We have just returned from a stay at the Hotel Simplon. We travelled as a family, with two boys aged 12 and 15. Have mixed feelings about this hotel, some things were good, some not so good.
Hotel was clean, bedrooms spotless ,though beds were very hard and those rooms facing the road are noisy. Staff friendly and helpful, especially Head Waiter and all staff in the dining room.
However, we felt this was not a hotel for families with children. We had problems with the food, there was very little that the kids would eat, even though the food was very good, but there was not a great choice for children. After the second night, we asked the reception if the children could have something different and once this was requested the boys then had pizza , chips, chicken and ice cream, (thank you so much Francesco !!) but a children's menu should be provided as well as the main menu. There were very few families with children at this hotel, even in the evening the bars were deserted, might have been something to do with the prices - 8 euros for a pint of beer , a little bit too expensive for us and obviously other people agreed, saw very few people in the hotel in the evening. Our biggest "gripe" though was the pool - it was absolutely freezing, we only went in it one day and lasted 20 minutes , it was too cold to enjoy it and we spent all our "pool time" at the Hotel Dino where they had a heated indoor pool.
Pool and table tennis were free of charge which was good.
Trips - we booked the trip to Zermatt, which was a really good day and we visited Stresa and the Islands - all good, though the ferry was a little bit expensive, but all the ferries ran every 20 minutes or so, so it was a good way to get about.
Would we stay in this hotel again ? - probably not. Would not stay here with the children as there just wasn't enough to do and even if we were travelling as a couple, think it was just too quiet and lacked atmosphere.
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- Also Known As:
- Baveno Simplon Hotel
- Hotel Simplon Baveno, Lake Maggiore, Italy