• Set on the shores of Lake Lugano, this magnificent 5-star resort is a property of immense charm, nestled within a private, subtropical park.
  • Once the home of a noble Russian family, the impressive mansion was transformed into a hotel in 1885, and is now a member of the prestigious Small Luxury Hotels of the World Collection.
  • Villa Castagnola is surrounded by a large subtropical garden, on the shore of Lake Lugano and just a stone’s throw from the city centre.
  • All our rooms and suites are south-facing, with stunning park and/or lake views.
  • Restaurant Gallery Arté al Lago is located on the waterfront, with one Michelin star and 16 Gault Millau points.
  • The Restaurant Le Relais has 14 Gault Millau points and can be found inside the hotel, with a terrace overlooking the park.
  • La Rucola, born under the motto “Fresh & Easy Dining”, offers light and delicious meals in a cosy and informal setting.
  • A private beach with a lakefront terrace, an indoor swimming pool and a clay tennis court.
  • A collection of artworks from all over the world throughout the hotel and in the park. Artistic decorations transform Villa Castagnola during festivities.


We negotiate rates & benefits for our clients directly with the hotels’ senior management. Our rates match or in many cases are lower than the best online rate for the property. Our clients also enjoy a suite of extra VIP privileges and recognition while staying at a partner hotel.

  • Complimentary room upgrade on arrival.
  • Daily complimentary buffet breakfast for two.
  • Up to $100 dining or spa credit per stay, and or in-house dining / spa discounts.
  • Welcome amenities (wine/chocolates/fruit) and card from the GM.
  • Complimentary private airport transfers.
  • Complimentary roll-away bed if required.
  • Early check-in and late check-out.
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi.
  • Enhanced recognition through VIP status at all touch points in the guest experience.

A complete or partial suite of VIP benefits will be offered, subject to the property T&C, including availability, category of room & length of stay.



Between Spring and Autumn in Ticino, enjoy one of the many relaxing lakeside walks, the most challenging alpine treks, artistic and cultural itineraries and gastronomic excursions through vineyards and alpages. The natural richness of the Ticino territory characterizes the itineraries of the canton and makes them a daydream for anyone who travels along them. Pastures, crystal clear streams, breathtaking views, pretty villages, sparkling lakes and many other wonders await you.We offer you some of them. The Ticino for hikers offers thousands of kilometres of paths, but also personalised services. Let your experience be guided by an expert from the region and from that moment on you will come to an unforgettable story. In the Ticino mountains you can discover nature, forests and meadows, history and gastronomy, but you can also spend an unforgettable night in a hut feeling close to the sky.

Water sports in Ticino

If water is your natural element, you are in the perfect place. Fun, relaxation, nature and water. Lots of water. If you’re fond of water-based sports, Ticino is the place to be. Come and carve your mark on the lakes, wakeboarding, windsurfing or waterskiing. Or learn everything about the wind at a sailing class. Fish the rivers of the Ticino valleys or cool off in one of the emerald-green pools below the pictureque Lavertezzo bridge. What if the weather is not great? A visit to one of the finest aqua-parks in Switzerland is an ideal choice.

Adventure sports in Ticino

Perhaps you think that only the walking in Ticino is great? Well, you couldn’t be more wrong. If adventure activities are what you fancy getting your teeth into, there is plenty here to satisfy! The Italian part of Switzerland can be 100% adrenaline. Come and take the challenge! In the footsteps of James Bond, jump into the void at the Verzasca dam’s GoldenEye Bungee Jump, or challenge yourself to a climb to breath-taking heights. Canyoning, climbing, parachuting, kayaking and paragliding: there’s adrenaline for everyone here!Perhaps you are a fan of bouldering? The Ticinese valleys feature everything you need. If it rains, you can always push yourself with some indoor climbing

Mount Rigi

Embark on an unforgettable excursion with beautiful nature sceneries, and marvelous panoramic views aboard a cogwheel train from Vitznau or a cable car from Weggis.

