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La Palma Hotel
Ranked #2 of 35 Hotels in Stresa
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Fabulous hotel”
Reviewed June 21, 2014

This was our best hotel on a 5 week trip to Britain and Europe. Comfortable and luxurious with large room opening to balcony overlooking Isola Bella. Great location right opposite lake and close to ferry terminal. Large bathroom and thick towels. Great restaurant for breakfast and dinner; excellent buffet selections and a la carte. Two swimming pools, and so many different places to sit and relax. Rooftop view amazing with full panorama of lake and a bar that serves tea/coffee as well as drinks and snacks. Superior service from staff. We arrived early in the day and were fortunate to access our room. This is one of the few hotels that we will return to. Everything about it makes you feel really 'on holiday'.

Room Tip: We had a room with 'side lake view' but it was still a huge portion of lake looking over Iso...
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Aventura, Florida
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Reviewed June 21, 2014

I had the pleasure of staying at this hotel for eight days during which time I enjoyed fantastic and creative meals, warm and engaging staff , excellent maid and cleaning , as well as one of the most magical views ever and I am a traveler for many years. This hotel is located in front of the most beautiful lakes in Italy with easy walking distance to miles of gorgeous scenery or quaint shops. I have never experienced such an amazing place.

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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled solo
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Suffolk
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Reviewed June 19, 2014

We only had 3 nights at La Palma but it was a lovely experience.

Our room (208) was at the side of the hotel but we still had beautiful views of the mountains and from the balcony could see Lake Maggiore - but, sadly, not Isola Bella. A couple of floors higher and I'm sure we would have been able to see the Borromean Islands.

The food in the hotel was lovely and there was plenty of it; the waiting staff were efficient and pleasant, as were the other staff we encountered.

The absolutely best spot was the Sky Bar .... popular with both residents of the hotel and Stresa, but so elegant. The infinity pool was like a warm bath, about hip-deep with jacuzzi beds and stunning views of the lake, the Borromean Islands and the mountains - it was especially pretty at night (I came out wrinkly as I was in there for so long!).

The hotel found out we were celebrating a year of special birthdays and a big anniversary - they were kind enough to leave us a bottle of bubbly on ice! Thank you, La Palma!!!!! We hope to return.

Room Tip: Try to get rooms with a view of Lake Maggiore. If you can, then it would be worth paying more for a...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 18, 2014

Lovely hotel with great room ,amazing rooftop sky bar it was just a shame that you could not get a drink (hot or cold) before mid day or after the evening meal the bars were not open. Drinks were not served at the pool

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Reviewed June 17, 2014

Right on the lakeside overlooking the 3 islands in Lake Maggoire this hotel lived up to its expectations. The whole area has a retro feel and stepping into the hotel you certainly get this with the traditional decor. From the outside it isn't as impressive as the Regency Palace a few doors down but its location is perfect. 5 minute walk from the train station (an hour from Milan) and the same into the town.

I booked a junior suite and this turned out to be on the side of the hotel but it was a large room with a double sized balcony overlooking the lake. Lots of TV stations, including the BBC and ITV if that is something that is a plus for you.

Breakfast, which was included, provided plenty of choice. We ate in the hotel on one evening and this was very reasonable and good quality compared to the tourist trap on the town square. Especially with a view over the lake and an opportunity to sit in the gardens for coffee and after dinner drinks.

The hotel boasts a swimming pool on the lake side and a Sky Bar which gives even more magnificent views and seems to be "the" place to be in the evening. During the day it is a great place to relax and sunbathe with a large Jacuzzi plunge pool which is fabulous.

Service was excellent; everyone very friendly. The only slight negative points were the shower flattered to deceive with its spray-jet things and there were no refreshments in the room. I know this is usually the case in 5* establishments but could have been the exception as Stresa is predominately a holiday destination.

The hotel boasted 4* but I think it is equal to many 5* I have stayed in. Not cheap but worth every penny for a special holiday.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Bielefeld, Germany
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Reviewed June 13, 2014 via mobile

We stayed here for 2 weeks exploring the area around the Lago Maggiore. We had a deluxe room with lake view. The room was nice, clean and specious. The service was really friendly and helpful. The most gorgeous thing to mention is the sky bar in the seventh floor with one of the best lake views. Even if you are not a guest you have to go there for a drink. The breakfast buffet offers a large variety. The internet (WiFi) is working well in the room and all other areas of the hotel including the garden. To use the free internet you have to re-register every 24h which is a little bit annoying. We can really recommend the hotel although the following point has to be considered but is properly also valid for the other hotels around. As a main road is running between the hotel and the lake you have to expect traffic noise starting sometimes early in the morning. This is especially the case if you book a room with lake view.

Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Guernsey, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 13, 2014

This hotel is at Stresa on Lake Maggiore in the Umberto region of Northern Italy. This was our first visit to both the region and hotel and we were not disappointed with either.

The panoramic views from the hotel are just outstanding and the Sky Bar is absolutely wonderful in a chic modern style. A beautiful location to sit and gaze at the beautiful lake, the Borromeo Islands of Isola Bella, Isola Madre, Isolino di San Giovanni and Isola dei Pescatori, with the backdrop of the mountains whilst enjoying an aperitivo before strolling off for Dinner, really quite enchanting!

Our room was on the 4th floor with a side view of the Lake and provided a balcony from which to fully appreciate the beauty of lake and surrounding mountains. The room was comfortable and adequate for our needs; however additional plugs for charging of smartphones and other electrical devices would have been of benefit. The option of using the electric shutters to seal the room of light and noise and ensure a not to early start was a positive, however early risers opening their shutters some mornings awoke us as they are quite noisy!

The region is beautiful and not commercialised at all, a real benefit in my view. We explored the area; used the cable car and chair lift for a panoramic trip to the top of Mottarone and back again; the Borromeo Islands by little ferry boats; the Lake Maggiore Express was a full day round trip with a train from Stresa to Domodossola where you board the narrow gauge Centovalley Railway that travels to Locarno in Switzerland through the "hundred valleys" area, passing many traditional villages and old stone houses, where we enjoyed the spectacular scenery of the woods, alpine pasture, mountains and waterfalls, with a lunch in Locarno before boarding a ferry that provided a wonderful opportunity to see the valleys and towns surrounding Lake Maggiore as we gently returned to Stresa.

We tried several of the areas local restaurants and ate well with a wide range of local food on offer at reasonable prices and enjoyed trying various local wines.

We fell in love with the beauty of Stresa and Lake Maggiore and, for the Sky Bar alone with its stunning panoramic views, we will return and we would stay at this hotel again.

Room Tip: Side or Lake views are a must!
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  • Stayed May 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 Luxury Hotel in Stresa
#2 Spa Hotel in Stresa
#3 Romantic Hotel in Stresa
#3 Family 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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