A lovely hotel, welcoming us late on a Saturday night. A good breakfast selection but toaster very slow for 5 of the 7 breakfasts! Not a good start to the day! The evening meal selection and quality of food was good, although we weren't expecting a buffet on 2 of the nights ( I dislike having to go to find my food!) but they were ok.
Rooms were supposedly all recently refurbished. Very hard bed. No shower except over the bath which is not acceptable in a 4 star hotel. The metal soap dish fell off and hit my foot, but was not replaced all week. Towels rather thin and frayed, and the face and hand towels were plain cotton not towelling. No hair conditioner or body lotion provided but they did provide shoe shine! Perhaps it is more conference led rather than holiday makers? Having said that I would not find it easy to 'working my room as no desk area or internet socket etc. Quality of TV poor. No place for using an electric plug for recharging unless I took out the lamp plug but then only ONE available. A real nuisance when recharging 2 x phones, cameras, tablets and hair curling tongs! The internet connection was difficult to understand but I suppose at least if careful was free for 120 mins. Lovely grounds which were well maintained. The balcony flowers which were so noticeably missing were finally positioned on 19th June!
A large TV screen was arranged for guests to watch world cup football, although the quality of picture was poor. Easy to walk less than 10 mins into town centre, ferry pier or chair lift. Good views of islands.
Don't forget a 'small' tax when leaving. Apparently all hotels in Italy but was unexpected for us, 21 euros for 2 people for 7 days
- 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