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“Magical spot” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Belvedere
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via di Mezzo | Isola Pescatori, 28838 Stresa, Italy   |  
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Ranked #2 of 36 Hotels in Stresa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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66 hotel reviews
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“Magical spot”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Fabulous views and fascinating history. Staff really went out of their way to look after us. We were lucky enough to have the best room, with a big terrace and wish we could have stayed longer. It felt a real privilege to have the island to ourselves (almost) at night, after all the day trippers have left. Great restaurant, with equally stunning view.

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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Paco G, Proprietario at Hotel Belvedere, responded to this review, September 24, 2014
Dear Sam,
thank you for your comments!
I am pleased that you appreciated the hotel, but especially the service and my staff!

Hoping to have the occasion to welcome you in a future occasion,
best regards

Paco
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Melbourne, Australia
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14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

A stay at the Belvedere on Isola Pescatori is the perfect place to recover from a long flight. A pick up from Milan airport is well worth it and soon you are whisked across the lake into the welcoming arms of the lovely people at the Belvedere. Parco and his team are without exception, genuinely warm, helpful, good natured, efficient and hardworking. We always felt well attended to and valued as guests even though they were running an extremely busy dining room for lunch and dinner.
Our room which had a huge terraced with a fabulous panoramic view of Lake Maggiore was simply but adequately furnished and the bed was very comfortable.
The island of Pescatori is delightful and although full of day trippers during the day it is deliciously peaceful in the mornings and evenings when we were mostly there. The people watching is great entertainment.
We dined at the Belvedere most of the time during our five nights because the food was so good, the service excellent, the view spectacular and it was reasonably priced. There are several other places to eat on the island and ten minutes on the ferry to Stresa gives you many dining options and if you want to stay after the ferries stop you can arrange a pick up courtesy of the hotel.

There is a lot to do from the island and it is all done at a relaxing pace with very regular ferries going to and fro around the towns and island. We visited Isola Bella (stunning), Isla Madre (sublime) Villa Taranto with a lovely walk back to Pallanza, Stresa (of course) and we took the Lake Maggiore Express up the lake to Locarno joining up to the Panoramic train for the return. We thoroughly enjoyed it all
Our five days on Maggiore was heavenly and we highly recommend the Belvedere on Isola Pescatori as the best place to stay for a unique experience on the Italian lakes.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Paco G, Proprietario at Hotel Belvedere, responded to this review, September 24, 2014
Dear Marylyn25,

thank you very much for your detailed review on Belvedere and Isola Pescatori.
We are really pleased to know that your experiente at Belvedere will be one of your good memories about your holiday.

Kindest Regards

Paco
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Iver, United Kingdom
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8 hotel reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

We stayed at the Hotel Belvedere for four nights in the room with the large terrace over looking the Lake. Even though the weather wasn't good on arrival, the view was magical. As it was evening, most of the day tourists had left and the Island was very quiet and peaceful. The room was very clean and comfortable but the bonus was the terrace. When the weather picked up, it was so lovely to spend a few hours relaxing in the sunshine away from the crowds who visit each day. We had one meal in the hotel and the food was superb and they also gave us a 10% discount. Breakfast was included each day and there was a reasonable selection to choose from. We would definitely recommend this hotel - a very enjoyable stay.

Room Tip: The terrace room is worth booking as the view is stunning.
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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Paco G, Proprietario at Hotel Belvedere, responded to this review, August 30, 2014
Dear Caroline,

thank you for your nice review about Belvedere!
We totally agree with you: the best aspect of sleeping on the island is the peace you can enjoy at evening whene everybody has left the island!

We really hope to welcome you again in our hotel!

Best regards

Paco Garofoli
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Barcelona, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Fantastic place to get lost in a romantic trip... even if rain appears every morning when you have to take the ferry back to Stresa. Vrry nice views to the lake and the shore. In wintertime, with snow on the mountains, it must be declicious.

Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
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Paco G, Proprietario at Hotel Belvedere, responded to this review, August 30, 2014
Dear Guest,
thank you very much for your nice review on the Belvedere!
Unfortunately we are closed in winter, but we assure that if you have the occasion to come to Lake Maggiore, you will really enjoy the landscape!

Kindest regards

Paco G.
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Stayed here last week, recommended by a friend at shortish notice. Excellent accomodation...spotlessly clean. Stayed here three nights and then the hotel, which was then booked up, helped us find another accomodation which was excellent again, so staff really helpful and pleasant. Breakfast was very good and the set lunch even better. Lovely place to unwind and get away from the hustle and bustle. Really impressed with the people and the area and will definitely return.

Room Tip: We had a lovely balcony overlooking restauranta and lake.
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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Paco G, Proprietario at Hotel Belvedere, responded to this review, August 22, 2014
Dear Christine,

thank you for your review about our hotel!
We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay and really hope to welcoming you again!
Kindest regards

Paco
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London, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Arrived at 1700 and most punters have left the island by 1900. Take note, most restaurants close at 2100. Despite a captive market, the restaurants and this hotel do not take advantage and charge excessive amounts. Hotel an oasis of calm, a great retreat from the bustle of the rest of the island. A wander around the island before breakfast and the arrival of the ferries highly recommended. Very friendly staff, and our room overlooking the lake and with a balcony was great. Good breakfast (included) and good free wifi. Public ferry service highly recommended (10 minutes each way, every 30 minutes), and calls at all three islands. Secure parking in Hotel Regina in Stresa for €12 also recommended. We would definitely recommend a night on the island, rather than a day trip, as you will see very little when it is swarming with the other tourists. It is a very small island!

Room Tip: Balcony room with Lake view
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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Paco G, Proprietario at Hotel Belvedere, responded to this review, August 22, 2014
Dear Jem B,

thank you very much for your kind review about our Hotel and our little Island!
We are pleased that you enjoyed the hotel and the service but also that you appreciated the magical athmosphere of the island!

Looking forward to meeting you again,
our best regards

Paco Garofoli
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Terre Haute, IN
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I were here in this area 25 years ago on our honeymoon so we were so excited to go back to this area of Italy. We decided to stay on Isola Pescatori and booked 2 nights at the Hotel Belvedere. It is such a charming place, with wonderful views and a fantastic staff! We ate at the restaurant the first night and the food was amazing! If you are planning a trip to Northern Italy, you won't be disappointed with this island and the Hotel Belvedere! Magnifico!

Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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Paco G, Proprietario at Hotel Belvedere, responded to this review, August 1, 2014
Dear Guest,
thank you so much for your review!
It is always a pleasure for us when people come back after some years!
We are pleased that your experience at Belvedere was positive and really hope to seeing you again.

Our best regards

Paco
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Address: Via di Mezzo | Isola Pescatori, 28838 Stresa, Italy
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Location: Italy > Piedmont > Lake Maggiore > Stresa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Stresa
#2 Family Hotel in Stresa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Belvedere 3*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Belvedere, located on the quite Isola dei Pescatori, is the right place to forget about stress and relax on the sound of the lake's waves. It is located in and historical building, recently renewed. Six of the 8 double rooms have the see on the lake; all of them have the private bathroom with shower or bath tub, heating, air conditioning, telephone, satellite TV, WIFI connection free of charge. Our restaurant has a wide dining room on the lake and is open every day, for lunch and dinner. The island is connected to the mainland by the public boats, leaving from Stresa and Baveno every 30 minutes, from 8 a.M. To 7 p.M. We can organize a transfer by motorboat after 7 p.M. ... more   less 
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Hotel Belvedere Stresa, Italy - Lake Maggiore

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