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La Palma au Lac

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Amazing location and the view. Worth the price. Nothing like lake front view to make everything better. My only wish was that the windows were bigger, and could span the entire front side of the room. The room also needs some updating as it is quite old and in need of some remodeling. Everything is clean of course, but you can see the chipped paint and the over-worn furniture.

The location is good not far from the train station. The room size was just ok but was clean and looks nice with balcony. To enjoy the good view of the lake better to get a room at the higher level. They serve good breakfast but it will be almost the same kind of breakfast everyday.

Friends and I stayed here in August, each in a spacious room with balcony overlooking the lake. From the very helpful front desk staff to housekeeping to our morning breakfast (and evening dinner, as we often chose to eat in the hotel's restaurant), we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Be sure to take advantage of the Ticino Card, which the front desk will give you at check-in, entitling you to travel free on trains and busses throughout the region. Unlike many other hotels in its price range, the La Palma faces the lakefront and is only about 3 streets away from the train station. We enjoyed our 3-night stay and recommend the hotel without hestiation.

My daughter and I booked for three nights in this hotel. The location could not have been better. Right on the lake, close to the train station and lots of restaurants and shops in easy walking distance. However, the service was a disappointment. When we arrived and realised that our room did not have a view of the lake, we asked if we could pay more to upgrade. However when the receptionist tried to help us, one of her colleagues told her not to that it was too complicated. Also, the bathroom in our room did not have good ventilation and as a result it smelt of damp and the towels could not dry. We raised this with staff but it didn't seem to make a difference.

My friend and I went to the Moon & Stars Festival in Locarno and didn't want to stay on the camping site because we were travelling from far away. Also we were really lucky to have this room because it rained during that weekend, so we rather stayed inside. The employees were very friendly and we even got a free room upgrade with view on the lake. The restaurant has many restaurants nearby and a beautiful view which you can enjoy from your balcony. It's in walking distance to the train station (and of course also to the festival) which was our selling point. Maybe we'll be back there next year again.

I received a free small bottle of wine as thank you for staying at the hotel. This was nice. The hotel offers a good breakfast and the rooms are tidy and clean and equipped with an air conditioning. I enjoyed the stay at the hotel very much since my room offered an excellent view to the lake and you could start running in the evening at the lake directly from the hotel. An issue is the parking place. Either you have super super luck and get a parking place in the free of charge parking place of the hotel or you need to pay like hell in the official parking area. Therefore I rated the hotel as 3 of 5 only since I was really pissed that I never got a parking place at the hotel. Independent if I arrive late or early.

Stayed here 1 night as we passed through. Checkin agent was friendly and helpful, got us checked in fast. Told us about an event going on the next day and we shouldn't park on the street and gave us directions to the back parking lot. Room was big and clean, big balcony overlooking the lake and down town area, there was also a coffee maker in the room for a coffee for the morning. A bit more than we'd normally spend for a place, but it was nice to feel a bit pampered once on the trip.

We have stayed in a few different hotels in the area. This one has the best breakfast room.... mainly due to the ladies there were extremely wonderful. La Palma location is good because it allows you to sit on the balcony end of the day and enjoy the sunset into the mountains. Try to book a room highest floor for the best view. The hotel is also close to great restaurants and from centre of the city.

The badroom was several years ago very good! The bed were good, it was clean. Everything felt deserted. It was good to stay at night, the rest of the day we were away, and that is the best here! You could visit the city by feet.

There are two Ramadas right on the Lake...we have stayed in the La Palma twice in two years! Seems like Locarno is not always a stop for American travelers according to locals. This Lake area is a great walking town...has a funicular which takes you to a restaurant with amazing views!! Great stop just before going to Italy with train station a five minute walk from Hotel. We stay here because the staff is responsive to emails, very accomodating with requests, rooms are large and bathrooms big by European comparisons! We traveled here straight from the USA and via very scenic train although strongly recommend spending time in other parts of Switzerland via Zurich first! Scenic train from Zurich being eliminated as main route when Tunnel through mountains opens soon! The staff had the exact room we requested ready even though we arrived before check in time! Quiet room with large balcony overlooking the Lake! Balcony is a must-back of hotel has limited view and few balconies! The hotel is clean and amenities very nice. Breakfast is included and is one of best we have found in Europe for a reasonably priced Hotel!!! Sitting on balcony enjoying view is very relaxing and romantic! Boat rides on Lake a short walk away! Tip-there is a shortcut to hotel right from Station to back entrance of hotel-great if you have luggage-ask hotel for directions. Thanks to staff at Ramada La Palma for their terrific service!!

Viale Verbano 29 Muralto TI

Hotel highlights

  • Free buffet breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining

La Palma au Lac is a short stroll from Casino Locarno and Piazza Grande. This 68-room, 4-star hotel has free breakfast, free in-room WiFi, and free self parking. It's on a lake and also near Madonna del Sasso and Mount Cardada.


Start your day off right with a free buffet breakfast. Enjoy a bite to eat at the onsite restaurant, mingle with other guests at the free manager's reception, or savor a meal from the comfort of your room with room service.


All of La Palma au Lac's 68 rooms are air-conditioned and have an array of amenities, including minibars, safes, and phones. TVs come with cable channels, and free WiFi keeps guests connected. Other standard amenities include hair dryers and desks.

Property features

La Palma au Lac offers a fitness center, a sauna, and a rooftop terrace. There's free parking and a free train station shuttle. The front desk has multilingual staff on hand 24/7 to help with dry cleaning/laundry, tours or tickets, and securing valuables. Additional amenities include free WiFi in public areas, 3 meeting rooms, and a business center.

Room options

Comfort Double Room

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Superior Double Room

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Deluxe Double Room

King 1 | Sleeps 3

Comfort Single Room

King 1 | Sleeps 1

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

74% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 203 reviews