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Hotel Fontana
Ranked #13 of 35 Hotels in Stresa
Certificate of Excellence
North Yorkshire
Level Contributor
49 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Fantastic view from window............”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2011

Stayed in room 45 on the top floor it had a lovely view over the Isola Bella island and another window of the hills behind. No aircon but we could open both windows to get a through draft although it was a little noisy when we did this as the hotel is on the main road through Stresa. This is a great value hotel in a good situation, you would pay a lot more for just around the corner. The owner is especially charming, a genuinely nice man who cares about his customers, he made the stay more special. Had a great trip around the 3 islands and two lovely meals at local restaurants.

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 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 We-love-travelling-7
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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berks
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7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2011

Do not quite understand the glowing reviews!

Hotel needs a refurb, and we thought was quite dreary.

Owner very helpful, but arn't hotel proprieters supposed to be?

Breakfasts are OK, but certainly not exceptional in any way.

Room alright, nothing special. Bathroom cramped and windowless, bath/tub dangerous to get in/out

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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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1 Thank berks_11
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melbourne
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20 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2011

we stayed here for two nights and we would have gladly stayed longer The service was fabulous and all attention to detail was great. the rooms were comfortable and we couldn't have asked for more. Breakfast was first class and all that we asked was immediately fulfilled. We loved our stayed and our only regret it is so far from Australia
as we would love to return & stay longer. Thank you for your amazing hospitality

  • Stayed June 2011, 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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1 Thank miloMelbourne
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2011

Following previous recommendations we stayed in room 33 which has an enormous balcony looking out onto the lake. Giuseppe could not have been more helpful and the hotel is in a great location.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 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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1 Thank JCG3
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Dublin
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36 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2011

We stayed at the La Fontana for one night, breaking the trip from Malpensa Airport to the upper reaches of Lake Maggiore. We chose the hotel on the strength of exhuberant Tripadvisor reviews, which to some degree, we feel are unjustified. Yes, the owner tries to be helpful, but isn't that what hotel managers are supposed to do? The location is fine, although plenty of noise from the road outside, and the hotel will pass if you are looking for a clean and reasonable place to spend the night, but from this point on I disagree with many of the reviews.
The hotel needs a makeover, simple as that. The decor is tired, the bathrooms outdated, with a hipbath mentioned in an earlier review, which wouldn't be to everyone's liking, it certainly wasn't to ours.
And the rave reviews of breakfast? No freshly squeezed orange juice? Television on in the corner? Cuisine de France type rolls? Well, if that's your cup of tea.
The gentleman running the hotel was kind to us, and I wouldn't like to be unfair. But we stayed a whole week after our stay in the Fontana in a dazzling hotel further up the lake in Cannero Riviera and the contrast was dramatic.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Holmquist
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Tahoe City CA
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2011

This was our third three week trip to Italy. As always, we loooved it down to the last tortellini! We like, your other reviewers have fallen in love with Stresa and the MOST gracious and over the top accommodating, Signor Giuseppe and his lovely jewel of a hotel, La Fontana. While planning our trip I emailed Giuseppe (we had stayed at La Fontanna previously) several times with many questions re train schedules, car rental, excursions, weather, etc. and he ALWAYS promptly emailed me back with helpful and wise answers to my questions. We stayed in the front lake view room overlooking the spacious balcony and the lovely lush garden. At night we could lay in bed and view the full moon sitting patiently above beautiful Lake Maggiore. It was magical. In the morning, we could not wait to rise and head down to breakfast which was first class and YUMMY! Of course, we were always treated to the welcoming smile of Giuseppe. He was there to attend to his guests every need. You must stay at La Fontana and become part of the "Giuseppe Experience". Believe me you won't regret it. Stresa is also a wonderul place to hang your new sweet Italian leather purse!
There are many places to visit and so much to do. Great beauty, great people and great restaurants. It does not get much better than that! We will be back! Giuseppe, if you read these reviews >Com sta? Molte GRAZIE, amare!
Barbara Gordon and Bill Gordon too
Tahoe City, California USA

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Tahoeme
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2011

Not much to add to all the other positive reviews. Well situated near the Carciano ferry landing and less than 10 mins walk from the centre of Stresa. Our room was clean quiet and comfortable. The Hotel has no restaurant (there are plenty to choose from in the town, the Hotel patron will advise) but provides a good breakfast. Nice gardens, quiet rooms (air conditioned), friendly, very helpful staff. We would be very happy to return.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank FredMPL
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Property: Hotel Fontana
Address: Via Sempione Nord 1, 28838, Stresa, Italy
Location: Italy > Piedmont > Lake Maggiore > Stresa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Stresa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Fontana 3*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situato in posizione tranquilla e centrale a pochi metri dal lago, l'Hotel La Fontana è immerso nel verde di un bellissimo grande parco.La struttura, costruita negli anni '40, è stata fino agli anni '80 una villa.La gestione familiare assicura un caldo e accogliente soggiorno.Le camere sono dotate di servizi privati, aria condizionata, Tv-sat, telefono diretto, frigo bar, phon e cassaforte. ... more   less 
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Fontana Hotel Stresa
Hotel Fontana Stresa, Italy - Lake Maggiore

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