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“Perfect location, great little hotel!”
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Hotel Elena
Ranked #15 of 35 Hotels in Stresa
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Idyllwild, California
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26 reviews
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“Perfect location, great little hotel!”
Reviewed December 27, 2012

I highly recommend Hotel Elena. It's cute and charming, with an elevator to the upper floors (a big plus!) with clean, plain rooms and a nice shower, comfy bed, cute balcony. My room was very quiet and I felt safe traveling by myself. Just a couple minute's walk to the waterfront and the ferry, too! I preferred Hotel Elena over the expensive waterfront hotels because you get lots of traffic noise 24/7 when you're on the waterfront. The central square is very charming, with lots of restaurants and inexpensive pizza places, tons of shops, and friendly people. I enjoyed my stay and if I ever get back to northern Italy I will stay at Hotel Elena again.

Room Tip: Ask for a quiet room, and you'll get one!
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
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Annapolis, MD
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Reviewed December 10, 2012

We stayed a week at Hotel Elena in October '12. It was our 5th time. We had stayed in one of the grand dames along the water years ago, but loved the quaint and busy square in the heart of town. So after reading reviews on Trip Advisor, we discovered Hotel Elena. It is a mere 1-star, but it's a 5-star to us. We are welcomed back each time with increasing familial hugs. We request a room overlooking the square to enjoy the sights and sounds. Laura, her son and all her staff are so very friendly--we feel so at home. What is missing in "glitz" is well made up for in friendliness. We will always chose Hotel Elena!!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Windsor and Maidenhead, United Kingdom
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130 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
Reviewed November 4, 2012

The location of Hotel Elena is excellent: just a four minutes walk from the ferry and in the middle of Stresa with wonderful restaurants. The price and quality cannot be beaten by any hotel in Stresa. The staff is extremely friendly: we arrived late from Milan because there was road construction taken place on the highway, even though it was 1 AM the owner was still waiting for us.

The breakfast is simple (the Italian way) but still really good and you are taken care of as a person not just a customer. Actually we got the personal feeling of being in a Bed & Breakfast. Their coffee is excellent.

There are four floors but there is an elevator: good for the elderly, people with a lot of luggage and/or a disability. The minibar is of great value. As of parking: they made a deal with the city council
so you can park nearby for 7 EUR a day (in case the other parking spots are taken).

What could be improved is that we would have preferred a double bed instead of twin beds. Also on the tv channels there are only three channels.

Our verdict: there is no need to look any further: price and quality cannot be beaten. Do remember the hotel is only open from March to half of October. If you are looking for a luxury hotel than look somewhere else (and pay a lot more :-)).

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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london
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed October 31, 2012

Have just returned from a stay at Hotel Elena and can thoroughly recommend it. It is a lovely little hotel which I feel definitely warrants more than its 1 star rating. Our room was large, spotlessly clean and comfortable with a balcony overlooking the main square, just a stone's throw from the waterfront and ferry. The shower is excellent, very powerful and there is also a fridge in the room. Breakfast is delicious with a good selection of hams, cheeses, breads, croissants and cereal. The owners are also very friendly. I would definitely return.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sleaford, United Kingdom
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122 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed October 29, 2012

a good find via trip advisor and true to the reviews so far. its small, quirky, staff very helpful, spotlessley clean, excellent brekfast, near to everything you need in stresa. it punches well above its weight in terms of stars. i will definately return to this place.

Room Tip: front rooms overlook the square, very nice. walls are a little thin but all hotels seem to be!
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed October 29, 2012

I can only echo all the other positive reviews of this hotel. We stayed for 4 nights, a couple and teenage son. The room was very spacious, clean, with a lovely balcony overlooking the square with fantastic view of the mountains and to our right a glimpse of Lake Maggiore, less than 5 minutes walk away. The breakfast was excellent , very generous with great coffee/tea etc. The family owners were very friendly and helpful. Thanks for a great experience in Stesa!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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St. Louis
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Reviewed October 26, 2012

Everything about Hotel Elena was perfect. The hotel is on a bustling piazza with shops and restaurants (but still quiet at night) and is only a couple of blocks from the ferry and water taxis which makes it easy to visit places on Lake Maggiore. Everyone at the hotel is very friendly and helpful and the breakfast is delicious. Our room was large with a balcony overlooking the piazza with beautiful views of the mountains.

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Property: Hotel Elena
Address: Piazza Luigi Cadorna Generale 15, 28838, Stresa, Italy
Location: Italy > Piedmont > Lake Maggiore > Stresa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Stresa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:1 star — Hotel Elena 1*
Number of rooms: 14
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Also Known As:
Elena Hotel Stresa
Hotel Elena Stresa, Italy - Lake Maggiore

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