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“Lovely small hotel with wonderful staff!”
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Hotel Belvedere
Ranked #3 of 35 Hotels in Stresa
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Reviewed June 11, 2013

We spent 5 nights at this hotel. Our room on the second floor was bright and spacious with a balcony overlooking the lake towards Isola Madre. The food and service in the restaurant were so good we ate there every evening. The hotel staff were extremely helpful at all times, nothing was ever too much trouble. An excellent base for exploring Lake Maggiore and the surrounding area and to return to for peace and tranquillity in the evening.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Paco G, Proprietario at Hotel Belvedere, responded to this reviewResponded June 17, 2013

Dear Client,
I am pleased that you enjoy your stay at Belvedere and would like to take the occasion to thank you for your review!
Looking forward to host you again, best regards

Paco

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Reviewed June 10, 2013

We were visiting the Lake district and decided to treat ourselves to a night on Isola Pescatori (Superiore). We were not disappointed. The hotel arranged for a boat to pick us up and take us to the island, where we had a wonderful dinner. The views out over the lake were breathtaking. We had two small children with us -- no problem. They were friendly and didn't have a problem seating the kids in the restaurant. Also, this was the only hotel in Italy that actually confirmed our reservation (and request for a crib and extra bed) via e-mail. I have since realized how important this is, because none of the other hotels I booked through an online service appeared to have even read this request. When we showed up with the kids, they were furious and often treated us poorly, even though I had clearly indicated we were coming with children in the reservation request. No such problem here. Our only regret was that we didn't stay longer. The room was clean, large, with an unbelievable shower complete with aromatherapy water jets (my son loved the chocolate scented one). Our view over the lake was magical. I cannot recommend this hotel highly enough!

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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Paco G, Proprietario at Hotel Belvedere, responded to this reviewResponded June 17, 2013

Dear Guest,
your comments about your stay at Belvedere makes me happy since I always do my best to make my guest feel at home; travelling with children can sometimes be stressing and here we try to do as much as possible for the families with children, in order to make their stay as confortable as possible.
We look forward to welcoming you again, best regards

Paco

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Reviewed June 1, 2013

My partner and I selected Isola Pescatori for a short 3 day stay however I wish we had stayed longer. Hotel Belvedere was just what we were looking for. a lovely base to relax and recharge ourselves for the rest of our touring holiday.

The staff were helpful and courteous, recommending local tours for our short stay. The room was furnished simply, the views from balcony spectacular. We had two lovely dinners in the restaurant looking out onto the lights of the lake. The waiter recommended wonderful dishes and local wine. Our stay here was simply no effort - exactly what we needed.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Paco G, Proprietario at Hotel Belvedere, responded to this reviewResponded June 4, 2013

Dear Guests,
we thank you for your kind review and we are glad to know you had what a stay as you were looking for!
We hope to host you again in the future.
Best regards

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Reviewed May 12, 2013

Staying in this small hotel (10 rooms, or even less) was a great way to enjoy Isola dei Pescatori in the morning and in the evening, when the crowds of tourists ore gone (most boats on the lake stop running at around 7 p.m.). No cars, more cats than people and charm of the island...
Our room was charming and comfortable, and what can be better than opening the windows in the morning just to see the lake, and the island.
The team running the hotel is also very friendly and ready to help you with a good advice. I think it was the first (and I'm afraid it could also be the last time) in my tourist's life that the person from the hotel, when booking a taxi, asked spontaneously the taxi driver to drive us small roads in the village rather than the highway.
Having breakfast in a small garden with just a few tables in front of the lake was a great start of the day.
The restaurant is good, you get nice local cuisine including fish from the lake, although if you have a more comfortable budget, don't hesitate to try Verbano on the other side of the island, you won't be disappointed. Anyway, I strongly recommend booking your table in advance, especially for lunch (although if you're staying on the island, it's best to leave it during daytime to avoid crowds).

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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Paco G, Proprietario at Hotel Belvedere, responded to this reviewResponded May 15, 2013

Dear Client,
thank you very much for your comments about our hotel.
We are happy to know that your stay has been nice, that you appreciated our restaurant and we really hope to welcome you again on our beautiful island!
Best regards

Paco Garofoli

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Reviewed October 1, 2012

Perfect place to de-stress. The hotel was lovely, room was perfect, bathroom very clean and good shower. We had a balcony with the most wonderful view of the lake and the mountains. Ate in the restaurant both nights, food was excellent, waiter very friendly and helped us to choose a local wine. We would have stayed an extra couple of nights had there been a vacancy. If you want to totally relax, then this is the place for you. We went there because our son and his wife had stayed last year - we can thoroughly recommend it also. We would have liked a kettle and tea bags in the room but don't think that's done so often in Italy

