To be sure, the Villa Aminta is a beautiful place to stay, situated in such a way along the shore of Lago Maggiore so as to have an amazing view when you look out your lake front view balcony; if you choose such a room. However, several disappointing matters took place during our stay of the 4th, 5th and 6th of June 2014. We were supposed to stay until the 7th, but...
For my wife’s 60th birthday she requested a cooking lesson in Italy. I chose Villa Aminta precisely because it has such lessons and in fact I was sent a confirmation e-mail on June 1st for the lesson to be on June 5th. Upon our arrival on June 4th we found in our room 2 pieces of chocolate, a few small cookies and berries with a note apologizing for the inconvenience. A little vague, so I went to reception and learned that the cooking lesson was cancelled due to an event that required the kitchen to apparently be in full swing for days (or worse, the €380 was enough for the chef to appear). We saw the event, it didn’t seem that big. Some lower-level staff apologized and seemed to be embarrassed. Senior managers, 2 of which were always around (I think the owner and possibly his son), didn’t have the decency to tell us themselves, nor did they take any initiative to find a time or other location for the lesson; we were not important enough. We were able to cut our stay short without penalty and moved on. So, yes, this was a personal issue, and I’ve gotten it off my chest. A little venting is good for the soul.
The other issues were, for you the reader’s purpose, more important. The bed in our room was almost impossibly firm; the linens were not of the quality and softness one would expect at €483 a day; the bath towels, while decent, were not of the quality that the wash cloths were.
Negatives aside, the staff was wonderful, charming, always attentive, knew your name and did whatever they could to accommodate you. Breakfast was excellent with a well thought out buffet that included meats, cheeses, fruit, juices, prosecco, fresh-made waffles and eggs in almost any fashion you requested. I had both soft cooked and fried and each time was very happy. Having breakfast outdoors overlooking this gorgeous lake is an experience you'll not want to miss. The coffee could be improved upon, but the cappucinos were spot on.
So yes, it’s a love-hate issue with me. For you the reader, I can only say that when you’ve read the other reviews you’ll note a theme; if there is something special that you’re after which doesn’t go quite your way, you are S-O-L, management does not care. But, if all you are expecting is a hotel stay, and don’t mind the extra expense, you will find the Villa Aminta a pleasure and will be glad you dug a little deeper into your wallet.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- On the shores of the Lake Maggiore, Villa & Palazzo Aminta is the luxury Resort where you can regenerate your body and soul by revealing authentic emotions in one of the most exclusive places of the world. The resort is located in the town of Stresa in the area with the luxuriant vegetation, overlooking the enchanting Borromean Gulf, is a refined jewel member of the Leading Hotels of the World. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel e Palazzo Aminta
- e Palazzo Aminta Stresa
- Villa Aminta
- Hotel Villa e Palazzo Aminta Stresa, Italy - Lake Maggiore