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Hotel San Carlo
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Reviewed October 1, 2013

When you plan a trip to a place you haven't been before, you do your research, read the reviews, look at the pictures, and then . . . hope for the best. Well, with our stay at Hotel Ristorante San Carlo, that is just what we got - the best! As we checked in with Lucca, he told us he was putting us in a room with a "bella vista." When we went to our room (#2) and opened the drape to our balcony, we were greeted with a breathtaking view of beautiful blue Lake Maggiore, picturesque Angera Castle, and mist-shrouded mountains in the background. The beautiful pictures did not do it justice. Our room, with a wall of windows, was spacious and stylishly decorated, and our balcony, while not large, comfortably fit three chairs with room to spare. The restaurant is large and attractive with an equally large open-air dining room. The hotel and the grounds are beautifully situated on a hillside overlooking the lake and the town of Arona.

We would start our day with a warm smile from Lucca's mama as she would prepare us a cappuccino. Then we were treated to a nice assortment of cheeses, meats, croissants, breads, yogurt, muesli, juices. The restaurant dining menu offered a nice variety of Piedmont cuisine paired with a large selection of wines.

Hotel Ristorante San Carlo and Arona are in a great location to explore local attractions and towns and the beautiful lake and mountains. The Lake Maggiore ferry from Arona to Locarno, Switzerland, followed by a return train ride through the 100 Valleys in Switzerland makes for a nice day trip. Arona itself has a amazing assortment of shops both on the main street and tucked along cobblestone alleys. Our trip took us to Amsterdam, Paris and Venice. Our four day stay at Hotel Ristorante San Carlo was the perfect relaxing break for us, made that much nicer by the family feeling we got from Lucca and the warm feeling (and hugs) we got from Mama! We look forward to our next visit.

Room Tip: Request a room with a balcony overlooking Lake Maggiore.
  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Dan T
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Reviewed July 27, 2013 via mobile

It was a stopover overnight trip and didn't get to use the facilities or room much other than to change. but the room with the million dollar view was stunning!! and although alittle dated it was value for money with a little balcony to appreciate and breathe in the fresh air

  • Stayed: June 2013
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Thank drmandymoore
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

Very nice room with an amazing view over the lake! Clean, spacy and very good value for money. Good Wifi. Breakfast simple but fresh and good food. Don't forget to try the Restaurant with delicious food!
Parking outside the hotel is a bit difficult due to many guests at the restaurant. However, there is a big parking approx. 200 m from the hotel. But this is a minor problem.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank abuC570
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Reviewed October 19, 2012

This hotel is a few miles outside the centre of Arona but the walk is well worth it. When you get there you are high above the southern part of the lake overlooking Angera. The hotel is well run and very clean. All rooms are superb and overlook the gardens and lake. Another pleasant surprise was the quality and value of the restaurant - far better value than most Hotels.

Room Tip: All rooms have superb views - try to get one on the top floor.
  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank DavidFox
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Reviewed September 9, 2012

Absolutely everything was brilliant. Staff went out of their way to be helpful. Especially the table waiter. Although I have no experience of the other rooms, having decided to pay a little extra for the balcony suites I know that they are definitely worth the extra. Restaurant is superb with good food and wines and expert advice to hand with prices that don't break the bank. Views over the lake are superb. Parking on site is free and easily accessible.
Nothing was too much trouble.
(To Alex K I would say - do give them another go - it is worth it!)

Room Tip: A balcony is a MUST as the view is spectacular!
  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Maureenta
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