We were fortunate enough to be able to visit the lovely town of Stresa and we stayed at Villa Maurice. Check in is at Hotel Meeting which is down the block and there is private parking (for a fee) if you ask (this was a saving grace).
The villa itself is huge - it's a mini apartment with a living room with fold out couch, kitchen and dining table and an adjoining bedroom with a double bed plus a spacious bathroom. The apartment is perfect for a family or a couple but I would not recommend it for 2 couples as there is no door from one sleeping space to the other and you have to pass the bedroom to get to the bathroom. The room key allows you access to gates, operates the elevator, unlocks the room and is also needed to turn on/keep on the lights! Air conditioning worked very well and kept the room quite cool, which is a welcome relief when you have a 90 degree day!
The front desk staff is extremely friendly and accommodating. Breakfast (which is included) is very good with a nice selection of breads, meat, cheese, hard boiled eggs and pastries and a delicious cappuccino. There is also free internet access which is a plus.
The location is perfect - walking distance to the water and the town with lots of restaurants and shops nearby. The train does pass by and you do hear it but it's not that bad - especially when the windows are closed and the A/c is on. Overall, for the price we paid, we were very happy with our choice and felt that it was a great value especially considering the size of the room and the location.
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- Also Known As:
- VIlla Maurice Stresa, Italy - Lake Maggiore