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“Left my heart in......” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Brisino
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via per Magognino 2, 28838 Stresa, Italy   |  
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Ranked #26 of 36 Hotels in Stresa
Auckland
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18 reviews 18 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Left my heart in......”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

Highlights:

* Views! Asked for balcony and view - had both Rm33. Location - so quiet, old church with bells - just wonderful! No fan or air con but left doors open and that was great.
* Breakfast: great - stuffed, fresh, varied (european - ham, cold eggs, cereals, crossiants etc).
* Staff: Stefana just lovely at breakfast - whatever needed! Helpful woman at reception - gave us recommendations for authentic eating places!
* Food nearby: Went to 2 authentic Italian places - traditional, no english spoken, warm and friendly - on up beautiful mountain away from Stresa tourist ville. In one we were trying to work out what 'carciofo' was. Lovely woman bought out a plate with chopped artichokes on!
* Interior: mix of old and more modern decor - all clean and fresh.
Room: Hugge bed so comfortable, great clean decor.Fridge too. Towels don't match and aren't great big fluffy things - but that's cool with us!


Improvements (or anything that could be important to you!)
* Our rm 33 only had hand held shower so showering sitting bath - a simple glass panel and shower clipped to wall would be even greater!
*Bathroom did smell of drains/ musty/ 'uriney' - was clean, may be drains.

Waning about ville nearby! Be aware of small ville nearby 'Binda' - missed turn off and ended up going through here. You need to know exact millimeteres of your car as gap extremely tiny in the extreme - we survived - guy behind left paint on walls!!!!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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English first
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013 via mobile

Really a great hotel. Well run by a nice family. INCREDIBLE views. If we go back to Stresa, we will go here. The only thing you must know is that it is a 5 minute drive to Stresa. For us that is great while Brisino is quiet and quaint. Perfect mix if you have a car. The breakfast is great - more European than Italian so there is more than I expected. Really a great surprise for the price.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Montreal, Canada
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138 reviews 138 reviews
23 hotel reviews
Reviews in 64 cities Reviews in 64 cities
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013 via mobile

Small family run hotel with absolutely gorgeous views on lago maggiore. The plus: great views , excellent breakfast, good homely dinner available, ample parking, free internet, friendly service, rooms with a view to kill (ask for rooms 12, 22, 32 etc.), close to highway and Stresa. The minus: hairpins access road, weak internet signal.
Overall great value, highly recommended!



  • Stayed June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012

Booked this hotel at short notice and it turned out to be very good. Located in a quiet village 2.5 miles from and 600 feet above the town of Stresa, offers fantastic views of lake Maggiore. We had room 22 which has a balcony overlooking the lake with only a single telegraph pole to spoil the view. The room had windows on three sides (one being in the bathroom), only the room above, 32, could have a better view.

The hotel is simply furnished in keeping with the age and type of building and very clean. Continental breakfast is served in the dining room and evening meals are available if booked in the morning. We preferred to eat in the town in the evening so never tried evening meals in the hotel.

Unless you particularly like walking, a car is required to get the best from staying at this hotel, parking was never a problem and the road outside was quiet at all times. we would stay here again without hesitation if in the area again.

Room Tip: The balcony room all offer good views with the best being room 12, 22 and 32 which have windows on t...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rolle, Switzerland
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61 reviews 61 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2011

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.

Room Tip: Ask for room 32! (or one of the 2 rooms below it)
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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wales
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2009

fantastic view but when we were there a house was being built next door to the hotel, which was noiisy. also locals were erecting some kind ofmarquees each evening and were noisy throwing metal poles around and banging , spoiling our peace.
bed uncomfortable, fitted sheets didnt, and battled all night to keep it on.
bedspread wasn't fresh.
little details like that disappointed me , even though it was good value , i don't expect the housekeeping standards to be lower than mine at home.felt the staff could have been friendlier and we didnt eat at the hotel after the first evening cos of atmosphere, well there wasn't any.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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london
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2008

It's a hotel hard to find as you need a car. Just 10 minutes up the hill from Stresa in the town Brisino.
We wanted to be away from the bustle of Stresa and we were ,PLUS, rewarded with a most spectacular view of the lake from our room which had 2 balconies !
It's a small family run hotel ,maybe 15 rooms on 3 floors. The couple who run it are very helpful ,the wife even speaks English.
They let us use their internet free. The rooms are nice and modern with a bathroom. It's quiet and very reasonable 90euros for 2 with breakfast (more than just a continental one ,too).
Theres so much to do in Stresa ,with all the boat trips and a car gives you flexibility to do excursions - lake orta was wonderfull!

  • Liked — the view and modern standard and price
  • Disliked — need a car to get there
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: Via per Magognino 2, 28838 Stresa, Italy
Location: Italy > Piedmont > Lake Maggiore > Stresa
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #26 of 36 Hotels in Stresa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Brisino 3*
Number of rooms: 23
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