Le Mirador

My spontaneous night away to Le Mirador hotel, just above Chardonne, ended up being an absolutely delightful decision. After arriving to the train station in Vevey, I had lunch by the water, then took the Vevey Funicular to the top of Mont Pelerin. It was shockingly steep as train routes go. The entrance to the…

Relais Castello di Morcote

The final leg of my trip to Ticino was to be four nights at the gorgeous Relais Castello di Morcote. It did not happen and I feel so strange about it. I have never cut a trip short. Ever. So, to do so at a gorgeous hotel for the part of a trip that I…

Seven Boutique Hotel – Ascona

Seven Boutique Hotel- what a little gem, you are. Thanks for being so easy, clean, and inexpensive. You have bars and restos all over town where I could eat inside (Merci!) and were just a darling find in an excellent, central location in Ascona. The hotel is set among a handful of old houses in…

Hotel Lavaux

You’re immediately greeted with a pretty, modern terrace, oddly situated on the main road. The lobby was extremely small and sparse, letting the terrace off to the side do the heavy lifting of coffee and croissants. My room was a single and was immaculate. Cozy bedding and blackout blinds made it excellent for sleeping. The…

The Hey Hotel- Interlaken

The Hey Hotel Interlaken was my recent crash pad for a few days of hiking and sightseeing in the Alps. This was the first hotel I’d selected maybe since early 2020! A few airport hotels in between…I was hoping this would be a breath of fresh air. Hey cow mascot upon entering….she’s a beauty, but…

Birthday Brunch at The Living Room

My dear friend hosted me for a wee birthday brunch at The Living Room restaurant in The Ritz Carlton in central Geneva. Waiting for her in the lobby was an absolute delight as I was taken with both the modernly elegant chandelier and shabby-chic, yet ever so cool Christmas tree. The Living Room was also…

Bar Louie and Scala – Luzern

In addition to the Montana Hotel blowing me away from their hospitality standpoint, I shouldn’t have been too surprised that the food and beverage service was also next level. The Louis Bar was a much needed stop for me after a huge dinner offsite on night one. The ambiance was beyond lively as the patrons…

Hotel Montana- Luzern

All this Airbnb bouncing apparently was embedded in me deep as I recently took a few days in Luzern, which conveniently is not part of the lock down. Little did I know I’d be shopping for house stuff most of the holiday, when I’d planned to play tourist in the town where my grandfather visited…

Royal Savoy Hotel Lausanne

My sentiment of the Royal Hotel Lausanne went from 100% to exactly 50%/50% in just two weeks. Yes, this gorgeous hotel, seemingly previously haunted mansion has some definite charms and some room for improvement. Let’s cycle back to mid-September when the sky was blue and you could enjoy dining al fresco– this hotel was a…

La Vue Restaurant- Gstaad

The Huus Hotel was so lovely that I had to tell you about their one downfall, really major disappointment to all it served the night of September 19 – their restaurant, La Vue. As a solo lady traveler, I never know if I am going to bumped from places because my check probably won’t amount…

Huus Hotel- Saanen/Gstaad

The Golden Pass train dropped me at Saanen where I was met by (a pre-arranged) red-suspender-clad member of the Huus Hotel Team. He quickly drove me the ten minutes up the mountain in a Huus branded Land Rover and deposited me straight to a velvety couch, coffee in hand. I felt very taken care of…

Loewe’s O’Hare

The calm before the storm- that’s what the Loewe’s O’Hare hotel was to be for me. Feels like a grand state for an airport hotel, but I’m into the intense pressure of it. You see, European flights from Raleigh are currently all cancelled, so I had to fly through an American hub. Miami was out…