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Hotel Monte Verita
Ranked #31 of 32 Hotels in Ascona
Kloten, Switzerland
Level 6 Contributor
140 reviews
43 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Very special”
Reviewed 3 September 2013

We stayed at the hotel monte verità for only one night and we enjoyed the quiet location. The staff was very helpful and the bathroom quite nice. The room itself was rather small and a bit "cold" but the beds were good and it was quite exciting to reside in such a historic place. The breakfast buffet was o.k. and the coffe excellent. Bauhaus is not my most favourite "style" but all together it was a good stay.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland
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45 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 June 2013

this might not be a hotel for everyone, and i am personally not a fan of the bauhaus main building. but rooms 142 and 132 in the pink villa semiramis offer great views, and the staff is just lovely. also, you get the gardens and the unique history of monte verita. and the hike up from town is really not that bad after a good dinner by the lake. a great alternative to the posh places downtown. and for those who want to indulge in the hotel's vegetarian hippie past: the restaurant still serves a special vegetarian platter for two - best to be had on the terrace.

Room Tip: get room 142 or 132 with great views
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 7 May 2013

I have stayed in this hotel four times for a yearly conference. It is a great place. There are many rooms which have a view on the lake. Especially on the pink building they have rooms with balconies and large windows that open to the lake view and getting up there in the morning is great!!

Room Tip: On the main building the rooms with the lake view and on the pink building the corner rooms across l...
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled on business
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Massachusetts
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207 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2013

This place doesn't feel very Swiss. Rooms are austere to the point of absurdity. Our room had two single beds pushed together for the double bed, and no carpeting or TV. There is no lobby or waiting area and the hallways are bare and institutional. You felt like you were staying in a college dorm room or a hospital. On the plus side the rooms have large balconies that face the lake. The views are spectacular. Food was limited and varied wildly in quality. From good to mediocre. Staff was often indifferent and self-absorbed. Bathrooms and rooms were very clean. Prices for almost everything are high. You can walk to town by going down 560 stone stairs (actually quite pleasant) or take a bus at limited hours for only 2 francs. It doesn't run in the evening. Taxi rides are around US$20 for the very short ride.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled on business
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Lemont, Illinois
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Reviewed 8 November 2012

A place out of context in one of the world's most beautiful scenery, Laggo Maggiore. The building is authentic Bauhaus and as such has attracted, and still does, bizarre characters.The magic of the place, Italy out of Italy, Swiss out of Switzerland, certainly contributes to a special experience.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled on business
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Oxford, UK
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Reviewed 5 November 2012

Rooms were very basic but convienient for conference venue. No facilites to make a drink. The room felt a tad cold as well. Bathroom was huge with shower over bath,
Plug sockets in my room did not appear to work with my travel adaptor but you can hire from the recpetoin for 20 CHF.
Food was excellent for the conference but I've had better breakfast elsewhere. Would have been nice to have eggs and more choice of non-caffeinated hot beverages.
As previosly stated the hotel has great views over the lake but unfortunately my room did not have these views. I overlooked the garden and was rght over the front door so was a bit noisy when people were coming or going.

Room Tip: Avoid a room directly over the entrance.
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled on business
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London
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100 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 June 2012

The Monte Verita Hotel is set on a hill above Ascona in its own massive private park, with breathtaking panoramic views over the lake. It has a swimming pool, a tennis court, a terrace overlooking the gardens to die for - and yes, contrary to reports here, you can take breakfast (lunch and dinner for that matter) on the terrace, enjoying eggs, salami and whatever else you want - with the restaurant serving food which whilst slightly "Switzerland expensive' is beautifully cooked and presented. To sit in the evening enjoying dinner with the lights twinkling around the lake is really a unique pleasure!
I had a single room in a 'dependence' - a small house in the grounds - which was perfectly adequate, immaculately clean and fully equipped with everything you could wish for, though if you are in one of the 'cheap' rooms you might be expected to share the bathroom - yes, that does seem a slightly strange idea - but of course if you take a full priced room, you get a full-priced bathroom to yourself!
The people working here were friendly to a fault with nothing being too much trouble and there is also free Wifi in the main building.

Room Tip: Visit the Japanese tea garden in the grounds next to the restaurant and do the tea ceremony on a Tue...
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled solo
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Property: Hotel Monte Verita
Address: via Collina 84, Ascona 6612, Switzerland
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Region: Switzerland > Swiss Alps > Canton of Ticino > Lake Maggiore > Ascona
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #31 of 32 Hotels in Ascona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Monte Verita 3*
Number of rooms: 54
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Monte Verità stands on the hills overlooking Ascona and Lake Maggiore and has always been a magnet for ideas, trends, experiments and historical figures. At the turn of the 20th century, an alternative, vegetarian colony was founded on the site, and the mythical golden age of Monte Verità began. Artists, anarchists, philosophers and thinkers settled here - with illustrious guests such as Hermann Hesse among them. After a brief period in the early Twenties, during which a group of expressionist artists set up a small artistic community, the hill just in Ascona was purchased by the German banker and art collector Baron Eduard von der Heydt. It was then that Monte Verità became a modern hotel complex, visited by high-profile figures from the worlds of art, politics and culture. The Baron bequeathed Monte Verità to the Canton Ticino in the 1950s, and in the late 1980s it was turned into a conference centre thanks to a partnership with the Swiss Federal Institute of Teconology in Zurich. Today, Monte Verità is a state-of-the-art conference and cultural centre, managed by the Foundation of the same name. Situated on seven hectares of tranquil, lush parkland with breathtaking panoramas of Lake Maggiore, it offers visitors a truly unique experience. ... more   less 
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