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“Good hotel, good staff and good location” 5 of 5 stars
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Bel Sit Hotel-Ristorante
4.0 of 5 Inn   |   Via Sempione, 76, 28046 Meina, Italy   |  
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Ranked #1 of 3 Meina B&B and Inns
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“Good hotel, good staff and good location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

We had a wonderful stay for Easter 2014 at this hotel. The staff has been always here to help and really professional.
Most part of the rooms have a balcony with lake view. The room was really clean and the beds pretty big and very comfortable. The bathroom also very clean and pretty nice& new.
The continental breakfast included in the price was simple but with enough choice. The best, to have breakfast few steps from the border of the lake with a beautiful panorama.
The location is really quiet (just what we were looking for) and you are approx. at 7km from Arona and Stresa where you have a great choice of restaurants

We definitely recomend this hotel.

  • Stayed April 2014, 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Moscow, Russia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

This is an actually 4-star hotel with all the amenities of that. Great location - just on the lake shore with its own beach (towels provided), comfortable, quiet rooms, very tasteful breakfasts (you can squeeze your own fresh juice) and very charming, hospitable, welcoming staff. Very relaxing vacation. I greatly enjoyed my stay there. Meina itself has not much to offer, but you can make trips to Arona and Angera and also lake trips. And the famous Rocca di Arona (Arona castle) is just across the lake from Bel Sit and you can enjoy the view from your balcony.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
    • 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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Helsinki, Finland
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15 hotel reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

A great boutique hotel right on the lakefront. The staff were very helpful and recommended restaurants in the town and nearby Arona
Our room was large, very comfortable with a terrace and lovely view of the lake and mountains.
Breakfast was first class.
Overall a great hotel with very pleasant staff and I hope to stay there again in the future.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Adelaide, Australia
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15 hotel reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

We stayed here one night. Located directly on the lake our room and balcony had a wonderful view of Lago Maggiore. Room was clean, quite modern, bed comfortable and the staff, esp Marcos, were very helpful. I thought good value for money. Only downside is Meina is a small quiet town and Aroona is either a car ride or taxi away.

Complimentary breakfast had a good range to choose from.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

We stayed only one night. It was comfortable, very clean and I thought good value for money. It is a smaller boutique place. Breakfast was very nice.

Location wise it is right on Lake Maggiore at the front and a busy road at the entrance. Its handy but a pity you can't actually walk along the lake's edge, but that is not the Bel Sit's fault. None the less it was great to sip on a drink and watch the boats go by.

Marcos was very helpful, he speaks Italian and French well, but we improvised on the English. The restaurant he suggested was a winner.

Final comment- it was magnificent to watch the sun rise over the lake.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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Worcester, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

This is a small, family-run hotel right on the side of Lago Maggiore. It is actually owned and run by the same family who run the Hotel Villa Paradiso about 300m further up the SS33, a fact that was bizarrely not made known to us. There is no mention of the connection on the Hotel Bel Sit website or in any information available at the Hotel Bel Sit. This is very strange because the Bel Sit only offers breakfast whilst the sister hotel offers a full meal service. Meals taken at the Hotel Villa Paradiso can be charged to your Bel Sit bill; we only found this out accidentally on our last day!

We had a first-floor room overlooking the lake with a small balcony. However, the balcony opens up to a first floor terrace which is accessible to all guests. This means that you can't leave your room door open to let in fresh air while you are not in your room. The 2nd floor rooms are a little smaller but have more privacy.The room was a good size with adequate facilities. Overall, we were very happy with our room and with the hotel but it was let down by a few very minor details. For example, the mini-bar said that it had local beer which was 50c cheaper than export beer but was only stocked with export beer. We were provided with 2 plastic cups for drinking from the mini-bar..... plastic cups for a 4-star hotel?? A cup broke and was not replaced by cleaning staff. Free wi-fi was available but a code had to be obtained which expired anything from 24 hours to 3-4 days later. The code could only be used on one device (as there is no logoff feature) so you couldn't use one code for a phone and a laptop or tablet, for example. No English-speaking TV channels other than BBC World News, despite the hotel providing Sky services. The air-conditioning didn't seem to work properly.

However, despite these small "issues", we really enjoyed our stay. The breakfasts were great with an excellent selection and superb breakfast staff member. The weather was not warm enough for lake swimming but the hotel has its own lake access.

As other reviewers have noted, the hotel is right on the main SS33 road so a lake view room is essential to avoid traffic noise. Similarly, Meine is a very small town with almost nothing to do there and public transport is not brilliant with buses stopping in the early evening. The train station is a 10-minute walk away with trains to Stresa north and down to Milan south. A car is essential; the hotel has free parking. A visit to restaurant La Locanda dei Fiori is a must. They speak very little English and the menu is only in Italian but the Sicilian-style food is excellent.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Warwick, United Kingdom
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10 hotel reviews
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

The view of the lake from the hotel is absolutely stunning. Ensure you book a room with a view as everyone says. The breakfast is lovely and well presented. The staff are all very friendly but Barbara is the real star. She is receptionist/barmaid & room service - and all with a smile.

Our only disappointment for a hotel called Bel-Sit Ristorante is there is no restaurant in the evening. Meina itself is very quiet with not much choice for eating.

Room Tip: Ask for a lake view.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Bel Sit Hotel-Ristorante

Address: Via Sempione, 76, 28046 Meina, Italy
Location: Italy > Piedmont > Lake Maggiore > Meina
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Meina
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Bel Sit Hotel-Ristorante 4*
Number of rooms: 18
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