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“Not much repose!”
Review of Art Hotel Riposo

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Art Hotel Riposo
Ranked #2 of 32 Hotels in Ascona
Certificate of Excellence
Mold, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
17 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Not much repose!”
Reviewed July 22, 2007

This hotel should have a lot going for it. It is in a lovely central location in a beautiful resort. However, despite having been promised a room with a view we were given a ground floor room (No 56)with five windows, ALL overlooked. The bathroom was even within reach of a public pathway. The room was dark with no comfortable seating, the door to the bathroom needed two adults to slide it, but particularly you had to close all the curtains before you could change., unless you wanted to be seen from the hotel restaurant, the garden, the footpath, the public street, or the apartments opposite. We were reluctantly given a better room for our last three nights. The whole hotel is slanted towards guests fron Germany. The language spoken, and the hotel notices, menues etc are in German. Not what you expect in the Italian-speaking Ticino! The junior staff were genuinely pleased to be spoken to in Italian. There were good points though. The breakfasts were consistly good and the Sunday Jazz night was excellent. Overall,however, we hope not to visit the Riposa again!

  • Liked — The situation in a lovely town
  • Disliked — Room 56 and the Teutonic attitude of management
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled as a couple
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3 Thank MarianNorthWales
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ArtHotelRiposo, Inhaber at Art Hotel Riposo, responded to this review, June 1, 2011
Dear Guest

Thank you very much for your feedback, and excuse us for our late response.
We will make sure all your stated faults will be taken care of and resolved. We deeply regret your stay was not up to your expectations and take your feedback very serious.

With kind regards

Lorenzo Studer
Assistant Director
Art Hotel Riposo
6612 Ascona
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Egham Surrey
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22 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed September 11, 2006

We spent 10 days at the Hotel Riposo in late Aug/early Sept. We had a lovely room (no45) with balcony and a view to the lake over the rooftops. We were on the top floor and did not suffer any noise from other rooms. In fact we commented on how quiet the hotel and the town were.

We stayed on a half board basis and found the food interesting and good. There was not a repeat dish on the menu the whole time we were there, There is no choice on the table d'hote menu but you can have a la carte if you want.The tables are laid beautifully and fresh flowers and herbs and greenery were picked from the garden each night.

Breakfast was good too with plenty of choice.

The staff were welcoming and friendly and the Family Studer go out of their way to be good hosts. They put on a Jazz concert on the Saturday night which was great.

We also had great weather - an unexpected bonus fior Switzerland!!! Though I believe it is good there most of the time.

  • Liked — Comfortable room, good food, great position
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Tips/Secrets — Top floor rooms for quietness
  • Stayed August 2006, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank GingerGill
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Siena, Italy
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26 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed August 23, 2006

This hotel has eclectic charm. It's right in the center of Ascona and a short walk from the lakefront. A really big advantage is parking. Each guest gets an assigned parking space so there's no hassle. Other hotels in town have no parking. The staff is mostly helpful about suggestions. We had a couple of problems, though. We received several phone calls from the U.S. that were never put through to our room. We were in the room at the time and expecting these calls, but the desk had no explanation. Also, we could hear the toilet flushing from the room above us and the room next to us. And not only that, we could hear the person going to the bathroom! During our stay we were awakened both nights by this, and the sound of the flushing is so magnified it was like an explosion. Strangely enough, I couldn't hear a peep from our own bathroom while in use, and it was just steps away from the bed.

Stayed August 2006
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2 Thank janehudson
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battle
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed July 30, 2006

This was our second visit to the Riposo and am pleased to confirm that this family run hotel have maintained their excellent standards. The quality of the rooms we had were even better and as always the food was superb. All the staff and management do go that 'extra mile' to ensure your stay is a great experience ! This is a beautiful part of the world and one I would recommend anyone visit and if you stay at the Riposo that will just enhance the experience.

