In August this hotel is extremely expensive. In August, when a heatwave is crushing europe, this hotel has air conditioning, a floating platform on Lake Lugano courtesty of its partner Hotel Eden, and a swimming pool protected from the blazing sun .
The floating platform has a bar, restaruant service and the most cozy deck chairs I have ever had the pleasure to read and sleep on....with a view of Monte Bre to boot!
The Spledide staff were amazing...we were often greeted by name, given helpful information and service. Our room, and the rest of the hotel, was very plushly decorated. We had fabric on the walls with batting behind it, which made for a soft an quiet room. This is probably standard in lux hotels, but we stay in lux hotels so infrequently that I thought it worth mentioning. We indulged further and got a room with balcony on the lake--- this was well worth it, we even enjoyed a dinner of bread, cheese and wine cozied up next to that romantic view. Not far from the hotel is the trailhead to San Salvatore...the hotel staff thought me a bit wacky to want to hike it instead of taking the rail...but it was great excercise (I took the rail down.)