rooms with very classic, old school halls and common areas. Cute little museum to their first hundred years.

Tripadvisor_pilotgirl_17, Newton, Massachusetts - 08.10.2018

Imposing building showing former glory

This hotel was the place to go when it was first opened early in the last century. The hotel is proud of its past and the general décor, service and presentation of the restaurant, with clean white linen and attentive staff, are symbolic of its historic past. Although the hotel has clearly undergone modernization, it does have a slightly old-fashioned feel - as though one has stepped back into the 1920s or 30s, but this is not a disadvantage but a rather charming feature of the establishment. We were aware of a distinct shortage of power sockets in our bedroom for charging phones and camera batteries, but we did appreciate the really excellent breakfast buffet - one of the best in our recent travels. Having a room with a side view of the lake and facing a rather attractive building were definite assets.

Tripadvisor_lizith_ Mold, United Kingdom - 15.05.2019

A must !

Classic historical hotel with balcony views of lake and San Salvatore. Enjoyable stroll to the old city charm, restaurants, shops and boat excursions - a must to enjoy this great Swiss city at the start of the Bernina Express Swiss Rail.

Expedia_Anonymous - 20.05.2019

One night stopover

"Wow I wish I was staying there all week, fabulous hotel, the room was perfect.
We did not use the pool as we were there only one day, the bar staff during the day were up very pleasant, very helpful and very friendly, but most of all, I would like to say a big thank you to Luana who greeted us at reception when we first arrived: we knew we were very early but we just wanted to leave the bags which was fine; we then got told all the amenities of the hotel, we asked some questions about Lugano and Luana had all the answers, she offered us some day passes for the bus and told us where to go and how to get there. She was very very friendly even when we checked out, we had a laugh with her and told her how wonderful we enjoyed our stay and how wonderful she was and the rest of the team, so great credit to the management".

Tripadvisor_David N - 02.06.2019

Great hotel, good location

"Really nice hotel though rooms are fairly small. Bathroom was quite spacious and spotlessly clean. Towels replaced even if not left on the floor.
Breakfast had an apple choice including scrambled eggs, bacon, cheese, ham, cereal and fruit. Our free packed lunch had 2 rounds of sandwiches each, lots of fruit and a bottle of water each. The pool and garden were good."

Tripadvisor_Dido - 02.07.2019

Good location and air conditioning

This hotel is well located with easy access to train station, boats and buses. My room was clean and the breakfast good. Only a few rooms will have a view of the lake.
Staff was friendly and helpful with sightseeing tips.

Tripadvisor_traveler11223, Sequim, Washington - 12.08.2019

What a great hotel!

We loved our stay here! Our room was big (by European standards) and the staff was great! The location is perfect in city center and they have great amenities. We had a great day sightseeing and had enough time to enjoy the pool before dinner. If we make it back to this area we would stay here again!

Tripadvisor_goneinaheartbeat, wisconsin - 24.08.2019

Beautiful Hotel in the heart of Lugano

We stayed here over the Swiss Day holiday. It is a beautiful old hotel close to everything. Although it is old, it has been updated inside without losing the old world charm. The rooms are beautiful. The breakfasts are as good as any of the Swiss hotels we stayed. There is a beautiful courtyard where they had a little celebration for Swiss day with free snacks and drinks. We were able to walk to the Cathedral and to the restaurants. It is across the street from the lake. All we had to do was cross the street to see the fireworks."

Tripadvisor_Skidad2013_Hummelstown, Pennsylvania336 - 20.03.2020

Swiss hospitality at its best

I returned to this hotel right after this Pandemic crisis. I was stuck between Milano and Luzern in the middle of the night and they allowed a very unusual last minute booking. I arrived at 2am and all check in was prepared, quick and flawless. Further renovated rooms with separated bathroom and shower. A very functional room that I enjoyed very much. If international travel will be further restricted, that it the hotel where I will spend some holidays in Switzerland. Lovely pool and garden, and the lemonade at their new Honesty bar was perfect (a bar where clients may server themselves from a fridge and just write down what was consumed at any hour of the day).

