This hotel is situated right on the lake and has the most magnificent views. The grounds and gardens are immaculately kept and very beautiful. You can sit on sunlounges on the grass out the front of the hotel drinking in the view or the very best place to be in this hotel is up on the rooftop. Here you have a massive spa, rooftop bar and also an area with tables and chairs where you can order meals. The view up here of Stresa, the lake and mountains is to absolutely die for. MAGNIFICENT! Also at night time they have beautiful great big balls of light on the roof terrace which make it look so cool. We could not get enough of this rooftop skybar in the day or night! IT IS THE HIGHLIGHT OF THIS HOTEL AND WORTH STAYING AT IF ONLY TO MAKE USE OF THAT!
Now on to the rest: The rooms are clean, spacious and a very generous size and the bathroom was huge with double sinks, spa bath, plus shower with jets in it as well. We had a partial view lake room with a balcony to sit on and I definitely recommend this one over just the standard room. Of course if you would like the full frontal lake view then pay the extra again, but we were very happy with our partial view.
Breakfast was included in the price and was a continental with a good variety but one thing I must comment on was that they often ran out of particular foods and it took so long to replenish. Too long most times so we gave up in the end! It is a nice big dining room overlooking the front garden and lake and the staff were pleasant enough.
Reception and lobby staff were helpful and good at their job.
Overall I would recommend staying at this hotel because of the good location, clean and tidy, lovely grounds and of course you would stay alone just because of the beautiful rooftop skybar,and huge spa! We are in our sixties and we enjoyed it immensely so I can just imagine younger people would get even more out of it than we did! It is also just a short walk into the town which is so lovely with all the cobblestone street, great restaurants and shopping.
Last but not least, if you don't do anything else, you must take the ferry ride out to the island, Isola Bella, it takes only about 10-15 minutes and it is truly mindblowing! The gardens there are the most wonderful, stunning, awesome esperience ever. There is also a palace to look through which we passed on and went straight out to the gardens. There are restaurants and all the usual souvenir shops of course. Don't miss this experience and of course Stresa and the wonderful Italian Lake Maggiore. Bellissimo!