We stayed here last weekend and were the last guests if the season before the hotel closes for the winter.
Overall we had a great stay. Booking.com had messed up our reservation and the hotel were very proactive in sorting out the issue and offering us a free upgrade and a reduced breakfast buffet charge of 16 euro reduced from 25 euro per person.
The rooms were lovely. We had a ‘Mountain view’ but from our balcony we still had lake views. The décor was very Italian and we enjoyed the interior design. The bed was comfortable and the bathroom was clean and had all the things you’d expect. The only issue with the bathroom was that the shower screen wasn’t very effective at keeping the water in (maybe this is an Italian thing as we’ve had the same issue as other hotels on this holiday). The bedroom was also terribly hot. We did adjust the temperature but ended up having to leave the entire balcony door open throughout the night for ventilation.
Location-wise the hotel is conveniently located lake-side and just under 10 minutes walk into Stresa, for shops and restaurants, and the boat terminal.
I would like to highlight that the breakfast cost, we felt, was overpriced – even with the reduced rate of 16 euros per person. Breakfast closes at 9.45am and as we were around for a wedding we had some late night so went to eat at 9.15am. At this time the selection was very poor. The scrambled eggs were going slightly grey, some food items were out of stock, the sausages were terrible but a good selection of cold meats – it was all OK. I think if we stayed again we’d spend our 32 euros for two people in Stresa for breakfast on a 7 euro Panini which would have been much nicer.
Despite the breakfast issue we still highly recommend the hotel for the rooms and location. Staff were very helpful and courteous.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The strikingly elegant Grand Hotel Bristol is set amidst beautifully tended gardens and has a wonderful view over the lake and Borromean Island at the foot of the Alps. Conveniently situated across the road from the lake, and only 300 metres from the centre of Stresa, the hotel’s large swimming pool is set in the immaculate grounds and shares the panoramic view of the lake and mountains. There is also an indoor pool at your disposal with two hot tubs. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Hotel Stresa
- Grand Hotel Bristol Stresa, Italy - Lake Maggiore