Tripadvisor_Daniel Grossmann - 26.06.2020

Grand old Europe style hotel in the centre of Lugano

"Great hotel in the city of Lugano - a decent outdoor swimming pool, tropical garden, and a lounge to have a drink. It has the look and feel of grander days in Europe, like Oriental Express style, and so don't expect brand new stuff - but rather very well maintained history. Staff very friendly, helped a lot with questions. Prices of drinks in the lounge or the rooms very acceptable, a welcome rarity. Probably returning next year."

Tripadvisor_Jesse V, Vlissingen220 - 13.09.2020

Romantic trip in ideal location

The hotel is ideally located right in front of the lac. The beds are very comfortable, the breakfast suggest a lot of choices and is served until late if you wish to sleep a bit more in the morning. Lugano can get pretty hot in the summer and the accessible swimming areas are packed very quickly, nevertheless you can enjoy the hotel's swimming pool, placed in a lovely garden with view on lac and mountains.

Booking.com_Juliette, Switzerland - 11.08.2020


Rooms are beautiful, clean and big. Staff have been very friendly and helpful. The bar has a lot of flair and the 100 + years of history have been kept alive - while the hotel is renovated and the facilities in a very good condition.

Kayak_anonymous - 13.04.2021

No-browner Jewel in Switzerland

I usually go for 4-5 Star properties anywhere but this cosy place right next to the lake is simply A pearl. Renovated room (not sure they all are), outstanding friendliness throughout the hotel, professional management as they correctly mentioned in other reviews, and just a thoroughly thought through concept offereing accommodation and additional services at an unbeatable price in Switzerland...simply love that place!!! Well done and shows that even in Switzerland there is a way to impress with something else than overpricing!

Tripadvisor_Daniel-Grossmann, Trimbach, Svizzera - 11.05.2021

Family Pride evident

Friendly staff epitomized by Raffaela at the front desk. Clean. Nice linens comfortable bed. Despite the busy, center city lakeside location the room was incredibly soundproof. Air conditioned too. Don’t miss the lively terrace. If you like proud, older hotels, that reflect pride of place, don’t miss this one.

Tripadvisor_kathleen k - 21.05.2021

Excellent Weekend away in Lugano

Hotel International au Lac in Lugano is perfect either for a weekend away or for a longer stay. I have stayed at the hotel now at multiple times and each time just loved it! The hotel is perfectly located, it’s clean, breakfast is great and the Staff is very nice and friendly and helpful. The hotel also has a small garden with pool which is super useful particularly when traveling with kids and when the weather is hot. Highly recommended a stay at the hotel.

Tripadvisor_Pia M - 14.06.2021

Perfect for a stay in lugano

The location of this hotel is perfect! Right on the lake and next to the most charming church. The staff is kind and the breakfast was delicious! Highly recommend. The hotel is close to shops and restaurants that we highly recommend. Get a pizza while so close to italy!

Tripadvisor_Sarah E - 15.07.2021

Great lake view, good location

I was looking for an hotel not far from the city centre with a pool. Hotel International au Lac met these two criteria, with one additional: lake view. So I booked a "Renovated double Panorama, with balcony and lake view" room and was allocated one at the top floor, in the "corner", right in front of the lake. It was a large room with a great view (see picture). The swimming pool in the garden is nice. And the breakfast was good. A nice option when staying in the Summer in Lugano.

Tripadvisor_Swissdiver, Ginevra, Svizzera - 01.08.2021

Perfect hotel for a stay in Lugano

The hotel is perfectly located, very clean. Breakfast is delicious, and the staff is very helpful. Nice lake view. A pool is very good place to relax after the hot day. Highly recommended for travelling with family.

Tripadvisor_AV - 19.08.2021

Old world charm with modern comfort

Can't imagine a better location: the lake is just across the road, the funicular to the train station about seven minutes’ walk away. The staff were friendly and helpful, the room was clean, quiet, and comfortable. Breakfast delicious, the bar a nice place to chill.

Tripadvisor_Kathy G - 03.09.2021

Will be back again!

Beautiful historic hotel right in the heart of the city! Right next door is an old church built in the 1400’s, as well as the old funicular. Wonderful breakfast and nice amenities. Clean and updated bathrooms/rooms. We had a beautiful unobstructed balcony view of the lake.
Tip: No need to worry about parking as they have an underground parking deck right under the hotel..

Tripadvisor_Curi0us, Atlanta, Georgia - 13.09.2021

Will come back!

