We arrived around 2pm to a rather lifeless Verbania, and only to find out that the receptionist was out for lunch and lunch time in Verbania is from 12pm-3pm. This was inferred because we walked around (there are plenty of shops right next to this hotel) and noticed that almost all the shops said they would be back at 3pm. And as if on cue, life was breathed into this town after 3pm. One can only assume that people were either enjoying an afternoon nap or getting through a food-coma.
Hotel was locked during this time and we were waiting outside before a guest came, punched a few numbers and we followed him in. I think we would have been more unhappy if we were stuck outside, under a hot summer day, for a longer time.
Aircons in both rooms booked were not working.
Hot water boiler in one of the rooms was spoilt. At first we were happy to see one in our room, but upon touch, the switch button fell off. -,- We were not amused and our happiness at the thought of having a warm cup of tea was short-lived.
Receptionist also told us that the first floor rooms would be able to have access to the wifi. Not the case. We had a room nearest to the reception but our devices couldn't even receive the signal.
Breakfast area is tiny. Like it can fit 6 couples.
Thankfully, it was just an overnight and our group didn't think it was worth the effort kicking a fuss. I'm sad to say that it really isn't a value for money hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- “La Contrada” is a new hotel on Lake Maggiore in the heart of the historic centre of Verbania Intra, in the central of San Vittore Gallery, a few hundred meters from the lake and its tourist services. San Vittore street, a famous pedestrian area for shopping and always called "La Contrada", is the street that runs through the centre of Intra, from San Vittore square to the lake.The services offered by our hotel are of a superior quality, essential for those who need to stay for business or for a relaxing holiday on Lake Maggiore:- breakfast- internet- satellite TV- safe and minibar in all rooms- wrought iron beds with the duvet-style of Northern Europe- discount coupons for restaurant and shops ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Contrada Hotel Verbania, Italy - Lake Maggiore