This was our second visit to Hotel Moosmann, the last one being 7 years ago. We had very fond memories of the area and hotel and were worried that all would have changed in the intervening years. To our delight it was just as we remembered, not least the amazing position of the hotel at the very edge of Lake Lugano. The hotel has a prime position facing south over the Lake, benefiting from having the sun most of the day, starting with sunrise behind the mountains, so for sun-worshippers, you have a lovely little garden to relax in, with sun beds and umbrellas available, a nice touch being they provide towels for use in the garden at no extra cost.
For those who love fresh water swimming you will be in heaven: a few feet away is a bathing ladder and the water is clean, and yes you can see the fish within, and ducks nearby, and dragon flys hovering, and swifts zooming around, herons, a bird of prey who regularly checks for any unfortunate fish swimming too near the surface! We thought the temperature of the lake would be cold in early June, but it was perfect.
Looking at other reviews much of what I would say about the hotel has been said: excellent buffet breakfast, still open up to 11am, meticulously clean rooms, with the whitest towels I have seen anywhere. OK maybe a bit dated furnishing wise, but don't think this means chipped paint or frayed curtains, this is a well maintained hotel, in fact in a year or two it will be in vogue as 'Retro'.
We travelled by Ferry everywhere and savings can be made by buying a ticket covering a number of days - leave the car at home.
Although in Switzerland, Gandria is virtually in Italy and the food available in the nearby restaurants reflects this, as does the lovely climate, we had hot sun for 5 of our 6 days there.
We will not be leaving it so long before we stay there again.
- Also Known As:
- Moosmann Hotel Gandria