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Reviewed September 12, 2013

La Palma is nicely updated with large public spaces and a fabulous 7th floor pool, exercise area and bar with to-die-for view of Lake Maggiore and the surrounding landscape. Many rooms have balconies with a similar view and plenty of space to enjoy a cocktail while watching the boats on their way to Isola Bella, Isola Pescatori and Isola Madre. There is also an outdoor pool on the shore of the lake. There are two shower heads in the bath with massaging jets as well. A large dining room can handle touring groups and individual diners. Good WiFi service is available without charge. The hotels is centrally located near the concert hall, many restaurants and the charming old town area.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with family
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Thank HappyHawk65
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Reviewed September 10, 2013

The hotel is beautiful. It is in a perfect location to the city center/ferry/train station. We were lucky to get a lakefront room with a large balcony. The staff was wonderful and very helpful. The views from the rooftop bar are gorgeous both day and night. The breakfast was plentiful with the dining area looking out at the lake.

Room Tip: Request a lakefront or side view room.
Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
1  Thank Cheryl R
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Reviewed September 9, 2013

Stayed here for 2 weeks in late August and couldn't have asked for better. We made our original booking with Thomson's Lakes & Mountains but upgraded to a lake view room direct with the hotel which worked out cheaper. I am so glad we did, the view was simply stunning and no photograph could do it justice. The staff were all very nice and the head waiters extremely helpful. It was good to have table service at dinner when so many places are now buffet/self service. The hotel was in a good location for access to public transport - the railway station was a 3-5 minute walk up a small hill at the side of the hotel. When we weren't sightseeing we spent some days up at the sun terrace on the 7th floor Sky Bar and others across the road at the swimming pool. The views from the Sky Bar are breathtaking. A visit to the gardens of the Palace on Isola Bella is a must.

Room Tip: lake room worth paying for.
  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Ann H
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Reviewed September 7, 2013

We stayed 5 days at the La Palma and thoroughly enjoyed our visit. Yes it is a bit old fashioned but in no way pretentious and we felt comfortable and relaxed from start to finish. All the staff were friendly and welcoming and helpful with the usual touristy requests.
We had a lovely side room on the 4th floor which gave us great views over the lake and Isola Bella. There was even a multitude of English TV channels for those who look for this in a hotel.
Wi-Fi was not free so we didn't bother to pay but generally the room amenities were fine and included robes and slippers.
Everywhere was spotless and well maintained with lovely gardens and a private pool across the road with an attendant on duty.
The breakfast room was excellent, looking out through panoramic windows to the lake. Good service and a wide choice made for a great start to the day.
The jewel in the crown, however, is the sky bar. I can only agree with other comments on how wonderful a setting it is for a lazy rest or lunch during the day and a relaxing drink with nibbles in the evening. Just fantastic views all round, so calm and peaceful.
We stayed at the end of August so maybe just out of the peak season but we were surprised by how quiet things were in and around the hotel and Stresa itself.
This is not a cheap hotel but certainly good value for money and is highly recommended.
Staying in Stresa offers easy access to the various boat trips available and also to the railway station and local buses. All within a few minutes walk from the hotel.
We would certainly return to this hotel if visiting the area again. Many thanks to all the staff for making our holiday very special!

Room Tip: View from the side lake view rooms is great as long as you are on a higher floor ( 4th or above). No need to pay extra for the front rooms.
  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank peterwilliam_8
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Reviewed September 7, 2013

We stayed for 4 nights and just loved this hotel ŵith it's amazing sky bar, which is just as the website depicts. We spent an hour or so up there every night just taking in the views with a glass of chilled wine, what more could you ask for? My only criticism of this hotel would be that the waiting staff who look after the sky bar are not always as quick to notice you've arrived as they could be, but when you're on holiday and looking out over the lake and the islands on a beautiful night perhaps there is no real need to rush! Well done La Palma for providing something very special and for making our trip one of the best.

  • Stayed: September 2013
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Thank sootyalbatross
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