The Hostel is located just 2 km outside of Lugano, the southern most international city of Switzerland.

Lugano boasts an enchanting landscape and takes pride in its beautiful golf which is framed by the hills and mountain ranges of San Salvatore and Bré.

The Majek-Wassmann family has run the Hostel of Lugano-Savosa for several generations and their dedication and competence guarantee a positive experience for their guests.

Whether you are parents with your children, grandparents with grandchildren, backpackers, school children, athletes, an association or just friends taking a trip together, our hostel accommodates and warmly welcomes you.


The Hostel is situated at a perfect departure point for numerous cultural and scenic excursions that our lake region has to offer.

Each year the city of Lugano offers a full calendar of cultural and recreational activities-- The Modern Art Museum, numerous athletic tournaments, Long Lake Festival and the Jazz Festival, just to mention a few.

Night owls also benefit from a diverse array of attractions.

The premises are easily accessible by public transport.





The Hostel is situated in a vast subtropical park surrounded by marvelous vegetation. Our premises is outfitted with a swimming pool with slide, a beach volley ball court, 2 ping pong tables, billiards, a bocce court and open grill area which allows our guests to enjoy their meals under our brand new outdoor canopy!

For the little ones there is a swing set, an amusement park with toy horses and sandbox as well as a chicken and rabbit coop full of charming little animals to admire.





The rooms and apartments of the Hostel were newly renovated in 2015 and offer plenty of comfort, so that you can enjoy relaxing holidays.

We have ample options available; single or double rooms, family size rooms with or without kitchen, or dormitories of 6-8 beds. We guarantee maximum comfort for our guests. 

We offer free Wi-Fi access in all of our rooms.

There are also living and TV rooms, an Internet Corner and a phone box.




The breakfast buffet is rich with local organic products.


Parking is available.


The buildings are set in a wonderful, carefully tended park, stretching for about 10,000 square meters , featuring variegated and luxuriant vegetation. The park is dotted with flower gardens, and there are ponds inhabited by water lilies and goldfish. In the greenhouse, there are exotic plants and superb orchids to be discovered.
Relaxation is also guaranteed by a splendid swimming pool and areas furnished with sun loungers, tables and sun umbrellas. Huge green meadows are available for all the guests, and for the younger ones there are sandpits, rocking horses, slides, and a tree house, as well as a pen with chickens and rabbits.




For those keen on sports, there is a beach volleyball court, table tennis, and a boules court, as well as a football field and a basketball court adjacent to the hostel. In the warm summer evenings, barbecues can be organised and guests can dine under the centuries-old trees.



The Swiss region “Ticino” is the most densely packed area of mountain bike trails in Switzerland.

Our slightly elevated position, respect to the city, permits the perfect opportunity for adventurous trails.

We also offer a bike room to store your bicycle at the end of the day.



In 1928 Friedrich Wassmann, a native of the city of Hamburg, bought "Villa Savosa" from a Chilean Consul, and until 1940 it was used as a sanitarium. In 1941 his son Waldemar, who in the meantime had taken over the management of the property, had the good idea of changing it into the Lugano-Savosa Youth Hostel. He was the first to offer overnight stays in the hostel spirit, already fashionable in the rest of Europe (an interesting fact: the cost of a night's stay at the time was CHF 0.90).


In the years 1946/47, the first important restructuring works were carried out, aimed at creating larger and more hospitable rooms, together with a considerable increase in the number of beds available. In the '50s, there were already about a hundred beds.



More recently, the daughter of Waldemar and Martha, Mrs. Lotti, married to Majek, took over the management, making it more dynamic and gaining even greater popularity. In the last few years, she has been running the hostel together with her children, (who ensure the present and future continuity of a family based hostel).




The family's priorities are still the same: cordiality and a warm welcome, at the service of our guests.