Luxury hotel holiday Hotel Lugano Dante Lugano

The four star Hotel Lugano Dante is an excellent value hotel not far from the waterfront in Lugano. With excellent access to the many gourmet restaurants, lakefront walks, and mountain paths of the area, this hotel offers simple luxuries in a fantastic location. Stay for a few nights at the Hotel Lugano Dante before continuing north into the Bernese Oberland, east towards Grisons, or west towards Lake Geneva.
Included in your Expressions holiday
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on bed and breakfast
  • Fly-rail with scheduled flights and rail tickets
  • Rail travel from London back to London as option
  • Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints
  • Optional room, rail and flight upgrades. Details on request

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Hotel Lugano Dante, Lugano

Hotel Lugano Dante is a comfortable, 4-star hotel in the centre of Lugano. This hotel serves as a comfortable and welcoming base from which to explore the town, lake and surrounding rural area.

Facts in brief

Official star rating 4

Location The hotel is located in the centre of Lugano, not far from the shores of Lake Lugano.

Closest airport Zurich Airport

Distance from airport The hotel is under 3-hours' drive from Zurich Airport

Closest railway station Lugano Station

Distance from railway station The hotel is 5-minutes' drive from Lugano Station

Hotel facilities and services

Breakfast Restaurant, Garage, Lobby Bar, Room Service.

Complimentary

Breakfast.

Out and about nearby

Lake Lugano marks the Swiss-Italian border, and bends round to touch the town of Lugano on two sides. As a result, this entirely unique land and water formation provides spectacular views and diverse walking routes. The Monte San Salvatore and Monte Bré are best for hiking and seeking out the high-up vantage points and natural forested beauty spots. Across the lake, and on the Italian border, is Sighignola Mountain, which enables you to look back across the town. Within Lugano, pay a visit to the Cathedral of Saint Lawrence, which sits at the very top of the gently stepped Via Cattedrale. This Roman Catholic cathedral was founded in the Middle Ages, but was rebuilt at the end of the 15th century. Its picturesque tower rises up above the town, and is crowned by a distinctive green dome. The pink-fronted Museum of Cultures sits on the waterside, and gives visitors a step-by-step insight into Swiss cultural history.

Sports nearby

Water sports on Lake Lugano; Walking, Hiking, and Cycling in the nearby mountains and valleys.

Holiday price guide This hotel is usually booked as part of a touring holiday of Switzerland. Therefore, the cost of a stay at this hotel would be included in the price of that touring holiday. If you want a holiday just to this hotel, then please contact our sales team and a tailor-made price will be put together for you and include your chosen travel arrangements.

From about

Holiday Code EXH1965

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Hotel Lugano Dante, Lugano

The four star Hotel Lugano Dante in Lugano, Ticino, is a polished luxury hotel with a renowned breakfast buffet. Unassuming from the outside, the pastel-pink facade gives way to stylish interior spaces, mostly built around core traditional Swiss elements, but with contemporary, modern additions. Wooden headboards merge with the panelling on the main feature wall, and call on a very traditionally-Swiss material, along with the mirrors, cabinets, and window frames. Rich reds and deep pinks in the upholstery and table cloths add a certain cosiness, reflected in the draped curtains and the artwork on the walls. In the suites, smooth wooden floors bring warmth to rooms dominated by white bed sheets, white curtains, and neutral soft furnishings; and innovative desks make excellent use of the space. The hotel owners pride themselves on their unrelenting attention to detail: the perfect temperature and pillow, and impeccable presentation. One of the highlights of your stay here, however, will be the breakfast buffet. Served in the traditional dining room, the breakfast suits international tastes, featuring freshly-baked breads and pastries, cakes, pancakes, tarts, omelettes, a multitude of fruit and vegetables, coffees, and over 30 different types of tea. This is sure to set you up for an exciting day exploring Lugano. The hotel is also well-situated amidst a cluster of many good restaurants, some of which sit down on the waterfront; alternatively, enjoy a hot or cold snack from the bar, or the complimentary side dishes that come with each drink. The Hotel Lugano Dante offers a high quality base from which to explore the area, and provides excellent value for four star accommodation.

Room descriptions

Hotel Lugano Dante has 83 rooms with wifi, tea and coffee making facilities, minibar, desk, telephone, and some have French balcony.

Double Room with French bed
Quality Room
Comfort Room
Superior Room
Executive Room with garage space, discounted attractions in Ticino, entry to gym
Suite with garage space, discounted attractions in Ticino, entry to gym, evening snack, and a glass of Ticinese wine with appetizers

Holiday price guide This hotel is usually booked as part of a touring holiday of Switzerland. Therefore, the cost of a stay at this hotel would be included in the price of that touring holiday. If you want a holiday just to this hotel, then please contact our sales team and a tailor-made price will be put together for you and include your chosen travel arrangements.

From about

Holiday Code EXH1965

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Hotel Lugano Dante, Lugano

The journey and how you get there

For a holiday to Hotel Lugano Dante in Lugano, our clients usually arrive by train as part of a tailor-made touring holiday by train of Switzerland. The hotel is a few minutes by taxi from Lugano station or just over a 5 minute walk. If Lugano is your first or only stop on your holiday and you are flying, then fly to Zurich airport and then the train journey to Lugano is only 2 hours and 30 minutes with one change at Zurich Hauptbahnhof. Alternatively, you can fly to Milan Malpensa, take a taxi or the bus to Milan Centrale, and then the train journey to Lugano is about 1 hour 15 minutes.

