October 15, 2002
Past the small desk window, a glass pull door opens into a hallway with a curving staircase to the left and another smaller entrance to the hotel. We were informed that the hotel and restaurant closed at 9pm and if we wished to go out, we were given a key that would let us in this door. Our key lead us to room 22, up a plant and furniture cluttered staircase and hallway, where we had a corner room.
One does not see the room when one opens the door because the view of Lake Lugano and the Mountains hails from two floor to ceiling doors, one at the head of the bed. They open down the center and the lake breeze billows the white sheer curtains like a scene from a Italian villa. A ceiling high wardrobe dwarfs the entire room behind the small round table with two chairs. Past the couch on the wall on the right as you enter, the glass and curtained door of the bath opens on a enormous tub with shower, flanked by the sink and toilet with enough room in the bath room to cater a small party. Our bed was comfy with silky sheets and the towels were ok if not a bit stiff, but plenty big. Beyond the door was a small balcony, with a table, chair and a lounge chair just waiting for us to soak up some sun.
Located about 15 minutes from the train staion by taxi, this hotel is billed as a quiet place to eat, drink, (the wine and the sun), and enjoy the splendor of the lake and mountains. After the taxi drops you at the car park, you still need to walk about 300 yards down a cobble path that is the back door of all the houses, hotels, and restaurants hung on the mountainside. Of course you can always take a water taxi to the hotel, just about the same as ground about 15 dollars. Bus is not convenient, as you need to walk about 1km from the car park up hill to find the bus stop. It is ok though for a trip to the city.
Every morning from 7 to 10 am breakfast is served in the dining room of the restaurant overlooking the stunning lake, with cold cuts, cheese, yogurt, bread, rolls, butter, jam, coffee, tea, and chocolate. I guess you have to pay a lot for the view. Fischer's takes MC, V.
From journal A Run to South Switzerland (Lugano)