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Hotel International au Lac - Luxury holidays to Ticino

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  • About this holiday

    The traditional and opulent Hotel International au Lac blends its Belle Epoque history with the modern sophistication of Lugano’s commercial district. On the lake’s promenade, the hotel is graced with sensational views and very easy access to the area’s most stunning natural beauty spots. Stay for a few nights in the elegant and historic rooms of the Hotel International au Lac as part of a luxury touring holiday by train across Austria, Switzerland, Italy, and perhaps even France.

    The journey and how you get there

    Lugano railway station is a ten minute walk away.


    Included in your holiday

    Holiday prices

    We recommend staying at the Hotel International au Lac as part of a longer touring holiday. It can be included in many of our existing tours, or added to a personalised, tailor-made itinerary.

    The Hotel International au Lac features in the following touring holiday:

    A grand tour of Switzerland by train -
    Prices from £2,330 per person for 3 and 4 star accommodation and standard class rail travel, with stops in Lausanne, Interlaken, St Moritz, Lugano, and Cologne.

    The prices displayed here are a guide only for this hotel and each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect the actual flight costs and all up-to-date special offers.

    Hotel code


    Our opinion

    This city hotel in Switzerland transports guests back to a different era with its period features and peaceful sophistication.

    Hotel description

    On the promenade beside the bank of Lake Lugano, the superior three star Hotel International au Lac possesses all of its original charm and regal character. A veritable pocket of Swiss history, the hotel prides itself on its illustrious past, providing a museum dedicated to the building’s journey through time. In the heart of Lugano’s pedestrianised city centre, it is preserved in a bubble of peace, broken only by the murmur of the water and the locals dipping in and out of the designer shops. Nearby restaurants and bars offer delicious and traditional dishes, drinks, and snacks. The rooms themselves are very traditional, with drapes over the windows that frame sublime views across the lake and the mountains beyond. Arched windows, ornate exterior stone designs, and white-railed balconies are reminiscent of the building’s Belle Epoque origins; but, for the full historical experience, stay for a few nights in the unique Belle Epoque Double Room. This room is stunningly ornate, with embellished wallpaper, candlesticks, a delicate chandelier, and textured, tactile furnishings. Soak up the Hotel International au Lac’s refined sophistication beside the pool in the garden with a drink in hand, or venture out into the land that surrounds Lake Lugano to uncover the best viewpoints, either on foot or on a hired bike.


    In the town of Lugano, on the bank of Lake Lugano, just along from a small marina.

    Official star rating


    Annual opening

    Distance from airport

    Closest airport

    Room types

    80 unique rooms with air-conditioning, Swiss-made mattresses, writing desk, flatscreen TV, radio, safe, telephone, free Wifi
    Single Classic
    Single Panorama, with balcony and lake view
    Double Classic
    Double Classic, overlooking the church, monastery, and lake
    Double Panorama, with balcony and lake view
    Double Chic, with balcony
    Unique Belle Epoque Double Room, with original Louis XVI furniture
    Superior Room, with three beds
    Family Economy Room, with four beds
    Family Junior Suite

    Hotel facilities and services

    Outdoor pool, garden, terrace, games room, lobby bar, underground car park at additional cost, museum of hotel’s history, children’s playground, library, and lounge.

    Water sports

    Land sports

    Out and aboutnearby/local interest

    Lake Lugano marks the Swiss-Italian border, and bends round to touch the town of Lugano on two sides. As a result, this entirely unique land and water formation provides spectacular views and diverse walking routes. The Monte San Salvatore and Monte Bré are best for hiking and seeking out the high-up vantage points and natural forested beauty spots. Across the lake, and on the Italian border, is Sighignola Mountain, which enables you to look back across the town. Within Lugano, pay a visit to the Cathedral of Saint Lawrence, which sits at the very top of the gently stepped Via Cattedrale. This Roman Catholic cathedral was founded in the Middle Ages, but was rebuilt at the end of the 15th century. Its picturesque tower rises up above the town, and is crowned by a distinctive green dome. The pink-fronted Museum of Cultures sits on the waterside, and gives visitors a step-by-step insight into Swiss cultural history.

    Sports nearby

    Aside from the hiking trails across the mountains, you may wish to partake in some of the water sports on Lake Lugano, or play a round of golf at the Golf Club Lugano.


    Minimum stays

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