This is one of the most amazing hotels I have ever stayed at. It is as close to perfect as humanly possible. The hotel is big enough to have all of the services and amenities you'd want, but never feels too big. The building and grounds are lovely. The terrace where you can have breakfast and dinner is very nice. My only complaint about that is that smoking is allowed, and there were a lot of people smoking (cigarettes and cigars) when we were there. Nothing to be done about that - most outdoor eating spaces in Europe allow smoking. The staff are extremely nice, helpful, efficient, and really go out of their way to make your stay great. The breakfast is excellent - many choices of fresh juice, jams and preserves, honey, butter, tea, breads, cereals, eggs any way you like, waffles, pancakes, cheese, salmon, meats, etc. etc. etc. The pool is very nice. One of my favorite things is the sauna/Turkish bath area. You make an appointment to have this to yourself, and it is a quite large area with a beautiful sauna with little head rests and perfect music (so low it is almost subliminal), a fantastic tiled steam bath with cold hand sprays to cool you off and make more steam, I counted about 4 different showers in the various rooms, as well as a plunge bath for post-sauna, a foot bath, and wonderful bath gel and lotion in all of these locations, plus towels and bottled water never more than 10 feet away. It is worth going to the Villa Castagnola just to experience this area.
- 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