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La Palma Hotel
Ranked #2 of 35 Hotels in Stresa
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Melbourne, Australia
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680 reviews
77 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 204 helpful votes
“Special views”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 15, 2014

This is my third stay at La Palma and I have had small rooms around the back with poor views so I know it can happen but this time I got a front row room with fabulous views over Lake Maggiore. Decorations were beautiful, a small terrace allowed for us to really benefit from the view, the staff were really obliging and the food in the restaurant was really enjoyable if lacking the final touch to make it really exciting. Hopefully I will return here for future enjoyment. The roof top bar is a great addition and hugely popular so that the hotel appears to be far busier than it used to be.

Room Tip: Book a front room, the views are fabulous.
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank John P
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Sydney, Australia
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38 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 15, 2014

This is a lovely old hotel, with a sense of grandeur in the richly furnished lobby, bar and restaurant. It overlooks the lake and we enjoyed the views from the restaurant at breakfast. The hotel is also close to the town and the pier and it is a 5 minute walk to the train station. On fine evenings, the rooftop bar was opened, with great views of the lake, but this also meant that the inside bar was closed. Our room was clean and quiet and the room was tastefully furnished. We were not happy with the pillows; we only had one very flat pillow each. The hotel was happy to provide extra pillows when asked, but they were also quite flat and firm. We enjoyed the breakfasts. There was a very good choice of continental breakfast as well as scrambled eggs. The staff were always friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank MrgS_12
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Maine
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291 reviews
166 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 10, 2014

Terrific location and views - be sure to get lakeside room for view. Hotel is a grand old hotel that has been very well maintained; across main street from lake and hotel pool.2 bars in hotel - lobby bar lovely; sky bar with great views, lounge chairs, and small wading pool. Also small exercise room. Grounds small but with lovely flowers and well groomed. Caters to large tour groups (were 5-6 in hotel while we were there), and at times the 2 smallish elevators may seem slow, esp at breakfast. the included breakfast buffet was only average, and service a bit slow; had 1 dinner in dining room - only average (large lasagna dish, poor chicken dish for second course).
Room itself very nice, but very noisy (from outside) if storm shutter not lowered; also some noise from plumbing in other rooms: bed a bit hard. Very clean and well maintained, as was the balcony. Nice bathroom with Jacuzzi tub - only 4 nozzles and low water pressure, but a nice touch. Desk service friendly and helpful - with good English.

Room Tip: Get lakeside room
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank heund
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Brick, New Jersey
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116 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 9, 2014

The Zanetta family treat you like one of theirs. The staff is helpful, and rooms very comfortable. prices have increased over the years and many improvements have been made to the building. Lake view rooms don't disappoint. I always like I,ve come home when i step foot into the hotel.

Room Tip: Room 412 or 508 are superb
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank carol j
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Vienna, Austria
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45 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 3, 2014

Near perfect Hotel. At least our rooms and our stay was perfect, faultless!

GOOD Bar with very dedicated personnell. The Sky Bar is AWESOME!

Nice seating there, Pool ( small, but Pool ;-)), GREAT View! The glass fence keeps the wind out surprisingly effective.

Sea View heartily recommended, the 5th floor ( and the 6th ) are NEW, and the 5th has a nice, broad balcony.

The view on the Lago and the Isola Bella, whether evening, during the Night ( Isola Bella LIT! ) and before dawn, when the lake just takes on some colour, and then, in the morning, totally calm ... These are things to remember!

Choose this Hotel. It doens´t get better!

Room Tip: Take the SEA VIEW! 5th Floor was perfect for us! ( seems to be, the 5th and 6th floor are NEW! )
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank MartinaandHermann
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London
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48 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2014 via mobile

We stayed here as a family with 2 children and booked one of the suites with lake view. The suite was fabulous and spacious, and we all loved the rooftop bar and jacuzzi. Staff extremely friendly and helpful, including with our various queries prior to arrival, with all our emails answered very promptly. Breakfast was fine - there was some hot food but it was mainly continental style. Like other reviewers I would recommend giving the restaurant a miss for dinner and eating in the town instead, which is only a few minutes walk away. This was however the only (small) downside of this hotel which was otherwise fantastic and we would be delighted to stay there again.

Stayed April 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2014 via mobile

Stresa is the most beautiful place in the world, to me and I was so pleased to be going back there again.

My wife and I stayed at La Palma in early April. I cannot recommend it enough. We were greeted by a very smart gent, who showed us to our room facing the lake. The room was ultra modern with fantastic views, a huge double bed and a very large and well appointed bathroom.

We were shown the new spa area with sauna, treatment rooms, and a gym. All brand new and very appealing. The most amazing thing of all was the roof terrace. It is huge, with porcelain flooring and glass fencing so that you can enjoy 360 degree views. There is a small infinity pool and plenty do seating and sunbeds, some of which are very trendy outdoor double beds. There is a bar, and the service is excellent. The prices are very reasonable for drinks and you don't feel ripped off one bit.

Breakfast was simple and the food was very fresh. You won't go hungry here. We didn't eat at the hotel in the evening as we preferred to walk 5 minutes to the quaint town centre. We ate at Mama Mia's, Restaurant Central and Torinos. They all served authentic fresh Italian food and I couldn't say anything bad about them at all.

A piece of advice; the restaurants close quite early so you should think about eating at 9pm the latest.

Finally, back to the hotel. If you want a modern and chic Italian experience in a large family run hotel you can't go wrong here. It has the best views in the Lake and we spent hours admiring to beautiful scenery. The staff were all extremely friendly and accommodating . I asked one member of staff about the family who own the hotel and she said they were the "most wonderful people and a privilege to work for". Happy staff make happy customers. Need I say more ...... Thank you La Palma we will be back very soon.

Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Property: La Palma Hotel
Address: Via Umberto Primo 33, 28838, Stresa, Italy
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Location: Italy > Piedmont > Lake Maggiore > Stresa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Stresa
#2 Spa Hotel in Stresa
#2 Luxury Hotel in Stresa
#3 Family Hotel in Stresa
#3 Romantic Hotel in Stresa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — La Palma Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 120
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La Palma Hotel Stresa, Italy - Lake Maggiore

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