My wife and I stayed at Villa Orselina in early June for one night. We stayed here as part of a package (so I’m not certain of the rate), but online prices looked like our Superiore Double Room was probably slightly more than 400 Swiss Francs ($431 or 325 Euros).
The positives for this place begin with the fantastic service from the warm, friendly staff. The views of Lago Maggiore are outstanding. The restaurant is great. Probably the best thing the hotel offers is discretion and privacy. If you’re trying to get away (and not be found), this would be a great place to go. The hotel is small (only 28 rooms), and windows can be closed up not only with curtains, but also with metal shutters.
The negatives start with the room. The décor was a little strange, with an overall white-and-silver theme (bed, tables, chairs, lamps, flooring) in the bedroom – very chic. But the bedroom also had a walnut-colored desk that looked like it was overlooked in the 2011 renovation. The black marble where the tea and coffee was placed seemed a little out of place as well. The bathroom was really odd. The ceiling had about 70 LEDs – both my wife and I thought the designers were trying to create a ‘starry sky’ look. The shower (which was quite nice with a rainfall shower head and six wall-mounted jets) also had colored LEDs in the shower head. You can set it for red, purple, green, etc. – or you can have the colors change as you shower – like slow-motion disco lights. Really odd. Other minor negatives include the fact that the pool closes at 6pm and the fact that no one was at the pool to take a drink or food order (we were there from 4:30 until 6). Also, the gym wasn’t open until after 7am – if everyone has electronic cards, set up the gym so guests can have access whenever they want. Finally, breakfast wasn’t available until 7:30am. I realize that these hours are reasonable to some people, but when people travel here and may be jetlagged, I think hours should be more generous. Maybe we should have ordered room service.
Overall, a classy place to stay with great staff – but don’t stay in your room too long. You’ll forget you’re in a $400+ per night hotel if you do.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in a privileged position above Locarno with breathtaking views over Lake Maggiore, the boutique hotel Villa Orselina offers unique suites and rooms with a view, a fine restaurant with Mediterranean cuisine and fantastic terrace as well as a panorama lounge and bar, and a wellness oasis “La Spa”. Peace, discretion & Mediterranean flair. Villa Orselina, the world of relaxation. ... more less
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