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Grand Hotel Villa Castagnola

viale Castagnola 31, Lugano 6900 Switzerland
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  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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#2 of 44 hotels in Lugano
2020 Travelers' Choice Best of the Best
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.
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Property amenities
Electric vehicle charging station
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Tennis court
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Indoor pool
Heated pool
Fitness / spa locker rooms
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Airport transportation
Business Center with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Facial treatments
Full body massage
Head massage
Baggage storage
Butler service
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Air conditioning
Private beach
Private balcony
Room service
Flatscreen TV
VIP room facilities
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Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Park View
Historic Hotel
Languages Spoken
French, German, Italian
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Koschka wrote a review Nov 2020
Zurich, Switzerland180 contributions82 helpful votes
Very enjoyable old style place with cosy sitting areas in the lobby, best possible views from the rooms, great service at breakfast and perfect reception at the arrival (the lady also knows really well how to greet kids :)) Unfortunately, the soundproofing is really bad, you can literally understand nearly every word said in the neighbouring room. On top of that, the air conditioning is not working over winter and the rooms get really hot if the sun is shining. Generally, we have no problem to keep the balcony door open at nights, but not if the kid is sleeping just in front of it. So no good sleep for both nights we stayed here. The bedding is also not what you would expect from a luxury hotel. Its not bad, at all, but there is nothing luxurious about it either. Some 4* plus hotels already offer a better quality in those terms.
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Date of stay: November 2020
Room Tip: Room with a separate balcony (some rooms share balconies)
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ZurichLH wrote a review Nov 2020
Zurich, Switzerland19 contributions7 helpful votes
Hotel Castagnola is our favourite Hotel in Lugano and they did not disappoint us when we were there last weekend to celebrate my birthday with our adult son. Gave us wonderful rooms and service was great. Dinner at their Michelin Star Restsurant, Arte de Lago was Most memorable.
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
KarimToledano wrote a review Nov 2020
Zug10 contributions2 helpful votes
Pleasure to be again at the VC and enjoy the warm hospitality of this Lovely Property. Hospitality at very high end level, search for details and love for guests and this charming property. We will come back very soon hopefully and enjoy the warm place.
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Date of stay: November 2020
Room Tip: Beeing Home as simple as that. You have to experience it, to believe it.
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Arthus102 wrote a review Nov 2020
Zurich, Switzerland2 contributions1 helpful vote
Rooms and facilities are elegant and appropriate of a luxury hotel, excellent service. Nice tennis court and Spa. We had great view of the lake and hotel park. The hotel is 20 min of a very pleasant walk by the lake to the city center. We leave very satisfied. Only unfortunate minor point is that there was a dog in one of the rooms adjacent, do not know if it is a policy of the hotel to accept dogs.
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Date of stay: November 2020
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SiInd wrote a review Oct 2020
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Absolutely warm, friendly and supportive personnel throughout, Resident Manager Massimiliano Ferrara is omni-present to help, the location and view is wonderful! The food is delicious and it is understandable that the Arte restaurant at the lake was already sold out. Small mistake was corrected very generously and impressed us very much! I'll be back! For sure! thank you very much! a lot of hotels claim: Guest ist King, but here at Villa Castagnola it is true!
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Date of stay: October 2020
Sleep Quality
$340 - $524 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Grand Hotel Villa Castagnola
Which popular attractions are close to Grand Hotel Villa Castagnola?
Nearby attractions include Parco Ciani (0.7 miles), Olive Trail (0.7 miles), and Lido di Lugano (0.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Grand Hotel Villa Castagnola?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an indoor pool, free wifi, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Grand Hotel Villa Castagnola?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Grand Hotel Villa Castagnola?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Grand Hotel Villa Castagnola?
Conveniently located restaurants include Badalucci Taste of Art, Ristorante Galleria Arte al Lago, and La Fermata.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Grand Hotel Villa Castagnola?
Yes, guests have access to an indoor pool, a fitness center, and a sauna during their stay.
Does Grand Hotel Villa Castagnola have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Grand Hotel Villa Castagnola offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Grand Hotel Villa Castagnola located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.7 miles away from the center of Lugano.
Are any cleaning services offered at Grand Hotel Villa Castagnola?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at Grand Hotel Villa Castagnola?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does Grand Hotel Villa Castagnola offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business center, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.