We travelled in Italy for 4 weeks and had no concerns with our stay at Hotel Fontana but compared to other places we stayed it wasn't extraordinary. The Lake area of Italy is expensive to stay and as others have said there are some rather over the top places nearby. After visiting the south of Italy t seemed to us that the north is much more touristy and Lake Maggiore reflected this. Hotel Fontana is relatively easy to find. We walked from the train station which took us about 10 to 15 minutes with luggage but was much quicker without. Our rooms were available when we arrived just after midday and our host very welcoming and full of assistance with getting our rooms and days sorted. There are lots of dated dried flower arrangements etc but I think this is just part of the hotel feel. The fountain wasn't working during our 3 night stay.
Our room had a large balcony from the front of which you could see Isole Bella which was a lovely treat. From inside our room we had no view. The room was a decent size but we could only use the hand held shower while sitting in the half sized bath as it would not stay on the wall mounting. Wasn't a huge issue but wasn't particularly relaxing or pleasant. As others have said the room walls are thin and we could hear our neighbours moving around and talking very early most mornings as they saw to their dog.
Breakfast had different options but we were unable to be offered anything on the last morning as we were leaving on an early train. We did ask though.
We found the walk into Stresa pleasant and it only took us about 10 minutes.
Compared to prices offered at other places in Stresa La Fontana is good value and well positioned if you are using trains to get around.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situato in posizione tranquilla e centrale a pochi metri dal lago, l'Hotel La Fontana è immerso nel verde di un bellissimo grande parco.La struttura, costruita negli anni '40, è stata fino agli anni '80 una villa.La gestione familiare assicura un caldo e accogliente soggiorno.Le camere sono dotate di servizi privati, aria condizionata, Tv-sat, telefono diretto, frigo bar, phon e cassaforte. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Fontana Hotel Stresa
- Hotel Fontana Stresa, Italy - Lake Maggiore