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“Magnificent experience!!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Funivien del Lago Maggiore

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Mont Sasso del Ferro, Laveno-Mombello, Italy   |  
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“Magnificent experience!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2010

Unbelievable views from this hotel ("Fluvia hotel" above Laveno) of the Laveno-Mombello area on the eastern shore of Lago Maggiore. Managed by a hard-working but always effervescent "Paula" whose father built the facilities in the 1960's, the staff is more akin to a B&B owner than a hotel staff. Dining room food is excellent, bar and patio is excellent, price is very reasonable or even cheap by U.S. standards. Swiss bath tubs in guest rooms are a challenge for tall or large guests, but well worth the inconvenience. Gondola 'bucket' ride from the town of Laveno is about 16 minutes with an elevation gain of around 3,500 feet to the hotel. Visiting the Lago Maggiore area, I strongly recommend this hotel and the town of Laveno over Verbania on the western shore.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2009

My wife, son, and his mother in law spent 5 wonderful days at this gem. It is a small hotel, located right at the top of Mont Sasso del Ferro. The only access is via a cable car - the Funevie (note there is no N). You are above the clouds, looking down on magnificent Lago Maggiore. At night, you can just see the lights from Milan, and all of the towns scattered through this section of the Swiss Alps are like gems shining in the night.

Paola is the proprietor - her father built the place, and she manages it now. The restaurant is also splendid. Paolo and her staff created any dish we requested.

October is the end of their season, but it also is the "Chestnut Festival", when the cable car is free, and the chestnuts are roasted outside. Many hang gliders and para-sails came up the cable car and floated gracefully down the valley below.

We sat on the veranda the first night, with a magnificent anti-pasto of prosciutto and bread sticks, peppers, and a bottle of Spumante.

My wife kept saying: "This is the most beautiful place we have seen" - and we have seen a few. Rates were very reasonable, and Paola and her staff treated us like royalty.

We will return!

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Funivien del Lago Maggiore

Address: Mont Sasso del Ferro, Laveno-Mombello, Italy
Location: Italy > Lombardy > Lake Maggiore > Laveno-Mombello
Amenities:
Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 12 B&Bs / Inns in Laveno-Mombello
Number of rooms: 12
Also Known As:
Funivien Del Lago Maggiore Italy/Lake Maggiore - Laveno-Mombello

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