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“Surrounds are magnificent” 4 of 5 stars
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Grand Hotel Majestic
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via Vittorio Veneto 32, 28922 Verbania, Italy   |  
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Ranked #5 of 17 Hotels in Verbania
Melbourne
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35 reviews 35 reviews
20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Surrounds are magnificent”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

Our stay provided us with the largest room during our time in Italy along with the most magnificent view of Lake Maggiore. The spaciousness of the hotel and what it offers makes it a standout and the winding road to the Hotel was well worth it.

Taking in the beautiful surrounds and grandness of the hotel make for a most relaxing stay.

Only comment is more a humorous observation of the plumbing in the room, very tight!

Room Tip: Must over look the lake.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

Historic hotel with super service and wonderfull location. You have to stop there? You will rest and wish you could stay there for ever.
The leader of the hotel will give you a felling of beeing at home.

Room Tip: Choose a room with a view over the see
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ontario
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

I stayed here for two nights in September and found it to be great as always, I've stayed here on previous trips. The rooms are large, even by North American standards, and they have adequate parking. Location is just about perfect, near the action but not to close and they have water access if you would like to swim. The restaurant was very good and the patio bar is a great way to spend the evening watching the sun set.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sussex by the sea
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6 hotel reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

This hotel, built in 1870, in true "Belle Époque" style is truly majestic. Entering, you find yourself in an enormous atrium with balconies on each of the four floors surrounding. Thus, every room looks outwards. The rooms at the front give onto the road which, whilst not too busy, will cause you to want to keep the windows closed at night to keep out the noise. We paid for, and were given, a "superior partial lake view" room. There was nothing superior about this room, it was tiny, with just about enough room to walk around the bed, one chair and a desk. We checked with the staff and they confirmed this was what we had ordered. Be warned, pay a little more, "superior" is not enough. We did have a good view of the lake though and the bathroom although also small, was good. As we were not able to sit and relax in our room, we used the public lounges which are very nice. There is a splendid terrace overlooking the garden and lake at the rear, where the very attentive staff will serve refreshments. Breakfast, Continental style was served in a very light and airy room also with a view over the lake and garden, managed by the excellent Roberto. Cooked extras available at extra cost, good service. We dined one evening in the restaurant and whilst everything was done in great style, the food was disappointing. My pasta dish was stodgy and my fish overcooked and dry. Perhaps the kitchen was under stress as there was a large wedding party in one of the function rooms. Never mind, a ten minute walk into Pallanza provides you with plenty of alternative places to eat. The front desk staff were efficient and helpful. Wi-fi was available, free of charge, at plentiful hot-spots all over the hotel, good. Overall, apart from the size of our room, we had a good holiday, and would go again (in a different room). PS. Don't miss going to the amazing gardens at Villa Taranto about 1k down the road.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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French Riviera
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81 reviews 81 reviews
44 hotel reviews
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170 helpful votes 170 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

This was our second stay at this hotel and funny enough we found ourselves in the same junior suite facing the lake with a small balcony. My memories from 6 years ago were not as enthusiastic as this early September. I suspect that a lot of renovation took place during that time which has brightened up this hotel built over 100 years ago, This is a 4****S by Italian but also European standards (see pictures). I would not recommend a regular room facing the road as the lake view is sheer delight. The hotel restaurant served good food and had an adequate wine list. I personally did not enjoy the atmosphere of this large room as it was not intimate. Continental Breakfast was ok with good pastry and a priced menu was available for warm food.
The hotel is within 10 minute walking distance to the small town of Pallanza with a wide choice of restaurants and a boat terminal with regular transport to other lake towns. In addition to being quiet (the hotel is on a one way street) the area is cheaper than around Stresa. An ideal location for visiting the lake surroundings.
PS. My wife raved about the professional massage at the hotel SPA !

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

I am giving this hotel 4 starts (dots?), but I could have given it 3 and would love to give it 5. First, the location is great. It overlooks the lake, and even tough our rooms were not facing the lake we spent enough time on the lovely terrace overlooking the water. The property is well maintained, the rooms are nice and spacious enough, everything was spotlessly clean as well. The staff was courteous, accommodating and helpful. They even helped us to set up an improvised "al fresco" dinner on the terrace with our own food and wine by setting up a table and providing plates, silverware, wine glasses and even napkins. I am not sure why some complain about breakfast at the hotel. To the contrary we think the breakfast in the room with huge wall to ceiling windows overlooking the lake was very good with good selection of cold cuts, yogurts, freshly baked pastries, excellent bread, jams, honey etc. The coffee and juices were fresh, the service was prompt. Since we traveled by car, it was important that this hotel had ample parking space and it was free of charge. The WiFi service was very reliable with great speed. Staying in this hotel you are also very close, like 10 minutes walk, to shops, restaurants, a botanical garden. The small negatives are the size of the shower in one of our rooms and the lack of it in the other room (there was a bathtub there but without any curtains or enclosures so we found that odd. The hotel is very well maintained but it shows its age and a nice facelift would probably make it one of the best places to stay in Pallanza. Overall, we would definitely stay in this hotel again.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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10 hotel reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

Arrived via France, having driven from the UK. Parking excellent, helped with bags, not that it was necessary. Room was booked with lake view (a must have) a great size, bathroom excellent with separate walk in wardrobe/dressing room.
Staff were excellent throughout the 7 night stay. Breakfast and location each morning over looking the lake a perfect way to start the day. Only had the dinner the first night as preferred to walk down top the town of Pallanza.
Garden and access to the lake was wonderful, must be one of the best locations. Lovely terrace to finish the day overlooking the lake. However the lunch menu and choices were a ridiculous price which certainly realised very little custom. Pool/Gym should open before 10:00am.
Would definitely return, would be hard pressed to find a better location on Lake Maggiore.

Room Tip: For such a location, choose a lake view.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Via Vittorio Veneto 32, 28922 Verbania, Italy
Location: Italy > Piedmont > Lake Maggiore > Verbania
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Verbania
#3 Romantic Hotel in Verbania
#4 Luxury Hotel in Verbania
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Grand Hotel Majestic 4*
Number of rooms: 80
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A charming 4 star superior hotel located directly on the lake. Built in 1870, on the elegant west Piedmont shores of Lake Maggiore, the Grand Hotel Majestic is a fascinating exemplary conception of La Belle Époque. The Grand Hotel Majestic is member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World and since 2007 is recommended by Legambiente Turismo for its commitment in the environmental protection. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Grand Hotel Verbania
Grand Hotel Majestic Verbania, Italy - Lake Maggiore

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