The Top Luxury Boutique Hotels in Lugano, Ticino
By Bindu Gopal Rao
Nestled within the Alps where Italy and Switzerland meet, Lugano – a historic city in the canton of Ticino – is located in a beautiful bay on the north side of Lake Lugano and is surrounded by mountains offering incredible scenic views. Steeped in history, Lugano has an old world charm that’s heightened by its unique mix of architecture, museums, and stunning vistas… some of the best of which can be enjoyed from the comfort of a luxury hotel suite.
Lugano’s beautiful parks, lakeside promenade, and lush gardens also help make for an extremely attractive picture in a city that also has a great reputation for its art attractions, and which hosts several important world-class art exhibitions throughout the year. In fact, the best way to explore the city’s cultural and historic sites is to walk along the Parco Civico Ciani that overlooks the shores of Lake Ceresio.
To help you get the most from your time in Lugano, let Luxury Switzerland be your guide to the city’s top luxury accommodations on offer here. You’ll find everything from elegant small luxury inns to delightful boutique hotels, as well as some of the country’s top romantic hotels, too. Be sure to refer to our list of the Top Boutique Hotels in Lugano to help you get the most from your experience.
True to its name, The View boasts some of the best rooms with lake views in all of Switzerland. This exquisite luxury boutique hotel’s 16 junior suites and two larger suites all have stunning views over Lake of Lugano and the surrounding area, each designed thoughtfully with fine satin, linen, or cotton bedsheets, marine teak floors, goose down duvets, and scented pillows, all of which certainly elevate the luxe feel of the property.
With an ensuite bathtub and chromo shower, fully stocked minibar, 46-inch ultra-thin LCD TV, a large terrace with lake view, king size bed, and a living area with a sofa with coffee table and armchair – not to mention the coffee and tea maker – this hotel has all the modern amenities to ensure a comfortable stay. There’s even a pillow menu with a choice of pillows to ensure you have a good night’s sleep, too, and you can also request a special bath preparation with oils and salts of your choice here. The in-house restaurant uses fresh ingredients for all dishes and has an extensive beverage menu that includes beers and Italian, Swiss, and French wines. The in-house spa, pool and pool bar are other amenities that should be experienced.
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Villa Principe Leopoldo
The former private home of German Emperor Wilhelm’s brother-in-law, the exquisite Villa Principe Leopoldo – part of the Relais & Chateaux group of leading luxury hotels – is also located on Collina d’Oro. Boasting 37 large, bright and airy suites, the accommodations here simply ooze luxury courtesy of their fine furnishings and marble finishes. Since the location is quite tranquil, you will have plenty of excuses to simply kick back and enjoy the incredible views over the surrounding area.
A highlight of a stay is enjoying a meal in the Principe Leopoldo Restaurant, something of a landmark in Lugano that’s famous for serving up some of the region’s top gastronomic delights. Also notable is The Piano Bar & Lounge which offers a wide variety of exclusive wines, champagne, malt whiskies, and cocktails, along with great live music. And if wellness is on your mind, the hotel’s in-house spa offers a variety of treatments using such products as Natura Bissè, OPI, Cellcosmet, and Cellmen and Marius.
Rates and Reviews: Villa Principe Leopoldo
Hotel Lido Seegarten
Imagine being able to access a lake directly from your hotel. Well, when you check into Hotel Lido Seegarten on the shore of Lake Lugano, you can enjoy the unique experience this elegant property offers of having direct guest-only access to the hotel’s private dock with its boat moorings. The hotel’s Rialto restaurant also boasts superb views over the lake, and offers excellent al-fresco dining including delectable Mediterranean cuisine. While on the topic of food, the hotel’s La Fornace Rosticceria is the place to enjoy fresh seasonal fruits, homemade pastas, and perfectly grilled meats.
Family-owned and operated, this delightful boutique hotel offers 64 elegant air-conditioned rooms that each have lake or mountain views, flat-screen TVs with cable channels, separate seating areas, minibars, and spacious bathrooms. Other amenities include a heated swimming pool surrounded by deck chairs and sunshades, plus a handy poolside bar service. There’s also a fitness centre featuring modern gym equipment.
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Park Hotel Principe
Located inside a garden atop Collina d´Oro, the Park Hotel Principe is set amidst a beautiful hilly area festooned with chestnut, pine, and cypress trees. The spacious and elegantly furnished rooms are all air conditioned and come with satellite television, along with either a terrace or a veranda and small private garden.
