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“Italian luxury”

Grand Hotel Des Iles Borromees & Spa
Ranked #7 of 113 Restaurants in Stresa
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $33
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Dining options: Reservations
Description: The Restaurant of the Grand Hotel des Iles Borromees - Elegant - Gluten free - Reservations welcome.
Reviewed May 10, 2013

I agree with the gentleman from West Virginia. The Grand Hotel Des Iles Borromees is truely a magnificent hotel and a grand experience in the true Hemmingway tradition.
We arrived here on the boat from Lacarno which took about 4 hours. The scenery was lovely and I would recommend a the trip on the lake.
Our room had a view over the lake and a balcony which we could sit on and watch the world go by.
We dined in the hotel and had drinks at the bar both before and after dinner.
The service in the restaurant was very good and when we returned in the morning for breakfast we were greeted like old friends.
If you are looking for a special experience this is the one!!!!!

2  Thank Karen M
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Reviewed August 30, 2012

As we stayed also in the same hotel, we had twice an evening supper. Reservation is not required except if you really want a table outside. View of the lake is nice outside. Service is good in the beginning but slows down at the end. In general, service is really not great and not up to the same level as other departments of this hotel.
Food is good but not exceptional (I liked the vitello tonnato). If you take antipasti, pasta, main dish, dessert + wine, count on minimum 200€ for 2 persons. But it is the same price as in another luxury palace.
So if you can afford, try it out.
PS : one of the maîtres d'hotel, Roberto, is really great and much better than all the other staff. Give that guy a bonus as he is really belonging to this kind of places !

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1  Thank SwissSpaceBoy
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Reviewed June 16, 2012

This is one of the most beautiful hotels in the area. The famous Hemmingway bar downstairs is lovely to sit and have a drink. You can easily imagine how he sat there. Obviously the atmosphere has not changed much over the years. The ladies toilet is the most beautiful one I have ever seen.

5  Thank piriot
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Reviewed May 4, 2012

Ernest Hemingway's incredible love story " A Farewell to Arms" places The Grand Hotel Des Iles Borromees as central to Frederic and Catherine's ultimate escape from Stresa, Italy across Lago Maggiore to Switzerland. Hemingway's description of the hotel and the lake led me to this place that an Italian acquaintance described as, "one of the three places that all Italians must visit before they die."
The beautiful 90 km drive from Como to Stresa via Italian Superstrade did nothing to prepare me for my entrance into Stresa! The drive down the twisting switchbacks from the hills overlooking Lago Maggiore into the city must be taken very slowly in order to negotiate the turns as well to take in the view of the Lake and the city as you descend. Hemingway, one of the most widely traveled men of the twentieth century, once described the view of Lago Maggiore from the Grand Hotel as the most beautiful in the world! It is incredible!
I found abundant free parking all along the Corso Umberto and found a spot directly across the street from the hotel. My plan was to take a long walking tour of Stresa and the waterfront and then to have a late lunch, al fresco, at the Grand Hotel. I was dressed in comfortable hiking clothes and carrying my red Camelbak, so I wasn't sure that I would seated, even outside. But later upon entering the ornate lobby, I was warmly greeted by hotel staff and my request for a table was immediately granted. They suggested that I leave my pack at the front desk and insisted that I move my car onto hotels grounds for free valet service.
I was was taken to very nice table under the canopy where I was presented with a menu suitable for lunch or dinner. I chose to have a light meal and a bottle of their best localPinot Grigio. Italian whites wines are typically light and generally available in half bottles, which I selected. My meal and the wine was superb and the service was impeccable. I left feeling as if the restaurant and hotel staff who served me were truly my friends. My waiter even warmly shook my hand and accompanied me through the ornate hallway back to the lobby bar where I had a great double espresso and grappa. Maybe it was two grappe! The feeling that Ernest Hemingway most certainly sat at this bar and enjoyed espresso and grappa, possibly at the very spot where I sat, was overwhelming! I will most certainly return to The Grand Hotel Des Iles Borromees!

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10  Thank JimHutzler
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Reviewed September 22, 2011

Between the cover and water, 17 euros spent...portions are not large, so order at least 2 courses...service was indifferent to rude...there are better options such as Verbano

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2  Thank DougBstn
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