We stayed overnight here in a superior room in August. The hotel is a five minute leisurely stroll from the train station, across the bridge which affords spectacular views of the lake and mountains. Be sure to stop at the tourist information kiosk opposite the station before you set off for the hotel; it provides a wealth of information on things to do and see, as well as the usual maps.
The reception at the hotel was friendly and efficient and we were offered a lovely verrine of sorbet to cool us off. Our room was very spacious, modern and beautifully decorated, with free WiFi. The superior rooms are themed around famous people who have stayed at the hotel, and each room tells the story of one of the people. The bathroom was lovely with a huge wet room shower and excellent toiletries. The king size bed was very comfortable. There was a lovely fruit bowl in the room on arrival, and the room was fitted with an espresso coffee machine and tea-making facilities, as well as a stereo system and large flat-screen TV. Since we hadn’t booked a lake view room (considerably more expensive) we had a view of “the historic old town”, which was in fact a small street with not much to see.
In the evening we dined on the terrace, right across the road from the lake. It was wonderful just relaxing and watching the world go by. The staff were young and dynamic and happy to suggest food and wines. For a hotel of this standing, especially in Switzerland, it’s very unusual to find such a laid back atmosphere. The food was excellent - from the Salad with pan-fried scallops to the Duo of pikeperch and scallops, and the White and black chocolate mousse with fruits coulis (to die for!). There was also a basket of superb mini bread rolls which (unfortunately) were impossible to resist, and which seemed to be refilled regularly throughout the meal.
The afternoon of our arrival, we bought a combined boat / funicular / cable car ticket to the Riggi Mountain. The views from the top were breath-taking. The boat left from the quai just next to the tourist information kiosk by the station and took about an hour across the lake. From there we took the funicular, which is said to be the steepest in the world, up the mountain to the modern lookout building which offered 360° views over the “Four Cantons”. Rather than take the same way back, we chose to return by cable car (this is definitely not for anyone who is scared of heights) and bus.
The next morning we visited the market (five minutes on foot from the hotel). Since it was the first Saturday of the month, there was the handicrafts market in addition to the regular vegetable, fruit and flower market and flea market. The whole thing was huge and spread over several streets on both sides of the river. Just great!
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