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From the time it was built by the Berlin architects Clemens and Könitz for the cavalry general Fredrick Leopold Von Hohenzollern, a Prussian prince, in the year 1926, Villa Principe Leopoldo has always been the stage of many important historical events and the crossroads of illustrious destinies. The historical residence, with its typical architecture, inspired by local Heimatstil, dominates the lake of Lugano from the Canton of Ticino's most magical spot, the fabulous "Collina d'Oro", offering breath-taking views on the spectacular surrounding: the mountain ranges, the transparent lake and sky, the seasonal changing colours of the nearby woods and the city's thousand lights. After having served as the summer residence of this distinguished family, in 1986 it became a prestigious hotel structure, giving hospitality for different periods of time to the most illustrious figures of noble descent in Europe. Today, as in the past, a stay at Villa Principe Leopoldo is like taking a plunge into the past, a truly unique experience capable of provoking strong emotions: from the view onto magnificent Lake Lugano, to the enchantment of the "Collina d'Oro", to the sophisticated pleasures of the palate, to an irresistible attraction to the natural surroundings. Immediately seen as the point of reference of a demanding sort of clientele, which is always in search of discrete and sophisticated hospitality, the Villa Principe Leopoldo hotel has maintained the tradition of welcoming eminent figures and artists of the international scene, such as world class opera singers, actors and famous singers. The list becomes even longer if we add the members of several royal families who have elected to stay here, as also, important people from the world of finance, politics and industry. Not to forget movie stars and athletes, who choose to stay at our hotel to attend events in and around the city of Lugano and that, like everyone else, appreciate the peace and harmony of our hotel, considering it a benchmark of traditional European hospitality. Member of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux collection, the Villa Principe Leopoldo Hotel is, today, undoubtedly, the most exclusive among the hotels of the Ticino Hotels Group and boasts 37 spacious suites, among which, Signature, Princess Garden, Panorama, Deluxe the Junior Suite. At the Principe Leopoldo Restaurant, hand embroidered linen tablecloths, precious silverware and refined crystals are the backdrop to sublime meals, served with a selection of top quality wines. Chef Dario Ranza (17 Gault Millau points) together with the maître Claudio Recchia, the sommelier Gabriele Speziale and the Chef Barman Mario Lanfranconi, for more than 20 years now, have been the secret ingredient of the success of this famous and much appreciated restaurant. To round off this delightful, high class stay, guests' total relax is in the caring hands of the Private Spa Suite, with its special menu of exclusive treatments, while two heated swimming pools, tennis courts and a gym all in the nearby Park Hotel Principe, also a member of the Ticino Hotels Group, see to the requirements of sports lovers . Ever since last April, Villa Principe Leopoldo has had a new General Manager, that is, Barbara Gibellini, whose professionalism and managerial qualities joined with her class, elegance and innate good taste have captured and fascinated many old and new clients. Her mission and that of her staff is to make everyone feel at home and to cater for a really unique hotel experience.
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