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“Nice but Noisy...” 3 of 5 stars
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B&B La Darsena
SS Sempione 14, 28046 Meina, Italy   |  
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Ranked #3 of 3 Meina B&B and Inns
Haifa, Israel
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“Nice but Noisy...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

The owners are so nice. Property on the shore with a beautiful garden and porch. 3 guest rooms and the owners live there during the summer.
The room is comfortable and spaceous, with big windows facing lake Magore. BUT... on the main road with cars and motorcars noise which did not let us sleep,,,
Wifi free only outside - in the garden, which is fine in the summer but not great when it's cold outside. Breakfast in the owners kitchen - nice and intimate.
Location is great if you have a car - 3 monutes drive from lovely Arona.

Room Tip: Go there only if yoy are sure that noise from the main road does not disturb your sleep...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Brussels, Belgium
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2012

We had a very nice stay in La Darsenea. The view on the lake is wonderful. The room was clean and spacious. The owners were very friendly and helpfull. They showed us some very good restaurants in nearby Arona. The man also played on the piano while we were having breakfast at the lakeside. Breakfast is fine, rather limited choice, but we absolutely enjoyed the homemade pies and chocolate salami. We definitely recommend this B&B for lago trip!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Warsaw, Poland
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2012

Very nice family owned B&B with beautiful view for Lago Maggiore. Everything is clean and the breakfast are delicious. Unfortunately location is about 40 minutes walking to nearest town Arona, where you can take a dinner or enjoy local night life.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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milan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2011

My boyfriend and I spent two days relaxing in this strep of the lake.
The location is very quiet and comfortable,the view is wonderful and the evening the moon reflected on the lake. We were also very lucky that we found such a wonderful time we had breakfast on the terrace overlooking the lake.
The breakfast is plentiful with homemade cakes, italian coffe, milk, fresh fruit......
The owner gave us a warm welcom.
A true romantic weekend. We will definitely return

  • Stayed September 2011, 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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Antwerp, Belgium
1 review
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2011

ATTENTION: I would like to warn everybody to not get fooled by the pictures! There is one good thing about this B&B and that is only the nice view. All the rest is horrible: The room we had was filthy everywhere (dust, dirty windows, filthy toilet, fingernails on the floor,..), the breakfast is not a breakfast: it's a shame to offer something like that (no fresh bread, just dry toast, expired products (months!), cakes she made 5 days before, dirty water, bad coffee, fruit that has been rotting for days ...), our dirty towels were just thrown in another corner instead of being cleaned. Also, the house is full with spiders and their webs (big ones!!!), it feels like freaking halloween there, horrible. It was not pleasant to sit on our terrace, since the spiders came down the walls after sunset. At night we could hear every step of the guests on the floor above us, the building is very very noisy. The beds were terrible to sleep in, the cheapest of the cheapest. The owner of this B&B doesn't do anything, she doesn't clean, she speaks only Italian. She gives no touristic information at all, since she speaks no languages. The lady even threatened to call the police during a misunderstanding we had. She serves a disgraceful breakfast like it's something to be proud of... We strongly advise you not to book this B&B, it's not worth any money! This B&B "could" be a wonderful place for guests, but at the moment it's a shame...

Room Tip: don't book any room here
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Stabroek, Belgium
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2011

The only good thing about this B&B is the wonderful lake view. The rest is an insult to you as a guest.
The rooms are filthy... You could write your name in the dust everywhere. Spiders in and out, it feels like Halloween ounce the night falls.
The breakfast is a joke. The only bread you'll receive are dry toast, warmed up coffee, rotten fruit, powder juices, expired (5 months!!!) chocolate, dry cereals... I can not express enough how bad is was. I felt cheated in every way and could write about it.
The lady doesn't know a thing how to treat guests. She also only speaks Italian, nothing else.
In a touristic placer like the lake Maggiore, you would at least expect a few notions of English or French.
The bed... Imagine the cheapest Ikea bed and make it three times worse. You could not even sit on the corner without falling through it.
This is the worst B&B experience we've ever had. Do not go there! There are plenty of other places that diserve your visit.

Room Tip: Do not book any. Go somewhere else!
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: SS Sempione 14, 28046 Meina, Italy
Location: Italy > Piedmont > Lake Maggiore > Meina
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Ranked #3 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Meina
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 7
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