Past and future at The Hotel Splendide Royal in Lugano


f luxury has a name, then it is The Hotel Splendide Royal. On the shores of Lago Ceresio, the Italian name for Lake Lugano, the traditional 5-star luxury hotel is located in a picturesque setting. Built one hundred and twenty years ago as a palace hotel, the splendid The Hotel Splendide Royal is one of the most renowned hotels in Switzerland and one of the Swiss Deluxe Hotels. In the extremely elegant and tastefully furnished rooms and suites, guests enjoy the flair of past centuries in Louis-Seize and Empire style. The splendidly furnished suites offer a dreamlike view of the lake. The Presidential Suite at The Hotel Splendide Royal is unrivalled in its exclusivity! The ambience is reminiscent of a stately palace and inspires with modern comfort.

The refinements of The Hotel Splendide Royal include the culinary creations of the chef Domenico Ruberto, the historic ambience, the wine cellar Il Forziere del vino and the unique guest service. Guests can enjoy wellness and beauty treatments at the Splendide Lifestyle Spa with pool, saunas and steam baths.


In I Due Sud Restaurant, Domenico Ruberto cooks, who knows how to combine the aromatic delights of his southern Italian homeland with Ticino products and the influences of modern haute cuisine. For him, cooking is a passion. Through his culinary creations, he expresses emotions and a positive attitude to life. The artist at the cooker was honoured with a Michelin star and 16 Gault & Millau points. Guests discover here how beautiful a meal can be, stylishly arranged at the table and crowned with a panoramic view of the lake. In summer, the spacious sun terrace invites you to linger. A Mediterranean cuisine with an à la carte menu is offered by the restaurant La Veranda from noon until late in the evening. In 2022, it was awarded 14 points by Gault & Millau! Guests also enjoy pure romance here with a view of the glittering lake or during a candlelight dinner.

In the wine cellar Il Forziere del vino, Simone Ragusa is in charge. In 2015, he was voted Switzerland’s best sommelier, which was both an incentive and a reward. The elegant cellar stores not only top wines from Ticino, but from all the growing regions of the world. Simone Ragusa also brings wine lovers closer to the stories of the wines in a most amusing way, including virtually!

Read this and many more interesting reports in the Eat & Travel Magazine Summer Edition

Photo by The Hotel Splendide Royal

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