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“Clean, well positioned but nothing out of the ordinary” 3 of 5 stars
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Hotel Fontana
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via Sempione Nord 1, 28838 Stresa, Italy   |  
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Ranked #12 of 36 Hotels in Stresa
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“Clean, well positioned but nothing out of the ordinary”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

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.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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seattle
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103 reviews 103 reviews
40 hotel reviews
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83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

2* accommodations, but 5* hospitality. Older property with thin walls (could hear neighbors talking), tiny shower, no bathroom amenities except for tiny bar of soap. 15 minute walk from train station and into town. Breakfast was above average but the same each day. Wonderful croissants with apple filling. Delicious. Excellent WiFi in lobby area only.

Owner, Giuseppe, was so kind, friendly and pleasant. Will bend over backwards to try to help you in any way.

Good value but you should be aware of what to expect. It's not the Hilton or Westin. Just a relaxed homey atmosphere. My wife liked it.

Room Tip: Terrace room more expensive and very tiny bathroom. We asked to move.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Port Macquarie, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

We really enjoyed the lovely town of Stresa and Hotel Fontana was a pleasant budget hotel, the owner very hospitable and the location good.

Our room was quite basic and ok but the shower was dreadful. No curtain or screen over the bath meant water sprayed everywhere whilst showering.

We enjoyed the generous breakfast and the pleasant sprawling grounds of the hotel. All in all, a nice budget hotel.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

This hotel isn't for everybody, and thank goodness for that, because it's a bit of a gem really. It sits majestically alongside other more expensive and frankly vulgar offerings, but oozes charm and a little bit of quirkiness. The proprietor (Andreis Giuseppe) is noteworthy because he appears to extend a real warmth and charm to every guest.
The rooms are very reasonable and clean. Views of the lake are possible but we had a room facing the gardens. The gardens are unremarkable and a little unloved, but we loved it, especially the fountain centerpiece. This is an animal friendly hotel and there are several dogs and birds on the premises, including a friendly cockerel that likes to rub up against you affectionately.
The lounge area looks and feels unfettered by time, you could almost imagine yourself within an Agatha Christy whodunit at the point when everyone is gathered in the drawing room for the summing up and eventual exposure of the murderer!
We sat for breakfast and wanted for nothing.
I would highly recommend this hotel if you are looking for somewhere special at a very reasonable price. Forget the vulgar opulence and expense of the other nearby establishments and use the savings to get yourself over to the nearby islands.
Thank you Senor Giuseppe, for a truly memorable stay!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

Behind a large slightly untended garden with a "moderne" design fountain lies Hotel Fontana. I traveled in Europe in the 60s and 70s and stayed in a lot of hotels like this. The lobby and large airy salon could be right out of the 1930s- furniture and chandeliers included. The rooms too are out of the 30s and the bathrooms perhaps the 70s. I found all of this charming because it was all spotlessly clean, the windows were large and the location quiet.It is family run and well maintained.The owner is very helpful and the dogs and cat friendly. I heard the rooster but did not see him. This place is not for everyone but I found it charming and a very good value.

Room Tip: Avoid the room on the ground floor in the back
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Oak Harbor, Washington
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88 reviews 88 reviews
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50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

Hotel Fontana is in an old villa with fairly large grounds. Room 25 wasn't the largest in the place but it was one of the larger ones we had on our trip. And it had the advantage of being a corner room that got great cross breezes to cool it. Very nice, large balcony which was shady much of the time overlooking the grounds and the lake. Bathroom narrow with a half-size bathtub. Lots of chairs and swings scattered around the grounds. Lots of animals too - dogs, cats chickens, crows. We spent a couple of hours in the shady yard one afternoon with a very large rooster as a companion while we ate a picnic lunch and read. Very good breakfast with heated bread and crossants, coffee and tea brought to your table plus buffet of cheese, meat, yogurt, fresh fruit, boil your own eggs. Very attentive and cordial service throughout the stay. Only downside is the noisy road that it is located on but it quiets down at night. Downtown is a pleasant 15 minute walk along the lake.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

A family hotel with very pleasant gardens, featuring the eponymous fountain and an occasional assortment of dogs and a large very tame cockerel......... the owner Guiseppe was entirely charming and helpful, offering good advice when asked - such as the Lake Maggiore Express train/boat round trip which was one of the most enjoyable days I had there. Breakfast buffet was extensive, fresh and service swift and careful, and decent coffee! Pity they don't do an evening meal as well, but the Fontana is a pleasant 15 minute walk along the lake front to the centre of Stresa with a choice of restaurants. In the other direction it is 10 minutes gentle walk to Carciano which is a short ferry hop to Isola Bella and on to the other islands, and the magical Villa Taranto gardens across the lake. Carciano also has a cable car to the top of the mountain. The Hotel La Fontana is very reasonably priced and perfectly clean. Only gripe was the small size and rickety glass doors of the shower in our bathroom - obese visitors might have problems! Room safe with key, mini bar, hair dryer etc all fine.

Room Tip: Back of the hotel was quieter (facing away from main road) but did not have lake view, but mountains...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Via Sempione Nord 1, 28838 Stresa, Italy
Location: Italy > Piedmont > Lake Maggiore > Stresa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Stresa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Fontana 3*
Number of rooms: 20
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

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