- With its distinctive Belle Epoque façade dominating the promenade, the hotel became one of Lugano’s landmarks promptly after its inauguration in 1887. This Belle Epoque Palace was known as the “Hotel Splendide” when it opened its doors in 1887; “Royal” was added in 1924 as a nod to the many royal guests. You can feel its storied history permeating every immaculately preserved marble column, Murano chandelier, dark-wood antique, and regal furnishing.
- Majestically situated on the shores of Lake Ceresio, the Splendide Royal features magnificent views and is just a short walk from Lugano’s city center.
- From breathtaking alpine and water vistas to its impressive history, delicious wine and stellar service (including Maserati airport arrival!), this landmark luxury oasis is a must-visit.
- The new gastronomic restaurant I Due Sud, rediscovers the traditional flavors of the south of Switzerland and combines them with those of the south of Italy. With this culinary bridge, executive chef Domenico Ruberto has already been distinguished by Gault et Millau as Rising Chef 2018 in Ticino.
- Fine Italian contemporary cuisine and delicious flambé specialties make La Veranda one of the best restaurants in the region.
- Straight out the lobby’s front doors, you can stroll for miles along the tree-canopied waterfront promenade dotted with inviting benches fronting the spectacular scene. Or wander the historic center with its upscale cafes, designer boutiques, and hip lounges housed in magnificent Swiss meets Italian abodes.
- A state-of-the-art personalized service is provided by the well-trained, skilled staff who quietly ensures the guests a pampering local experience through courtesy, dedication and attention to detail.
EXCLUSIVE LUXE VOYAGER VIP BENEFITS & BEST PRICE
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.
Located north of Lugano, Monte Bar lies on the range west of the Gazzirola, between the Val d’Isone and the Val Colla. The summit culminates at 1’814m and will give you staggering views of the region. The trek takes roughly around 3.5 to 4 hours to reach the top and the difficulty is medium.
The peak of Monte San Salvatore is at 912m and overlooks Lugano and the lake. Easily reachable in about one hour trek or by funicular you have then a wonderful walk all the way to Morcote which was recently elected prettiest village in Switzerland. Count on 4 hours walk from the top of San Salvatore to Morcote. The difficulty is medium.
High up in the skies lays Monte Tamaro at 1’962m. From there starts the trek to another peak Monte Lema. During the whole excursion you will find yourself in some of incredibly suggestive scenarios, including famous peaks and panoramic views of Lake Maggiore. The path is challenging and takes more than 5 hours, accompanied by a highly regarded mountain guide.
Plenty awaits you at Monte Tamaro Park so we suggest enjoying a hearty breakfast full of vitamins at the hotel before setting off for a brilliant day out with your family. Monte Tamaro offers so much for a day out which include an exciting downhill bobsleigh and for those seeking an adrenaline rush enjoy the ride of your life on the 400 metre downhill zip line. You can also try your hand at paragliding and for the truly adventurous, brave the spectacular Tamaro jump! If all that wasn’t enough, the mountain has some fantastic bike and hiking trails too. If you prefer to take life at a slightly slower place there are some easy to moderate walking paths suitable for all ages and the serious hikers will love the more challenging routes of Lema-Tamaro and Rivera-Alpe Foppa which offer scenery that is simply out of this world. Even if you prefer a relaxing time altogether, it’s worth heading up Mount Tamaro for the fresh mountain air and views alone. On a warm sunny day, you can enjoy the terrace and sun loungers, a peaceful haven while the kids are at play.
If you love culture then Monte San Salvatore is a must visit. Its fame extends far and wide. Pilgrims would make their way to the summit in order to pay homage to Christ who, according to ancient legend, stopped there briefly during his ascension to Heaven. Nowadays the mountain draws its many visitors because of what is arguably one of the best views in Switzerland.
