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Hotel Italie et Suisse
Ranked #24 of 35 Hotels in Stresa
Adelaide, SA
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Can't beat the location”
Reviewed 14 June 2014

If you are looking for a hotel with a lake view, you can't beat this one in value for money.
There is a lift that serves the first 4 floors - we were on the 4th floor and the views were spectacular. If you have a car you can park across the street at a reduced day rate.
The rooms were large and very clean as was the bathroom.
However, wi-fi is free but allocated on a 2 hour limit so you have to keep asking for more, there is no fridge in the room, and the air conditioner is controlled by the hotel so it is only turned on at specific times of the day.
This could be a fantastic hotel if they could just fix these few issues.

Room Tip: Pay the extra money for a room with a lake view.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Geneva, Switzerland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 May 2014

Cons: Welcome could have been friendlier, however didn't spoil our stay. Room which we had (63) was a bit noisy due to people walking up the stairs and water pipes from other showers in the hotel so got woken up at 7am.
Pros: breakfast was good and young lady was nice who served us coffee. Hotel was immaculate as far as cleanliness was concerned, so bravo to the chambermaids and cleaners of the hotel. Perfect spot for taking boats and near to restaurants, all in all a good stay.

Room Tip: Best not go for room 63, bed comfy but a bit noisy.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Valletta, Malta
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 September 2013

1. Most of the hotel floors are not served by a lift, so you'll be lugging your bags up and down each day.

2. My room didn't have any electric sockets save for an unusable one tucked away behind the TV. How do you charge your iPhone, camera?

3. The shower water temperature undulates from warm to cold in an unexpected and unsolicited fashion. Oh and if your AC is on, the water outlet will drain into the shower tray too.

4. Unless you book directly with the Hotel, Wifi is sold at an extortionate price (circa EUR9 for 2 hours).

5. The decor is a tired 1970s arrangement of yellow and green with a plastic-gold trim. It's a depressing antidote to the otherwise colourful Stresa.

6. If you're in after 1AM: tough luck. The hotel is locked down so better keep your nights short.

7. Other than the younger generation (a male son in his 30s and a curly-haired female assistant), the owner/receptionists are unfriendly and generally bored. Incidentally they wear the same garb each day which matches the hotel's decor - dull textiles.

8. Though the area is known for its chocolates and nuts, you won't get the real-thing for breakfast (Nutella) but a cheap equivalent which is appalling.

The only reason you should stay here is if you're a young backpacker and want a central location which is close to the city-centre, seafront and boat-landing. Otherwise skip it.

Room Tip: There are no good rooms
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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Romano G, Proprietario at Hotel Italie et Suisse, responded to this review, 28 November 2014
Usually we do not reply to comments because all guests have the possibility to tell us any problem or their preferences.
We are answering because you were always smiling and it doesn't seem there were problems.
If you told us your needs, we could satisfy most of them.
We thank you about the suggestion regarding electricity sockets. None before suggested to put more of them, but now all rooms have minimum 3 sockets.
In your comments there are 3 mistakes:
- there is no plastig-gold trim in the rooms;
- the region of nuts and choccolate is only 200 Km far from here. If we knew your wished to get Nutella at breakfast , we could buy a jar for you;
- it is not true that you carried your lagguage up and down evey day.
At the end most of your comments are very personal and subjective.
Regards
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Basic 3* accommodation but perfectly adequate. Good, clean en suite rooms. Very courteous staff. Great location, close to bus and ferry stops and to local shops and just across the road from the lake. Some evening noise from the entertainment in the town square which typically ends between 11pm and midnight. No Wifi.

Room Tip: Request room with a view as some rooms face adjacent accommodation. Rooms overlooking the square can...
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled on business
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Paris, France
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 September 2013

i was in that hotel about 4 months ago with my mother, the price was suitable. the service and plats were perfect. Its place is awesome, we had passed great moments, everything was clean and well organised

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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Ireland
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18 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 July 2013

This has to be one of the most beautiful places on planet. Stresa is to lake Maggiore what Bellagio is to lake Como and this as good a place to wake up to this wonderful view as any.It literally took my breath away every morning. It was central with the ferries right in front and short walks to beautiful views of Isola Bella .The staff i found helpful and breakfasts were great no complaints.Tip ask for room 31 or 41 for those fabulous views. Also just next door is a church which is easily overlooked but when we popped our heads in we were knocked out . Give it a try.
We decided to go by train from Stresa to Locarno via Domodossola and i would say the first leg from Stresa to Domodossola was very cheap but the return ticket to Locarno was a bit steep. Why go to Locarno when you have paradise right outside you hotel.

Room Tip: Rooms 31 and 41 for great views
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Dunedin
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36 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 July 2013

This hotel was in an excellent location, just across the road from the ferries that ply Lake Maggiore to the islands. The owners were obliging and recommended good places to eat and ordered us a taxi, which arrived promptly, when we left.

We were unfortunate to have a room in the adjoining building which was very basic, and extremely cold and quite damp. We could not get any washing dry.

The breakfast was adequate. Wifi, which we thought was free was not, as charges were applicable. Look at the fine print. If it were not for the location I would probably not recommend it.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a view.
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: Hotel Italie et Suisse
Address: Piazza Marconi, 1 Lungolago, 28838, Stresa, Italy
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Region: Italy > Piedmont > Lake Maggiore > Stresa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #24 of 35 Hotels in Stresa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Italie et Suisse 3*
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
HOTEL ITALIE ET SUISSE has an enviable position. It is located in the town centre of Stresa, directly on the lakeside, just a few steps from the embarkation to the Borromee Islands and to the other resorts overlooking Lake Maggiore. Stresa is 35 km from the international airport of Milan-Malpensa and is easily accessible through the Sempione national road (s.S.33), The A26 motorway or the shuttle service (Alibus with reservation) The hotel is well-furnished. Our clients have at their disposal a bar-room with Sat-TV and reading room with Internet Point. Breakfast buffet. All the rooms are with private bathrooms, bathtub or shower, direct telephone line, Sat-TV, safe, air-conditioning and wi-fi Internet access. Nearly all the rooms are with balconies from where you can admire the Borromeo gulf with its islands, Pallanza, Santa Caterina del Sasso and all the peaks of the mountains surrounding Lake Maggiore. The Hotel Italie et Suisse is the ideal starting point for excursions on Lake Maggiore and surroundings. From Stresa you can visit the Borromee islands - Isola Bella, Isola Pescatori and Isola Madre -, the Zoological and Botanic Garden of Villa Pallavicino, Mottarone with the Botanic Garden of Alpinia, the latter can be reached by car or cableway (The cableway is distant 1 km from the Hotel) and the Umbrella Musuem at Gignese. ... more   less 
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