We booked this based on the previous reviews and have to say they were pretty accurate. We requested and got the illustrious 'Room 32', which the owner claimed was the best room in the hotel when he took us up to it. The room has a fantastic view across Lake Maggiore from the balcony facing the bed, and even from the windows on the sides of the room. It's an incredibly light room, the bathroom was clean as was the room itself. We could have done with an extra pillow, though.
The hotel itself is high up above Stresa, so forget about walking anywhere to eat, drink or be merry unless you're training for Everest Base Camp. I recommend parking in the port area (about 1 Euro an hour or 10 Euro for the day), or on the main street by the lake bank, which seemed to be free. BE AWARE - we were palmed off with a counterfeit 20 Euro note by the boat ticket office and only found out when we tried to spend it in a local shop.
Breakfast is a buffet affair, but good quality. I was disappointed that the croissants were stale given the abundance of bakeries five minutes down the road, but the coffee was excellent. There was no evening meal provision while we were there, but the owner was happy to make us a coffee or a soft drink in the bar.
The internet. A bit of a grumble here. The really should provide it for free or include it in the price. It was a real fiddle to get it set up on my Mac and the next day it didn't work at all so I got a refund. A few other guests were disappointed too. Given the quality of the hotel itself and the service, it's a shame that this aspect lets it down.
Stresa itself - nice for strolling around the narrow streets with plenty of choice for eating and drinking. The only restaurant I used, and would recommend, was the AMICI near the top of the pedestrian area. Really good value, tasty food and great for people watching.
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