Luxury hotel holiday Romantik Hotel Castello Seeschloss Ascona

The four star Romantik Hotel Castello Seeschloss Ascona is a beautifully situated boutique-style hotel housed in a 13th century castle. Picturesque and quaint from the outside, the rich history of the building is continued inside in the original features, the careful design of the rooms, and the balance of modern and classical style in the public rooms. Here, you are at your leisure to enjoy the specialities of Ticino and northern Italy and to venture out into the valleys to seek out waterfalls and unique, pretty villages.
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  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on bed and breakfast
  • Fly-rail with scheduled flights and rail tickets
  • Rail travel from London back to London as option
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  • Optional room, rail and flight upgrades. Details on request

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Romantik Hotel Castello Seeschloss, Ascona

Romantik Hotel Castello Seeschloss is a charming 4-star boutique hotel in a beautiful waterfront location. With comfortable accommodation and delicious cuisine, as well as idyllic, serene views afford guests a luxurious, relaxing retreat.

Facts in brief

Official star rating 4

Location The hotel is located on the waterfront, on the west side of Ascona.

Closest airport Zurich Airport

Distance from airport The hotel is under 3-hours' drive from Zurich Airport

Closest railway station Locarno Station

Distance from railway station The hotel is about 15-minutes' drive from Locarno Station

Hotel facilities and services

Ristorante al Lago, Ristorante Locanda de'Ghiriglioni, Garden Terrace, Rooftop Castle Terrace, and 20% reduction at two nearby golf courses.

Out and about nearby

Next door to Locarno, recognised for having the warmest climate in Switzerland, a stay in Ascano is a more tranquil option for relaxing and enjoying the sunshine on the lakeside or in a quaint pavement cafe. Spend an afternoon in Locarno, visiting the important religious and cultural sites, including the 17th century Church of St Anthony, the 16th century Church of San Francesco, the mid-17th century New Church, and the late 15th century Sanctuary of the Madonna del Sasso. Ensure you have time to visit the brooding Visconti Castle, which hosts a permanent exhibition of Roman glass. Venture out into the surrounding landscape to climb the Cardada Cimetta to witness both the highest and lowest parts of Switzerland in one sweeping gaze: Lake Maggiore and the Valais High Alps. Perhaps weave your way through the Magic Valley or the Verzasca Valley, where the water has a distinctive rich green-turquoise colour. Lake Maggiore is the perfect place to enjoy a serene lake cruise or partake in some thrilling water sports.

Sports nearby

Water Sports and Lake Cruises on Lake Maggiore; Walking, Hiking, and Cycling in the nearby valleys and mountains.

Holiday price guide This hotel is usually booked as part of a touring holiday of Switzerland. Therefore, the cost of a stay at this hotel would be included in the price of that touring holiday. If you want a holiday just to this hotel, then please contact our sales team and a tailor-made price will be put together for you and include your chosen travel arrangements.

From about

Holiday Code EXH1973

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Romantik Hotel Castello Seeschloss, Ascona

