The hotel opened in 1902 at the south end of town, next to the lake and on the
grounds of the Villa Merlina, a 19th century villa known (1887) for its
The owners, the Fedele family enlarged the existing structure and opened a 125-
bed hotel, originally called the Hotel Splendide.
The hotel soon gained a steady clientele among the wealthy Europeans who
frequented this summer resort.
In 1977 an Italian hotel company bought the hotel from the Fedele family and in
1983 they added a new wing with 53 guest rooms.
Today it is known as Lugano's foremost hotel, with 96 guest rooms and a staff of
100 employees who provide meticulous personal service.
The hotel inspires loyalty among its clients, more than half the guests here are
usually repeat visitors.
The influence of Italian culture is quite dominant in the city of Lugano,
sitting on the shore of Lago di Lugano just across the lake from Italy.
The area is now the largest resort in the Swiss canton of Ticino, as well as
Switzerland's third-largest banking center.