We came here 10 years ago for our honeymoon and it took far too long to return !Villa castagnola has everything you could want for a special occasion.Without being in any way snobby this place really is olde world Swiss excellence.
This time we stayed in a junior suite, but I remember that even our " normal " room 10 years ago was beautiful, amply big enough.This time we had an enormous balcony as well, lovely, quiet , overlooking the beautiful gardens and with lake view , super.
We came for a gourmet stay, it was not that expensive compared to what we would pay like for like in UK.
The gourmet dinner was just out of this world, my husband thinks that he does not like pigeon and rabbit, both of which were on the menu, he enjoyed the meal as much as I did.! I think it really was the best meal I have ever eaten in my life.
Villa Castagnola is superbly placed, the lakeside pavillion, where you can lie in luxuury
and just pop into the warm lake when you feel like it , , is great. What a place to relax, read, sleep. And there are so many beautiful walks and boat trips to take, all withi easy distance of Castagnola.
I will forever be grateful to the lady in the Swiss centre in London who , when I asked "where is a good place for a honeymoon in Lugarno ? " replied " There is only one place to go in Lugarno, and that is Grand hotel Villa Castagnola !"
Please do not go there if you want built in entertainment or lively night life, but if you want perfect food, service and a really peaceful few days, then check it out.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Grand Hotel Villa Castagnola, member of the “Small Luxury Hotels of the World”, is the only five star superior Hotel in Lugano and enjoys a privileged position inside a large sub-tropical park and with a beautiful view towards the lake. The elegant villa, built in 1860, combines the charm of a former era with the comfort and the care of a modern luxury hotel. The hotel offers 78 rooms, of exceptional charm, individually styled, provided with every modern comfort and with stunning park and/or lake views, balcony, terrace or loggia. All rooms, of which 28 are Junior Suites and Suites, have individual air-conditioning, and provide the most modern comforts. Restaurant Le Relais – 14 points GaultMillau-: In an elegant setting, our Executive Chef Bertogna, suggests a light and innovative Mediterranean cuisine, a balance between colours and delicate flavours that you won’t forget. In season lunch and dinner are served on the outdoor terrace, overlooking the garden and the lake. Restaurant Gallery Arté al Lago -1 Michelin Star, 16 points GaulMillau - :A theme restaurant inside an art gallery. Restaurant renewed and embellished through artworks and sculptures of contemporary artists of international stature who alternate every six months. Right on the shore of the lake, the Restaurant Gallery Arté al Lago offers a magnificent and unique view over the gulf of Lugano. Signature dishes are entirely new and original from our Executive Chef Frank Oerthle. Top notch are the facilities offered for meeting and events: any event assumes a special distinction - a grand banquet or less formal luncheon, business meeting or conference, private party, dinner or wedding up to 120 people. A large and impressive venue is the Sala delle Palme, set to recall an oriental atmosphere with its Indian Rajastan panoplies and Afganistan doors dated XIX century. All our venues are appreciated for the day light and the unique ornamentation and for the unclenching rooms, private sitting-rooms, conference halls of different sizes such as Le Pavillon connected to the park trough the outdoor veranda, La Sala Delle Colonne, Sala Letizia, Sala Carlotta and Sala Ottavia, the Biblioteca and Sala Kwium.Villa Castagnola has a spectacular indoor swimming-pool with panoramic views over the gardens, a Wellness Corner, a Clarins Beauty Corner, a Danilo Hairstyling, a table-tennis room, outdoor hard court tennis fields and a private lake terrace. The Hotel is well connected to Lugano’s railway station and Airport (only 7Km to the Lugano-Agno Airport), and has easy access to the Motorway. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Hotel Castagnola
- Grand Hotel Lugano