Best hotels and hostels in Lago di Lugano

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    Guesthouse Castagnola

    Kristina and Maurizio bend over backwards at their B&B, lodged in a beautifully restored 16th-century town house. Exposed stone, natural fabrics and earthy colours dominate in four rooms kitted out with Nespresso coffee machines and flat-screen TVs. There's also a family-friendly apartment with washing machine and full kitchen. Take bus 2 to Posta Castagnola, 2km east of the centre. A generous breakfast (Sfr10 extra) is served just down the hill at the stone-and stucco Bar La Strada, which the pair also manage.

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    The View

    If you're going to blow the budget, do it in boutique style at this new five-star design hotel in Lugano-Paradiso. The lake views from its 18 suites are astounding and the decor is super-slick, with polished teak, leather and floor-to-ceiling glass. A spa, gourmet restaurant and free e-bike and smart car use are other luxuries that come with the price tag. Bus 431 from Lugano train station stops at Paradiso nearby.

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    Villa Principe Leopoldo Hotel & Spa

    This red-tiled residence set in sculptured gardens was built in 1926 for Prince Leopold von Hohenzollern, of the exiled German royal family. It oozes a regal, nostalgic atmosphere. The gardens and many of the splendid rooms offer lake views. Prices reach for the stars but so does the luxury – gourmet restaurants, tennis courts, a spa, heated pools, personal trainers, you name it.

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    Hotel Gabbani

    Run by the respected local Gabbani food family and within sight of their signature delicatessen, this enticing place has slickly styled rooms with pops of bright colour, lots of oak, marble and Danish-design chairs. Fittings are ultra-modern and the service excellent.

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    Hotel & Hostel Montarina

    Occupying a pastel-pink villa dating from 1860, this hotel-hostel duo extends a heartfelt welcome. Mosaic floors, high ceilings and wrought-iron balustrades are lingering traces of old-world grandeur. There's a shared kitchen-lounge, toys to amuse the kids, a swimming pool set in palm-dotted gardens and even a tiny vineyard.

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    Locanda del Giglio

    A lovely place to stay the night is the Locanda del Giglio in Roveredo, 8km north of Lugano. Backing onto forest, this eco-focused, solar-powered lodge has simple rooms with balconies offering mountain views and even lake glimpses. Take a bus from Lugano train station to Tesserete and change for another to Roveredo.

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    Hotel International au Lac

    Rooms are comfortable, with some antique furniture, at this lakefront pick. From the balconies of the front rooms you look straight out over Lago di Lugano. The garden with ping pong, a pool and kids' play area, bumps up the family appeal.

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    SYHA Hostel

    Housed in the Villa Savosa, this hostel has bright well-kept dorms, a barbecue area, a swimming pool and lush gardens. Sadly, the indifferent staff let the place down a tad. Take bus 5 from the train station to Crocifisso.