The four star Romantik Hotel Castello Seeschloss Ascona overlooks the waters of Lake Maggiore from its position in Locarno's peaceful neighbouring town. The most striking feature is the 13th century castle tower, which will be the first thing you see as you approach. Vines creep up the pale plastered walls, curving around the shuttered arched windows, and folding over onto the balconies towards the top. A weathervane crowns the tower. In the gardens either side of the front entrance, palm trees create shady tropical spaces, which give the hotel a slightly Mediterranean look. Move past the grand facade into interior spaces that blend classical themes with stylish modern design. In the dining room of Ristorante al Lago, for example, a stone wall tinged green by the reflection of the trees through the wall-to-ceiling glass windows adds exceptional character, though the tables and chairs are simple, wooden designs, with the hotel logo embossed into the upholstery. The table-tops are very uncomplicatedly dressed, with a thin strip of tablecloth and a quaint vase of flowers. Here, guests can indulge in exquisite Mediterranean cuisine, or enjoy coffee and cake in the afternoon. At Ristorante Locanda de'Ghiriglioni, traditional Ticino dishes, particularly pasta dishes, are served in a pretty courtyard amongst flowers, trees, and beside the pillars of the castle. Guests have a choice between a wide selection of unique guestrooms; in the Castle Rooms, the design is kept simple to keep the focus on the frescoes that adorn the ceilings; in the Tower Rooms, beautiful original features have been preserved and enhanced, creating a colourful, rich sense of character and history; and in the Standard and Superior Rooms, panelled doors and exposed beams offset a more modern style. For the true experience of staying in a 13th century castle, with all the original opulence and charm, we would recommend staying in a Castle Room. Every room at this hotel, however, has been lovingly and carefully appointed with the colourful town of Ascona and the building's prestigious history in mind. Complete your stay at the Romantik Hotel Castello Seeschloss Ascona with a unique experience of aperitifs and tapas-style snacks on the rooftop terrace of the castle tower. Ticino white wine, Prosecco di Valdobbiadene from Venice, Franciacorte Brut, and Laurant Perrier Champagne can all be enjoyed alongside the magnificent views across the brightly coloured houses of Ascona, Locarno, and the tranquil waters of Lake Maggiore.

Room descriptions

Romantki Hotel Castello Seeschloss has 45 rooms with air-conditioning, television, radio, telephone, minibar, and safe. Most have a balcony or terrace.

Easy Room
Standard Room
Superior Room
Castle Room
Junior Suite
Tower Room

Holiday price guide This hotel is usually booked as part of a touring holiday of Switzerland. Therefore, the cost of a stay at this hotel would be included in the price of that touring holiday. If you want a holiday just to this hotel, then please contact our sales team and a tailor-made price will be put together for you and include your chosen travel arrangements.

From about

Holiday Code EXH1973

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Romantik Hotel Castello Seeschloss, Ascona

The journey and how you get there

For a holiday to Romantik Hotel Castello Seeschloss in Ascona, our clients usually arrive by train as part of a tailor-made touring holiday by train of Switzerland. The hotel is a few minutes by taxi from Ascona station. If Ascona is your first or only stop on your holiday and you are flying, then fly to Zurich airport and then the train journey to Ascona is about 3 hours and 10 minutes with changes at Zurich Hauptbahnhof, Bellinzona and Locarno. Alternatively, you can fly to Milan Malpensa, take a taxi or the bus to Milan Centrale, and then the train journey to Ascona is about 2 hours and 50 minutes with changes at Bellinzona and Locarno.

Holiday price guide This hotel is usually booked as part of a touring holiday of Switzerland. Therefore, the cost of a stay at this hotel would be included in the price of that touring holiday. If you want a holiday just to this hotel, then please contact our sales team and a tailor-made price will be put together for you and include your chosen travel arrangements.

From about

Holiday Code EXH1973

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Romantik Hotel Castello Seeschloss, Ascona

About Ticino

An Expressions tailor-made holiday to Ticino allows travellers to witness the sheer diversity of Switzerland as a country. Hailed as having a Mediterranean climate, Ticino is Switzerland's most southerly region. Italianate towns, influenced by the proximity of the Italian border, provide a wholly different culture and atmosphere to the Bernese Oberland, the Saanenland, and other central and northern regions. A smattering of small lakes mark the upper boundary of Ticino, but it is Lake Maggiore and Lake Lugano that dominate the south, prompting many of the long, straight valleys that lead into Italy. The River Ticino winds its way down from its source on the Ticino border, meeting dams, lakes, and trickling and tumbling waterfalls on its way. Palm trees line the lakesides, medieval Italian castles form the centre-points of towns, and colourful, higgledy-piggledy houses look out across the water or from their tiered position on the steep mountainside. Communities here seem to effortlessly blend the feel of southern coastal towns with the rural authenticity of the mountain villages of central Switzerland.

