Fodor's Expert Review Villa Principe Leopoldo and Residence

Via Montalbano 5, Lugano, Ticino, 6900, Switzerland

Spectacularly perched on a hillside overlooking Lake Lugano, this mansion offers an unparalleled location and old-world service. Although the villa was built in 1868 for Prince Leopold of Hohenzollern, most of the rooms are either staidly modern or snoozily traditional, but this may not be an issue once you take a glance at the stunningly arranged pool-and-terrace complex encircled by a double staircase—a slightly baroque touch. Chef Dario Ranza is renowned for his risottos (saffron and chanterelles, for example, or pumpkin and zucchini flower), which make dining here a notable experience.

PROS

  • beautiful views of Lake Lugano and the surrounding mountains
  • worlds away from the noise and traffic of the city
  • world-famous risottos from head chef

CONS

  • staff as well as guests can be pretentious
  • unless you're driving a Ferrari, you may feel out of place
  • rooms are tasteful but with little patina

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
HistoricalViews
Sophisticated
Residential Area
$$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 091-9858855

HOTEL DETAILS

74 rooms
Rate Includes: Free breakfast

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