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Grand Hotel Villa Castagnola - Luxury holidays to Ticino

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  • About this holiday

    The five star Grand Hotel Villa Castagnola is a grand 19th century mansion with the individual character of a Mediterranean boutique hotel. Each room at this hotel takes on its own personality, welcoming guests into their own private haven. The colourful city of Lugano and the tranquil waters of the lake sit just on your doorstep, encouraging days of cultural exploration and scenic train and boat rides, which can be finished off with a dip in the pool, a game of tennis, and a Michelin-starred meal back at the hotel.

    The journey and how you get there


    Access to fitness corner, wellness area, indoor swimming pool, private sundeck terrace and internet.

    Included in your holiday

    Holiday prices

    This hotel is usually included as part of a rail touring holiday, so prices therefore vary. Please contact one of our personal travel specialists for up-to-date details and offers.

    Hotel code


    Our opinion

    The Grand Hotel Villa Castagnola offers tasteful and authentic design, Michelin-starred food, and a very intimate, homely presence for such a large, grand hotel.

    Hotel description

    The five star Grand Hotel Villa Castagnola in Lugano is housed in an 1880s mansion with a Mediterranean feel. Its pastel peach façade is divided up by floral balconies, arches sheltering inset windows, and a terrace restaurant marked by white parasols. Palm trees border the lush garden, at the bottom of which stand two abstract stone statues that, like the trees, at atmospherically lit in the evenings. The lantern-lit front steps take you in through a grand entrance to a series of bright, grand public rooms. Lounges feature historic tapestries and ornately carved marble fireplaces that compete for the title of centrepiece. Antique furnishings add abundant character, and rich rugs and beamed ceilings suggest the property’s age. More modern spaces include uniquely carved lamps, a grand piano, and simple archways in their design. Down beside the waterfront, the Grand Hotel Villa Castagnola has its own private lido, where guests can recline on one of the sunbeds or in the hanging chairs. Drinks can be enjoyed in the shade while you dip your toes in the water. For active guests, the hotel has a range of facilities. Take a dip in the swimming pool overlooking the gardens, or let off some steam on the clay tennis court or in the fitness corner, before relaxing in the calidarium or the sauna. In the evenings, dine in one of the hotel’s three restaurants. La Rucola offers informal dining in a quaint courtyard decorated with plants, slate tiles, and a picturesque garden door. La Relais, serving Mediterranean cuisine, resembles a fresh, light, French dining room, with bright colours, white tables, and the homely additions of characterful cabinets and paintings. The dining room looks out onto the gardens. The Restaurant Arte al Lago might be the most intriguing of the selection, however, as it is housed within an art gallery. On top of the range of artworks and sculptures on display, the restaurant also possesses a Michelin star and 16 Gault Millau points. It is the only restaurant in Lugano to have a Michelin star. Like the artworks, the setting is varied, with a range of different styles ranging from minimalist or bold and textured, to grand and ornate. If you are partial to an aperitif, choose from the indoor bar, which has a vintage theme, and the two outdoor terraces. The guestrooms all have their own unique style, from the refined neutral palette of the elegant double rooms at the side of the building, to the bright classical design of the double rooms on the garden floor. Each is tastefully executed, with very individual touches, such as the specially upholstered chairs, the potted trees set into alcoves in the suites, and the original, colourful artworks on the walls that seamlessly tap into each room’s colour scheme. There are plenty of reasons to make yourself at home at the Grand Hotel Villa Castagnola, which results in a truly memorable stay.


    Close to the lakeside on the outskirts of Lugano.

    Official star rating


    Annual opening

    Distance from airport

    134 miles

    Closest airport

    Zurich Airport

    Room types

    74 rooms with welcome amenities, air-conditioning, safe, telephone, wifi, television, minibar, mineral water, fruit basket, and hairdryer.
    Double Room on the Side
    Double Room Garden Floor with small private garden and park view
    Single Room with balcony and park or lake view
    Double Room Standard with balcony and park or lake view
    Double Room Superior with balcony and park and lake view
    Junior Suite Standard with balcony, living room, 1 or 2 bathrooms, and park or lake view
    Junior Suite Superior with balcony, living room, 1 or 2 bathrooms, and park or lake view
    Junior Suite Executive with balcony, living room, 1 or 2 bathrooms, and park or lake view
    Suite with balcony, living room, 2 bathrooms, and park or lake view
    Suite Monte Bre with 3 balconies, 2 bedrooms, living room, 2 bathrooms, and south-facing park and lake views
    Suite San Salvatore with 3 balconies, 2 bedrooms, living room, 2 bathrooms, and south-facing park and lake views

    Most rooms have a maximum occupancy of 3 people.


    Hotel facilities and services

    3 restaurants, indoor bar, 2 outdoor bar terraces, swimming pool, gardens, sauna, calidarium, steam bath, relax corner, wellness area, fitness corner, Danilo hairstylists, Clarins Beauty Corner, private lido with sun deck and loungers, and clay tennis court, indoor parking CHF 25 per day.

    Water sports

    Land sports

    Out and aboutnearby/local interest

    Lake Lugano marks the Swiss-Italian border, and bends round to touch the town of Lugano on two sides. As a result, this entirely unique land and water formation provides spectacular views and diverse walking routes. The Monte San Salvatore and Monte Bré are best for hiking and seeking out the high-up vantage points and natural forested beauty spots. Across the lake, and on the Italian border, is Sighignola Mountain, which enables you to look back across the town. Within Lugano, pay a visit to the Cathedral of Saint Lawrence, which sits at the very top of the gently stepped Via Cattedrale. This Roman Catholic cathedral was founded in the Middle Ages, but was rebuilt at the end of the 15th century. Its picturesque tower rises up above the town, and is crowned by a distinctive green dome. The pink-fronted Museum of Cultures sits on the waterside, and gives visitors a step-by-step insight into Swiss cultural history.

    Sports nearby

    Water sports on the lake; walking, hiking, and cycling in the valleys and on the mountainsides.


    Interconnecting rooms are available on request at time of booking. Children 3 years and under stay free of charge when sharing a room with parents on B&B basis. 1 child per room is permitted.

    Minimum stays

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