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Residenza Dolce Vita
4.5 of 5 Spa   |   Corso Risorgimento 289, 28823 Ghiffa, Italy   |  
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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Ghiffa
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“Wow! Warm and wonderful!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

Highlight of our 40 day tour of the middle and top half of Italy. Discovered too late as we are in the last week of our holiday and had family to visit.
Elegant decor, warm, friendly, and efficient staff. The view of the lake is calming. Perfect place to unwind after Milan!
Booked for one night, immediately extended one day which was all we could fit in. Would definitely stay for longer the next time and book a spa treatment ahead. It was booked out for the two days we were there!
Excellent breakfast.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Nelson, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2012

The hotel which is on the western slope of Maggiore 10 minutes north of Verbania and 30 south of Locarno is a little difficult of access but worth the effort. The staff were exemplary and the breakfast outstanding. The top floor is given to the Spa which seemingly is brand new and quite beautiful. Both the Spa area and the terrace of the restaurant have wonderful views of the lake.
We would have given it a 5 * but for the ambiance of our room which otherwise was fine but a little cold, as was the entrance to the hotel.
We would definitely go again but you need to shop for an accepable price.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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, Guest Relations Manager at Residenza Dolce Vita, responded to this review, July 2, 2012
Dear Guest
Thank you very much for the time you have devoted to us and for your positive comment. We are very pleased that you have enjoyed your stay at the Residenza Dolce Vita and that you have appreciated our services and in particularly way our Wellness-Center & SPA Aquavitae. We have shared forwarded your compliments with to our employees who dedicate themselves with a lot of attention and professional passion to our guests, so that every holiday is spent in a very special way.
We hope to welcome you back at the Residenza Dolce Vita. In the meanwhile we wish you a pleasant summer.
Sincerely,
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2011

We had a wonderful 4 week trip through Europe that spanned across numerous countries including, Belgium, France and Italy. This was by far the best hotel we stayed in!

The room was large, with living space, kitchen, separate bedroom and large bathroom. The first thing that struck me was how clean everything was, it was literally spotless. Add to that beautifully decorated with the most amazing views of the lake and you have our experience at Dolce Vita. We started our mornings making coffee and tea in the room while we sat on the balcony taking in our 180 degree view of the peaceful lake.

Did I mention the BREAKFAST? I wish I could have Dolce Vita's breakfast every morning. Wonderful charcuterie, cheeses, fresh fruits and still hands down the best organic yogurt I've ever had. We can't wait for our next European adventure and our revisit to Dolce Vita!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2011

Having booked a week on half board I was hoping for the best and was not disappointed. We had a suite with roof terrace and Balcony. It was spotless with incredible views. All staff were attentive and gave a bit extra to ensure a perfect stay. Location is perfect being in a small village with plently of scenic walks, including the Val Grande, enough to satisfy anyone. Breakfast and Dinner served in the attractive Convivium restaurant. Breakfast was excellent but dinner was another experience with the quality, service and excellent wine choice. Other restaurants are dotted around for lunch, all with a perfect view. For a pack up when walking we went to the local shop next door and bought bread, meat and cheeses, perfect.
Not a place for children, but for Adults to relax and take in all the area has to offer.
Only one word of warning - The clock bells numb the senses, but only operate from 9.00am to 9.00pm - you get used to them
We will certainly return, and soon.

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Baku, Azerbaijan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2011

I explored internet before going to Maggiore. What I have to say - area itself is absolutely fabuolus.Lake, mountains, fresh air, silence. Dream. I would love to have a house somewhere here.
Hotel is good in general. I would not call it fantastic.
Make sure you have lakeview room. Other rooms are not an option for stay.
Breakfast is not so wide, but very much enought, unless you are hyppopotamus..
SPA is there, but a bit far from my expactation. Not so bit and varity limited. Maske sure you book treatments BEFORE you aerrive to hotel. Very busy.
We spend days mainly in either spa or driving around. I would suggest to go for dinner in one of cosy local agriturismo places. Home coocked food, very reasonable pricedm and warm
Would I come here again - yesm as far as lake concerned.
Hotel - would not say NO, but would try something different
Need to mention - service is very good. Spa, reception, waitress - all are in good level.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2011 via mobile

Wow. We have just had a 3 day stay at this fantastic hotel. The view from our room over Lago Maggiore was quite breathtaking. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff. Ok not a holiday for children but if you want to relax in the sauna, steam room ot jacuzzi then this is a great place to stay. It is only 10 mins from the local town where you can travel by boat to the beautiful islands on the lake. Highly recommended 5 stars thank you ...the Gordons.

  • Stayed August 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sterling, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2011

Residenza Dolce Vita is a great hotel in a quiet location overlooking a beautiful old church and Lago Maggiore. The restaurant is fantastic, with a great wine selection and great service. Breakfast is good as well...includes eggs and meats. The spa is also very relaxing, and you can experience some unique Ayurvedic treatments that I have not found in the U.S.

There is not much else in Ghiffa, but Stresa, Verbania, and the Swiss border to the north are not far. This was our last part of our two-week trip, sonwe were happy to have some peace and quiet.

I would consider the service from the folks in the restaurant, the spa and the front desk as some of the best I have ever received. We stayed in a Junior Suite with a lake view that included a separate sitting room.

I wish I was still there!

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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Corso Risorgimento 289, 28823 Ghiffa, Italy
Location: Italy > Piedmont > Lake Maggiore > Ghiffa
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Ghiffa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Residenza Dolce Vita 4.5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Residenza Dolce Vita, is housed inside a historical building in the heart of Parco Cure Naturale di Ghiffa. Since the 1920s guests from all over Europe have come to regenerate their body and mind through the range of natural treatments and remedies offered by this health and beauty retreat. ... more   less 
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