The Mons boasts modern architecture (built in 2004) from celebrated architect Boris Podrecca, designed to exist in harmony with the natural world. Large glass surfaces ensure natural light filters into all corners of the hotel. The hotel structure is designed in the shape of a hand with the hotel wings or 'fingers' spread out from the 'palm.' (At the time of our visit, the hand was missing a finger - work planned for the future). There's also a story behind the curious green hotel façade - representing the spread of chlorophyll from the surrounding woodland.
Meanwhile the spacious reception area is manned by smartly dressed staff and access from here to the upper floors and accommodation is quick and easy. At the heart of the lobby is a hanging pendulum by German sculptor Karl Schlamminger; suspended from the top floor (and therefore visible from all floors in this particular wing) it never stops moving. The artist is known to ponder time, creative movement and energy in the work he creates.
Unfortunately the hotel does not boast a huge range of leisure facilities but there are plans for a swimming pool in the future. For the moment, guests have at their disposal on the ground floor a pool table, small sauna, and modest gym with big windows that overlook the neighbouring forest. Bonus points for the Technogym equipment and personal trainer. In spring and summer the hotel offers organised morning jogs through the forest (there are various marked paths). Bike hire is also available. There are nine meeting rooms provided for business guests which overlook the highway and act as a noise buffer to the hotel rooms.