CUG 2014 – Local Arrangements

Here you can find a list of hotels. When you book a room please specify the booking code “CUG 2014.” This booking code is not intended to be used for online bookings, you should call or e-mail the hotel directly to receive the negotiated rates below. Some of the properties are willing to extend rates beyond their original deadline while rooms are available, but note that CUG occurs during a peak tourism period in Lugano.

Hotel Walter au Lac***        Cut off Date February 28th, 2014
Piazza Rezzonico 7
6900 Lugano
+41 (0)91 922 74 25

Double bed room single use: Fr. 195.00
Double bed room double use: Fr. 235.00
Single bedroom: Fr. 145.00


Hotel Federale***        Cut off Date March 31st, 2014
Via Paolo Regazzoni 8
6900 Lugano
+41 (0)91 910 08 08

Double bed room single use: Fr. 185.00
Double bed room double use: Fr. 212.00
Double bed room superior single use: Fr. 201.00
Double bed room superior double use: Fr. 242.00
Single bedroom: Fr. 138.00


Hotel Dante****        Very Limited Availability. Double Bed Cut off Date February 28th, 2014; Single Bed Cut off March 30, 2014
Piazza Cioccaro 5
6900 Lugano
+41 (0)91 910 57 50

Double bed room single use: Fr. 330.00
Double bed room double use: Fr. 335.00
Single bedroom: Fr. 275.00


Hotel International au Lac***       Cut off Date March 31st, 2014
Via Nassa 68
6900 Lugano
+41 (0)91 966 11 12

Double bed room single use: Fr. 177.00
Single bedroom: Fr. 152.00


Continental Parkhotel***       Cut off Date March 23rd, 2014
Via Basilea 28
6900 Lugano
+41 (0)91 966 11 12

Double bed room superior single use: Fr. 155.00
Double bed room superior double use: Fr. 200.00
Double bed room superior Top single use: Fr. 205.00
Double bed room superior Top double use: Fr. 227.00
Single bedroom Superior: Fr. 133.00


Rates are in Swiss Francs (CHF). All rates include breakfast.
All hotels have free wireless access.
Please be aware that in Switzerland American Express is not accepted everywhere; ask to the hotel for the methods of payment.

Conference Office and Registration

Badges and registration materials will be available:

Sunday  6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the conference area lobby
Monday  7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the conference office
Tuesday  7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the conference office
Wednesday  7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the conference office
Thursday  8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the conference office

All attendees must wear badges during CUG Conference activities.

On-Site Facilities

Wireless Access, E-mail and Personal Computers

Wireless in Conference Space.

There is wireless access for your laptop computer throughout the conference venue. Please make sure your wireless access has not been disabled by your company/institution as we will not be able to modify this on site. SSH will be available on all systems.


During the conference (May 5th to 8th May), telephone messages will be taken at the on-site CUG Conference Office (+41 91 911 04 25).


Switzerland operates on a 240V system; those travelling from abroad may need an adaptor. Check the Voltage Valet for information on requirements and to find adapters.

Smoking Policy

There is no smoking allowed at the Conference.

Special Assistance

Any requests for special assistance during the conference should be noted on the “Special Requirements” area of the registration form. You may also contact the Local Arrangements Committee.

Travel Information

Information on how to reach Lugano can be found on the Arriving in Lugano page.

Please be aware that Switzerland is part of Schengen agreement but NOT member of EU.

Customs regulations

Taxable goods: imported goods exceeding the duty free allowance for alcoholic beverages and/or tobacco products or goods exceeding an overall value of CHF 300.- are taxable. In this case, all goods and costs are taxable. When declaring your goods, please make sure you have all receipts and your travel documents at hand.

Duty free allowance for alcoholic beverages and tobacco products: the duty free allowance per day for alcoholic beverages is as follows (the person must be over 17 years of age)

Alcoholic beverages: up to 15% vol. 2 litres; over 15% vol. 1 litre

Tobacco goods: cigarettes 200, cigars 50, loose tobacco 250 gr. (fine cut tobacco, pipe, chewing, oral and snuff tobacco)

Beware of forgeries: it is against the law to bring in forgeries and pirated copies of goods, brands and designer objects of any kind, including for personal use. Detected forgeries will be confiscated, destroyed and you will be heavily fined.

Foodstuffs of animal origin: importing goods of animal origins (meat, dairy products) from non-EU or non-EFTA countries is prohibited.

Goods of plant origin: importing living plants or parts of plants (incl. fruits and vegetables) from non-EU and non-EFTA countries and the Canary Islands is subject to restrictions or is prohibited.


Although Euros are accepted in some places, Switzerland works with Swiss Francs. It is therefore advisable to have the local currency with you. You can exchange foreign currencies at any of the banks around the conference venue or in town.

Get an update on the current exchange rate.


At Lugano Tourism office you can find several ideas that will help you explore Lugano and its surroundings. If you need additional suggestions you can contact the CUG 2014 Local Arrangements Committee.

Dining Services

Breakfast, Lunch and Refreshments

Breakfast is included in the price of all hotels. The registration fee includes morning and afternoon refreshments as well as lunch for the duration of the conference – running from Monday morning May 5th to Thursday afternoon May 8th, 2014.

Special dietary requirements should be noted on the conference registration form.

Dining Out

A wide variety of restaurants are available in downtown Lugano. Local instinct is to go for the full ones as that is usually a sign of good food.

Smoking Policy

There is no smoking allowed at the Conference.

Social Events

CUG Welcome Reception, Sunday 4th

On Sunday, all attendees and their guests are invited to a reception to renew existing acquaintances and establish new ones.

Special Event, Monday 5th 

On Monday evening, attendees and their guests are invited to attend a dinner cruise on Lake Ceresio. Space is limited. Tickets will be provided on a first come, first served basis during on site registration. Data Direct Networks is our special event sponsor. CSCS staff will lead you from the convention center to the boat dock.

CUG Night Out, Tuesday 6th

On Tuesday all attendees and registered guests are invited to enjoy a night out organized by the Local Arrangements Committee. Intel Corporation is our event sponsor. The CUG Night Out will be held at the Castello di Morcote. The bus ride to the venue will take less than 30 minutes. During the night you will have the opportunity to taste some very refined food in a very special location on a cliff, 200 meters above the lake overlooking the village of Morcote, with breathtaking scenery.

Cray Event,  Wednesday 7th

On Wednesday evening, attendees and their guests are invited to the Cray Networking Event sponsored by Cray and Intel. The venue is inside the Casinò Lugano across the street from the convention center at the lounge bar La Perla del Lago (ground floor). Heavy appetizers and drinks will be served.