Located on the 'Lago Grande' in Avigliana, the hotel is about a 12 minute drive from the orbital motorway around Turin. It's about 35 minutes from the airport (traffic permitting), about 45 minutes from the centre of Turin, 45 from the major ski resorts and only 15 from the amazing 'Sacra di San Michele' 10th Century monastery perched on top of a mountain. Although Avigliana station is only a few miles away, taxi services are hard to find, expensive (and sometimes grumpy), so a car is essential.
There is a gym located below the hotel. It gets busy in the early evening and so it can sometimes be a bit of a problem parking close to the hotel. (The car park is vast however, but the far end has a gravel surface which can get rather messy during rainy periods.) The gym plays loud disco music on occasion which can reverberate throughout the building, but in my experience it doesn't go on too late into the evening.
Like many hotels, the rooms can vary. Most (or maybe all) rooms have been recently refurbished - however, some have been fully refurbished with modern fixtures and fittings throughtout, while some have been only partially refurbished, retaining some tacky 1970's fixtures and fittings. The rooms are clean, simple and rather basic, with satellite TV and (free?) wireless access. The beds are comfortable but the double beds comprise two single matresses placed side by side. Groovy! The rooms have a wonderful view over the lake. On occasion the hot water can be discoloured, but I imagine that it has been treated and therefore is clean and poses no risk. On one occasion there was a bad pong from the drain in the bathroom, but this was only temporary.
Breakfast is distinctly unexciting, but the restaurant / pizzeria next door is excellent. (It closes on Mondays, but the Domus restaurant / pizzeria a mile or so away, and also on the lake - is a good alternative.)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Chalet del Lago La Magnolia is located on the shores of the Great Lake Avigliana, in a landscape naturalistic elements of rare beauty. Elegant and comfortable, it offers a wide range of services in a warm and friendly welcome. Moments of peaceful relax are guaranteed by the large panoramic terraces of the rooms and in the green garden with deck chairs and sun beds; Guests can avail of a hotel's fitness center, rent mountain bikes and pedal boats, water activities such as canoeing and sup. The offer is completed by the internal Bar also active at the private beach. Inserted into a tourist complex in which there is also the 'namesake pizzeria restaurant and nightclub. Large private outdoor parking. ... more less
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