If you're thinking of going to the Ticino, the choice between Lugano, Locarno and Ascona is clear (at least in my opinion). Ascona is by far winner. My sweetheart and I just returned two days ago from a two-night (wedding-related) stay at the Piazza (in the "Olive" sister hotel just in the back of the overall complex - room #5). Reception extraordinarily friendly compared to the coolness you might find elsewhere in Switzerland, the room (with two balconies) was simple but absolutely spotless, the food in the "Piazza" restaurant was great (there are actually two ... the other one in the "third sister" just to the side of the Piazza on the lakefront). We had no view in room #5 at the Olive, but that doesn't matter: you're about 24 steps away from the gorgeous main promenade and don't have to tolerate any noise. Obviously because of the loc/loc/loc dimension, the price is a bit lofty, but then again ... hey ... you're in the "sunroom of Switzerland". I've been to other even (much!) more expensive hotels in Ascona and can only say that the "Piazza" is the best price-performance relationship I've experienced. Clean as a whistle, perfect location, great personnel. Sorry I can't add any pictures because - regardless of the wedding - I didn't take my camera, but please believe me: there are very few other promenades (Lugano, Puerto Andratx, Porto Cervo, Portofino, Nice, Antibes, you name it ... I can't count them all) that can beat this one. And you're right there ... just without the noise :-) .
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Piazza Ascona, Hotel & Restaurants, open all year round, is directly situated in the heart of charming Ascona’s lake front. The Hotel, with a long tradition and in typical Ticino style, is composed of several houses, the Hotels Piazza and Faro, which overlooks the Lake Maggiore and “Casa Olive” house only 30 meters away in the historic and romantic village of Ascona. An ideal place for a stay in Ticino, the hotel welcomes guests in rooms with stunning views over the lake and the mountains or the small streets of the ancient and picturesque old town. Thanks to its privileged location it is an excellent starting point for excursions by boat or to explore the characteristics valleys and attractions of Ticino. The offer to the local and international clientele is completed by the restaurants, "al Pontile", "al Piazza" and "Al Faro". With magnificent terraces and situated directly on the waterfront, the restaurants suit all tastes - from the gastronomy specialties, to the typical Ticino's dishes, to lake fish and seafood, to delicious pizzas. ... more less
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