La Pirouette Stable

Immersed in beautiful nature just 10 minutes from the center of Lugano, after a careful renovation, the “la Pirouette” stable looks modern and welcoming: ideal for the well-being of horses (and riders), the structure has supervised details that make equestrian sport even more enjoyable. Even those who enjoy relaxing horseback riding will find the ideal accommodation in the “La Pirouette” stable.


We have 35 horse boxes , all recently renovated to the most modern standards. Brightness and cleanliness are our strengths. We own 6 school horses for all the rider’s needs , from the beginner to the more experienced. Our qualified staff takes care of your horses 7/7 days , on request bringing them to our pastures (10’000 m2) next to the stable . Many other services are available upon request.

Riding School

We have 6 “school” horses and two ponies for the little ones, to satisfy every level of rider training. We offer private or semi-private lessons both to riders who already own a horse, and to those who wish to try their hand at the dressage discipline with our already trained horses. We prepare our young students to obtain the Knight’s Patent (a prerequisite for being able to participate in the first competitions), and a progressive higher education. We follow the interested students in the path that leads to the Regional License exam (qualification to participate in the highest level competitions in all of Switzerland). The riding school is structured to cover any formative need of our students. Children or beginners who wish to start riding can be taken over by Sonia, who through her patience and experience is able to reach amazing targets in a relatively short time. Elena, on the other hand, is in charge of preparing for competitions and of those who want a higher level of training with their horse. The synergy between horse and rider is expanded until reaching the maximum level.


Our structure annually hosts at least one dressage competition at national level. About 300 enthusiasts reach our team on race days. We offer races for any category, up to the Grand Prix. A refined and distinguished atmosphere will welcome you making these days dedicated to dressage special . We boast the presence of international and national judges recognized for professionalism and competence throughout Europe.

Chat with one of our expert travel designers today to begin planning your perfect vacation

Call: +852 9465 4577


Grand Hotel Villa Castagnola Gardens

An impressive Italian-styled villa overlooking the Lake Lugano, Grand Hotel Villa Castagnola is set in stunning sub-tropical gardens filled with exotic plants. With wonderful lake and mountain views, a Michelin-starred restaurant, a wellness area with spa and beauty treatments, a private lido and fascinating collection of contemporary sculptures, this is a treat for the senses at every level.Grand Hotel Villa Castagnola is a charming property that has a succinctly Mediterranean holiday feel combined with elegance and great service. There are stunning works of art wherever you look and each of the rooms and suites is uniquely decorated and has wonderful lake and garden views from the spacious balcony.

Take the funicular up Monte Brè, just outside the hotel, for the most fabulous lake and Alp views. Then visit the typical Ticinese village of Bré and follow the Art Path through the village. Return to Grand Hotel Villa Castagnola for a refreshing spa treatment followed by dinner in the Michelin-star restaurant Arté or something more relaxed at La Rucola. After dinner, head to Le Relais for a night cap before bed.

Each of the 74 rooms, including 32 Suites and Junior Suites, have been individually styled and offer every modern comfort. Rooms, Junior Suites and Suites have stunning park and / or lake views, balcony, terrace or porch.

Grand Hotel Villa Castagnola Suite San Salvatore

Suite San Salvatore

Located on the 5th floor, 2 bedrooms with double bed (2x90cm), separate spacious living room, 2 bathrooms (one with bath tub and one with shower and bath tub), separated WC, 3 balconies. Facing South with marvellous park and lake view.

Grand Hotel Villa Castagnola Suite Monte Bre

Suite Monte Bré

Located on the 3rd floor, 2 bedrooms: 1 double bed (2x80cm) and 1 French bed (140cm), living room, 2 bathrooms ( one with bath tub and one with shower), separated WC, 3 balconies. Facing South with marvellous park and lake view.

Grand Hotel Villa Castagnola Suite


Double bed (2x90cm), living room, with 2 bathrooms (one with bath tub and one with shower). Park and/or lake view.

Grand Hotel Villa Castagnola Junior Suite Executive

Junior Suite Executive

Queen size bed (160cm) or double bed (2x90cm), living room, mostly with 2 bathrooms (one with bath tub and one with shower). Park and/or lake view.

