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Hotel Villa Ruscello
Ranked #9 of 15 Hotels in Baveno
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 16 May 2013

The 2 double rooms we occupied had both a balcony overlooking the hotel garden and Lago Maggiore with its "Borromeo Islands" of Isla Bella and Isla Madre. The ferry to these islands is just 1 km from the hotel which exists of 2 parts - the old, original house of the parents of the 2 owners (2 brothers) and a new part in which the bedrooms can be found. A little stream thunders from the mountain onto the property and soon afterwards into the lake. The sound is soothing as are the beautiful flowers, Azalea bushes and trees in the well-laid out garden with its different statues.
Breakfast was wonderful with a coffee made expressly the way we wanted to, choice of different teas, cheeses, cold cuts and sweets. The bedrooms have good bedding and are nice and clean as are the bathrooms. Thanks to the high quality windows no noise came from the street below us. It was quiet and peaceful.

Room Tip: Gulio (one of the owners) advised us to go and see some villages among which Orta de Giulio on the s...
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  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 23 July 2012

beautiful view from balcony to lake, islands, other cities. balconies so cosy - liked to spend early mornings and late evenings there, watching the sunrise, rain and fireworks in the evening. rooms are clean and size is ok. a private beach to swim and place for cars. a lot of space to spend time outside the room. cosy atmosphere, because this is a small hotel and you can get close with other visitors. nice service - there are some things owners did for us and allowed us for free and it was ar nice surprise. these are things why I would choose this hotel once again.
BUT - this is a good place for those, travelling with car. the road both directions to Stresa and Baveno is without pavement (about 5 min walk) and it's a bit challenge to reach these cities by foot, because the traffic on this road is intensive. And the night sleep is being interrupted by noise from trains passing by very close to the hotel and also from waterfall. breakfest menu could be more creative. If you stay for one night, than it's ok, but if you are staying 3 and more days, it is boring every morning to have the same little selection of food.

Room Tip: Take only rooms with lake view, better if they are located on highest floor.
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  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 August 2011

Little and charming family-run hotel, facing the Borromee Isles, the rooms have direct view from the balcony.
The hotel has nice gardens, one around the villa and the other giving private access to the lake.
The room is simple, but comfortable and with renovated bathroom.
The owners are very courteous and helpful concerning information about events and attractions throughout the region.
Big free parking, which is quite rare in the surroundings.

Really good value for money.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 July 2011

I have stayed here with a friend for 1 night.

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Very easy going. The owners are really nice. We got a room with balcony and sea view, this was the best feature of the hotel. The rooms are basic Italian rooms, shower is a bit small, small TV, oversoft beds, woollen blanket, no fridge.

I recommend this hotel for 1 night and if you get a sea view it is really nice. Parking is free of charge. Internet 8,00 € but we got it for free.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 28 September 2009

This is a very nice property right between Baveno and Stresa which means you are perfectly comfortable for both reaching the boat/ferry piers and have some shopping and restaurants.

The Villa is situated in a wonderful spot from where you can see the small islands right in front of you (isola Bella and Isola dei Pescatori), but also see the side of the Mottarone, the fascinating mountain from where you can have a breathtaking 360 degrees views of the valleys

Rooms are not very large, but comfortable. Nicely decorated and with enough space to fit your stuff even if you are staying for a week. The toilets are all news and features en en-suite shower.

The service is excellent: the Villa is run by a small family who is taking care of you over the Hotel: they suggest the best service to reach the islands, they suggest and book the restaurant and they can even arrange a free transportation to the islands if you decide to have dinner in certain restaurants located there.
Great breakfast in the morning, both with sweet and salted items: they feature some 'english breakfast' food, beside the typical italian pastries and delicacies

Two small 'cons' have refrained me to give the 5th star to this Hotel.
1) The name 'Ruscello' (water stream) indicates that there is a small river which is running towards the lake and that's a bit noisy if you get a room close to it
2) Unfortunately, the Hotel is located on the 'State' road with no big chance to have a safe walk to some other places.

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 14 July 2008

Stayed one night in this pleasant and interestingly decorated hotel. All the staff were friendly and helpful. The room was clean and had good views of the lake, which are not panoramic since there are some trees in between. I would not recommend it for those wanting complete peace and silence, but although there was some water noise as well as traffic and the occasional train, none of these were unduly intrusive. It is a walk of five minutes or so down the road (there is no lake promenade here) to the outskirts of Stresa where you can take a ferry to the islands or a cable car up the mountain, so the hotel is very handily located. (Should you eat in Baveno, and we would recommend the restaurant at the far right corner of the square if you do, you will either need to have a driver who’s not drinking, or get a taxi back, as walking isn’t really an option.) All in all, a very enjoyable stay in a comfortable hotel ideally placed for sampling the delightful attractions of this part of Lake Maggiore.

  • Stayed: June 2008, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 1 December 2007

Very cute and lively place. would definitely recommend to all those who have cars. The owners were friendly and helpful. There are a lot of stairs so be careful with luggage. Also, don't think there was a/c in the room, but nights are not too bad over there since it is by the lake.

  • Stayed: July 2007
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Additional Information about Hotel Villa Ruscello

Address: via Sempione, 64, 28831, Baveno, Italy
Region: Italy > Piedmont > Lake Maggiore > Baveno
Amenities:
Restaurant
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Baveno
Price Range: £67 - £84 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Villa Ruscello 2*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our hotel is a typical villa with a large Italian garden, balconies, terraces and a direct access to the Lake through our little private beach. For over 40 years our family-run hotel has offered our guests tranquillity and unique views of the Borromean Islands. ... more   less 
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