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Boutique hotels in Lugano (3)

Lugano is one of the most picturesque Swiss cities around. Located on the shores of the eponymous lake, in the Italian-speaking canton of Ticino, it mixes the style, sophistication and wonderful cuisine of Italy with the alpine grandeur of Switzerland. Lugano is one of our favourite destinations for a sophisticated break away from the noise and chaos of everyday life.

Where to go
UNESCO has 17 listed sights in and around Lugano, so culture junkies will have a fine time exploring the churches, libraries, and palaces in the city centre. Hike your way around the beautiful blue lake. Feeling less energetic? Take one of the many pleasure boats crossing the lake. Hit up Via Nassa and Via Pessina for some of the best boutique shopping in Switzerland. Browse the farmer’s market that sets up weekly in the city square.

Food & Drink
Located in an Italian-speaking canton,  dining in Lugano mixes French and German influences with the hearty, rich food of northern Italy - think lots of meat, butter, and noodles! Alongside the world-class restaurant at our THE VIEW Lugano hotel, spearheaded by chef Mauro Grandi, there is sensational dining in the city. We recommend Santabbondio (Via Fomelino 10) for innovative approaches to classic Mediterranean dishes, and Antica Osteria del Porto (Via Foce 9) for ancient, atmospheric surroundings and delicious seafood dishes, taken straight from the lake.

Nightlife
Only minutes away from the Italian border, Lugano parties like its neighbours. Morandi (Via Trevano 56) is a great place for a dance and not too rowdy whereas Splendid Royale (Riva A. Caccia 7) is the choice for those looking for a cool cocktail in lush, palatial surrounds.

Where to stay
THe VIEW Lugano is our undisputed pick for a boutique hotel stay in Lugano. Luca Gazzaniga and the Interior Haut Design team have joined forces to produce a hotel room that feels like your own private yacht, with huge windows looking onto Lake Lugano. We also love the restaurant where French, Italian and German dishes are reinvented by the aforementioned Mauro Grandi.

How to get there 
Swiss Air flies to Lugano from London daily, with a stopover in Zurich. Lugano is also an hour’s drive (80km) from Milan airport. Lugano is accessible by rail from Zurich and Basel in the north and Milan in the south. 

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THE VIEW LUGANO

lugano - paradiso, switzerland

Not only has THE VIEW Lugano introduced a brand new boutique hotel concept to the city of Lugano, but also to Europe: to enjoy the feeling of being on a luxury yacht in the middle of a city.

VILLA PRINCIPE LEOPOLDO

lugano, switzerland

Sitting quietly on the Golden Hill (Collina d'Oro) with picturesque views of the city, Villa Principe Leopoldo is one of the best-kept secrets in Lugano, Switzerland. This Relais & Chateaux property has 37 suites, a luxury spa and one of the best restaurants in the Ticino region.

KURHAUS CADEMARIO WELLNESS & SPA

cademario, switzerland

Kurhaus Cademario Wellness & Spa is 15 minutes from Lugano and sits 850m above sea level; a wellness retreat which has been dedicated to health and well-being for over a century, it's a fabulous choice of hotel if you're looking for excellent service, fine food and a great choice of treatments & therapies.

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