The Hotel&Hotel Montarina is centrally located in Lugano and can be easily reached by train or by car. The town centre is only a five minutes' walking distance away from the hotel.

The rooms are subdivided in the categories Comfort, Antique and Backpackers. All of the rooms offer an excellent price quality ratio. Free WIFI, free parking and free access to the swimming pool area are only a few of the many benefits you will have staying at the Montarina.

We are looking forward to welcome you in Lugano with great pleasure.

Kind regards

Edgar Fassbind, Bernadette Heinrich & the Montarina Team


Villa Montarina was built around 1860 by Colonel Giuseppe Missori of Milan, a hero of the Italian wars of Unity and Independence who saved Giuseppe Garibaldi’s life in the battle of Milazzo.

Between 1883 and 1885 Mrs Schnyder Von Wartensee hired Montarina and ran it, for the first time, as a hotel; later on she founded the the renowned Hotel Villa Castagnola in Lugano.

In 1885 the property was bought by Pietro Primavesi, son of a famous family of traders. Pietro was also a very innovative businessman who founded a well- known department store, but also two factories, one producing chocolate and the other pasta. His prominence and large fortune earned him the nickname "Primaves d'or" or Golden Primavesi. It is said that in addition to his great wealth, he passed on to his family considerable moral strength. Giuseppe, his second son, continued the family business and married Virginia Gaggini on the 28th March 1883. They had three beautiful children: Pierino, Amelia and Eugenio who loved playing in the gardens of the Montarina and spent a happy childhood there. Pierino became one of Switzerland's first aircraft pilots and a permanent photographic exhibition in the hotel is dedicated to his memory. In 1980 the heirs of the Primavesi family sold the Villa to the Fassbind family, hoteliers in Lugano since 1912. The Fassbind family founded the Hotel&Hostel Montarina  in the late eighties and the once-exclusive Villa became a home for guests of every age and social class; nowadays the Hotel&Hostel.Montarina is classed among the most innovative hostels of Switzerland.



- Free WIFI

- Breakfast buffet

- Free access to the swimming pool

- Car park

- Kitchen corner with self-catering facilities

- Coin-operated washer and dryer, drink- and snack-dispenser

- Tourist information and organization of excursions

- Meeting room



Romantic rooms located in the main Villa with running water, shower and WC on the floor, free WIFI. These rooms are very affordable and romantic, the right choice for an unconventional and unforgettable stay in Lugano.


Completely renovated rooms in the annex building with shower, toilet, free WIFI, flat-screen HD SAT TV,  refrigerator, air conditioning and free WIFI. These rooms offer doubtlessly the best price-quality ratio in Lugano.

Backpackers private

Rooms equipped with 4 to 8 beds and running water, WC and showers are on the floor, free WIFI. The rooms are suitable for small groups, families or individual travellers who want to book a stay in Lugano at a reasonable price without renouncing being in a private room.

Backpackers common

Dorms equipped with 8  to 16 beds or bunk beds and running water, WC and showers are on the floor, free WIFI. The rooms are suitable for groups or individual travellers who want to book a really affordable stay in a very clean hostel.


Hotel&Hostel Montarina

Via Montarina 1

CH-6900 Lugano

t. +41 (0)91 9667272

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