Ever wondered what it would be like to see the whole of one country in just an hour? Pay a visit to Swissminiatur. Swiss pioneer Pierre Vuigner had a dream to create not just a miniature village but the whole of Switzerland scaled down to size. Swissminiatur opened its doors to the public in 1959 and has been fascinating visitors from across the globe ever since. Set in a beautiful park surrounded by mountains like Monte Generoso, Monte San Salvatore and Monte San Giorgio, one can marvel at more than 120 models which reproduce the most important buildings throughout Switzerland.
Wake up to the sun streaming into your luxury room and take a moment to enjoy a morning buffet breakfast with your family, before leaving for a fascinating place not too far away from the hotel. What makes this excursion so special is that you can begin and end this journey by boat, which will no doubt keep the children entertained. Lake Lugano is perhaps not the most conventional place for a museum but what was once a Swiss border guard post is now home to a place of interest for visitors interested in gaining a glimpse into the roles of border guards and customs agents in Switzerland and learning all about goods smuggling,drug searches, economic crime, migration, precious metal control, the protection of cultural property and species protection. Opened as a museum in 1949, you can view artefacts from 1848, when the Swiss Confederation was founded, right up to the present day.
Are you looking for something romantic and atmospheric? If you are a lover of pure lakes and places rich in historical charm, then perhaps try dinner at Morcote. For a change in perspective, don’t take the car and instead cruise there by boat. From a lakeshore viewpoint, everything will be even more fascinating: from the villages perched on the green mountains to the reflection of the sun on the lake at sunset… When you arrive, give yourself some time to discover this ancient Ticino fishing village. Morcote has retained the charm of its past and it feels like time has stopped here. Later, overlooking Lake Lugano, enjoy your choice of gastronomic experience – perhaps freshwater fish – at one of Morcote’s panoramic restaurants.
Welcome to Lugano and the Hotel Splendide Royal, situated on the shores of Lake Lugano. Cosmopolitan and elegant, the city will delight you with its modern charm, combining art and nature, history and conviviality. This balance between the past and the future is also reflected in the Hotel’s legendary hospitality and its careful combination of long held tradition with a contemporary modern vision. Providing an experience that goes beyond the simple holiday, the Splendide Royal will allow you to immerse yourself in the Lugano experience whilst giving warmth and care in the same discreet manner that it has for more than a century.
With its distinctive Belle Epoque façade dominating the promenade, the hotel became one of Lugano’s landmarks promptly after its inauguration in 1887 Marble lobby and hallways, stunning frescoes, Murano chandeliers: the charm of the 19th century has remained intact while the long heritage of hospitality ensures a warm, familiar atmosphere that makes it a perfect home-away-from-home. The enchanting setting, on the shores of Lake Lugano, offers idyllic views over the lake and the Alpine landscape while remaining just a few minutes’ stroll along the tree-shaded promenade from the center.
Hotel Splendide Royal Lugano, a circa-1887 neoclassic villa turned 93-room lavish lakefront haven. From breathtaking alpine and water vistas to its impressive history, delicious wine and stellar service (hello, Maserati airport arrival!)—here’s why this landmark luxury oasis is a must-visit.
Suite Third Floor
Can you hear from afar the gentle rasping of Angelica’s crinoline dancing with Tancredi? That scene from the Leopard so magically scripted by Lampedusa and so brilliantly filmed by Luchino Visconti.Open your eyes. You are in a beautiful sitting room and you recognize those exquisitely crafted armchairs gently inclining their curves to accommodate plump and velvety cushions.They are Bergères of Marie Antoinette’s fame who gather around a coffee table horrified by the crudeness of its name.The adjoining bed room stays in harmony with the ambiance of your drawing room. Large beds and bespoke bedding promise refreshing nights and happy dreams.
Suite Fourth Floor
Catch a feel of their blissful splendour when caressing the magnificent wood panelling covering every walls of your sitting room. Look at the grand settee facing two voluptuous armchairs. They should impress your guests and satisfy your taste for elegance and comfort.Further away a round dinner table with its four richly sculpted chairs may bring a craving for caviar and a shot of vodka or a glass of champagne.The décor is gently adapting to your own mood as the golden lights emitted by the nearby lake enter the high French windows. It is your Suite.