Room Tip: Pay the extra for a lake view if you can, it's well worth it
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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pacebubu, Direttore at Hotel Belvedere, responded to this reviewResponded October 6, 2012

Dear Guest,
thank you for your comment! We are really happy that you appreciated the relaxing atmosphere of our hotel.
Hoping to welcoming you again in a future occasion, best regards
Paco Garofoli

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Reviewed September 26, 2012

We enjoyed our stay at Hotel Belvedere although a little expensive the welcome and assistance getting to the island when arriving late was great. Paco even helped us with our luggage to our room. The room and bathroom were simple and clean with magic evening and sunrise views. The handheld shower attachment in the bath with no curtain so you can't really have a stand-up shower was the only issue but hey it didn't spoil our time at all. The lake Views are magic not only from our room but at dinner as well. Walking around the quiet island at night was peaceful and romantic.

The waiter at dinner was very pleasant and service was great especially the complimentary aperitif and appetizer. Our dinner (lake fish and lamb) was very nice and well prepared. Breakfast on the first day was great with eggs cooked to order. However, we did miss breakfast the next day as we had to catch the first ferry in the morning and we were told we could still have breakfast at 7.15 but there would be no fresh bread. We were happy with this but when arriving at that time the overnight caretaker only pointed to breakfast starting at 8.15 and that was it. As we were leaving the lovely and original waiter offered us breakfast but it was too late but made us a nice espresso. The cappuccinos were very nice.

Get an multi stop ferry ticket and visit the other islands too. Another thing we found out ont he second night that Pizza is only able to be ordered at the island restaurants at lunchtime (day tourists) and not dinner. Overall a lovely experience.

Stayed 6th September 2012

Room Tip: 2nd Floor with lake views not facing Stresa is very nice.
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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pacebubu, Direttore at Hotel Belvedere, responded to this reviewResponded October 6, 2012

Dear Guest,
thank you for your comments about our hotel. We are thinking about a solution to make the bat tube more comfortable for people who prefere to have a shower instead of a bath; we will probably solve the problem during the winter closure.
Sorry for the inconvenience of the last day breakfast.
Thank you adain for your kind comments, that will help us to improve our service.
Best regards

Paco Garofoli

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Reviewed September 23, 2012

The hotel is situated in a corner on the small island offshore from Stresa. Getting to the hotel requires walking from the train station to the ferry and take the ferry, following by a 2 minutes walk on cobble-stoned street. But once we were in our upstair room, looking at the double rainbow out in the lake from our balcony, all the hardship in finding the hotel were worth it. The room is clean, modern and bright. The lake, with the constantly varying light, color, and mountains and towns in the distance, is breathtaking. I can sit on the balcony looking at the lake all day long.

The night we arrived, we were the only guest in the hotel. The dining room and kitchen opened specially for us, and the owner pampered us himself. This hotel has been in the family for 3 generations, and the owner is the grandson. The service is very attentive and personal. The restaurant serves good quality food. Most impressive is the surroundings. That first night, we sat in a table by the open window, with full view of the lake and lights in the distant town. The owner sent two complimentary Presecco sparkling wine, turned on the music and let us take our time deciding what we want to eat. The island after all the tourists left was quiet and safe. Our young daughter ran out to explore the island and the numerous toads on her own, and we sat there enjoying the romantic surroundings. Just that evening alone is worthy of all (cost, trouble in getting to the hotel). The personalized service continued for the entire duration of our 4 nights stay. I would stay here again without any hesitation.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with family
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pacebubu, Direttore at Hotel Belvedere, responded to this reviewResponded October 6, 2012

Dear Guest,
we really appreciated your comments about your stay in our hotel; we are pleased that you enjoy the atmosphere and the service and we hope to welcoming your family again in a future occasion.
With my best regards
Paco Garofoli

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Address: Via di Mezzo | Isola Pescatori, 28838, Stresa, Italy
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Location: Italy > Piedmont > Lake Maggiore > Stresa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Stresa
#2 Romantic Hotel in Stresa
Price Range: $112 - $165 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Belvedere 3*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Belvedere, located on the quite Isola dei Pescatori, is the right place to forget about stress and relax on the sound of the lake's waves. It is located in and historical building, recently renewed. 19 double rooms; all of them have the private bathroom with shower or bath tub, heating, air conditioning, telephone, satellite TV, WIFI connection free of charge. Our restaurant has a wide dining room on the lake and is open every day, for lunch and dinner. The island is connected to the mainland by the public boats, leaving from Stresa and Baveno every 30 minutes, from 8 a.M. To 7 p.M. We can organize a transfer by motorboat after 7 p.M. ... more   less 
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