This Hotel Splendide Royal Lugano Review is part of our 2019 Switzerland trip report. Hotel Splendide Royal Lugano is a sister hotel to Hotel Splendide Royal Paris (also a Virtuoso member) and Hotel Splendide Royal Roma, and part of the family owned Roberto Naldi Collection.
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Hotel Splendide Royal Lugano Location and Check-in
Lugano is in the Italian speaking Canton of Ticino in Switzerland. Locals joke that they have the best of both worlds: Italian cuisine, wines, and life's pleasures, with Swiss transport and efficiency. Lugano is just a 1.5 hour train ride from Milan, making it an intriguing alternative to Lake Como, and the 2.5 hour train ride from Zurich still makes Lugano easy to include on a wholly Swiss itinerary.
Hotel Splendide Royal Lugano is just a 5 minute drive from the Lugano train station, although we opted to take a local bus and walk a short distance to the hotel. On our departure, a hotel courtesy van dropped us off at the train station.
There was no wait at reception, which is graced by some lovely stained glass, and we were swiftly checked into our Deluxe Executive Room.
TravelSort Clients enjoy these Virtuoso benefits at Hotel Splendide Royal in 2020:
- Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
- Complimentary Buffet Breakfast & in-room Continental breakfast for two per bedroom daily
- $100 USD equivalent Food & Beverage credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
- Bottle of Champagne Perrier-Jouet (half a bottle for single occupancy)
- Personalized welcome cake
- Complimentary or reduced fee on all regional transports
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
Hotel Splendide Royal Lugano Deluxe Executive Room
Deluxe Executive Rooms are in the newer wing of the hotel (new being a relative term, as it was built in the 1970s; the original hotel dates to 1902, or even before if including its time as a villa).
Welcome amenities included some local cookies and a fresh fruit plate.
Deluxe Rooms are about 377 sq. ft. (35 sq. m.), with a King bed. The room was able to accommodate a rollaway bed for our son.
Since bathrooms are on the small side, there's a bathtub shower combo, although there is a shower head fixture, and there are double sinks, which we appreciated.
All Deluxe Rooms face Lake Lugano and have a private balcony which is very simply furnished, but enjoy a lovely lake view.
We enjoyed our brief stay at the Hotel Splendide Royal Lugano, and would happily return there if again in Lugano. Highlights include the new swimming pool and spa, just opened in 2019; the dinner at La Veranda (see our separate review) and of course the lake views. I would like to see cooked to order egg dishes included as part of the breakfast, as they were at the Park Hotel Vitznau, Dolder Grand and Park Hyatt Zurich, and I do recommend a Deluxe Room in the Palace side as these feature high ceilings, at least if on the first floor, with a more spacious balcony.
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