Holiday price guide This hotel is usually booked as part of a touring holiday of Switzerland. Therefore, the cost of a stay at this hotel would be included in the price of that touring holiday. If you want a holiday just to this hotel, then please contact our sales team and a tailor-made price will be put together for you and include your chosen travel arrangements.

From about

Holiday Code EXH1965

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Hotel Lugano Dante, Lugano

About Ticino

An Expressions tailor-made holiday to Ticino allows travellers to witness the sheer diversity of Switzerland as a country. Hailed as having a Mediterranean climate, Ticino is Switzerland's most southerly region. Italianate towns, influenced by the proximity of the Italian border, provide a wholly different culture and atmosphere to the Bernese Oberland, the Saanenland, and other central and northern regions. A smattering of small lakes mark the upper boundary of Ticino, but it is Lake Maggiore and Lake Lugano that dominate the south, prompting many of the long, straight valleys that lead into Italy. The River Ticino winds its way down from its source on the Ticino border, meeting dams, lakes, and trickling and tumbling waterfalls on its way. Palm trees line the lakesides, medieval Italian castles form the centre-points of towns, and colourful, higgledy-piggledy houses look out across the water or from their tiered position on the steep mountainside. Communities here seem to effortlessly blend the feel of southern coastal towns with the rural authenticity of the mountain villages of central Switzerland.

Highlights of Ticino

Two of the main cities in Ticino lie quite close together in the south of the region: Locarno and Lugano. On the banks of Lake Maggiore, Locarno is rich with cultural treasure. Visit the 17th century Church of St Anthony, the 16th century Church of San Francesco, the mid-17th century New Church, or the late 15th century Sanctuary of the Madonna del Sasso to begin your tour of Locarno's beautiful and historic sites. Perhaps most noteworthy, however, is the Visconti Castle, in which there is a permanent exhibition of Roman glass. On Thursdays a market is held in the centre of the town, which always makes for an excellent place to enjoy Locarno at its liveliest, as well as to pick up a few delicacies. Venture outside Locarno to climb the Cadada Cimetta, from the top of which you can see both the Valais High Alps and Lake Maggiore, the highest and lowest points in Switzerland. Follow the paths of the Magic Valley or the Verzasca Valley to witness the turquoise-green, crystal-clear waters that flow there. For a more leisurely day out, enjoy a boat cruise on Lake Maggiore. As you leave Locarno and head west down the valley towards Italy, you will see the rocky gorges that prove so popular with cliff divers. Eerie tunnels and caverns have been carved out over time, providing ethereal little spots to stop off on your travels.

Cultural highlights of Ticino

East of Locarno is Bellinzona, a town remarkable in that it is the most Italianate town in Switzerland and capital of Ticino. The central medieval castle and its two neighbours are among Switzerland's best preserved, coming together to form a picturesque UNESCO World Heritage Site. The ramparts of the central castle run alongside the vineyards within, with lush grass carpeting the fortified walls. North of Locarno, you will come across Tegna, the site of some interesting prehistoric ruins. Continue along this route towards the Italian border on the Centovalli Express to discover the old wine press in the village of Cavigliano, the museum and cableway in Intragna, the cable car up to the solitary, traffic-free hamlet of Rasa from Verdasio, and finally, across the Italian border to Re, where the stunning, yet imposing, Sanctuary of the Madonna of the Blood stands on the very edge of a dramatic cliff. In eastern Ticino is Biasca, a town where a waterfall cascades down the mountainsides, under bridges and over rocks that have been smoothed by time. Towns and villages such as Airolo, Lavizzara, Acquarossa, Blenio, and Brione all offer alternative views on this beautiful region. Any visit to Ticino is incomplete without a few hours spent in Lugano. Famous for its eponymous lake, San Salvatore Mountain, and Monte Bre, Lugano is a quintessentially ‘Ticino’ town. Take the funicular railway from Casserate as high as possible up Monte Bre to witness the phenomenal panoramas and enjoy the traditional Swiss rail experience.

Festivals in Ticino

As with much of Switzerland, there is a high focus on dairy products in both the regional dishes and their self-identification. To appreciate Swiss dairy products in Ticino, head to Ambri Quinto in the Leventina Valley at the end of September to enjoy the Agriculture and Cheese Fair. The first weekend in October brings with it a celebration of autumn. In Lugano, this autumn festival focuses on local products, folkloric music, and small dramatic shows. In Ascona, the autumn festival celebrates the versatile chestnut, with jams, cakes, cheese dishes, and entertaining concerts. Ascona's unique carnival is celebrated on Mardi Gras on the lake promenade. In Muralto on the second Sunday of March there is a fish festival beside the water, involving a fishing contest, music, games, and food stalls. Beside the smooth rocks of Solduno, on St Joseph's Day in March, the streets are filled with the smell of the speciality Tortelli, a fritter whose recipe is strictly guarded.

Gastronomy in Ticino

The varied and delicious specialities of Ticino may very well be the highlight of your trip, influenced by hearty Swiss cuisine, as well as Italy's Mediterranean flavours. One particular feature of dining here are the ‘grotto' restaurants. Usually housed in picturesque stone farmhouses, with abundant flower boxes, shuttered windows, and vast terraces canopied by views on which customers eat fresh, home-cooked food. Popular so-called ‘slow foods' include farina bona flour, cicitt sausages, Zincarlin cheese and shortbread biscuits. At the heart of many dishes you may come across are polenta and Merlot wine, which can also be sampled at a local winery. Originally cooked in a large cauldron like porridge, polenta is now best served alongside braised beef. Before leaving Switzerland, ensure you sample some of the world-famous fondue.

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