I believe that recent reviews have been a little harsh. We had a wonderful two weeks here and I would not hesitate to recommend it. The location (between a main road and a railway line) is of course not ideal from the point of view of noise. We had a lake view room however and once the french windows and the shutters were closed at night we experienced no disturbance. Occasionally when we were having a drink on the balcony the scooters roaring past were a bit of an irritant. There are no coach parties in high season and the air conditioning in the rooms is on permanently so it is always lovely and cool. The rooms are well equipped and spotlessly clean. The new digital safe which was free of charge was a nice bonus as many of the larger hotels make a charge for this.
The staff were very efficient and generally pleasant and friendly. All spoke English and French as well as Italian. A special mention should be made of Caterina in the restaurant and Francina on reception who went out of their way to give exceptional service.
The food was excellent. Each morning at breakfast there was the evening menu on the table so you could select in advance. In the unlikely event that you did not like any of the choices you could ask for an alternative. Nearly all of the dishes were Italian and those seeking British fare abroad should certainly look elsewhere. The pasta starter (14 different varieties in a fortnight) was extremely popular and we had to be careful to go easy on the second helpings in order to save room for the main course.
There were very few English people there during our stay and initially we thought this would bother us. Everyone was very friendly however and efforts were made at conversation. We met some very nice people from both France and Belgium. I enjoyed speaking French and the Flemish could all manage a few English phrases.
Finally a few words about the pool which was set in a very pleasant garden. There were a few very simple rules which had had be adhered to. You left your shoes on a rack, entered the pool area through a foot bath and took a quick shower before you swam. This ensured that the pool was crystal clear and a nice place to bathe. There was a lifeguard/pool barman on duty to oversee procedings. There were ample sunbeds and tables around the pool and in the garden and a good mix of sunshine and shade. There was no problem getting a bed because people did not tend to stay around the pool all day but called in for an hour or two to fit in with excursions etc. Do not bother taking your own towels if you are tight on your luggage allowance as pool towels are available.
We enjoyed all of the above and at a price which was several hundred pounds cheaper than the really opulent hotels in the centre. I would recommend the Della Torre without hesitation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Della Torre is a well-maintained, family-run hotel set just out of Stresa town centre and only 150 metres from Lake Maggiore. Enjoy pretty lake views from the gardens.Relax by Hotel Della Torre's outdoor pool, which features a Jacuzzi area. Sun loungers and beach towels are provided for use by the pool and there is also a snack bar here.The train station is set conveniently close, just 5 minutes' walk from Hotel Della Torre. This friendly hotel is also great if you want to visit the Borromean Islands, as ferries leave from close by.A pleasant 20-minute stroll along the promenade will have you in Stresa centre.Rooms at Hotel Della Torre are all spacious and air conditioned, with their own balconies. Junior suites have lovely views over the lake or look out over the picturesque mountains behind the hotel. Satellite TV is provided. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Della Torre Hotel
- Della Torre Stresa
- Hotel Della Torre Stresa, Italy - Lake Maggiore