Much of what has been said in past reviews sums up this friendly, efficient hotel. It is a good 3 star hotel with no claim to be more. Our room was large with a shower over a full bath and a wrap around balcony facing the lake, although the view is partly obstructed by the cable car. The staff in reception, the dining room and housekeeping all do their jobs very well indeed. Bed linen and towels are changed daily, the hotel is very clean and the pillows were fine. Yes, thicker towels would be preferable but it must be more eco friendly to have the thin towels when they are being replaced daily. And I agree I would prefer a duvet (surprisingly it was not very warm at night for our week in August with some rain and thunderstorms). It is at least 20 minutes walk to the main town but this is along a flat promenade with nice views of the lake. Unfortunately you can only walk in the town direction as there is no footpath along the road in the other direction. Also after the town you cannot walk any further for the same reason. The hotel is right next to the cable car - sadly the weather was not clear enough for the whole week to tempt us up. We went to Isola Bella and Isola Pescatori for 10 euros and were happy to pay 13 euros for entrance to the Palace and gardens on Isola Bella - they were amazing, the 10 tiered gardens were beautiful. Stresa is a nice little town but IMO a little limited. Inghams offered a deal, buy 2 excursions and get the third free. We went to Zermatt, pricey and a long journey but I really enjoyed it. Three Lakes - Maggiore at Locarno, Lake Lugano and Lake Como, an enjoyable day out and a half day trip to Lake Orta. I think these were well worth doing as the weather wasn't great and I wouldn't have found enough in Stresa without the excursions. On Thursday night there was great live music round the town otherwise it was quiet, possibly due to the weather. There was a very loud Saturday night disco across from the hotel but it was just the one night. The evening meal in the hotel was good, 4 courses and waiter served with the choice of 3 starters and 3 main courses. Breakfast was sufficient but a little repetitive with no toast or cooked choices. Coffee and tea were good though and there was orange juice, yoghurt and fresh fruits to complement the cold meats, cheese, bread and cereal. There is an indoor pool and a grass area at the back. There are some really lovely 4 and 5 star hotels in Stresa but of course this would be reflected in the price. This hotel was very good for what it was and at a good price. We enjoyed our stay.
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- Lido Perla Nera Stresa
- Hotel Lido La Perla Nera Stresa, Italy - Lake Maggiore