Fodor's Expert Review Hotel Splendide Royal

Riva A. Caccia 7, Lugano, Ticino, 6900, Switzerland Fodor's Choice

This local landmark opened its doors in 1888, and much of the Victorian luster of its common areas—colorful frescoes, crystal chandeliers, ornate antiques—has been respectfully preserved. If you'd like a sleeker room, opt for the newer wing, where discreetly modern rooms are decorated in beige and gold. The balconies and terraces open onto lake or garden views. For the panoramic view of Lake Lugano, head to the restaurant. Some of the famous clientele, including Sophia Loren, Lauren Bacall, Stevie Wonder, Patti Smith, and Tina Turner, have signed the lobby's livre d'or (guest book).

PROS

  • the historic suites are showstoppers
  • even the smallest rooms have heated bathroom floors
  • every detail displays refined luxury

CONS

  • the 1983 wing is less glamorous, more Miami Vice than Pride and Prejudice
  • grand interiors missing a bit of cozy warmth
  • could use a bit more color

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Sophisticated
Central
Grande Dame
$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 091-9857711

HOTEL DETAILS

93 rooms
Rate Includes: Free breakfast

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