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Ascona: Eden Roc

Via Albarelle

Reviewed by: Wendy Ash from UK, review #2019

When: 2007

A destination hotel in a delightful part of the Ticino, with every comfort and facility you could possibly need.

The perfect evening for a Midsummer Ball, photo by Richard Ashworth (Ricardo)

The Eden Roc is totally unique. It was once two 1970's hotels on the lake side of the pleasant town of Ascona but now the buildings have been joined together by a dramatic corridor and decorated to imitate an Italian palazzo. It does feel somewhat quirky as a consequence but we enjoyed our four night stay.

We chose the Eden Roc because we wanted to relax,swim and enjoy the lake side views and gardens and that was exactly what we did.

Our room was very comfortable - large and airy with a wall of French windows, a nice sitting area with desk and roving personal telephone. It was perfectly quiet but I found the red and yellow colour scheme rather odd as red and yellow are not the most relaxing of colours. Storage and lighting were excellent.

The room was serviced to a very high standard twice a day including the replenishment of fruit and botled water. We had a weather forecast at turn down service as well as a programme of what was going on in the hotel and Ascona each day along side our chocolates!

We had a very large well furnished balcony and superb views over Lake Maggiore and the mountains from both the room and the balcony.

The bathroom was rather less stylish but functional and pleasant enough. It was well equipped with abundant soft towels, robes and good lighting.

Breakfast was a little formal but absolutely delightful taken outside on the terrace. It was buffet style but you could order fresh pancakes and hot food should you need anything other than top quality fruits, yoghurts, breads of many kinds, wonderful jams, cold meats, cheeses, pastries, croissants or boiled eggs. Champagne or Prosecco was available alongside fruit juices I have never heard of as well as the more ordinary ones like orange and apple!

A nice touch were the single serving tea pots with many different kinds of tea - exotic and ordinary - to choose from ... not a tea bag in sight!

The Eden Roc has three swimming pools all heated generously. We swam every day and thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful weather by sunbathing in the gardens.

On the evening of the Midsummer Ball we were met out on the pontoon by the champagne waiter who told us that one lucky guest would find their champagne glass had a diamond in!(Ours was a Swarovski crystal of course.)

We enjoyed the evening nontheless, dancing under the stars is always lovely.

The Eden Roc is very quietly and conveniently located in Ascona. A five minute walk takes you into the heart of the town and its many restaurants. We loved the area especially nearby Locarno and the Maggia Valley with its beautiful scenery and very special chapels.

We enjoyed a train trip into the Centovalli and had a splendid guided tour of the neo-renaissance gardens of Villa San Remegio in Pallanza, about 50 minutes away by car.

The Eden Roc is very popular with Germans and as a consequence you can expect to be spoken to in German not Italian which you might find a litle disconcerting. We certainly did but the hotel prides itself on individual attention to its guests and we would certainly return.

Plans are afoot to build a state-of-the-art spa out in the lake so I am agog as there is no doubt it will be magnificent.

Our room was around 710 chf per night. Expensive, yes, but we judged it to be good value.

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