A quarter mile from the center of town, this distinguished looking six-story hotel facing Lake Lugano has been run by the Schmid family for the last 33 years. They continually remodel the 200 year-old building which, before 1900, was a monastery. The latest renovation, in 1994, added a tiled outdoor swimming pool. There is a gracious lobby and several public rooms with high ceilings and ornamental chandeliers. The comfortable dining room one level up has large circular skylights. In the rear garden, stone steps leads to another courtyard and the new sparkling-clean swimming pool and lounging area.

Most rooms have views of the lake with private balconies. A typical lakeside single, though narrow and sans TV or air-conditioning, rents for 155 Sfr. ($125), has a wide balcony with lounge chair and a comfortable bathroom with a large bathtub. Average-sized lakeside doubles, which seem larger because of high ceilings, rent for 130 Sfr. ($100) per person. Double rooms which look toward the city and the hills are 90 Sfr. ($72) per person. A generous buffet breakfast is included in the room price.

Street Address: Via Nassa 68
City: Lugano
Country: Switzerland
Phone: 011 41 919 227 541
Fax: 011 41 919 227 544
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Quality: Rating: 3 stars
Value: Rating: 2 stars
Price Level: $$$-
Type: Hotel