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Hotel La Bussola
Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in Novara
France
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7 reviews
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“Recommended for business travellers”
Reviewed December 29, 2011

I have stayed already a few times at this hotel and found it always reliably delivering its value for money. The staff is professional and attentive to personal needs (in reply to many older comments on this post, that does not mean artificial friendliness as it's habitual in the anglo-saxon world). The rooms have been renovated recently, so I guess all negative reviews on the carpet, smell and similar dating more than a year are no longer valid.
The room service is relatively rapid and I have always eaten well here (e.g. not club sandwich or burger, but rather fresh fish or delicious pasta).
The shower door was not properly fixed and lead to water leaking out, but that really the only remark I'd have on the comfort of the room.
The breakfast could be further enhanced with more fresh fruit and hot food (bacon, eggs, etc).
Overall this is the best choice for a stay in Novara, particularly if it's for business (it does lack however of gym or swimming pool).
I will certainly return - thank you.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed September 22, 2011

Entering La Bussola is like entering a building a century ago. You can argue about its decoration: is it tasteful or simply out-dated?
Clocks are everywhere but perhaps they are also many Clean.
Noisy when guests are passing by.
Sleeping comfort is ok.
The bath room lacks a closure to the outside world, there is a see-through curtain, but that is it.
The restaurant "Al vecchio Pendolo" is ok. Nothing special but they serve a decent meal. The staff is attentive and friendly.
Car park is free but outside on the street.
Shopping? Carrefour is next door.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled on business
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limeira, brazil
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Reviewed August 2, 2008

We really enjoyed staying in this hotel me and my family. people were very nice and did not count efforts to make our trip very pleasant.

Stayed July 2008
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Bergen op Zoom
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Reviewed July 23, 2008

We drove into Novara looking for a hotel and ended up at the Bussola.
Lady at the desk was very friendly and so was the personell at the restaurant, which was a relief after lots of their unfriendly and arrogant fellow Italians in Umbrie and Tuscany.
Room was perfect and luxurious everything worked and the jacuzzi shower was heavenly!!!! Room was also beautifully decorated.
So no compaints here!!!
Might be they are not to keen on complaining US citizens that are forced to stay there by Alitalia ?????

  • Liked — Clean, excellent food, great wines and friendly people
  • Disliked — location could have been nearer to town center
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 20, 2008

My boyfriend and I were put up in this hotel by Alitalia. It was awful. There were stains on the carpet and the floor. It was loud until the banquet was over. The food was awful. I think that the food was leftover from the banquets. The staff was very rude. We had trouble getting our TV working becuase the power button wouldn't stay in and the staff said that they didn't have anyone to send up. Alitalia had told us we had free phone calls, but when we left in the morning the staff tried to tell us that we were both limited to only 3 minutes. That would have been 90 seconds per person to tell our families that our flight was cancelled and to explain how we were getting home. When we disputed the charges the front desk person told us the world would be a better place without us. I definitely would recommend staying away from this place.

  • Stayed December 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 30, 2006

We were put in this hotel by Alitalia when they overbooked our plane home to the US. It is supposedly a family run hotel only 30 minutes from Malpensa. It is actually more like 45-60 minutes. The rooms smelled funny, the carpet was dirty, the air conditioner didn't work. The only other guests there were people who had been put there by Alitalia, like us.

The worst was the manager Luigi Bugieri(sp?) who looked at the guests like we had walked in with dog poop on our shoes! He would barely speak to us and rolled his eyes at every question. Very rude!

If you have to go to Malpensa, stay in Milan's Hotel Genius, near the Cadorna station. You can catch the train to Malpensa in 40 minutes. It leaves every half hour.

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Property: Hotel La Bussola
Address: Via Guido Boggiani 54, 28100, Novara, Italy
Location: Italy > Piedmont > Province of Novara > Novara
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in Novara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel La Bussola 4*
Number of rooms: 96
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