Set back off the main road and shrouded in banana palms, the Villa Castagnola offers a luxe getaway with spa facilities, multiple restaurants and lakeside access. Visit the in-house salon, eat at the Michelin-star restaurant within an art gallery or swim in the heated pool.
A hotel that’s all about personal service and hospitality, Hotel Delfino has been run by the same family for four generations. You’re likely to meet the owner, Federico, who tries to greet all his guests whenever possible. The hotel has a relaxed informal feel, and is in a quiet location in the residential part of town. The lake is a ten-minute walk away, and the train station is about a three-minute walk.
Hotel Delfino is intimate, with 50 rooms and suites. While decorated simply, the rooms are clean and feature thoughtful details like vases of flowers. The hotel also has a conservatory restaurant, a large terrace and a big pool.
Though not directly on the lake, the hotel offers views of the gulf of Lugano, as well as Monte San Salvatore, which towers over Lake Lugano.
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Hotel Delfino has 50 rooms and suites, ranging from the Smart room, which can sleep up to two, to the spacious Delfino suite, with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The furnishings and decor are simple and minimal, with the rooms decorated in brown and green.
The Family rooms have a bedroom with a small adjacent room with a sofa bed, separated by a sliding door. The Family suite also has two bedrooms and two bathrooms.
All rooms have balconies with either a mountain view, lake view or both. Air conditioning, Wi-Fi and en suite bathrooms are all standard.
Hotel Delfino is located on top of a hill, giving you views across the rooftops to the lake and distant mountaintops. It’s in a more quiet, residential part of town that’s an easy walk to the train station, and about a ten-minute walk from the lakeshore.
Food and drink
- There’s a restaurant that serves a buffet breakfast every morning and features Swiss produce.
- Lunch and dinner are available in the conservatory restaurant, which has a menu of light dishes and salads, in addition to nightly specials and an á la carte selection.
- There are several room options for families, including a two-bedroom, two-bathroom family suite.
- The pool, terrace and lawn are a safe area for children to play.
Facilities and activities
- Large outdoor pool
This hotel is not accessible to wheelchair users.
We love Hotel Delfino because of the value for money it offers, as well as its convenient location and attentive service. With its pool and menu options for children, it’s particularly well suited for families.
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Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
Learn to make risotto from a local chef in a grotto restaurant on Lake Lugano, Switzerland. Cruise across the lake, enjoy the rustic hospitality, then prepare and eat a risotto dish with fresh ingredients, with local wine and appetizers.