We stayed in a room that was modified for a family of four, with a balcony. It was small but the room and bathroom were very clean. It was a very quiet room. The staff is very friendly and eager to help, with most of them able to communicate in English. The location was very good, right next to a bus stop and a short distance to the train station and lots of great restaurants. Of course, the lake is right across the street! They have a continental breakfast that is amazing! The AC and wi-fi worked very well. We have plans to visit Lugano once a year and will always stay there!

Tripadvisor_Kristopher B - 11.10.2021

Great stay!

We recently spent a single night at the Hotel International au Lac and we really enjoyed our stay. The location is great- right in the heart of Lugano and next to the lake. Check-in was easy, they were very friendly at the front desk. We had a room with a small balcony and a lake view, which was perfect. The room was spacious and clean. They also offered a very nice buffet for breakfast- eggs, meat, cereal, cheese, etc. Would definitely stay there again and recommend to friends.

Tripadvisor_jrmccormick2, Long Branch, New Jersey - 12.10.2021

Return visits do not disappoint

With the new beautifully renovated rooms this family owned and run hotel continues to improve the experience of a relaxing stay in Lugano. Perfect location and service. Excellent breakfast buffet to start a day by the lake.

Tripadvisor_PrProPa, Pennsylvania - 13.10.2021

Perfect stay

Had a perfect stay with my mom. We had a fully renovated panorama room with a beautiful view on the lake. The room was tastefully furnished and the bathroom just beautiful.
Breakfast has a good choice. Whenever back to Lugano would choose this hotel again.

Tripadvisor_wonderfulworld81, Mannedorf - 13.10.2021

Mrs. Moore

Lovely visit, nice accommodations, and nice staff.
Location is on point, next to grand restaurants, coffee shops and gelato. Serene pool and laying out area. Mezzanine/bar area is a delight. Bus stop is at corner.

Tripadvisor_Elisa M - 17.05.2022

Return visit with family at wonderful hotel in great location

We love returning to International au Lac Historic Lakeside Hotel whenever we stay in beautiful Lugano. Wonderful history captured at the hotel, terrific art gallery and fabulous breakfasts. Great staff, exciting underground parking, and great location. Easy walking to all the shopping, restaurants, and nearby landmarks.

Booking.com_Andrew, Germany - 19.04.2022

Excellent location and great hospitality

The location is great. The hotel is close to the lake and to restaurants and bars. The decoration of the hotel is unique, and the room was clean. The employees and the service was great. All in all, I would definitely suggest the Hotel International au Lac to stay while being in Lugano.

Tripadvisor_Zisos M - 06.06.2022

Great traditional atmosphere

Great traditional atmosphere for this hotel. Courteous and friendly staff. Great location. Would definitely stay again!

Google_Keith Cima - 03.06.2022

Perfect location with beautiful rooms and ambience

This is a beautifully appointed hotel with a lot of charm and character. It’s perfectly located close to the waterfront and shopping areas. We had our own car and experienced a ‘car lift’ for the first time in the small garage. The hotel is worth coming back to.

Tripadvisor_Quantummottle, Atlanta, Georgia - 18.06.2022

My favourite hotel

We had a huge selection of breakfast choices!
The hotel room was big. The shower water was powerful. The bed was comfy. We had a good view of the church.
The hotel is by the waterfront, so we walked a lot. Lots of good shops and restaurants within 2 blocks. You can rent a boat for an hour, and swim in the lake.

