We arrived at the hotel by post bus which winds, hooting noisily at every bend, up the narrow road from Mendrisio. It is a huge hotel with different levels, our large and comfortable room and balcony overlooking gardens and mountains. The highlight is the restaurant looking down over Lake Lugano; the view is just stunning. The weather was rather cool and wet while we were there but we took every opportunity to eat on the terrace. The staff were friendly and helpful and the breakfasts an excellent range of cereals and eggs and fruit and local bread, croissants and pastries.
Filled to the brim with breakfast we set off each morning to explore the locality. A car would have made exploring easier perhaps but we one day walked up to the very peak of the mountain up a well marked footpath spotting a fire salamander on the way up through the woods (even more stunning views) and another day took the cable car down to the lake and a boat trip along the lake to the town of Lugano for window shopping.
We were tempted into the beautiful pool at the hotel several times and happily whiled away a rainy afternoon in the jacuzzi and the sauna. It was lovely to be supplied with slippers and fluffy white dressing gowns so that we could change in our room and then just walk down to the pool. A real get away from it all hotel and a super place to celebrate our wedding anniversary.
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