We spent a single night there in July. Poor value for money.
A wonderful situation close to the centre of the enchanting village of Orta San Giulio and right on the lake - a lovely terrace and swimming pool facing the lake.
The disappointment is in the hotel interior, both public and private spaces, decorated in an anonymous hotel minimalist style.
We had booked a room in the adjacent Villa Gippini but found it dark, tired, and spoiled by an ugly floor to ceiling modern corner unit (nothing like the illustration on the website). We changed rooms ro a lighter one overlooking the lake - one of many in a barracks-like converted block, off a long corridor. The room was small and devoid of any character. A small bathroom ( nowhere to hang a towel) and bedside lighting so poor it was impossible to read. Guests need to be warned that the hotel has no air conditioning - just an "air-refreshing" system that has to be controled from reception ( they did not explain to us when we were shown to our room). Heat control can be a problem in these west facing rooms.
The staff were OK - no overly helpful. WiFi is available only the downstairs bar area, and costs 12 Euros.
Breakfast was just adequate - bowls of tinned peaches and tinned pears should not have a place in a hotel in this price bracket.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set on the shores of the picturesque Lake Orta, Hotel San Rocco is surrounded by the ancient walls of a monastery. It boasts a swimming pool and views of the enchanting San Giulio Island. The San Rocco was a convent for 150 years. The Baroque-style Villa Gippini was later added to the original building. The elegant restaurant features regional and international cuisine and breathtaking lake views. There is a beautiful garden, a golf course, and a beauty centre called the Body Harmony Center. In fine weather you can access the Wellness Roof Garden, set on the 4th floor. A billiards table and a fully equipped conference centre are provided. Rooms are elegantly furnished with a flat-screen TV and minibar. Most have lake views. Rooms in the annexe known as Villa Gippini are also available. The hotel is close to Switzerland and the Prealpine valleys. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- San Rocco Orta Giulio