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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
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“Fantastic”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Wonderful view of the lake , excellent location. The staff are first class and at tentative . The food and service in the dining room is very good. The room we stayed in was clean and well appointed . Well worth a visit

Room Tip: Pay the extra for a lake view it's well worth it
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

I stayed here May 15-17 2014 and it was most enjoyable. The hotel is in a great location across the street from the water. Lovely area to take walks and not far from shopping and good places to eat. The breakfasts at the hotel were well stocked and supplies replenished frequently. The staff were pleasant and helpful. The hotel and the room were kept very clean. Enjoyed the bar very much. Lovely sitting areas off the reception.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

We stayed 7 nights as part of a tour group. Everyone was allocated a room at the back and ours was small and cramped, but clean. It was quiet for sleeping. Beds were comfy and the room service good, but the towels had seen better days and the shower hose kept falling off the taps. The air-con was not very effective. The food was "so-so" and we got the impression that non tour groups had better fare. That may be down to the tour provider - you get what you pay for! Starters were always a choice of 2 pasta dishes or hot soup, despite temperatures of 30*+. Melon anyone? The main courses (choice of 3) had little veg. (but that's the Italian style) and they seemed to have trouble catering for vegetarians. Wine was expensive. Breakfast was a very good spread, however, and the waiters friendly and helpful. No gluten free tho'. The bar was large and drab but with a bright and attractive conservatory area. Drinks were expensive and charging for wi-fi meant that people simply went elsewhere along the promenade after dinner for coffee, drinks and email. Counterproductive? The grounds and pool area were lovely, and location good, being a 10 minute walk to Stresa and the ferries etc.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

Stayed here july 2013, promised myself i would make the effort to write a review a little late, but feel i must? The hotel is very clean, the rooms are clean, the shower in the room left a lot to be desired and only a matter of time before a major injury, instead of directing lengthways in the bath it directed to the middle against the shower door, anybody mature in years and we are getting there would be in big trouble. This hotel is not suitable for holidaymakers staying longer than a couple of days in my opinion, and as we were there 2 weeks blimey? the hotel was catering for the corporate side and weddings, therefore if you went in the bar at night for a drink a constant supply of catering trolleys going by, So although the hotel was spotlessly clean and looking the part, well in our opinion a hotel needs more? it needs a heart that beats, it needs staff that are happy in there work, and it needs a PERSONAL! touch to make guests feel welcome and valued, it means so much more? Sorry but people need to know, we spend a lot of time in italy and this is the worst experience for many years. Oh don't let review put you of visiting the lake it is probably the prettiest of them all.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Stayed here for a week from 31st May.. Beautiful hotel and right on Lake side with views over Isola Bella... Our room was on the side but views were great looking over the lake and pool/gardens.
Meals very good plenty of choice.. Staff very helpful and friendly. Lovely to sit on veranda and eat breakfast looking at the views. Easy walk along promenade to boat terminal..plenty of boats going around lake..
Recommend visit to Villa Taranto gardens...Lake Maggiore express round trip train and boat...and we visited the Islands 3 times...
The hotel has a large outdoor pool ..water very cold but nice once you were in.. And a warm indoor pool..
Very opulent decor.. But not stuffy... It is a busy hotel ..weddings and business conferences happening daily but still felt staff had time for us too.
Bedroom was comfortable but bed very hard. And shower was basic over the bath style...
Would recommend this hotel and resort and will stay again....

Room Tip: Ask for a room 2nd floor or above..side rooms are ok if near the front to get lake view.. Front roo...
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

My wife and I have just returned from a week stay at the Grand Hotel Bristol Stressa and thoroughly enjoyed the hotel and, of course, the lake excursions. We found the rooms, pools and public areas to be very well looked after, while the restaurant provided good quality food with excellent service. We had a lake facing room with balcony, that really was the 'icing on the cake'! My only criticism concerns the rather well used towels,that you could only use once because they got so wet and stayed like that all day. Also we were the only hotel overlooking the lake without any flowers on any of the balconies!

Room Tip: Lake view room!!!!!!!!
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

The outside of the hotel and the lobby are gorgeous. The bathrooms are amazing. However...

There were no tissues at all in the bathroom. There was ONE wastebasket and it was small and in the bathroom. Beds were hard.

Our room had a lovely view of the back of the hotel, the kitchen entrance and loading docks. I wouldn't have cared about the view but I did care about the noises from the dock and the kitchen. Thankfully, I had earplugs.

You got 2 whole free hours of wifi--which only started 4 hours after check in. Anything after that costs you.

Speaking of costs--there was a fridge in the room which you could only use if you contacted the front desk and agreed to buy a drink and a snack from the minibar.

The front desk personnel did not seem too impressed with tour groups. I got a cool shoulder when I asked a question.

It's a pricey area but I feel sure you can do better on both price and service. Look around.

Room Tip: NOT in the back!!
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 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 Family Hotel in Stresa
#5 Luxury 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 Bristol Stresa, Italy - Lake Maggiore

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