I absolutely loved my stay at the Simplon Hotel in Baveno. Everything was perfect.
The room was gorgeous - we had a standard room but we still got a balcony, which faced the gardens. The decoration in the room was lovely and the room was spacious. The bathroom was also large and well decoarted. The room was so lovely, I can only imagine how fantastic the larger rooms with lake views are!
The food was INCREDIBLE. The best I've ever had at a hotel. We stayed half board and I'm glad we did - the range and quality of food was outstanding. The breakfast buffet was extensive and delicious - wide range of cold meats, cheese, breads; hot choice of bacon, sausages and eggs; loads of delicious pastries. And freshly sqeezed orange juice and your choice of tea or coffee brought to your table. Extraordinary breakfast! And the dinner was truly amazing and wonderful. You start with an antipasti buffet - lots of choice and it changes every night. Lots of meats, fish and other wonderful canapes. Then you have a wonderful pasta course - you have a choice of 4 different, cooked to order dishes every night. All of them were delicious and in the 11 nights we stayed I had a different pasta every night - great variety! Then you have another choice of main courses - lots of meat or fish options - all cooked to order again. All accompanied with lovely potatoes and vegetables. Absolutely delicious! Then you can tuck in to the cheese board - lots of wonderful local cheeses. Incredible! Then you finish off the dining experience with a wonderful dessert buffet - again lots of high quality choice. The food was all thoroughly wonderful. I can't rate it high enough!
The staff were also fantastic - very helpful and efficient at reception. And the waiters in the restaurant were brilliant. They were very friendly, fun, chatty and professional. For example, they remembered what hot drinks we liked to have with brekafast and they upgraded out table to one at the front with the best views. You get the same table for your whole stay and I asked if I could have a table with a view, which I think are saved for people who pay for the more expensive rooms, but the waiters were pleased to give us one of the nicest tables - it pays to ask! I can't speak highly enough of the waiters at the Simplon - absolutely wonderful!
The hotel pool was lovely - you can use the ones at the Hotel Dino (which is connected through an art gallery tunnel). I prefer the Simplon pool though - it's nicer and not as busy as the Dino.
The location of the hotel is good - right by a supermarket where you can buy some inexpensive, but good quality wine from. The cheapest bottle of wine at the hotel is 19 euors, which isn't awful, but it certainly stacks up if you share a bottle of wine a night. It's worth buying some wine from the supermarket, and also some water.
The town of Baveno is small but it very charming. It has some good pizzerias where we often went for lunch. And the little square in the centre of the town has lots of live music events and night markets. There's also a lovely little ice cream shop on the walk from the hotel into the centre of Baveno.
The hotel is also a good base to explore the local area - it's near the ferry terminal where you can visit the 3 charming islands on Lake Maggiore. The bus to Stresa is cheap and efficient. And although we took a coach tour to Milan, other people told us that the train from Baveno to Milan was good. You can also visit Lake Como and other nearby towns and take a cable car to the top of the mountain. A perfect location for activity and relaxation.
I loved every minute of my stay in the Simplon Hotel and will deffinitely return. I might even check out some prices for next year now...
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- Also Known As:
- Baveno Simplon Hotel
- Hotel Simplon Baveno, Lake Maggiore, Italy