Hotel Casa Berno: when elegance meets simplicity

For more than 54 years at your service

Do you want to escape from everyday stress and relax? We at Hotel Casa Berno offer the best guarantee you can have: heavenly rest and a wonderful environment.
In the middle of a subtropical park and high above the city of Ascona, our four-star hotel offers you a magnificent view. Experience the breathtaking view over a fascinating mountain landscape as well as beautiful moments when the sun is glistens on the Lago Maggiore’s surface.

Bruno and Manuela Caratsch

"Do you want to escape from everyday stress and relax?
We wish you a wonderful stay."
The Casa Berno is owned by the foundation “Fondazione Beato Pietro Berno, Ascona” and is managed by Manuela and Bruno Caratsch since 10 years. 


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Une vue à couper le souffle

En provenance de Belgique nous avons fait étape dans cet excellent hôtel à Ascona qui jouit d'une situation exceptionnelle sur les hauteurs en bordure du lac.
Très bonne chambre avec vue sur le lac, accueil très aimable et efficace.
Nous avons pris le dîner sur la terrasse,très bon menu du jour avec choix entre 3,4 ou cinq plats de très bonne qualité.
Très bon petit déjeuner ( compris dans le prix de la chambre)
Nous avons été le lendemain voir La Chapelle construite par Mario Botta sur le monte Tenero qui se trouve à proximité et vaut le détour.
Nous reviendrons avec grand plaisir dans cet établissement digne de l'hospitalité Suisse.

Cliffside Park,
New Jersey

A favorite for years

We've been staying at Casa Berno on an off for decades and I can only say it has never disappointed. Beautifully situated on a cliff over looking Lago Maggiore, every room has balcony with unobstructed views down to the village, the surrounding mountains, and the lake down to Italy. Rooms are simple but comfortable. A lovely breakfast is served on a terrace overlooking the lake as well. We always take half-board and this past summer the food was especially good, serving Swiss fare with a contemporary flair. You can order lunch at the pool, also with panoramic views of the lake -- it is heavenly. The staff is warm and helpful and the spirit of Gemutlichkeit is everywhere here.


Wunderbare Location hoch über dem Lago Maggiore

Der vista sul lago könnte schöner nicht sein. Unser Zimmer mit Balkon zur Seeseite war groß, modern eingerichtet und ganz neu renoviert. Das Frühstück war vom Allerfeinsten, mit einer nicht mehr zu überbietenden Vielfalt gesunder Speisen und Getränke. Bei schönem Wetter kann man draußen auf dem Balkon frühstücken und den Seeblick genießen. Das Personal ist hilfsbereit, freundlich und unkompliziert. Man spürt, daß die Eigentümer das Hotel selbst betreiben, und das mit viel Liebe und Sorgfalt. Wir haben bereits den nächsten Aufenthalt gebucht.


Hotel Magnifico

Ho avuto la fortuna di soggiornare in questo hotel per un viaggio di lavoro/business sale conferenze e l'unica cosa che posso dire è questo hotel è incredibile.
L'hotel è situato su una collina sopra Ascona, c'è anche un servizio di navetta gratuito che gli ospiti avanti e indietro città di Ascona.
La vista sul lago Maggiore è assolutamente spettacolare!
L'hotel è moderno ed elegante, le camere sono pulite e ordinate e pieno di qualsiasi servizio.
Ristorante serve piatti veramente buoni, e c'è la possibilità di mangiare sia all'interno, in un'elegante sala da pranzo bellissima, o all'esterno, sulla terrazza incredibile, con una meravigliosa vista panoramica sul lago e sulla città di Ascona.
Non so i prezzi perché per fortuna tutto è stato offerto dalla mia azienda, ma di sicuro è un hotel esclusivo.

A magic place to rest and relax

Discovering nature and relaxing

The history of Casa Berno

Impressive and visible to any visitor of Ascona, from the lake side, the slim bell tower of the church of S. Pietro e Paolo rises into the sky over the town between the Casa Serodine and the town hall (Municipio). The church icon that has grown through the centuries not only holds some of the most beautiful religious works of the famous local painter Giovanni Serodine who died in the faraway Rome. In a glass shrine, the head of a man, the Chiesa Madre now prays to as one of its saints, is kept as a sacred relic.
Beato Pietro Berno was born (supposedly) in 1553 in the then hardly-known town of Ascona as the son of simple craftspeople. Even then, in Rome housed a considerable colony of emigrated Asconese. As an early missionary, Beato Berno took a ship to Lisbon on 4th April 1579 and arrived on 8th October of the same year to Goa, at thistime the capital city of Portuguese India, with his brothers in the faith. After the arrival, Berno immediately joined the mission managed by the Jesuits and Dominicans. Only a few days later, Berno and his friars fell victim to a fanatic crowd on 13th July 1583.
Briefly, after the news of his death reached Ascona, the now-legendary spiritual emigrant was revered as a kind of local saint in his home town. It was only three hundred years later, however, that Pope Leo signed the church documents declaring Ascona’s son to one of the highest martyrs of the faith on 13th November 1892.
In any case, the religious history of Ascona would be unthinkable without the names of Papio and Berno and would be lacking many aspects of an active people’s piety.
On the Creation of the Hotel Casa Berno The current hotel was built in 1961 and 62 and initially opened as a senior’s residence. After one year, it was converted into a hotel. It underwent several expansions and renovations and has since then been operated as the Hotel Casa Berno. The Casa Berno is owned by the foundation “Fondazione Beato Pietro Berno, Ascona” and is managed by Manuela and Bruno Caratsch since 10 years. The hotel is a business- and profit-oriented company. The acquired revenue is mostly used to support social projects of the foundation.

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