Historically the Ticino region of Switzerland is well known for it's many artists, writers and poets who have lived and are still installed in that area. Besides its beautiful mountains and breathtaking scenery, the Ticino has also become, in recent times, a major financial and cultural hub.
It's Mediterranean atmosphere, coupled with Italian creativity and Swiss efficiency make it a great place to visit.
Our hotel is situated near a quaint town in the south of the Ticino called Mendrisio.
The town has romantic narrow streets, medieval and baroque churches and is considered to be one of Ticino's prettiest places to visit.
There are many excellent restaurants, “grotti”, in Mendrisio where you can enjoy local specialities and Merlot wine, typical of this region.
The Hotel Zen is very well situated, only 200 meters from the railway station, 10 minutes by car from Lugano and 5 minutes from the Italian border.
There is sufficient client parking and we have just finished a complete renovation of the hotel. We have 22 rooms available for our guests, with a cosy, modern and comfortable finish in all of them.
They are divided into two price categories and each is equipped with a private bathroom, shower and a free Wi-Fi connection.
Our hotel can also accommodate larger families by connecting adjoining rooms and business groups who wants to have their seminars (45 maximum) .
The Hotel Zen's restaurant
is fully equipped and can provide excellent meals for all tastes be it vegetarian or otherwise. Our menu includes dishes with traditional goods from Ticino (cheeses, meat, lake fishes,..) and several choices for vegetarians and celiacs.
About us and the place where we are
The Owners decided to name the hotel "Zen" as this word best describes the atmosphere that they want to create: tranquility, peace, well being and above all mutual understanding and respect.
The hotels restaurant is called "Bien-être" a French word that encapsulates once again what they are trying to achieve: great food and wine, vegetarian and gluten free choices, a comfortable atmosphere, a real "home away from home".
The "Zen's" strategic location offers the visitor endless possibilities of wonderful entertainment not only in our home town Mendrisio, with its own "wine road " which includes visits to the leading local wine producers but to Lugano and Locarno as well.
One of the important local attractions is Monte Generoso, reached by the cog railway from Lugano lake at a height of 1704 metres.
A wonderful place for those who enjoy walking, there are many choices from the "Path of Nature" to that of the "planets".
For the star gazers there is the Astronomical Observatory
and also the "grotta dell'orso"
with bear remains dating back 45'000 years.
Another nearby peak, the "Monte San Giorgio", a UNESCO world heritage site, boasts a new fossil museum
as well as many theme walks.
Bike riders are welcome and with the "Roadtowellness"
app one can discover all of the regions famous trails.
In a town called Melide, only a couple of kilometers from the hotel, there is the famous Swissminiatur
exhibition, an open air site that's has many famous buildings presented in miniature form for visitors of all ages.
Finally don't forget to include Lugano, with its splendid lake and many attractions in your discovery of our region.
A visit to the picturesque chocolate museum "Alprose"
is highly recommended where the history of chocolate and the important role it plays in the Swiss economy is explained. You can also see chocolate being made and sample the wide range of all the specialities available.
Bellinzona, the magnificent castle city, is another must in your visit to Ticino.
The hotel offers wellness facilities discounts in a fitness center, a spa and a swimming pool in the close “California Acquapark”
.There are also thermal baths nearby in Chiasso and Stabio Terme.
Shopping and entertainment is available only 5 minutes away in Fox Town
, a shopping center where luxury and elegance are available in its 160 stores. Even the most demanding shoppers will leave satisfied with the discounts that are available on many prestigious designer labels.