Grand Hotel Villa Castagnola Junior Suite Superior

Junior Suite Superior

Double bed (2x90cm), living room, mostly with 2 bathrooms (one with bath tub and one with shower) and balcony. Park and/or lake view.

Grand Hotel Villa Castagnola Junior Suite Standard

Junior Suite Standard

Queen size bed (160 cm) or double bed (2x90cm), living room, mostly with 2 bathrooms (one with bath tub and one with shower) and balcony. Park and/or lake view.

Grand Hotel Villa Castagnola Double Room Superior

Double Room Superior

Double bed (2x90cm), bathroom (mainly with bath tub and shower) and balcony. Located on the 4th floor with Park and lake view.

Grand Hotel Villa Castagnola Double Room Standard

Double Room Standard

Queen size bed (160 cm) or double bed (2x90cm), bathroom (bath tub or shower) and balcony. Park and/or lake view.

Grand Hotel Villa Castagnola Double Room Garden Floor

Double Room Garden Floor

Double bed (2x90cm), bathroom (bath tub) and small private garden with park view. “Smoking” rooms.

Grand Hotel Villa Castagnola Double Room on the side

Double Room On The Side

Double bed (2x90cm), bathroom (bath tub) and balcony. Situated laterally, without park or lake view.

Grand Hotel Villa Castagnola Art Residence al Lago

Art Residence Al Lago

Located directly on the water’s edge, it would be hard to find a more picturesque setting, combined with such high-quality accommodation. It is kindly requested a minimum stay of three months for the one-bedroom suite apartments and a minimum stay of six months for the two-and three-bedroom suite apartments.

Grand Hotel Villa Castagnola Residence Villa Castagnola

Residence Villa Castagnola

The Residence Villa Castagnola is situated in the wonderful park of the Grand Hotel Villa Castagnola, just a few steps from the lake and in a very sunny position. Its privileged location is within easy reach of public transport, as well as schools, banks, shops and sport centers.

Visiting one of our restaurants, La Rucola, Le Relais or Gallery Arté al Lago, means basking in the delicious Mediterranean-inspired dishes prepared by our Chefs, made with only the freshest seasonal ingredients. A unique culinary experience, guaranteed.

Grand Hotel Villa Castagnola La Rucola

Restaurant La Rucola

At the Restaurant “La Rucola”, with the motto “Fresh & Easy”, we offer a selection of International dishes.

Grand Hotel Villa Castagnola Le Relais

Restaurant Le Relais

The Restaurant “Le Relais” offers a refined cuisine by chef Alessandro Boleso. Its Mediterranean food offers intense flavours with fresh, local and seasonal products of the highest quality. “Grandes Pièces” are served at table.

Grand Hotel Villa Castagnola arte al lago

Restaurant Arté Al Lago

A unique restaurant inside an art gallery such as those found in London and New York. Across the road from the hotel and directly on the lake, the Restaurant Gallery Arté al Lago offers breathtaking views of Lugano as well as a changing scene of international artworks. Head Chef Frank Oerthle creates spectacular signature dishes in a menu that specializes in lake fish and seafood.

A heated indoor pool, which opens onto a large garden equipped with sunbeds, a clay tennis court, private lakeside beach with covered terrace and sunbeds, Clarins Beauty Corner & Danilo Hairstyling hair salon. Wellness Area with: Sauna & Bio-Sauna, Calidarium & Steam bath, Fitness Corner – Relax Corner, Hydropool, Yoga.

Grand Hotel Villa Castagnola Pool
Grand Hotel Villa Castagnola Gardens
Grand Hotel Villa Castagnola Lakeside Beach

Pool, Gardens & Lakeside Beach

Grand Hotel Villa Castagnola Spa


Grand Hotel Villa Castagnola Fitness Center


Area & Location

Area, Country
Lugano, Switzerland
Nearest Airport
Lugano Airport, Lugano
Local Currency
Swiss Franc
Time Change
GMT +1:00
German, French and Italian
Best time to go
Best visited between May through September

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