In general the reviews before me give a good picture of the hotel, except for the one by the cranky guy from Birmingham UK.
The main selling point for the hotel is that it is the only real hotel in the tiny village of Gandria. And since the village is so tiny, you can't take your car down to the hotel. You will see that the "streets" are so narrow that it would be literally impossible to widen them enough to even accomodate a subcompact. In order to address this you get a key pass from the reception to drive your car to the point closes to the hotel, where there is an electric luggage elevator that you can use to get your luggage to the 5th floor of the hotel, where then you can take the elevator to your room.
Parking in the only parking lot costs 1 CHF an hour from 7 AM to 8 PM. The meter also takes EUR coins at EUR=CHF.
Yeah the decor is from the 1970's but I didn't see this as a significant minus. It would be nice if they updated it but 1970's decor is pretty common in Swiss hotels.
The real draw, as commented on before, is the lake view. There are no roads on the opposite side of the lake because it's too steep. So you are looking across at a forest, maybe 5 kilometers from Lugano. It's so dark at night, in fact, that I was able to take pictures of the stars with my camera.
Breakfast is served out on a lakeside veranda which is open to guests from 7:30 AM to 10:30 PM so you should not feel that you have to take a lake view room in order to see the lake.
As for the CHF being too strong and this somehow explaining problems at the hotel, no. The price of the Moosmann was somewhat more expensive than hotels we stayed at in Maggiore or Como, but given the unique circumstances (pedestrian village, unparalleled lake view) I think it is justified.
I think you could probably lose a pound a day staying at this hotel, between all the swimming you will do in the lake and all the walking up and down stairs you will do in the village and getting to the car park.
- Also Known As:
- Moosmann Hotel Gandria