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Grand Hotel Des Iles Borromees
Ranked #1 of 35 Hotels in Stresa
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Claremont, California
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198 reviews
48 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“We had an amazing view of the lake”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2014

Our stay at this hotel was very enjoyable. Our room was very comfortable and the decor felt like old European. I loved the location of our room which was on the third floor overlooking the lake. We were on a walking trip and did not spend a lot of time at the hotel but found it to be enjoyable while we were there. My main complaint is that they charge for internet access. For the prices they charge, it should be included. You can sit near the reception desk and get free wifi but nowhere else. The meals in the dining room were delicious.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Kent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2014 via mobile

This hotel is amazing expensive but worth it the views were amazing staff were very hostile people kept taking pictures of the hotel witch was kool. I would defo go again. Great things to do pool quite cold though gardens good not a lot of kids but they love them amazing view of the island. Oh and this really kool kinda water show happens every hour with lights going up representing each country and a little song. Gardens good. Quite a lot of famouse people stayed there
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Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 7, 2014 via mobile

The building is extremely grand, living up to its name, with wonderful interiors and our room was very well appointed. Staff were generally very helpful. We only had breakfasts, the dinners appeared to be a bit pricey, and these were ok, nothing special. One gripe, wifi was not free and at €7 for a reasonable speed, not cheap. A hotel of this stature should be offering free wifi in my opinion.

Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Charlotte, NC
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22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2014

My favorite hotels are kind of old-fashioned. But this place was a little bit past it's prime in a not-good way. Both the hotel and the surrounding area. It obviously used to be really happening, but it's not now. My companion compared the area to the Catskills. Now that air travel is cheap, why would you go to nearby mountains in the summer if you can fly from Milan to a beach? We were there off-season, but we knew that and my comments are taking this into consideration.

That said, it was still very nice. The grounds are very nice and the location was good. The room was nice, but not spectacular. We had bad luck with the weather and I would definitely return to explore the area a little more if given the opportunity. And I would probably choose to stay here.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Monte-Carlo, Monaco
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2014

The structure and the grounds are impressive and are located very close to the island ferries. The view of the lake from our balcony was really special, and the bathroom was well-equipped. As charming as the surroundings were, the inside of the hotel felt more outdated than it did classic. I'm not and expert on art nouveau, but there seem to be two ways people do it: the really right way, and the kinda-looks-a-little-forced-way, and the interiors here inched closer to the latter. I definitely noticed some peculiar decorative choices, particularly in the hallways, but also in the rooms and common areas. The place could use a revamp, but it was a very relaxing stay nonetheless.

On a side note, I had forgotten my credit card at a nearby restaurant the night before (blame the Barbera) which I only noticed once I was at the check-out desk. Once I explained I would have to get my card ten minutes away in order to pay, I was told I couldn't leave until I paid, which I guess was their way of telling me I looked like a flight risk. Didn't love that.

Moral of the story: don't forget your card around town, and, if you do, brush your hair before check-out.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 31, 2014

Stayed here for a romantic weekend. It's a first class hotel on the banks of Lake Maggiore, with fabulous grounds, views and location. The staff are really helpful and friendly, providing plenty of suggestions for sights to see, places to eat and things to do. Our room was well appointed and comfy and even though we didn't pay the premium, we were still overlooking the lake - even though it was from the side. The breakfast bar was well stocked - one thing we liked was that my wife's dietary requirements (she has a gluten allergy) were more than catered for and there was even a special section on the menu with gluten-free options. The hotel looks like it's had a good makeover and on the whole we thought that is a very special place for a couple of days away together. The only thing which I found annoying was the cost of drinks from the bar, which were eye watering - 44 euro for two coffees and two G&Ts - you need a drink when you get the bill!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2014

Great composers, including Rossini and Verdi, poets and writers have sought solace and inspiration in the stylish town of Stresa on Lake Maggiore. For many, Grand Hotel Des Iles Borromees was the stay of choice. And now I know why. Grand Hotel Des Iles Borromees is historical and magnificent in every respect. You will feel like royals, king and queen holding court in your art nouveau palace. This entire property is jaw-dropping beautiful. Open the French doors and settle into your lake-view balcony with your prosecco and passionate contemplations. Later, walk and appreciate the beautifully landscaped greenery, romantic water and flower gardens, with Isola Bella and spectacular views of the Alps before you ....

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The accommodations are decorated in an opulent and elegant yet tasteful style with sumptuous fabrics and art nouveau style furniture. The public spaces and corridors are filled with interesting art, sculptures, chandeliers and antiques. This is a hotel situated in a museum. The guest room was similarly ornate, yet furnished with all the modern conveniences for a comfortable stay, including LCD TVs and luxurious marble bathrooms with Jacuzzi. The bed was appropriately firm.

The restaurant serves regional cuisine. Do your best to reserve dinner on the terrace in summer. The hotel has a stylish pre-dinner piano bar. Breakfast is a very generous and relaxed buffet paced with opera. Do not miss this, to be enjoyed on the terrace. Possibly the best in all of Italy.

Grand Hotel Des Iles Borromees is eminently grand, seemingly meant for only for special occasions, such as honeymoons and silver anniversary celebrations, etc. But just go and enjoy! Your stay here will be eternally treasured and memorable.

Room Tip: Absolutely enjoy a lake-view balcony room, upper floor.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Grand Hotel Des Iles Borromees
Address: Corso Umberto I, 67, 28838, Stresa, Italy
Location: Italy > Piedmont > Lake Maggiore > Stresa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Stresa
#1 Luxury Hotel in Stresa
#4 Family Hotel in Stresa
#5 Romantic Hotel in Stresa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Grand Hotel Des Iles Borromees 5*
Number of rooms: 172
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Luxe and tradition; since 1863 the Grand Hotel des Iles Borromees is the place to stay while visiting the Maggiore Lake area. The builing, the public areas and the rooms feature all modern conforts while still keeping the same belle epoque atmosphere. The park is decorated with statues, fountains and rare plants and the view from the rooms and the restaurant is spectacular. The Medical SPA of the Grand Hotel des Iles Borromees is one of the first in Italy and can offer aesthetic treatments combined with a personalized diet. ... more   less 
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