Showstopping accommodation in Ascona-Locarno

Whether you’re seeking five-star style or back-to-nature thrills, Ascona-Locarno will make you right at home

Ascona, Grand Tour of Switzerland for Ascona Locarno campaign
Ascona-Locarno Tourism / A. Pizzicannella
By Time Out editors |

Ascona-Locarno has all manner of great things to do to keep you fully occupied, entertained and well-fed while you’re there, but where do you stay while you’re making the most of all that this beautiful region has to offer?

Luckily enough, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to accommodation, too. Whether you’re after a boutique hotel that oozes bohemian chic, a place the kids will enjoy just as much as their parents or something different and altogether wilder – like likeside camping surrounded by beautiful scenery – you’re sure to find the perfect accommodation for your trip. We’ve picked out some of the finest and coolest places below to get you started.

Campofelice Camping Village on the lake, for Ascona Locarno campaign
Campofelice Camping Village

Get next to nature

With the grassy shores of Lake Maggiore and wooded mountains for a backdrop, Tenero’s the place to pitch your tent under a canopy of stars. Campofelice Camping Village, one of the largest and best equipped campsites in Europe, offers simple pitches, caravans and cute wooden bungalows to rent, and family-friendly activities from kayaking to circus skills. Shaded by ancient trees, nearby Campeggio Lido Mappo meanwhile has a more intimate, park-like vibe, with great kids’ activities and a surprisingly versatile restaurant menu.

Hotel Brenscino for Ascona Locarno campaign
Parkhotel Brenscino by Intraina Alain

Take the tribe

Guests at Albergo Losone could be forgiven for thinking they’ve touched down in the Caribbean. Towering palms and rustic thatched canopies surround the pool in lush, landscaped grounds, while rooms are large, airy and quiet. And kids are in heaven – there’s even a petting zoo. Youngsters are also spoiled for choice by mini golf, ping-pong, pool and more in the gorgeous gardens of Park Holel Brescino, while the décor’s gently Miami Vice vibe will make adults feel young again too.

Villa Orselina for Ascona Locarno campaign
Villa Orselina

Well, well, well

Sumptuous spas abound in the area, with Villa Orselina one of our favourites. Decorated in soothing shades of ivory and with breathtaking views from its hillside location, this boutique beauty destresses you before you even step into ‘La Spa’ – and the dining is divine. Ascona’s Castello del Sole stirs unique history into the wellness mix, its Italianate, 1532 building now complemented with a state-of-the-art 2,500m2 spa, tranquil private lake beach and exquisite cuisine in five restaurants.

Art Hotel Riposo for Ascona Locarno campaign
Art Hotel Riposo by Emanuele Rambaldi

Downtown digs

Bijou Ascona and Locarno may be, but they’re big on cosmopolitan style. Locarno’s Hotel Caffè dell’Arte radically reinvents a historic shell nestling in a central Old Town streetscape, with nine individually designed rooms ranging in style from pure-white minimalism to full-beam, Jackie Collins hyperglamour. Ascona answers with Art Hotel Riposo, an equally creative boutique property and member of HIP Hotels, with a pool set in a charming rooftop garden overlooking Lake Maggiore. Don’t miss the weekend jazz jams in the cute courtyard.