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Relais Castello di Morcote (2024)

Hidden gem in a 17th-century convent with breathtaking views
9.3/10 and 200 online reviews
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Relais Castello di Morcote (2024)

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Hidden gem in a 17th-century convent with breathtaking views
9.3/10 and 200 online reviews

Relais Castello di Morcote in brief

Our review

Relais Castello di Morcote is an intimate, secret boutique hotel with just 12 rooms. It is located in a small village on the shores of Lake Lugano in Switzerland. It's the perfect compromise between Italian charm and Swiss hospitality! Watch this video on Instagram or this one to get into the mood.

Enter the promo code LETSGOMYLOVE when booking on our partner's official website and enjoy a double benefit: -10% on your stay and a bottle of organic wine from the hotel's cellar as a gift. This promotion does not apply if you book a Superior Cozy Garden or Superior Cozy room. Look at this image to see where to mention us.

We advise you to book direct, as you'll benefit from a number of additional advantages: the rate is lower than elsewhere, you'll get a 10% discount at the Vicania restaurant, the hotel will upgrade you whenever possible, and the rate is reduced if you stay 5 nights or more.

On the spot, you'll discover a landscape like map . Located on the shores of Lake Lugano, the former fishing village of Vico Morcote (370 inhabitants) is one of the most photographed places in Ticino and one of the most beautiful villages in Switzerland. If you arrive by train, you'll sometimes smell the scent of magnolias, lemons and oranges as soon as you step off the carriage.

The Relais Castello di Morcote is located in the ecclesiastical part of the village, on the heights, at the end of a winding road, near the Church of Santa Maria del Sasso. The hotel's name derives from Morcote Castle, the only medieval fortress in the Lugano area and the heart of the Gianini family's vineyards, where top-quality wine, olive oil and honey are produced.

When you walk through the hotel door, you're immersed in a sumptuous vintage ambience with beautiful communal areas, including the large lounge with fireplace. The atmosphere here is elegant and hors du temps. Real care is taken with every detail. Many original architectural features have been preserved, such as cement tiles and painted coffered ceilings.

There are just 12 rooms, ranging in size from 15 to 50m², and each one is totally unique. The materials are noble (we particularly love the brass) and the beds are made-to-measure in the Ticino region. Most rooms offer a balcony and a magnificent view of the lake. Designer Francesca Neri Antonella was responsible for the decor. She found the perfect balance between patina and contemporary design, with an Asian touch.

Celebrating a special occasion? The Junior Suite Lake is our most romantic room and our favorite. It offers breathtaking views from the bed and bath.

In the morning, breakfast is served on the terrace of the hotel restaurant (La Sorgente) overlooking the lake. You can sit down comfortably on the long stone tables, typical of the region, while enjoying local, quality products.

In the evening, head for the second restaurant: La Vicania. It's a more gastronomic place, immersed in the greenery of the vineyard, next to the hotel. The location is exceptional, it's so quiet. The garden is perfectly manicured, the staff are adorable and the food is delicious.

The hotel is a 10-minute drive from the center of Morcote, in the Lugano district. Take time to admire the many stone houses and arcades. A landscape of extraordinary beauty, with many hills sloping down to the lake, enchanted woods and authentic Mediterranean vegetation.

There's plenty to do in the area: visit the medieval castle surrounded by vineyards overlooking the lake, take a romantic trip to discover the region's finest wines, go hiking through immense meadows and bright woods of beech and chestnut trees, or discover the romantic village of Gandria just a 25-minute drive away!


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Enter the promo code LETSGOMYLOVE when booking on our partner's official website and enjoy a double benefit: -10% on your stay and a bottle of organic wine from the hotel's cellar as a gift. This promotion does not apply if you book a Superior Cozy Garden or Superior Cozy room. Look at this image to see where to mention us.

Relais Castello di Morcote in a nutshell

1 night and more
From €325 / night
You have your own private room
At the water's edge
Bathtub according to the room
Fireplace
Breakfast included
Gastronomic restaurant
Free wifi connection

Frequently asked questions

Relais Castello di Morcote allows you to spend one night or more. Expect to pay a minimum of €325 per night for 2 people. Breakfast included.

Yes, the place has an old-fashioned charm and an indescribable nostalgic atmosphere. If you're looking for something surprising and original, this is a must-try.

Reception is open daily from 8:30am to 9:30pm. Departures are in the morning until 11am.

Yes, some rooms have a bathtub.

Yes, breakfast is included at Relais Castello di Morcote. It's delicious and made with local produce. If you're lucky enough to have it on the terrace, the view is sumptuous.

Yes, Relais Castello di Morcote offers 2 restaurants: La Sorgente located inside the Relais with a splendid terrace and La Vicania immersed in the greenery of the vineyard.

No, animals are not allowed.

No, Relais Castello di Morcote does not have a spa area.

Contact

Portich da Sura 18, 6921 Vico Morcote, Switzerland
15 min from Lugano station (by car)
20 min from Lugano Airport (car)
Arrival from 3pm and departure until 11am
+41 91 980 22 52
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Relais Castello di Morcote on the map

Relais Castello di Morcote and the surrounding area

Morcote Center
10 min by car
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40 min by car
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45 min by car
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1h10 by car
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2h35 by car

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