We used Hotel al Borducan as a base to explore Lake Maggiore and the surrounding area. The hotel is a charming period building that has been thoroughly restored and has many of the modern touches you'd expect. Our room was quirky and charming. We accessed our bed via a steep stairs / ladder. This was great fun and gave the room the feel of a suite. We had a fantastic view of Lake Varese and of the pine forests that surround the village. We sat at our balcony, but being pretty high up the mountains it was a little cold to have breakfast outside. We thoroughly enjoyed listening the hooting of owls at night time.
The nearby village, Sacro Monte di Varese is really pretty and is worth exploring (on foot). We also walked the "Sacro Monte" which is a steep walk with lots of chapels along the way, culminating in the church in the village. The walk itself is a Unesco world heritage site.
After a little confusion in booking we got a very warm welcome and lots of help in planning our stay and visits. I've never been given so many maps, brochures and assistance in planning a stay. It was a great help.
The only thing I found a little stressful was the driving. Although very pretty, the roads are full of switchback turns which get a little tiring after a while. Our Sat Nav directed me down a narrow road, which although it appeared to be two way ended in a screaming match with some other drivers which seemed to feel it was one way.
Parking at the hotel is a little tricky. The road itself is extremely steep and is paved with rounded cobbles. I recommend reversing up the road to the hotel. It's a dead end, so if you drive up it head on you'll have to reverse down the hill which is quite tricky. There is free parking fairly near, although you'll want to drop your bags off first.
Breakfast and dinner were great. The service was attentive and friendly without being intrusive. Free wifi in the restaurant and bar was useful.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hotel-restaurant „Al Borducan“ , a vintage manor house, has been completely refurbished without disturbing the original Art Nouveau style of the 1920s.To this day each room has kept its unique charm of the former Bregonzio residence and choice pieces of vintage furniture further the congenial atmosphere of the manor house. It goes without saying, however, that modern facilities like sat-tv, telephone, safe, free of charge wireless internet access, minibar and en suite bathroom cater to the convenience of our guests.Incastonato nel borgo medievale del Sacro Monte di Varese, immerso nel parco naturale del Campo dei Fiori, questo piccolo, raffinato hotel è studiato appositamente per gli ospiti che cercano qualcosa di speciale…L’hotel- ristorante “Al Borducan” gestito da una giovane coppia itala – austriaca, è un’antica villa del 1924 in stile liberty, completamente ristrutturata lasciando inalterato l’aspetto originario, una splendida cornice per ogni tipo di evento ed uno scenario esclusivo per momenti indimenticabili.Il tè pomeridiano, un buon bicchiere di vino degustato in terrazza, la lettura di un libro in giardino o il riposo in una delle dieci romantiche e confortevoli stanze, regalano preziosi momenti di relax. ... more less
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