This excellent hotel also offers a variety of amenities including a heated outdoor pool, two tennis courts, a fitness room, a sauna, a solarium, and bicycle rentals. Breakfasts are a popular part of the stay here, and include home-made pastries that are a must try. Also worth checking out is the hotel’s restaurant, Caffè Leopoldo. For those seeking a little pampering, indulge in a relaxing outdoor massage by the swimming pool in a private gazebo. The hotel also offers a free shuttle bus to the city at pre-scheduled times.
Rates and Reviews: Park Hotel Principe
Hotel Walter au Lac
Located on Lugano’s lovely lakeside promenade, Hotel Walter au Lac has 38 rooms, each of which boasts panoramic lake views. All rooms have an attached bathroom, HD TV, minibar, and well-appointed bathroom, and come in a variety of configurations. Popular choices include the Junior, Premium, and Executive Suites, as well as the larger Family Rooms suitable for up to four guests.
A highlight of a stay here is relaxing on the rooftop terrace, which has a hot tub boasting some of the best views of Lugano – the perfect antidote for tired minds. Another great place to enjoy the views is in the panoramic breakfast buffet. The hotel is also perfectly located for guests wanting to explore sights such as the funicular railway and pier, while great shopping and entertainment can easily be accessed on foot.
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Hotel City Lugano
If you love water and fancy staying in a great lakeshore location, the Hotel City Lugano is the place to head to. This is a modern, tech savvy, non-smoking hotel whose soundproof rooms are fitted with HD TVs, LED lighting, a minibar with free non-alcoholic drinks, a desk, plus a kettle and a coffee / tea maker. The spacious bathrooms each come with a shower, hairdryer, and free toiletries. Other handy amenities include printers and coffee machines provided on every floor, and the lobby has a bar, a breakfast area, and access to a roomy terrace.
Located in the heart of the city, the hotel has been designed by architects Giampiero and Guya Camponovo and is ideally located providing access to all Lugano’s top points of interest. You can also chill on the large terraces that hug the Ticino mountains here. The Mediterranean-inspired cuisine at the restaurant is a must try, too.
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Located in Lugano’s Paradiso neighborhood, Hotel Admiral Lugano is perfectly situated for guests to access the San Salvatore funicular station and Lake Lugano. The contemporary rooms have a minimalist design and are equipped with flat-screen TVs, minibars, and spacious bathrooms that come with a bathtub and free toiletries.
Free Wi-Fi access and a free digital newsstand are available to guests, as well as indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and access to a fitness area. The Admiral Restaurant dishes up Swiss, Italian, and international dishes. One of the best features, of course, are the stunning views of the lake and mountains from all rooms.
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Located in the historical part of Lugano, Hotel Federale offers high-quality rooms with free Wi-Fi, LED TVs, as well as spacious bathrooms. Important features include underground parking, three fully-equipped meeting rooms, a bar, sauna and Jacuzzi, plus a gym. You can choose from rooms with lake views from their balconies, as well as good-sized family rooms with connecting doors. A number of studio suites are also available.
Dining at Hotel Federale is a gastronomic experience thanks to the talents of Chef Thomas, who uses only fresh products to dish out some the city’s top culinary treasures. Do try the homemade desserts, seasonal ice creams, and other sweets when visiting. The restaurant’s two private dining rooms are also available and provide the perfect getaway for a romantic dinner for two.
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Continental Parkhotel Lugano
A heritage property dating back to 1870, the elegant Continental Parkhotel is popular for its central location and comfortable, quiet rooms, which are split between an annex building and the main building. Do check the Ticino-style grotto in the garden, which is open twice a week in summer and a delight to explore. The park here houses several botanical species including olive trees, oleanders, pines, beeches, birches camellias, rhododendron magnolias, azaleas, hydrangeas, palms, maples and cedars. The surrounding vineyard houses a distillery as well as wine production, and is home to an agricultural museum and restaurant.
Rates and Reviews: Continental Parkhotel Lugano
Bindu Gopal Rao is a freelance writer and photographer based in Bangalore, India, who believes writing provides a unique opportunity to meet a variety of people while exploring new places. Her work is documented at http://www.bindugopalrao.com/