I spent two nights in a double for single use at the Piazza Ascona Hotel in June, and thought it quite affordable in comparison to other options in the area. I loved the location (just a few minutes walk from stop for the bus to Locarno and right by the boat dock) and I thoroughly enjoyed my views over the waterfront and lake. My room did, however, have some quirks. For example, the shower nozzle was a bit difficult to control because it could not be secured firmly in place; during one long shower, I noted some minor fluctations in temperature and water pressure, although both were generally quite good; and the wall-mounted liquid soap dispenser can’t be reached from the shower, so make sure you have soap! Staff were very helpful and attentive, and the breakfast, which I ate on the hotel’s outdoor terrace, included a nice array of tasty options.
BTW, I was surprised by the amount of helicopter traffic in the area, starting fairly early in the day; their sounds can be heard from just about anywhere in Ascona and beyond.
- 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 and ideal place for a stay. The rooms with stunning views over the lake and the mountains or the small streets of the ancient and picturesque old town and the privileged location make the Piazza Ascona 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 public is completed by the restaurants, "al Pontile", "al Piazza". With magnificent terraces and situated directly on the waterfront, the restaurants suit all tastes - from the gastronomy specialities, to the typical Ticino's dishes, to lake fish and seafood, to delicious pizzas and Thai corner. ... more less
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