Impossible to not admire the grand style (we normally tend to prefer smaller/boutique hotels) of this hotel which is beautifully maintained inside and outside and reminds you of the history of the building and of the town of Stresa, It is like stepping back in history. The gentleman at the Reception was very welcoming, the room we had was spacious and with the same old/grand decor, the garden/pool area is nice and spacious but on a Sunday forget about getting a sunbed, despite many sunbeds being actually empty and with a "reserved" tag. Usual story, a lot of the sunbeds placed in the best spots are kept for "special guests" and the "normal guests" just go without it. Totally unacceptable practice as the hotel should have a transparent policy. Overall the service in the restaurant was good, apart from some less enthusiastic waiting staff and breakfast was served in a beautiful outdoor terrace. I think this hotel could be excellent if it didn't fall in the trap of many hotels in historical Italian locations where the attitude is that tourists will continue to visit, therefore hotels will continue to be full. One good suggestion from Concierge was to have dinner at Hotel Verbano on one of the island. Lovely boat ride and stunning views of the lake and great food.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Luxe and tradition; since 1863 the Grand Hotel des Iles Borromees is the place to stay while visiting the Maggiore Lake area. The builing, the public areas and the rooms feature all modern conforts while still keeping the same belle epoque atmosphere. The park is decorated with statues, fountains and rare plants and the view from the rooms and the restaurant is spectacular. The Medical SPA of the Grand Hotel des Iles Borromees is one of the first in Italy and can offer aesthetic treatments combined with a personalized diet. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Hotel Stresa
- Grand Hotel Des Iles Borromees Stresa, Italy - Lake Maggiore