My wife and I had a great time staying in the second-floor apartment (that's the third floor in the US) with our kids. The location is great, right by the lakeside--you can't get any closer unless you're able to sleep in the lake itself--and the view is fantastic, with the lake stretching out before you and the Alps in the distance in several directions. The apartment was spacious and quiet, with bunk beds for the kids and a nice master bedroom for us. The living room gives a comfortable place to lounge around if it rains, and the dining table sits right by a big window. The building is old, of course, and the apartment isn't totally updated, but it's cozy and an excellent value. Our experience with the owner, Rossana, was mostly quite positive, though not entirely. She forgot that she had waived a fee for us, and I had to forward her the email chain to get that fee back. It was also unseasonably cold while we were there, and when we asked about turning on the heat she said she'd have to charge us a 10-euro fee for each night of heat. She also gave me a rude, stern lecture about not letting our kids take four hours in the bathtub, when they hadn't taken a bath at all. She also told us she needed us out of the apartment three hours before the published and agreed upon checkout time, so she could prepare the apartment for "special guests" who came back annually. All of this rudeness would have netted a negative review, despite the nice apartment, but Rossana came through like a superhero at the end of our trip. When we got to the train station, we could not find our train ticket. Rossana drove to the station, zipped me back to the apartment, and returned me to the station without missing a beat. It turned out that our ticket had been misplaced in our bag all along, but she was quite friendly and gracious about our mistake. I think the key is to keep track of all agreements in writing, expect that any roughness around the edges might be an issue related to English not being her first language, and assume that you'll have a great time. All in all, we would go back in a heartbeat. Stresa is a great town and a fine base from which to explore other parts of the lake. And the view! The view!
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