Ascona and Locarno claim the most sun exposure of any place in Switzerland.
The Mediterranean climate makes nature wake up earlier in the year, and autumn remains comfortably warm. At the same time, the region is a popular site for all kinds of festivals - from film to music and even one dedicated to the local camellia flower.
It would be a shame to miss out on everything Ascona and Locarno have up their sleeves. From lakeside culture to coffee roasteries, from hiking to paragliding, and from architecture to Roman bridges - there is an activity for every taste.
Yet, visiting a new place for the first time can feel overwhelming: where to stay, where to eat, how to get around, and how to plan all those activities? The following hotels are part of the Benvenuti Hotels family, which operates five properties in Ticino. Each hotel represents an aspect that makes Ascona and Locarno unique, sitting in exclusive locations with unbeatable views. And thanks to the high level of guest service provided by the long-time management and staff, these hotels will look out for you so that you can entirely focus on the experience.
Three Benvenuti hotels for every taste:
Fine food and pleasure: Boutique Hotel La Rocca 🌺🍚
Located on a steep slope along Lake Maggiore, the town of Porto Ronco is somewhat a hidden gem. And when you find yourself standing on the panoramic terrace of the four-star Boutique Hotel La Rocca, you will have the world at your feet: Ascona will be to your left, the lush Brissago Islands in front, and the Italian part of the lake to the right.
Down by the lake, you could hop onto a scheduled boat for a sunset cruise or to visit a market in nearby Italy. The hotel even operates a private lido beach. Before going to dinner at the in-house Ristorante Panoramico, why not linger in the hotel garden? It’s an inviting little paradise privy to hotel guests.
The talented chef, Antonio Nogueira, is known for his Mediterranean kitchen and local classics. In 2019/2020, Nogueira was the reigning Ticino Risotto Master: Campionato ticinese del risotto per chef. Beet risotto, Merlot risotto, or even saffran risotto - where to start? Ask the staff to point out the location of Terreni alla Maggia in Ascona where the rice was grown.
The compelling scenery with lots of sun exposure makes this hotel one of the most beautiful hideaways in the region. Each of the 19 rooms has an individual character, but as a whole, the Boutique-Hotel La Rocca feels like a tasteful home away from home.
Views and elegance: Hotel Casa Berno 🌴💦
High above the rooftops of Ascona is the four-star Hotel Casa Berno. This privileged location offers some of the best panoramic views of Lago Maggiore and the mountainscape. The driveway to this hotel leads through a forest, and the property is located in a lush subtropical park. It’s the perfect place to relax and rejuvenate.
Apart from the various terraces that each offers a unique vantage point, there is another way to gaze at the scenery: from the heated outdoor pool! Some of our readers might know by now that swimming pools are an essential amenity for yours truly... The good thing about this pool is that it is open 24 hours a day - so it is possible to watch the sunset or go for an early morning swim.
The Casa Berno offers various attractive packages for sports enthusiasts. For instance, the golf week package includes green fees and bus transfers to the three nearby golf courses in Ascona, Losone, and Magliaso.
Peace and calm: Boutique Hotel Remorino ☀️⛱️
Like its sister Ascona Locarno hotels, the Boutique Hotel Remorino is set in a peaceful, calm garden. While Boutique Hotel La Rocca and Casa Berno are above Lago Maggiore, the Boutique Hotel Remorino is located at lake level in Locarno-Minusio. It is easy and quick to reach the city center of Locarno - either by public transport or by walking or bicycling along the lake.
From the newly designed lobby lounge to the heated outdoor pool, the Hotel Remorino offers four-star amenities in a Mediterranean setting. Materials such as granite, wood, or terra cotta clay tiles pay homage to Ticino.
The breakfast is to write home about, too! As long as the weather permits, you can eat outdoors in the garden with camellias, magnolias, palm, and olive trees. The breakfast buffet includes fresh pastries and delicious regional products such as Ticino cheese.
(This post is sponsored by Benvenuti Hotels.)