Undoubtedly there are larger, grander Hotels in Stresa than the Hotel Lido, but for a friendly homely and great value for money stay I highly recommend it. No it doesnt have an outside pool or extensive gardens or a modern trendy lounge and it is not in the street of those grander Hotels but it does have a pleasant reception staff , a chef who produces delicious tasty unpretentious dinners, a waiting staff, in particular Stella and Luca who are attentive , prompt and smiling and the multilingual efficient mine host Carlo.
As stated by other reviewers there is no hot food at breakfast but plentiful supplies of cereals, cold meats, bread, cheese, yoghurt, fruit juices, fresh fruit coffee and English Liptons tea.
I can only properly comment on the room we were assigned to,on the first floor which had a wrap around balcony,a view of the Mottarone cable car station and Carciano Ferry Point and Isola Bella. It is true that a full view of the Lake itself is obscured by the rather ugly Cable Car Station building and a now disused cafe/night club, the control of which is not in the hands of Hotel Lido. The room itself was spacious and modestly furnished, the bed mattress ,maybe, on the had side, the TV with a small screen but perfectly clear picture (two English speaking channels BBC World and CNN) A more than adequate bathroom with bath and overhead shower (copious and immediate hot water) a bidet, wc, hand basin, wall hairdryer, large mirror,shampoo and soap.
A bonus was the free Hotel wifi (not generally advertised on booking sites) which was advised at reception as being available only in the foyer/lounge area but which worked perfectly well on the ipad in the assigned room itself.
We did not use the Hotel indoor pool area appeared to be very clean, measures about only 20ft square and has a whirlpool effect in one corner. The pool itself is located in the internal walkway which connects the two buildings of the Hotel and above which is situated the square garden which is overlooked by the close proximity of various rooms balconies.
The immediate location of the Mottarone cable car and Carciano ferry point provides bonus marks for the Hotel, both literally two minutes walk from the Hotel. That ferry point provides regular access to Isola Bella in particular a boat ride less than 5 minutes for 5.80 Euros return.
The walk from the Hotel to the main Stresa promenade is pretty and all on the level and by the Lake , except for 75 yards via a quiet side streetan takes only 10 minutes to reachthe promenade and then another ten minutes to reach the small Stresa town centre.
There is an internet cafe/bar /restaurant situated on the lake side of the Cable car station but there was absolutely no noise or other disturbance caused by its patrons and indeed the Hotel is effectively at the beginning of a cul de sac, so traffic past it is minimal.
It is a very quiet area in the evenings so those who want bar life or other entertainment might find it necessary to venture elsewhere.
At the top of Viale Lido, the pretty access road to the Hotel, there is a multi purpose bar/cafe. post office.
We arrived at Hotel Lido having passed all those grander Hotels and wondering whether we had made the right choice. Seven days later we were in no doubt that for what we wanted Hotel Lido had been the right choice
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- Also Known As:
- Lido Perla Nera Hotel
- Lido Perla Nera Stresa
- Hotel Lido La Perla Nera Stresa, Italy - Lake Maggiore