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“Traditional but still worth a visit” 4 of 5 stars
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Regina Palace
Ranked #7 of 36 Hotels in Stresa
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Traditional but still worth a visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

Good hotel although the rooms would benefit from refurbishment. Staff friendly and helpful. Extensive grounds with outdoor pool provide the opportunity to enjoy the sun. Good access to the lake and down centre. Food good and plenty of choice at breakfast. I would recommend this hotel for travellers looking for a peaceful holiday with old fashioned style.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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5 Thank Joseph B
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Paris, France
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13 hotel reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014 via mobile

Generally, the hotel is beautiful and the location AMAZING. But there were so many little things that were FRUSTRATING. Terrible wifi (none in rooms and limited access in reception area). Extremely slow lifts. Breakfast restaurant opens late (after 7am). I would stay someplace else next time. They fall short on some fundamentals that, at this price, are unacceptable.

Stayed June 2014, traveled on business
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2 Thank Rob G
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245 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 195 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

I stayed here for one week.
ROOMS: I had a standard, with wonderful terrace, facing the lake. You cannot reserve this feature during booking: they'll give you on the basis of availability. Large enough, fine bath. Fitting a 4 stars, good hotel. Note: also rooms facing the hill make sense, since you'll have no noise from the road or the large ground floor terrace.
Some of my group complained for top floor, under the roof tiny windows.
COMMON AREAS: splendid, if you like the style. I'd summarize 5 envionments: 1) the hall -large, with high ceiling, allowing many groups to get aparted squares to sit and chat. A mix of '800 and '900 styles. 2) bar area, on the left entering the hotel: a red-walls Art Noveau room that seemed underutilized but has extremely high charm. 3) the breakfast and lunch rooms: the best asset of the hotel, to me. Even better than what the superior class Hotel Des Isles Borromee can offer; 4) the garden: also somehow better than the one of the superior Hotel neary, especially for the pool area; 5) the conference areas: very nice, modern reinterpretation of the old style of the main building. Also a large hall can host banquets.
SPA: superb, not very large, but offering several options of cold/hot treatments. Truly a surprise.
SERVICE: we were a large corporate group and received great service except from two individuals: one lady at the front terrace bar (she was waiting for a bill to be signed while our group had just ordered new drinks: instead of coming back later, as the guy who had to sign was in the middle of telling a story, she dared to say "yes, sir, I am working". Presumptios and out of place) and one of the waiters of the corporate lunches (he used to speak like mocking on foreing guests). Two flies that spoiled a bit the overall very, very good service given by the team -including the reception.
VIEWS: spectacular. It's postcard Italy.
SPECIAL OCCASIONS: I think it fits all demands for ceremonies and corporate meetings. It also allows nice walks by the lake.
COMPETITORS: The Regina Palace looked no doubt more appealing than all the other 4 stars (the Bristol looked naked, a bit minimalistic but offered lake views on two sides of the building), while it shows lower standards (not dramatically) compared to the 5 stars Luxury Hotel Des Isles Borromee. Let's say, it's almost like the top luxury one and even has a competitive edge for the outer pool and pool-garden and lunch area. For the general impact of the front areas, the 5stars one is more appealing for sure.

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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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3 Thank Hedin
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Alexandria VA
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284 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Stayed here for two nights as part of a tour. The location is terrific - right on the main road, facing Lago Maggiore, and an easy walk into town. This is one of the grande dame hotels along this stretch with a lobby and other public areas to suit. The rooms were fairly large and well appointed. Breakfast was good, although the servers were a little brusque. There is a large spa and both indoor and outdoor pools, which I didn't use. Now to the issues. Like many old hotels, there are old features that aren't so charming. The elevators in one wing were tiny and slow, which was irritating. The hallways are long, with several steps along the way. Worst, our bathroom and the one in the room next door emitted noxious odors. Ours was annoying but could be ignored if you kept the bathroom door closed. Our friends in the room next door weren't so lucky. Since we were there only two nights and on the go the entire time, I didn't report the problem until checkout so can't address responsiveness. Maids cleaned the room both days however, so the odor is either a usual feature or not worthy of much note....We were a small group (18) but noted that senior bus tours like this hotel also. We didn't eat anything other than breakfast here so can't speak to others' comments re waiting on tour groups to be able to eat.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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5 Thank SBS50
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York, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

Wonderful hotel - beautiful dining room, with charming Italian service.
The views from the hotel across Lake Maggiore are lovely.
Very convenient to the main town centre which is again just charming. Plenty of choice in restaurants and some very nice shops albeit on the expensive side.

  • Stayed June 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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3 Thank MR5ECY
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Leeds, Yorks
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99 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

After looking very carefully at Stresa we finally chose the Regina Palace, when we arrived it is a very grand hotel, but the reception is a this tiny hole in the wall with not enough staff for a hotel this size, however we got our room which was a Lake View, and settled in, we first noticed the slippy rugs which my wife and I both slipped on so we moved them under the bed, we also noticed the aircon did not work, so I spoke to reception and they said they would turn it on as each room is individual which they did.
The room is nicely appointed and so is the bathroom, with the usual bath products and facilities.
A visit to the bar is great with a huge long room lots of space and tables, the drinks come with great canapés, nice staff and great decoration, the restaurant is similar and feels very grand, the only problem seems to be all the coach parties, that get fed on group tables, we were told that we had to wait until they had finished before we could eat which was a bit annoying, however the food is good enough and the staff are as with most of Italy are very friendly.
The pool and gym area are downstairs, and are a bit like Santas grotto, we could not use the pool as the staff had left the doors open and it was full of leaves, it was very hot and humid.
This hotel is very Grand and imposing but you do get a feel of how good it used to be, now it seems to cater for the group budget holiday maker, which is a shame

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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6 Thank prs54fmpu
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Worthing, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014 via mobile

Just got back from a week staying at this great hotel. I couldn't fault the service, especially in the dining room. The food was superb and nothing too much trouble for the friendly waiters.

The gardens surrounding the hotel are delightful and the bar near the pool very useful for drinks and snacks during the day.

Overall a thoroughly great experience staying at this hotel.

  • Stayed May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank robina_every
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Property: Regina Palace
Address: Corso Umberto I | Lago Maggiore, 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 Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Spa Hotel in Stresa
#5 Luxury Hotel in Stresa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Regina Palace 4*
Number of rooms: 177
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Distinctive Turn-of-Century 6-story Hotel in garden setting on shores of Lake Maggiore, facing Borromean Islands. ... more   less 
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