My wife and I spent three nights at the Hotel Pallanza, so we could enjoy the western-side of Lago Maggiore. The Hotel Pallanza, it turns out, is in a really excellent location for this since the dock from which the boats go to the Borromean Islands and to other towns on the Lago, is literally a one-minute walk from the hotel. The hotel is loaded with old-world character and is directly across the road from the lake, which undoubtedly makes for a nice stay at an atmospheric locale like Lago Maggiore. There's parking along the lake-side only and the hotel provides guests with a window-permit for that. There was fairly good availability of parking spots for our rental-car, though I can't say whether or not this is the case in the high summer tourist season. Still, there is tourism at the lake in September so I was satisfied with the situation.
While the Hotel Pallanza is a genuinely nice hotel and the staff is very friendly and helpful, there were a few things that I’ll note in my review. We took a room with a lake-view and a balcony...both of which come at additional costs beyond the price of the hotel’s standard room. Even though it was on the third floor, any and all conversation on the porch on street-level below as well as any other noises from cars, trucks, etc. were quite pronounced and in the morning, were particularly obtrusive. This may have been attributable to the fact that the hotel had already shut-off the air-conditioning system for the year, as we were told. Since it was still quite warm, being September in Italy, we had to keep the doors to the balcony open. I suppose that if the air-conditioning were still operating and the doors to the balcony could be closed, the outside noise wouldn't have been so much of a problem. But, beyond that, while there isn't much guest traffic on the hotel floor outside the room, any conversation at all was also very obtrusive and I have to conclude that the rooms aren't very well protected from any noises, wherever they may come from. I really thought it was unusually noisy, even given all the traveling that my wife and I do.
Something else...while we did upgrade, as mentioned, to a lake-view room with a balcony. Still, the room was rather unimpressive. I think that I'd expected something more from the photos that are posted on the Internet suggesting the level of the room that might be expected at the Hotel Pallanza. It was fairly small, though not so small as to be awful. It was immaculate, though, so even given the size, was not uncomfortable. The bathroom was also small, though immaculate and though the shower was particularly tiny, it was otherwise fine. (Please see the photos that are posted with this review.) So, if you’re given to prefer a more luxurious accommodation I’d suggest that you call the hotel directly rather than use any of the hotel-booking websites so as to be able to better address your needs and avoid any disappointment. And, I guess a further point is that when considering the Hotel Pallanza, it might be preferable to take a room that isn’t facing the lake even if that seems appealing as it did to us.
With all that I’ve said, I don’t want to give the impression that we didn’t enjoy our three-day stay at the Hotel Pallanza and I'll give it a "Very Good" rating. With a little more attention to your particular needs than you might have to give to another hotel elsewhere, it will be a fine place for your stay stay at Lago Maggiore.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An excellent example of the Art Nouveau architectural style of the early 1900s, hotel Pallanza with its 48 rooms has recently been completely refurbished. While respecting the criteria of traditional elegance, the hotel is provided with the most modern comforts. Located in a beautiful, panoramic position, most of the rooms look out over Lake Maggiore and the shore that is just a few metres away. Air conditioning, garage. Open all year. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pallanza Hotel Verbania
- Hotel Pallanza Verbania, Italy - Lake Maggiore