Villa Principe Leopoldo Hotel & Spa

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Villa Principe Leopoldo Hotel & Spa Hotel, Lugano

Home of true luxury: Villa Principe Leopoldo – a nostalgically patrician palace at a breathtaking vista point. The refurbishment work took great care to respect the history of the place, largely preserving the splendour of the "Belle Époque" and the feudal Italian grandeur. The lush chambers and opulent salons of the small but beautiful 5-star luxury hotel will transport you back to a bygone era. Immaculate service, high-end cuisine, diligence down to the last detail, and an unmistakeable spirit ensure a regal stay. It is one of the haunts of northern Italy's moneyed elite.

Price range


Hotel Price range

One night for two in a double of the lowest category during the off-season will cost approx.:

Below € 250
Below € 400
Above € 400

We were particularly enthralled by the princely architecture of the mansion. It was raised by Prince Friedrich Leopold, a scion of the house of Hohenzollern, in the late 19th century.

The rooms at the "Residence" lack both character and a lake view, and are therefore no match for the rooms at the "Villa" (the main building).

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Individual ratings for Villa Principe Leopoldo Hotel & Spa Info

Location, ambience, room, service, and wine list:

6 = one of a kind
5 = excellent
4 = good
3 = satisfactory
2 = imperfect
1 = poor


6 = superior culinary art (normally 3 Michelin stars)
5 = extraordinarily creative culinary performance – often awarded one or two Michelin stars
4 = excellent cuisine, high quality, and consistency
3 = great cuisine, out of the ordinary
2 = unambitious cuisine
1 = best not to dine here


6 = unique resort or restaurant that satisfies (nearly) every need and desire
5 = top-of-the-lot in its category, as-new infrastructure, with lavish attention to detail
4 = swank restaurant or thrilling hotel with restaurant, bar, indoor or outdoor pool, gym, and spa
3 = elegant restaurant with patio, or small-but-refined hotel with restaurant
2 = harmonious restaurant without terrace or a luxurious B&B with swimming pool
1 = simple restaurant or charming B&B without swimming pool

  • Location

    Just 2 km outside Lugano, Villa Principle Leopoldo sits atop the golden hill "Collina d'Oro" high above Lake Lugano, the one-time residence of Hermann Hesse.

  • Ambience

    Patrician, opulent, and elegant.

  • Infrastructure

    Gourmet restaurant "Principe Leopoldo," informal restaurant "Café Leopoldo," breakfast restaurant "La Limonaia," lounge bar, 2 outdoor pools, 2 tennis courts, and a small spa suite "Kiso" including steam room, sauna, and hot tub.

  • Culinary

    Chef Dario Ranza celebrates an honest Mediterranean cuisine without chi-chi. Be sure to sample his risotto oeuvres. Leave some space for dessert and order the scrumptious Crêpes Suzette, which are deftly flambéed at the table.

  • Rooms

    37 refurbished rooms and suites in the classic style at the "Villa" with a view of the lake or the garden. Nobel, appealing, and elegant.

  • Service

    Defined by silent perfection, with nothing left to chance.

Location: Lugano | Ticino

Villa Principe Leopoldo Hotel & Spa
Via Montalbano 5 · 6900 Lugano
Phone +41 91 985 88 55

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