Highlights of Ticino

Two of the main cities in Ticino lie quite close together in the south of the region: Locarno and Lugano. On the banks of Lake Maggiore, Locarno is rich with cultural treasure. Visit the 17th century Church of St Anthony, the 16th century Church of San Francesco, the mid-17th century New Church, or the late 15th century Sanctuary of the Madonna del Sasso to begin your tour of Locarno's beautiful and historic sites. Perhaps most noteworthy, however, is the Visconti Castle, in which there is a permanent exhibition of Roman glass. On Thursdays a market is held in the centre of the town, which always makes for an excellent place to enjoy Locarno at its liveliest, as well as to pick up a few delicacies. Venture outside Locarno to climb the Cadada Cimetta, from the top of which you can see both the Valais High Alps and Lake Maggiore, the highest and lowest points in Switzerland. Follow the paths of the Magic Valley or the Verzasca Valley to witness the turquoise-green, crystal-clear waters that flow there. For a more leisurely day out, enjoy a boat cruise on Lake Maggiore. As you leave Locarno and head west down the valley towards Italy, you will see the rocky gorges that prove so popular with cliff divers. Eerie tunnels and caverns have been carved out over time, providing ethereal little spots to stop off on your travels.

Cultural highlights of Ticino

East of Locarno is Bellinzona, a town remarkable in that it is the most Italianate town in Switzerland and capital of Ticino. The central medieval castle and its two neighbours are among Switzerland's best preserved, coming together to form a picturesque UNESCO World Heritage Site. The ramparts of the central castle run alongside the vineyards within, with lush grass carpeting the fortified walls. North of Locarno, you will come across Tegna, the site of some interesting prehistoric ruins. Continue along this route towards the Italian border on the Centovalli Express to discover the old wine press in the village of Cavigliano, the museum and cableway in Intragna, the cable car up to the solitary, traffic-free hamlet of Rasa from Verdasio, and finally, across the Italian border to Re, where the stunning, yet imposing, Sanctuary of the Madonna of the Blood stands on the very edge of a dramatic cliff. In eastern Ticino is Biasca, a town where a waterfall cascades down the mountainsides, under bridges and over rocks that have been smoothed by time. Towns and villages such as Airolo, Lavizzara, Acquarossa, Blenio, and Brione all offer alternative views on this beautiful region. Any visit to Ticino is incomplete without a few hours spent in Lugano. Famous for its eponymous lake, San Salvatore Mountain, and Monte Bre, Lugano is a quintessentially ‘Ticino’ town. Take the funicular railway from Casserate as high as possible up Monte Bre to witness the phenomenal panoramas and enjoy the traditional Swiss rail experience.

Festivals in Ticino

As with much of Switzerland, there is a high focus on dairy products in both the regional dishes and their self-identification. To appreciate Swiss dairy products in Ticino, head to Ambri Quinto in the Leventina Valley at the end of September to enjoy the Agriculture and Cheese Fair. The first weekend in October brings with it a celebration of autumn. In Lugano, this autumn festival focuses on local products, folkloric music, and small dramatic shows. In Ascona, the autumn festival celebrates the versatile chestnut, with jams, cakes, cheese dishes, and entertaining concerts. Ascona's unique carnival is celebrated on Mardi Gras on the lake promenade. In Muralto on the second Sunday of March there is a fish festival beside the water, involving a fishing contest, music, games, and food stalls. Beside the smooth rocks of Solduno, on St Joseph's Day in March, the streets are filled with the smell of the speciality Tortelli, a fritter whose recipe is strictly guarded.

Gastronomy in Ticino

The varied and delicious specialities of Ticino may very well be the highlight of your trip, influenced by hearty Swiss cuisine, as well as Italy's Mediterranean flavours. One particular feature of dining here are the ‘grotto' restaurants. Usually housed in picturesque stone farmhouses, with abundant flower boxes, shuttered windows, and vast terraces canopied by views on which customers eat fresh, home-cooked food. Popular so-called ‘slow foods' include farina bona flour, cicitt sausages, Zincarlin cheese and shortbread biscuits. At the heart of many dishes you may come across are polenta and Merlot wine, which can also be sampled at a local winery. Originally cooked in a large cauldron like porridge, polenta is now best served alongside braised beef. Before leaving Switzerland, ensure you sample some of the world-famous fondue.

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