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“Romantic gettaway in paradise” 5 of 5 stars
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Villa Principe Leopoldo
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via Montalbano 5, Lugano 6900, Switzerland   |  
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Ranked #5 of 42 hotels in Lugano
Athens, Greece
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“Romantic gettaway in paradise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2010

My partner and I spent a (too) short 3-day stay at the Principe Leopoldo in November. I work in the hotel industry and consider myself an exigent guest when I travel - which is alot! I was not disappointed in the slightest way. This is a beautiful building in a quiet area of Lugano, away from the noise of downtown, but just a 5 minute drive away. From the moment we arrived (the porter was there on the doorstep), we felt like VIP guests. The lovely Sonia (I think) at reception, gave us the necessary info on the way down to the room - which incidentally was the largest double room I have seen at any hotel, to the tasty breakfast - the muesli with forest fruit on it was just like my childhood memories! - to room service (delicious and super fast) and the cosy bar upstairs with the very talented pianist, everything was perfect. All the staff greet you with a genuine and smiling "hello" and make you feel at home. All in all, a memorable stay in a town I have visited several times and love and hope to return to, staying at the Principe Leopoldo!
Thank you again
Alona Johnson-Ferguson

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2010

We stayed at the Villa Principe Leopoldo for a weekend in September. Our expectations were pretty high for several reasons: first the hotel has the reputation to be one of the best in the Southern part of Switzerland and for almost 800.00 SFR per night for a standard double room, it surely belongs to some of the more expensive hotels in the world.
But we soon found out, that a good reputation and high prices do not guarantee a perfect stay. The first thing to remember about this hotel is that it was transformed from a private residence to a hotel not too long ago, in 1986 (you may read about the history of the hotel on their website: http://www.leopoldohotel.com/en/37/historical_remarks.aspx). This might be the reason,why the hotel is hard to find. Even with GPS navigation, you will first see the “Residence” entrance and wonder, where the actual hotel is (across the street). And all this because it is so poorly marked. Once we found the entrance, there was nobody there to greet us, or help us with the luggage or to tell us where we could park the car. So the first impression was already disappointing to say the least. Our room was about average for this category with a modern bathroom, a big balcony and a nice view. But there was nothing that made it stand out, for example there were two small complementary water bottles, but no fresh fruit or anything else.
The dinner in the restaurant was also about average, good, but not exceptional for the price. The same goes for the breakfast: a buffet with everything you would expect, but nothing more. The service in general was ok, but somehow we missed the presence of a good hotel manager, who in my opinion is one of the most important factor of any hotel. The location of the hotel is great, if you want a wonderful view of the lake, but if you want to be close to the center of Lugano, choose an other hotel. They do offer a free shuttle service to the center (but only a few times in the afternoon) and you could walk, but it is about 20 minutes and not very convenient (not all the streets have sidewalks).
So all in all I guess you can say that this hotel has not too many strong points: a wonderful view, and an exotic, charming building with nice rooms. But that is not enough to justify the high prices. So if you want to stay in Lugano, my tip would be to go visit the hotel and perhaps have a drink, but stay in an other hotel closer to the center and with more reasonable prices!

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2010

This location is unique: on the top of the hill over the Lugano lake, surrouding by nature and silence. At the arrival you think to be in an elegant country house. The rooms/apt are really big and in a minimal design style. The reastaurant is exellent.: I believe I had the best dinner ever had since a long time. For some reasons I would say that few more staff members would be better.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Berlin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2010

You know you are in Italian Switzerland when you enter the plush marbled and mirrored suites. A bit much for my taste, but no denying that it is well done and to the highest standards. Nothing was missing, the service was great, a short drive to downtown. The view is, of course, picturesque, it would seem from all the rooms. It is in a prominent yet isolated position overlooking the lake, and so there was nothing to be heard at all. We had a meal on the terrace, which was fine.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2010

I had with my wife a (too) short break at the beautiful Villa Principe Leopoldo. We spent 2 days in this hotel which is offering an amazing location and a spectacular view from the rooms. The front office staff is really excellent offering 5* service in a professional and smart way. We had diner at the main restaurant and food was astonishing! The restaurant is located in the gardens of the hotel with a panoramic view over the lake. We had one of our best dinner since a long time with a high class service. I could only recommend this hotel to anyone who is looking for a romantic getaway and who love to be pampered in one of the most beautiful places in Switzerland.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2010

Exceptional location (with the most stunning Lake Lugano view from the main building and suites), the Villa Leopoldo has long been a family favourite on the north-south European axis. The suites have recently been renovated - however, apart from the price hike, its questionable whether the work has actually added value: gone is the bath tub (in favour of a tropical shower), the TV can now only be watched from bed and the outside lights have been removed from the (generously sized) suite balconies. Dining, though, is as pleasant as ever in a setting and atmosphere that guarantees relaxation - despite the suspiciously record-breaking speed of service. Viator Coloniae

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Geneva
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2010

Best hotel of Ticino! We spend a marvellous and unforgettable stay at Relais & Châteaux Villa Principe Leopoldo. This is a 5 stars boutique hotel with great class, elegance and with a Mediterranean style. All the rooms of the Villa have been renovated. They are beautifull and so confortable.
I will always remember the stunning view, the fine cuisine and the exclusive Spa.

Thanks again to the TEAM to make this experience unique!

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Via Montalbano 5, Lugano 6900, Switzerland
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Location: Switzerland > Swiss Alps > Ticino > Lugano
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Lugano
#3 Family Hotel in Lugano
#4 Luxury Hotel in Lugano
#5 Romantic Hotel in Lugano
#5 Business Hotel in Lugano
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Villa Principe Leopoldo 5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated high above the Bay of Lugano this exceptional boutique hotel offers first-class suites and rooms. The tastefully arranged spacious rooms, the terraces with breathtaking views, two heated outdoor pools, tennis courts and a wide range of facilities leave nothing to be desired. Neither does the exquisite Mediterranean cuisine of Dario Ranza, served in the light-flooded restaurants. Jewel of the hotel is Kiso: a heavenly, exclusive Spa offering unadulterated luxury, privacy and exclusive treatments. Nothing else to be desired - a truly royal feeling. ... more   less 
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