This was our first time in Lake Maggiore and this hotel is in a great position for exploring the area. It is lakeside and only a few minutes walk to the centre of Stresa and the boat landing stages. We went B and B only as we like to explore local cuisine. We had a rear room overlooking the swimming pool. Yes the window blinds are very noisy as is the weekly glass bin collection. It was nicely furnished with adequate bathroom and good hot shower and bath. Housekeeping was good. Breakfast not so good. Only hot option are eggs scrambled or boiled. Tinned cut fruit and a toaster that took ages to brown. Why don't these continental hotels have more than one toaster that works well. Reception staff all spoke English and other languages and were helpful. Bar prices as always a bit expensive.
I would return but would go Band B again as there are lots of decent restaurants in Stresa all with good staff with good choices. Trips to the islands are a must but go very early to avoid the tours and use the headsets for information. On Isola Bella there is a lakeside cafe with guitar memorabilia from all over the world. Well worth a look.
Over age 65 travellers can get discounts on ferries and other amenities but no one tells you. You have to ask and prove age with passport/driving licence etc. Ferry timetables are a bit confusing so be prepared to ask to get around. Best offer is pay a extra €10 with the Lake Maggiore Express day out ticket to get next day unlimited travel on the lake. Also if going to the islands buy a pass at the same time for all the gardens and houses.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The 4-star Astoria is a modern hotel in Stresa on the lake Maggiore, centrally situated near the Congress Hall Palazzo dei Congressi Stresa. The Hotel enjoys a splendid view of the Borromeo Gulf, its islands and the Alps. Balcony rooms overlook the magnificent lake scenery or the lovely garden, with heated swimming pool and snack bar. The restaurant, lounge and bar are extremely pleasant, spacious and welcoming. All rooms are fully air-conditioned with bath or shower, hairdryer, mini-bar satellite TV, radio, telephone and free wi-fi. Suites with hydromassage bath are provided. Normal room charges also include unlimited use of gym, Turkish bath, car park and the panoramic roof-garden with its games area, solarium, table tennis and Whirl-pool conference facilities and garage. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Astoria Hotel Stresa, Italy - Lake Maggiore
- Hotel Astoria Stresa