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Grand Hotel Bristol
Ranked #9 of 35 Hotels in Stresa
Certificate of Excellence
Nottingham
Level 3 Contributor
23 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Impersonal!”
Reviewed June 10, 2014

Stayed here july 2013, promised myself i would make the effort to write a review a little late, but feel i must? The hotel is very clean, the rooms are clean, the shower in the room left a lot to be desired and only a matter of time before a major injury, instead of directing lengthways in the bath it directed to the middle against the shower door, anybody mature in years and we are getting there would be in big trouble. This hotel is not suitable for holidaymakers staying longer than a couple of days in my opinion, and as we were there 2 weeks blimey? the hotel was catering for the corporate side and weddings, therefore if you went in the bar at night for a drink a constant supply of catering trolleys going by, So although the hotel was spotlessly clean and looking the part, well in our opinion a hotel needs more? it needs a heart that beats, it needs staff that are happy in there work, and it needs a PERSONAL! touch to make guests feel welcome and valued, it means so much more? Sorry but people need to know, we spend a lot of time in italy and this is the worst experience for many years. Oh don't let review put you of visiting the lake it is probably the prettiest of them all.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed June 9, 2014

Stayed here for a week from 31st May.. Beautiful hotel and right on Lake side with views over Isola Bella... Our room was on the side but views were great looking over the lake and pool/gardens.
Meals very good plenty of choice.. Staff very helpful and friendly. Lovely to sit on veranda and eat breakfast looking at the views. Easy walk along promenade to boat terminal..plenty of boats going around lake..
Recommend visit to Villa Taranto gardens...Lake Maggiore express round trip train and boat...and we visited the Islands 3 times...
The hotel has a large outdoor pool ..water very cold but nice once you were in.. And a warm indoor pool..
Very opulent decor.. But not stuffy... It is a busy hotel ..weddings and business conferences happening daily but still felt staff had time for us too.
Bedroom was comfortable but bed very hard. And shower was basic over the bath style...
Would recommend this hotel and resort and will stay again....

Room Tip: Ask for a room 2nd floor or above..side rooms are ok if near the front to get lake view.. Front roo...
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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S Wales
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed June 6, 2014

My wife and I have just returned from a week stay at the Grand Hotel Bristol Stressa and thoroughly enjoyed the hotel and, of course, the lake excursions. We found the rooms, pools and public areas to be very well looked after, while the restaurant provided good quality food with excellent service. We had a lake facing room with balcony, that really was the 'icing on the cake'! My only criticism concerns the rather well used towels,that you could only use once because they got so wet and stayed like that all day. Also we were the only hotel overlooking the lake without any flowers on any of the balconies!

Room Tip: Lake view room!!!!!!!!
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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IL
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed June 2, 2014

The outside of the hotel and the lobby are gorgeous. The bathrooms are amazing. However...

There were no tissues at all in the bathroom. There was ONE wastebasket and it was small and in the bathroom. Beds were hard.

Our room had a lovely view of the back of the hotel, the kitchen entrance and loading docks. I wouldn't have cared about the view but I did care about the noises from the dock and the kitchen. Thankfully, I had earplugs.

You got 2 whole free hours of wifi--which only started 4 hours after check in. Anything after that costs you.

Speaking of costs--there was a fridge in the room which you could only use if you contacted the front desk and agreed to buy a drink and a snack from the minibar.

The front desk personnel did not seem too impressed with tour groups. I got a cool shoulder when I asked a question.

It's a pricey area but I feel sure you can do better on both price and service. Look around.

Room Tip: NOT in the back!!
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
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Orlando, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed May 30, 2014

This hotel by far was the BEST one we stayed at during our entire vacation. It is magnificent.The rooms are clean and spacious, the food was good, the staff friendly. The location and view were outstanding from our hotel balcony. And the weather was great. Walking distance to town and a stroll around the community. The hotel grounds were breathtaking.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
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New York State
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed May 28, 2014

On vacation and stayed here two night. The room was high class with a view of the lake, mountains and the Island of Isa Lobella. The meals were great and room service wonderful. Many thing to see in walking distance.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Brisbane
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29 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed April 8, 2014

We stayed here for 2 nights as part of Globus Italian Mosaic tour. The hotel is very beautiful and in an absolutely perfect location. We were in room 336 with a stunning view of Lake Maggiore (pity the weather was so bad for us). Our room had a small balcony which looked straight out at the gorgeous lake view, however the room was quite small - it was hard to fit our suitcases anywhere. The grounds and facilities of this hotel are wonderful - the outdoor pool area looks superb and the indoor pool was very welcome. The decorations, seating in public areas etc are all of top quality - the bar, lobby and lounge areas were very warm and inviting. Drinks in the bar were very expensive though. It is a shame that the hotel finds it impossible to offer free wifi with all the other opulence!!! A hotel that obviously places so much importance on the aesthetics needs to provide a service that in today's society is considered almost essential by so many (even backpacker hostels provide better for cheaper!) You could only get 20 minutes free wifi and then it was 5euros for an hour (you could pay 20euro for 10 hours (cumulative not consecutive, which is a better deal, but didn't suit our circumstance). Bathroom was tiny! with shower over the bath, shower nozzle was at the side of the tub making it very difficult to manoeuvre under, good temperature and power though. Due to the position of the shower, water leaked under the shower screen and soaked the floor/mat. The toilet was so close to the hand basin I hit my leg every time I stood up. The included dinner was fantastic! and breakfast was very good. The staff were very friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Grand Hotel Bristol
Address: Via Umberto Primo 1/73, 28838, Stresa, Italy
Location: Italy > Piedmont > Lake Maggiore > Stresa
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Family Hotel in Stresa
#6 Luxury Hotel in Stresa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Grand Hotel Bristol 4*
Number of rooms: 255
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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Grand Hotel Bristol Stresa, Italy - Lake Maggiore

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