My husband and I have just returned from a 7 night stay at this simply fantastic hotel in the small village of Baveno. It is very difficult to criticise since the whole experience was so good. The front of house staff were all excellent and would do anything to make our stay more comfortable. The room was spacious and very clean. It had a large comfortable bed and good sized bathroom, which had a bath and powerful shower head and a bidet. Our small balcony overlooked the gardens and a view of the lake, it was a perfect setting for our holiday. There was also a much needed air conditioning system that worked well with the sun and heat outside.
The food was excellent. Breakfasts were a buffet affair with lots of choice and dinner was even better. A five course meal starting with a self serve starter buffet and then two courses served by the excellent waiters and waitresses, followed then by cheese and dessert, again self serve. There was no rush and it was a pleasure to eat good food, well prepared and presented and served in a most relaxed atmosphere. The only issue was the price of the wine/water etc. A bit pricey but there was a small bottle of wine alternative for people who did not want to have to drink the amount from a full sized wine bottle. Every room had its own table that stayed the same throughout the stay so no need to change tables at every meal.
Outside was equally good. The pool was lovely with a jacuzzi at one end and four seats at the other. The depth of the pool was ideal for both swimmers and non-swimmers alike. There was also a smaller pool for children. There were plenty of sun beds and parasols available. Free pool towels were available from reception. The gardens were well kept (even after the massive storm that swept through the resort, felling trees and uprooting foliage).
There was a bar/lounge which opened onto the terrace, but unfortunately was rarely used.
As others have said there is a tunnel linking the Hotel Simplon with it's sister hotel the Hotel Dino. Well worth a walk through to admire the art work.
The Hotel Simplon is a lovely hotel, well worth its 4 star rating. Decorated with fabric panelled walls and red and pink local marble. The hotel caters for all nationalities. When we were there there was English, French, German, USA and Italian customers and most staff were able to speak at least two languages and communication was not difficult as it can sometimes be. Would highly recommend.
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- Also Known As:
- Baveno Simplon Hotel
- Hotel Simplon Baveno, Lake Maggiore, Italy