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“Lovely lakeside hotel” 4 of 5 stars
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Grand Hotel Bristol
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Corso Umberto 1, 73, 28838 Stresa, Italy   |  
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Ranked #13 of 36 Hotels in Stresa
Thames Ditton, United Kingdom
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“Lovely lakeside hotel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

We stayed here last weekend and were the last guests if the season before the hotel closes for the winter.

Overall we had a great stay. Booking.com had messed up our reservation and the hotel were very proactive in sorting out the issue and offering us a free upgrade and a reduced breakfast buffet charge of 16 euro reduced from 25 euro per person.

The rooms were lovely. We had a ‘Mountain view’ but from our balcony we still had lake views. The décor was very Italian and we enjoyed the interior design. The bed was comfortable and the bathroom was clean and had all the things you’d expect. The only issue with the bathroom was that the shower screen wasn’t very effective at keeping the water in (maybe this is an Italian thing as we’ve had the same issue as other hotels on this holiday). The bedroom was also terribly hot. We did adjust the temperature but ended up having to leave the entire balcony door open throughout the night for ventilation.

Location-wise the hotel is conveniently located lake-side and just under 10 minutes walk into Stresa, for shops and restaurants, and the boat terminal.

I would like to highlight that the breakfast cost, we felt, was overpriced – even with the reduced rate of 16 euros per person. Breakfast closes at 9.45am and as we were around for a wedding we had some late night so went to eat at 9.15am. At this time the selection was very poor. The scrambled eggs were going slightly grey, some food items were out of stock, the sausages were terrible but a good selection of cold meats – it was all OK. I think if we stayed again we’d spend our 32 euros for two people in Stresa for breakfast on a 7 euro Panini which would have been much nicer.

Despite the breakfast issue we still highly recommend the hotel for the rooms and location. Staff were very helpful and courteous.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

Great view if you are allocated a room at the front. Lovely breakfast helpful staff, would stay there again. The hotel has a number of artworks and great outdoor facilities. The indoor swimming pool is a bonus if the weather turned sour.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Jerusalem, Israel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

We stayed in this hotel in 22 and 23 of September. The hotel is excellently located, dotated with all facilities. The lonbby looks like a museum and the jade sfhip there is fantasytic.The roopms are excellently dotated uincluding bide. The breakfast was excellent, the dinner was a horror. I didn't know that italians make auch awfull food. Because we came for the wiew (20 meters from the lake), we had a lake view room with a fantastic view.They have mountain view rooms (backyard)where you can see or count the stray dogs in the backl streets. The WIFI cost is expensive and I think that in 2013 the hotel quality rate must depend on it.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013 via mobile

I do not share Annie's opinion. We spent two nights here (27-29 Sept) and due to travel fatigue risked dinner in the hotel restaurant. Service was excellent and yes, a buffet was offered but so was a la carte which we opted for. The duck salad starter was moist and delicious. My rabbit ragu was tasty. The main lamb cutlets were juicy and super fat (not fatty!) with a delicious minted coating. My fillet steak was enormous. Perfectly cooked and melted like butter on the tongue. All courses on hot plates. With no room for dessert we were given a lovely lemon sorbet with creme de menthe. It was so refreshing, even tho it looked a little like listerine! Friendly service, didn't mind the coach party at all and only criticism is the very bright lighting in the restaurant.

We were upgraded for free to a room on the side overlooking the pool and isla bella beyond. Nice balcony to offer evening views and fresh air. See pics.

I agree with Moscow that a hotel such as this ought to offer free wifi throughout. But if you walk 1 minute over the road to Daniel's bar in the garden area there is free wifi. It didn't bother us.

Stresa is an easy 10min stroll, take the garden path to avoid road. Some lovely smelling blossoms en route. This hotel is also handy for the train station. 10min max stroll all downhill.

If you head left out of the hotel and then first right you pick up a coast path round to the next small place along. You can catch the public ferry from here which I think is a shorter walk than Stresa. It also has the best close up photo spots for isola bella. If you go to Stresa harbour be sure to avoid ticket touts who pose as captain's around the harbour.

We really liked this hotel. If you look beyond the frilly curtains - it's a classic hotel which has maintained a classic style but without any deterioration. Very good value and we will return.

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Marshall, Michigan, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

One of the finest hotels I have visited. Felt like a king, with great facilities, caring staff, and the view from the balcony alone was worth the stay.
Great location for walking or joining tours from the area. Plenty of food for the breakfast buffets. Large rooms and bathrooms, with deep tubs and effective showers.
The balcony overlooking the lake was a nice place to unwind with a glass of wine.
Used both the indoor and outdoor pools. Indoor was a bit too warm and the outdoor chilly, but still refreshing.
Hope to return some day.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Moscow
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

The rooms are fine - and they let us check in very early, which was kind. Nicely-decorated but with a cheap-feeling mattress. Bathroom fittings barely clung to the wall and the (barely-tuned) TV had few channels.

The biggest disappointment was the Ryanair-type pricing. Room service prices were not cheap, but still insisted on saying there was an extra €3 to have it brought to you. Car parking is free only on the first night, but €10 a night thereafter. It felt like you couldn't open a door without facing a surcharge of some kind. The Wifi was the biggest shock - €10 for 2 hours! Worse still, you had to keep going to reception to refresh it. Quite useless if you've a lot of work to do.

Breakfast was pretty good - freshly-squeezed orange juice (made in the dining room). The continental end of the buffet was fresh and tasty; although the cooked end was rather joyless. The room service dinner was delicious but didn't quite justify the cost.

The Regina hotel up the road felt better value earlier this year: the same, if not better service (especially the WIFI) but at a more reasonable cost for the entire stay.

There are several high-end hotels along the shore road in the beautiful town of Stresa. I would choose those ahead of going to the Bristol again.

Room Tip: You'd regret not having a lake-facing room in any of Stresa's lakeside hotels. But it costs.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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burlingame
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215 reviews 215 reviews
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144 helpful votes 144 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

Stayed here for 2 nights. The room had 3 single beds so it was a good size. The bed closest to the door had a lumpy mattress, so we moved it to the bed farthest from the door. Everything was fine after that. Bathroom was wide but narrow. Could not get into the tub/shower with the bathroom door open. We had a room in the back of the hotel- they had an elevator that moved sideways for guests who did not care to walk the distance. Reception could have been friendlier.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Corso Umberto 1, 73, 28838 Stresa, Italy
Location: Italy > Piedmont > Lake Maggiore > Stresa
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Luxury Hotel in Stresa
#5 Family Hotel in Stresa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Grand Hotel Bristol 4*
Number of rooms: 255
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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Grand Hotel Stresa
Grand Hotel Bristol Stresa, Italy - Lake Maggiore

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