After the Medici, the Colonna, the Orsini, you.The vastness of the first room does not impress you until you see the vaulted ceiling and its frescoes. How high? Six meters? Higher.Armchairs and sofa display a patina only acquired by decades of care provided by craftsmen too modest to let anyone call them artists. The wardrobe despite its oversized volume fits perfectly to the proportions of the place. Walnut, geometrical marquetry work and golden ormolus make that wardrobe a conversation piece.The twelve branch gilded bronze chandelier emits Renaissance vibes, as it should.Paintings, views of Venice, are a sophisticated hint of treasures to come.
Junior Suite Palace
All suites, in their own style, display a wealth of finely crafted furniture. Some dare the fragile elegance of silk; some prefer the warmer comfort of velvet. Elegant settees, large armchairs gather around a small high table or a lower one with a marble top the colour of onyx or some exquisite marquetry. The rippled appearance of precious walnut graces your chest of drawers or another piece of similar furniture. That moiré effect makes you notice a bespoke cabinet containing hard to resist temptations It is the minibar.Some unexpected charming Belle Epoque conversation piece may appear in the form of a coiffeuse, a mirror, a huge wardrobe that would overpower a smaller apartment.Enter in that wardrobe. Can you hear the roars of the wise white lion of Narnia’s fame?If your suite has no such gate to the world of legends find solace and explore your walk in wardrobe.
Enter your room: space, light, silence.Do not fear. Japanese inspired minimalism is a continent away.Plenty of creature comforts await you.Whether you want a desk to prepare for your tomorrow’s meeting or a terrace to watch the Lugano happy few passing by or a very large bed… to sleep, you can smile. They are all there for you.Wifi is so good that your wall, sorry, time line, is updated without a glitch. Stop.Pay heed to the glimmering lake, sending waves of golden light through tall French windows.
Each room is different. Who would want uniformity? In the Belle Epoque it was de rigueur.All provide the same feeling of vastness, the view to the shining lake and the I peaks of the Southern Alps.Colour schemes were carefully selected to please the eyes and comply with the unique architecture of the Palace.Thanks to many efforts, the charm of the past still radiates while amenities are very twenty first century.The Palace is no Sleeping Beauty.Wonderful bedding and absolute silence are guarantee of happy dreams and sound sleep.A corner dedicated to two very large comfy armchairs and a coffee table is a perfect spot for you to relax. Early in the morning, well sited, you may watch through a very large French window small fishing boats following the white and red ferry cruising towards the Italian shore. Do you want a better view? Go to your very own balcony. Small but nifty.
When you enter your room you appreciate the clean lines, the soft tones of the colour scheme, the boldness of the furniture that could overwhelm a smaller room, but yours is large.You love how quiet it is. If you need to work you will not be disturbed. It the kids play and run around, no knock on the wall and no knock on a preposterously expensive Ming vase.If you need to plug in your laptop or if they want to recharge their smartphones and tablets, the “any plug will fit” gizmo is there on the desk.
You are in. You are pleased to notice how large, well appointed, and luminous your room is. The children may scream of delight; no one will complain. Sound proofing is an absolute marvel. Your very own bed with a handmade 33 cm thick (a foot) matrass will do its duty. You will sleep extremely well. You have to check those e mails or browse through your favourite websites. Wifi is up to the task. You forgot that in the global village electrical sockets remain very local. How will you locate the plug adaptor? No need to worry. Go to the desk, a masterpiece of cabinet making and marquetry. Discover with relief the saving gizmo in its most de luxe version.