Tripadvisor_Barbara C - 06.07.2022

English Holidaymaker

THE INTERNATIONAL AU LAC IS SITUATED in an excellent position right on the lake, central but not in the dead centre of Lugano, which makes it surprisingly very quiet.
It’s within an easy flat walk of the town shops, restaurants, and lots of the other amenities that Lugano has to offer. The central Mini Funicular is a ten-minute walk away through the quaint narrow pedestrianised streets, which takes you directly up to the station to give you easy access to other areas all over Ticino. Or catch the No4 bus outside the Hotel this takes you up to the Railway Station too.
There’s also a bus stop directly outside the hotel where you can pick up several buses that run up and down along the Lake and into the Central Bus Station.
This Hotel also provides UNDERGROUND PARKING on site but there is a daily rate for this.
THE HOTEL is a lovely, very clean, comfortable, traditionally family-owned Swiss hotel with over one hundred years history. The staff are great and very helpful, and they speak many different languages.
OUR ROOM was a lovely, recently upgraded one, at the front facing the lake, with a fridge. It had a great quiet air conditioning system, which gave us a good night sleep, especially when the temperature outside was 35* each day. THE BATHROOM had a modern shower, toilet, sink and bidet. Plug sockets take Swiss and European adapters.
We were a little surprised to see the HONESTY BAR in the lounge area, but it works very well and has all the products (except spirits) one needs at very good prices, also with the FREE use of a coffee machine.
THE POOL is small but gorgeous with lots of beds and parasols, surrounded by a lovely flowered grassy area. The pictures on the hotel website don’t do it justice in my opinion. Bathing Towels are provided clean every day.
BREAKFAST was good but there is no facility to have evening meal here, but it’s understandable as there is such a large selection of good restaurants, and bars close by, with lots of Grottos in the mountains too, a visit to one of these is a must to taste the more rustic Swiss food.
Don’t forget to ask for the “TICINO TICKET” on your arrival at the hotel, as this allows you FREE transport on Buses, trains, and Funicular anywhere within the Ticino region.
We would return to this hotel and the city of Lugano, it’s one of the nicest cities in the world, with lots of hidden gems around and about.

Tripadvisor_Pauline W - 17.07.2022

Hotel with a very special charm

We fell in love with this hotel. It has a very special charm. The swimming pool area is amazing same as the bar area. Staff is incredibly friendly and helpful. Last but not least, the breakfast was delicious. The location is very convenient, in the heart of Lugano, public transport accessible just by stepping out from the door.
Tip: Do not miss the swimming pool area :-)

Tripadvisor_vikrsyra, Zurigo - 28.07.2022

Wonderful stay

Fantastic hotel and fantastic location. Close to everything. The amenities are great - a full breakfast, pool, bar open 24/7. I had a single room on the top floor with a view of the lake - fantastic. And with a/c in the August heat - even better. Nice and quiet too, so super relaxing. Would definitely stay there again.

Tripadvisor_Amy Emel - 09.08.2022

Wonderful place to stay

The location is very easy to get to by public transportation. Many wonderful places are just within walking distance. The Hotel is a gem by itself. Stuff is very friendly and helpful. The swimming pool area is very nice and clean. The rooms are a very good size. The beds are comfortable. We really looked forward to coming back to our room. Tip: the partial ocean view room was great.

Tripadvisor_Irina K, Boston, Massachusetts - 07.09.2022

A room with a view

Efficient check in with friendly staff. Stayed in one of the renovated rooms, clean, rather large for Lugano standards. I booked it as it has a pool but is also close to the lake. Good breakfast buffet that meets most needs. Great location with a beautiful view!

Tripadvisor_Tanja F,Zurigo - 12.09.2022

Excellent classic hotel with awesome lake views

The hotel is over 100 years old but in great condition. It’s like staying in a museum but with modern conveniences. It’s across the road from the lake in a central location. I had a single view room on the top floor. Even though the room was small it felt big due to the balcony overlooking the lake. Wi-Fi worked well, nice bathroom and a very good breakfast made the trip comfortable. Would definitely stay here again on my next visit to Lugano.
Tip: book a lake view room.

Tripadvisor_Mike L - 23.09.2022


Amazing location for walking! We had a great view of the lake from our room! The room facilities are very good!

Google_Mary M - 09.04.2023

Belle Epoque room

We received the Belle Epoque room - it is beautiful with so many exciting and original details, like we were sleeping in a museum :) plus the garden was a perfect sunny spot for a drink, instead of fighting for a table in the city with the downtown tourists.

Booking.com_ Izabella, Paesi Bassi - 11.04.2023

Grand and sophisticated

The location and ambiance of this historic hotel are without exception reasons, this is the perfect place to stay when in Lugano.
Lovely furnishings and a fantastic balcony overlooking the lake. Chef’s kiss!!
On the lakeside near everything.
Excellent breakfast and a 24 hour honesty bar in a lovely sitting area.

Google_Jayda Messer - 19.05.2023

Free coffee all day

Breakfast had a good variety of foods and in very nice surroundings. Free coffee all day. Location is ideal. Staff helpful. Garden area and pool areas are a bonus as well as public sitting areas. Overall enjoyable except for a slightly higher price.

Expedia_James - 03.05.2023