We stayed in this hotel at the end of August as a friend was getting married in the town. We had originally booked into the San Gottardo but as the Pallanza is 4* as opposed to 3* we were "upgraded" for free. The hotel itself is quite old in style internally, and could do with a refurbishment as it looked quite dated. We had a lake view room, and the views are lovely, unfortunately the windows didn't close properly so you could hear the road, and the road sweeper who does his rounds every morning around 7am (sometimes doing 3 or 4 drive bys!!). I'm not saying the hotel is in a noisy place, but the lack of double glazing etc mean't no really preaceful nights sleep. The bed was incredibly hard, and did not make for a comfortable nights sleep, and even the spare pillow was very hard. I am a good sleeper, and was looking for a lovely relaxing holiday (we had left our children at home) and a few lie-ins, it just wasn't possible.
There was no tea or coffee making facilities in the room, a small thing, but it would have been welcome.
The staff at the hotel were really friendly and helpful, BUT, and this is a huge BUT, do not be tempted to drink in the attached bar, named the Simplon Bar. We spent about €200 having drinks the first night (there were 6 of us, we're not heavy drinkers), and it was very expensive, but worse than that, the owner or manager of the so called Pub was downright rude. We got lectured for trying to walk the shorter way to the toilet (round a couple of chairs, instead of going the long way round!). 2 of our friends arrived and were just about to book into the hotel, when he kicked them out of the bar for having suitcases with them. I wouldn't even consider spending another penny of my money with this rude man. He's so petty, we saw him walking out to abuse a driver who had parked his car on the opposite side of the road, and it wasn't to his liking.
All in all, the hotel is ok, but €105 per night is overpriced in my opinion. Beware if you book into San Gottardo you don't end up here, i have no idea how good that hotel is, but the reviews are lovely, and i'm rather disappointed by the one that got away!! : (
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An excellent example of the Art Nouveau architectural style of the early 1900s, hotel Pallanza with its 48 rooms has recently been completely refurbished. While respecting the criteria of traditional elegance, the hotel is provided with the most modern comforts. Located in a beautiful, panoramic position, most of the rooms look out over Lake Maggiore and the shore that is just a few metres away. Air conditioning, garage. Open all year. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pallanza Hotel Verbania
- Hotel Pallanza Verbania, Italy - Lake Maggiore