We have recently returned from a three night stay at this hotel on a bed and breakfast basis in a front lake view room on the fifth floor.
The room was comfortable and the view was magnificent. We would have liked some cushions for the hard plastic wicker balcony chairs and the only mirror available was the one in the bathroom.
We had intended to eat at least one dinner in the hotel but the dated look of the dining room put us off and also the fact that was was no outdoor terrace for dining.
The rather old fashioned feel of the dining room is in total contrast to the roof level bar which has obviously had a lot of money spent on it and is smart and modern.
This is a super place to sit and have a drink but you do need to be patient when it is busy. One evening at about 7pm the two waitresses and one barman were totally overwhelmed by the number of customers. More staff could soon rectify this and the hotel could sell at least double the amount of drinks.
Having been put off by the lines of tables in the enclosed dining room we enquired about having breakfast on our balcony. This was excellent and was provided at no extra cost.
We also enjoyed the garden and pool on the lakeside but some money needs to be spent updating the changing and shower facilities over there which needed some attention.
All the staff we encountered were very helpful and friendly and this hotel has in our view one of the best locations in Stresa especially with the outside space along the lakeside and plenty of free parking in the abandoned building area next door.