From breakfast to an evening night tipple, from an aperitif on the terrace across to a gourmet dinner: the offerings of the Hotel Splendide Royal range 360 degrees allowing all palates to be satisfied.The winning item that combines the cuisine of the Splendide is the excellence of its products. Fresh, seasonal ingredients are hand picked and attentively selected to pay tribute to the Two Souths, I Due Sud, Ticino and South of Italy, thanks to the excitement of its dedicated brigade and chef Domenico Ruberto. The Forziere del Vino preserves some of the greatest wines of the territory personally selected by sommelier Simone Ragusa while the Belle Epoque Bar offers a variety of champagnes and world class spiritis served with a smile by the barman.
La Piazzettais the new Lounge Bar which will open in July on the renovated panoramic terraces of the Splendide. Glamorous atmosphere, live music and a culinary show celebrating gourmet Pizza every night: delicious and informal, with top quality ingredients. The appetising proposals will include salads, snacks and typically summer dishes. The most sought-after cocktails will be accompanied by sparkling wines and historical spirits to toast your evening with friends.
I Due Sud Restaurant
At dinner time, a sunset through tall French windows reminds everyone that summer is never really over in Lugano.You are led to your table by Simone. He is in charge. His welcome exudes a warmth that only a passionate heart can produce.Plates, cutlery and glasses are fresh and modern. They compliment the déco in a modest way. They will not compete with their content: glorious food.You are here to enjoy. Your taste buds will have fun. Chef Domenico and his team will make sure of that.
La Veranda Restaurant
With its spectacular views of the lake, La Veranda combines tradition and innovation offering a savoury interpretation of Mediterranean cuisine, prepared with local and seasonal products.During the summer months, guests may also choose to enjoy the mouth-watering, varied dishes on the panoramic outdoor terrace.
Belle Epoque Bar
Dinner time. It is time to cross the lobby. Do you hear music fluttering and dancing in the air.Please acknowledge the elegance of the piano player. Oh, you are already eyeing the bar. Join the happy crowd! You have no other worries than to choose which drink you will enjoy most.The bartender knows his trade. You may linger.The gigantic mirror above the fireplace reflects the hands of a mural clock. Are you ready? The Splendide Royal’s restaurant I Due Sud awaits.
The Wine Cellar
For those who enjoy the nectar that is fine wine, a small corner of paradise awaits you at the Splendide – in the shape of the beautiful and vast wine cellar. The Hotel Splendide Royal’s ‘Wine Cellar’ is a jewel waiting to be discovered and is well-stocked with world class labels and the very best Ticino can offer. Here you can experience Ticino’s foremost wine – Merlot – a shining example of what the region and its vast vineyards offer. With sommelier Simone Ragusa’s guidance, you will discover rare wines and renowned names. Simone will recount for you the stories and anecdotes of the wines and their producers, making your experience a virtual journey into the world of wine.
Step in the Lifestyle Spa & Pool and be ready to embark on a journey of peace and tranquillity. Here, everything here has be carefully thought of for your to enjoy a wonderful and serene experience. This is all about awaking your senses and by the time you come out, you will feel like a new person.
It is only natural to search for the perfect hideaway to enjoy a quiet relaxing time and intimacy with your other half or some privacy with your friends. The Lifestyle Spa value these moments and in order to do so you can have your private Spa. You will enjoy the comforts of an entire space dedicated to relaxation with your own Finnish Sauna and Steam Bath. A massage will naturally enhance the experience.
The Spa is offering more than just a dip in the water. Immerse yourself in the Splendide panoramic pool and float away while contemplating the views of Lake Lugano and the Alpine foothills. The experience is truly one of a kind as the finest designs embrace the beauty of nature. Welcome to your new retreat.
The Gym is comprised of the latest Technogym equipment. State of the art machinery which will ensure your series of exercise are properly and securely executed. You can release all your energy here while contemplating the vertical gardens and the calming fountains.
Stretch out the mat and begin your series of exercises, check your breathing and start your sequence of movements. This ancient practice originating in India is now widely practiced to strengthen the body, restore peace of mind and, overall, establish a vital balance. Spa specialists are ready to guide you and accompany you along your journey.