From the front desk to the waitresses, porters to bar staff everyone at this hotel was exceptional during our 9 night stay in September this year.
The room was quiet and old fashioned but completely in keeping with the style of the hotel and had a brilliant accessible shower as requested on our booking. Everything was spotlessly clean both within our room and in the public areas. Maids even offered to make up room while we were at dinner on a very wet day when we didn't stray far from the hotel grounds.
Reception was always manned by helpful staff with amazing English and a good knowledge of the local area. Boards in the lobby had details of trains, ferry and cable car times as well as excursion ideas. I have read other guests comments about the wedding receptions and large groups catered for at times, the vast majority were Italian and it only added to the real feel of this hotel. You could almost imagine yourself as one of the guests at a multi-generation Italian family celebration.
The breakfast was ample with everything you could wish for including a great selection of breads and freshly squeezed orange juice. Dinner was a semi set 4 courses affair, most of which was very good. I was particularly impressed when I asked for an alternative main course as I disliked the veggie option and was offered a choice of pastas or omelettes with no fuss made whatsoever.
Pool area great with good accessibility, outside pool pretty freezing but weather wasn't great at the beginning of our stay. Indoor pool really warm and I was often the only swimmer in the evening.
Hotel very well located, easy 5 minute walk to the station, 10-15 minutes along level promenade into town and to ferry terminal. I would highly recommend this hotel, nothing was too much trouble, we never had to wait or ask twice for anything. Perfect for those wanting to stay in a peaceful location with amazing lake views, a good base for exploring the local area knowing a warm and relaxing atmosphere will greet you at the end of the day. The Grand Hotel Bristol will certainly see us returning again in the near future
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The strikingly elegant Grand Hotel Bristol is set amidst beautifully tended gardens and has a wonderful view over the lake and Borromean Island at the foot of the Alps. Conveniently situated across the road from the lake, and only 300 metres from the centre of Stresa, the hotel’s large swimming pool is set in the immaculate grounds and shares the panoramic view of the lake and mountains. There is also an indoor pool at your disposal with two hot tubs. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Hotel Stresa
- Grand Hotel Bristol Stresa, Italy - Lake Maggiore