Make sure you don’t get “The Expedia Room”. This is what happens if you don’t book direct with the owners, and use a booking service e.g. Expedia,Booking.com,etc..
If we had booked direct, we would have paid 70 Euro and received breakfast, rather than 99 and no breakfast. Also, we were a bit surprised when we were shown our room. It was not the same as had been pictured on the website. (Interesting feature- the bathroom shower stall included the toilet and bidet –handy, I guess!) The room was called “the apartment” and was reserved for non-direct bookings. The owners explained that this was due to the high cost charged to them for listing with Expedia. It was, however, clean and reasonably comfortable. We did have a view of the lake, although it was blocked by cars parked in front of our window. It was a bit cold and we received an extra blanket, which resolved that problem. The other rooms upstairs looked lovely, and had spectacular views.
Because of the location, we weren’t able to walk into Stresa, which would have been convenient. If you don’t have a car, or you don’t like to drive on scary mountain roads at night, try someplace closer to the heart of Stresa or Baveno.
That being said, the proprietors, Ermano and Lucy were very nice, and tried very hard to make our stay pleasant. Ermano arranged for discounted boat transportation and lunch reservations for us at a quaint restaurant on Isola dei Pescatori (Chez Manuel) which was charming. We also ate at a great restaurant “La Rampolina”- quite possibly the best meal of our vacation, which was a short walk from the B+B.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The B & B "ISLANDS", immersed in an enchanting atmosphere, away from the stress and maximum tranquility of our gardens, is pleased to welcome you for a fabulous stay. We have two cozy studio apartments equipped with all the necessary amenities for a relaxing stay and two bedroom "suite" and "garden" with breakfast service. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Isole Stresa, Italy - Lake Maggiore