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Hotel L'Approdo
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Pettenasco
Reviewed 30 July 2017 via mobile

Lake Orta is absolutely spectacular place from any angle.
And Hotel L'Approdo provides a different (and most enjoyable) view.
The twice daily boat shuttle from the hotel is a delightful way to get to any point on any place on the lake.
We only stayed two nights - it deserved more.
Had a most enjoyable dinner on the terrace overlooking the lake, loved the breakfasts by the pool and a swim in such a great setting.
The (hill side) room was more than adequate. We had some air conditioner issues but appreciate the staff's concern and response. Overall the staff were most friendly and helpful.

Stayed: July 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 July 2017

Visited this hotel for a ten night stay booked through Inghams Travel. The vast majority of the experience was very positive. The location on the lake is stunning and the grounds and pool area very nice. Rooms were very nice especially the lake view (supplement paid). The air con, which was required due to the 30 deg + temperatures, was one of the best we have ever had, fully controllable and it did not annoyingly cut out when the balcony doors were opened unlike many others we have experienced. The only slight drawback to the location was its connections to Orta. Although there was a twice daily ferry stopping at the hotel a taxi was the only other way in and out of Orta if you did not have a car. There is no pavement to walk the c 2 kms to Orta and the road was far too busy to try to walk along.

We were on a fixed half board menu which was very good with only a few exceptions. Breakfast was good but although the choice was good it did not change at all over the 10 days. Maybe a different choice of fruit or meats/cheese would have been better but the quality was good. The toaster was painfully slow!! Dinner was in our case 4 courses with a set starter and sweet, a choice of pasta or soup for the 1st course and a choice of a meat of fish dish for the 2nd course. We did not notice the restrictions of this menu due to the fact that the choices offered were good and the quality excellent. Perhaps the addition of a salad alternative each day for the 1st or 2nd courses as a matter of course would improve the set menu but we were offered a salad as an alternative to the starter on one occasion. Although not used the A La Carte looked very good and the wine list was excellent and well priced and we enjoyed a very good local wine each evening.

Overall a very good hotel and a lovely holiday experience. We will likely return in the future.

Room Tip: Lake View rooms are well worth the extra.
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  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 July 2017

I'll give you the positives first. L'Approdo has a very good restaurant with a view of the lake that is lovely, inside and out on the terrace. It is also very clean.

Cons: The hotel lacks charm and that is an understatement. It is shabbily decorated. They have no sense of design and don't seem to care much to the upkeep of the building. The entrance to the hotel is ghastly, as you come down the drive, you look over two falling apart tennis courts one of which is used as a parking lot with cheap netting and fencing are everywhere as well as worn out astro turf. It's too bad because it would a wonderful setting without all that plastic.

The room we were given was BASIC and our little balcony looked over a roof with heat and air conditioning units right in front of us. We did have a view of the lake, but not without looking over the top of the roof equipment.

Some of this I blame on Booking.com
The hotel was practically empty, and while we booked the cheapest room, the hotel could have made us very happy if they had announced when we checked in that they had "upgraded" us to a larger lake front room. Instead they squeezed us into their worst room possible. Sometimes when you book through these online agencies, they give you the lowest room they have without thinking about the consequences. It's a state of mind in giving your guests the best you can and the staff was totally uninterested in customer service.

Room Tip: Make sure your room is lake front.
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  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 July 2017

Hotel was excellent and staff very efficient and friendly the only downside it was very quiet Room we had was very nice but would of been better with a fridge as kit was very hot air conditioning worked well. It was nice we could get uk tv very acceptable also wifi in rooms that was a bit hit and miss at times. Breakfast was excellent and a good variety of food. Evening meal left a lot to be desired we were with a group and the food was quite bland and boring compared with the menu other guests had. Overall it was nice shame it's out of the way a car would be nice but as it was an escorted tour we were out most days. Sunday we had a free day and the pool was full of Italians and also the dinning room and the outside area were during the week we ate our lunch was crowded.

Room Tip: Room overlooking lake
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  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 June 2017

I found the hotel very friendly, clean, comfortable and good food. Although there was no single supplement I chose to pay for a lake view. My room 113 had been updated and was lovely overlooking the lake, landing stage and on the first floor. The balcony had two chairs and a table. There was also a fridge in the room necessary as the week I was there was very hot. I was on a coach holiday, there is no local transport so a car would be essential for travelling around. The hotel is very family friendly with swimming pool, beach, boat docking, restaurant with terrace on the lake. There is a lovely walk by the lake to a small well stocked supermarket for water and items forgotten. The little village has a small church and walks by the lake. From the hotel there are two islands to visit by boat do check timing as all boats don't stop at the hotel. Remember to take plenty of insect repellent as they come out at night. A lovely relaxing place to stay with a friendly staff and plenty to do.

Room Tip: Try to chose a lake view room which should be quieter.
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  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 18 June 2017

Just stayed in this hotel for 1 week as part as a group holiday . Hotel needs to be updated our room was at the side over the restaurant not a great view and right next to a busy main road. Room very clean but very dark and not one set of drawers in sight in put any thing in .Hotel very very quite apart from the Sunday when we were there when all the locals arrived by boat and coach and took over the entire poolside and garden with their picnics and dogs so beware if you are staying staying there on a Sunday as I think this is a regular occurrence not very good for paying guests.

Room Tip: You'll have to pay extra for a quieter not next to the busy main road
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  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled solo
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Reviewed 11 June 2017

We know full well that we are part of a coach party but we felt right from day one that we were treated as second class! This despite paying a very considerable sum and booking with a very high end tour company!

We were given very average food with little or no choice that led many in our party to complain via our tour manager to the hotel! Not only this the standard and speed of service leaves much to be desired!

The location is good from our lake view but thoroughly spoilt by letting all who want to who are not residents come in and use the facilities. No doubt making more money for the hotel but basicallytreating all residents as so they do not matter for either having priority to the facilities or just enjoying the beauty with peace and quiet!

And one more thing dogs are allowed in the restaurant - this should never be!

So be warned! Great location shame about respect for those who stay here!

  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled solo
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hotelapprodo, Direttore at Hotel L'Approdo, responded to this reviewResponded 17 September 2017

I received your note and it make me very sad, we love our job and we make all our best to reach our guest satisfaction. This is why in the last years, following Titan guests suggestions, we studied special menues in compliance with the needs presented by the agency, and certainly it is not our intention to treat this type of clientele differently from private ones; I'm sorry that you have misunderstood our purpose. We allow small dogs in hotel, in special rooms on request, they are accepted in the restaurant area in secluded corners or outside and only if we are sure they are very quiet and do not disturb, just to respect the tranquility of all the diners.
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Additional Information about Hotel L'Approdo

Address: Corso Roma 80 | Orto San Giulio, 28028, Pettenasco, Italy
Region: Italy > Piedmont > Province of Novara > Pettenasco
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Pettenasco
Price Range: $140 - $222 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel L'Approdo 4*
Number of rooms: 71
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