Hotel Splendide Royal

Dating back to 1887, this boutique property facing Lake Lugano within walking distance from the town center, was originally known as the Hotel Splendide; the ‘Royal’ was only added in 1924 as a nod to the many royal guests, including Vittorio Emanuele di Savoia, and Maria Queen of Romania. Today, the hotel retains a regal air in the marble lobby and the Presidential suite, complete with stunning frescoes, a Murano chandelier and views to the Alps, and yet offers all the contemporary amenities one expects from a luxury hotel. Afternoon tea is served in the Sala Camino during the winter season, recalling the traditions of the visiting English nobility. However, it is the lakeside restaurant, La Veranda, that is the gourmet attraction, boasting a contemporary Italian menu of local ingredients from Executive Chef Domenico Ruberto.