Hotel Montarina was such a find! Cheap by Swiss standards but you get so much for your money it is well worth a visit. The hotel is full of old charm. A converted villa with many original features. It is charming, quirky and a very likeable place to stay. My room had a wonderful view of the lake to wake up to.
A friend stayed over one night, which was no hassle. For 40 CHF we got a camp bed, towels and bedding provided.
After a hot walk up the hill (you can take the funiculare if you don't like the challenge) from the city centre, you can reward yourself with the use of the outdoor pool, shared with the hotel next door. This was a very attractive part of the hotel. It was well maintained and very clean.
The kitchen, toilets and showers were shared by everyone. So you have to be prepared to queue at busy times to use them, they are kept in a reasonably clean state.
These positive statements said, it should come with a warning... Anyone thinking of going there who does not like to share amenities or who cannot tolerate a lot of people around them or is easily disturbed by noise should take note: this is not the place for you.
Situated close by the train station, the freight train noise will be heard rolling by from about 5:30am. Even with the windows closed this noise can be heard. Also sharing with a hostel full of backpacking teenage kids from a local Swiss school one could only expect some excitable screeching and running around for a few hours.
Anyone who enjoys sharing a glass of wine with some guys you have just cooked a meal with in the kitchen but never met before, this is definitely the place to go!
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