  • Liked — The front desk, the quality of the rooms and food. Great location
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Tips/Secrets — Just give it a try!
  • Stayed July 2006, traveled with family
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4 Thank lizzyl
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Alberobello, Italy
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77 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
Reviewed July 23, 2006

This was our second visit to the Riposo but this time with 3 generations of our family and stayed for 4 nights.
Last time we gave it an excellent rating and it has got even better. We travelled with my mother in law and believe me she moans at the slightest thing! Not only could she not find fault but thought the hotel was the high point of our 2 week tour and wants to go back - True praise indeed.
I can only see one negative review of this hotel and that was from someone who could not get booked, so did not experience the magic this hotel and town offers.
If you can, try this hotel as it is really different and excellently run by the family Studer who really do care.
For us I doubt if we will be staying at the Riposo again as we have decided to buy a second home here.

Stayed July 2006
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1 Thank TheBattlePs
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Lancashire
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14 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed July 17, 2006

Spent 4 nights here in July 06 - didn't look too impressive from the outside, but one inside it was quite nice rustic hotel. Staff were very friendly and helpful, room was a nice size, open bathroom to the room but separate loo (of course!). comfy beds and a small sofa plus tv. No balcony, but patio doors with "mini" balcony/step. 1 min walk from bars or restaurnts, but funnily enough there was no noise from the town at night. lovely harbour, buildings, good facilities in the town. Hotel owner has his own jazz band that play on Saturdyas, very arty hotel and town. Food was delicious, breakfast buffet was fab, well sticked, excellent quality food all round. roof top terrace and pool easily accessible andvery clean. Day 1 saw little chocolate love heats left on the bed plsu bath robes for use in the room or at the pool. Towels and a shower also provided at the roof top terrace. Could not fault this hotel, would go back there any day.

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7 Thank PodgeLancashire
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Jegenstorf
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18 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed May 29, 2006

Ascona is the kind of place you wish no one else had discovered and you could have all to yourself... it has the easy atmosphere of nearby Italy, with all the cleanliness and clockwork of Switzerland. This hotel is the same.

From the courtyard with it's little fountain to the spectacular rooftop pool with the most breathtaking view of Ascona (from anywhere!), there is no better place (dare I even say, in Switzerland...?) to stay than this. Yes, I know: it's all relevant to what you are looking for; if you want the 5 star 300+ room hotel with the doorman in a uniform and 6 restaurants, you won't like it here. However, if you want people who will do what they can to make you feel welcome, and want to see a splendid show (where the owner and his daughter - by the way, what a voice - play in the evening entertainment Jazz band in the courtyard on the weekend), stay here. Ascona has a great variety of restaurants (many linked to a hotel), but "staying in a night" at the Riposo will not do any harm. I have stayed here various times, and have seen different types of rooms - all are fine to spectacular (the best being those that have the panoramic windows overlooking the rooftops of Ascona). And you are virtually a half a minute away from the promenade.

I understand the past reviewers frustration if he went through what he said he did (I for one always got the response I needed and I have been here 4 times). Let me give all a little tip - book in advance as soon as you know, because I have had the experience of calling and finding out that the hotel is sold out. Remember it isn't a large property, and it thankfully is not part of any chain. Have your evening stroll after dinner, find a bench overlooking the lake and watch the moon on the water, and then look forward to heading back to the Riposo.

So for my perspective (and I stay in hotels every month due to my line of work): the food is fantastic, the service is superb, the pool is picture perfect, the entertainment is exquisite, the rooms are rememberable, and the ambience... well, this is the definition of ambience.

  • Stayed September 2005
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5 Thank InfiniteTransience
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Property: Art Hotel Riposo
Address: scalinata della Ruga 4, Ascona 6612, Switzerland
Location: Switzerland > Swiss Alps > Canton of Ticino > Lake Maggiore > Ascona
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Ascona
#5 Family Hotel in Ascona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Art Hotel Riposo 3*
Number of rooms: 35
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