Have you ever heard of a hotel that makes his own liqueur? We didn’t either but it is true
because we tasted it (and bought 3 bottles). The Elixir of hotel al borducan is an infusion based
on oranges and aromatic herbs invented by Garibaldi’s soldier Davide Bregonzio in 1872. The
history of this hotel is quite fascinating. It has been run by the family for ages. This makes
you feel right at home. Besides that also all the rooms are furnished with belongings of the
We slept in a room that has the bed of the grandmother of the owner (the proprietor is
already in his seventies.). So you imagine how everything is in a special Art Nouveau style. It feels like you entered a hotel from the last century but with modern facilities. The bathroom is well equipped with luxury products and a spacious shower. We always keep the best
things for last and for this room that is definitely the view from the balcony. It is mesmerizing. It is overlooking the complete valley with lake Varese and the forest.
Since hotel al borducan is located on the holy mountain in Varese it is quite difficult to reach the hotel with a car. It is possible to drive up to the other hotel of the family and unload your suitcase there and park the car in a public parking a little bit higher. We loved the remote location because the sound of birds is overwhelming instead of the sound of cars.
Restaurant & Elixir
When you visit hotel al borducan you should try their homemade pasta for sure and the desserts. They make a cake where they blend in the elixir. Can we have this for breakfast too, please? Make sure to also try the elixir in his pure form or in one of the cocktails. It is possible to sit outside with that magical view or in the circular dining room. Breakfast the next morning was a real treat. A mix between sweet goods and savory with the option to order eggs. We always like the fact when things are freshly made just for you. Did we mention that the staff is very well organized and polite? The owners will gladly show you around and tell you all about the history. This is a hotel that you have to visit to know what we are talking about. If you want to book your getaway in this hotel take a look at their website here. (address: Via Beata Caterina Moriggi, 43, 21100 Varese)