|Subject: Re: Switzerland|
Time sure does fly! I went looking for our travelogue of Locarno, Ascona and Lugano and discovered that that trip was way back in '96! Nevertheless you may find some useful info: http://www.thetravelzine.com/swiss1.htm Locarno was a good central location for visiting Lugano and Ascona. We stayed at the 3-star Hotel Garni Du Lac http://www.du-lac-locarno.ch/ in a nice room with a view toward the lake.
Here's the travelogue that includes Stresa: http://www.thetravelzine.com/italy13.htm where we stayed at the Hotel Du Parc http://www.duparc.it/ Be sure to ask for a room facing the lake because the back side of the hotel faces the rail tracks.
Hope that helps.