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Grand Hotel Des Iles Borromees
Ranked #1 of 35 Hotels in Stresa
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Jerusalem, Israel
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10 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Amazing!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2012

This very luxurios hotel is so impressing. Each floor has its own gallery different periods in Italian history. Very clean rooms, great breakfast (and food in the restaurant). Staff is very helpful and pleasant. A stay to remember indeed.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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4 Thank Reutye
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2012

Front desk staff are very friendly, helpful and speaks good English. Hotel decor is a little over-the-top but rooms are clean and spacious. Fantastic location with the train station and town centre just 10 mins walk away. The breathtaking Lake Maggiore is just directly across the hotel. Only drawback was the limited spread and the grumpy-looking staff at the breakfast hall.

Room Tip: Worth paying more for rooms facing the lake
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2012

We stayed over the long Easter weekend. The internal decoration of the hotel is on a par with a museum. We stayed on the 2nd floor in a mini suite. This floor was decorated in Venetian Chinoiserie style. The view from our balcony was of the lake and Isola Madre/Bella, which was excellent.

Breakfast was fit for a king. You could cut your own prosciutto crudo and smoked salmon. A first for us.

As others have said the bed was very firm. However, this did not stop us getting a good night's sleep. The internet access was overpriced at 9 euros per day.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Buena Vista, Colorado
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2012

This was a fabulous hotel! Beautiful, stately, quiet and serene. Everything from the front desk to the breakfast served in a charming room overlooking the Lake, from the room and the spa, the grounds and the city of Stresa.....was a wonderful experience. We would love to go back for a week at a time that is more in season. I highly recommend!

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Sautee Nacoochee, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2012 via mobile

A very nice upscale hotel. Extremely nice staff, lovely grounds. March is a very off time of year but weather was very warm and nice, no crowds. Faces Lake Maggiore, 5 minute walk to town, so great location.

Stayed March 2012
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Basel
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22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2012

We went there with a 6 month baby for a 3 day week end. the hotel is gorgeous in a desuete way. Staff was very kind and helpful with us and our baby. Due to a sudden weather warming , our room was somewhat too warm, they did all they could to help us with this problem. The breakfast is really outstanding! Location is absolutely perfect, close to the station and a 5-10 minute beautifull walk from Stresa center. I really recommand it.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank julie_basel
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Pero, Italy
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209 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2012

I stayed at the GH des Iles Borromées during a 2-day seminar held at the adjoining ISTUD business school. The hotel's location is spectacular and the luxury of its furnishings overwhelming. This is where, a century ago, moneyed folks from Northern Europe would flock to in order to escape their dreary winters and explore the beautiful surroundings . Many reasonably affluent tourist still do, since the prices are not extravagantly high. Ernest Hemingway stayed here several times and even set part of his novel "A Farewell to Arms" in this hotel.
This grand old place is clean, service is flawless and the breakfast buffet something to die for. I had a hard time tearing myself away from its caloric temptations, but the lure of management education next door eventually prevailed.
This is a place I'd love to go back to with my wife, who's never forgiven me for not taking her that time. Side-trip opportunities are plentiful and the town of Stresa offers a few quaint shops and cafés to justify a leisurely stroll. If you have a car, ride into Verbania and on to Ascona in Switzerland. If not, take a boat to the Isola dei Pescatori (the northernmost of two islands just a few hundred yards offshore) and have dinner at Ristorante Italia.

Room Tip: Do get a lakeview room!
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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Grand Hotel Des Iles Borromees
Address: Corso Umberto I, 67, 28838, Stresa, Italy
Region: Italy > Piedmont > Lake Maggiore > Stresa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Stresa
#1 Spa Hotel in Stresa
#4 Family Hotel in Stresa
#5 Romantic Hotel in Stresa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Grand Hotel Des Iles Borromees 5*
Number of rooms: 172
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Luxe and tradition; since 1863 the Grand Hotel des Iles Borromees is the place to stay while visiting the Maggiore Lake area. The builing, the public areas and the rooms feature all modern conforts while still keeping the same belle epoque atmosphere. The park is decorated with statues, fountains and rare plants and the view from the rooms and the restaurant is spectacular. The Medical SPA of the Grand Hotel des Iles Borromees is one of the first in Italy and can offer aesthetic treatments combined with a personalized diet. ... more   less 
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