This is my second stay in Esplanade. Loved it so much that I could stay every season one week to taste the nature in Locarno. Located over the hills surrounded by trees with a look of classical and forever the best look of its natural way. I would advise anytime to spend some special time for yourselves,,
Good hotel for few nights. It situated up on a hill, but has train. Train works till 9-10 pm. Round trip is 6 franks. Stuff is nice, restaurant is very good. Hotel has two pools and small fitness. If you do not mind to spend extra 30 franks/ night, ask for lake-view room with balkony. It worth it even if you do not spend to much time in hotel. Is not that much to do in Locarno itself, but if you have a car you can go to nearby Ascorno (5 min.)
Aleks from Northern NJ
On the hillside, 5 mins. from the Piazza. An insiders'tip. Exquisite architecture, recreation and activities. Varied regional …More
We recently spend one night at Villa Principe Leopoldo in Lugano. Beautiful neighborhood setting with great views of the lake. Our room was in the "residences", which is across the street from the main hotel building, but that is really not an inconvenience at all. I've stayed at hotels where the room is MUCH farther away than in this situation. Rooms are spacious and very nice. Loved having our own outdoor patio. It felt much to me like a Beverly Hills or Bel Air setting.
The hotel is heavily understaffed. Nobody has a slightest clue about five stars service. Nobody seems to know his/her role or obligations. Room service doesn't exist; same like there is no concierge or bar. Restaurant has one person to serve guests (btw, we were the only guests for breakfast and lunch).
Be careful taking the lift: one of the two to be used is ... a service lift.
No minibar. We were, according to night porter/security guy the first people this year ordering something at midnight form room service. Poor guy barely spoke Italian and English.
The location was stunning, the staff superb, the free breakfast incredible, the town and shopping lovely. The staff could not do enough for us. The amenities are first class. Would rate a 10 if I could.
The staff was great and this was an excellent location right on the main piazza but set back a bit so the rooms were quiet. The staff was very friendly and everyone went out of their way. The rooms are simple but clean and attractive. TV with cable and perfectly fine bathroom. A great breakfast was included. I would stay here again and again.
Roy from New York
Boasting a terrace on one of the liveliest squares in Locarno, this hotel on Piazza Grande is the perfect destination for …More
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