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Hotel Milan Speranza Au Lac
Ranked #4 of 35 Hotels in Stresa
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Sydney, Australia
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141 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
“Buongiorno Italia revisited”
Reviewed 26 June 2014

Having used the BBC series 'Buongiorno Italia' for many years in my classes I was looking forward to actually seeing the people and places pictured in the videos. The Milan Speranza au Lac was, surprisingly, within my price range and I was pleasantly surprised to meet one of the people from the videos sitting behind the counter of the hotel. My room was up on the top floor but was airy and comfortable with views over the lake and the cafes and restaurants of the town. It stands on the main road, facing the lake and is a short walk from the station. It is conveniently located in the centre of town. The décor was charming and welcoming and the staff were all extremely helpful and pleasant. The bed was very comfortable and the shutters on the windows meant I could leave the windows open overnight for some fresh air. The bar service was excellent and not at all expensive. The restaurant looked very welcoming and the food smelt wonderful but it was full of a tour group so I didn't go in. Anyway, there are far too many good restaurants within easy reach so I preferred to try them. The shower and bathroom were very well-appointed and the water pressure was just right. I like my showers hot and strong!

Room Tip: Top floor rooms are very spacious and have nice views - at least mine did. Even the bathroom had a n...
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled solo
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 24 June 2014

We stayed here for 3 nights in May 2014. Arrived by train from Como. The hotel is a fairly easy downhill and flat walk from the station - about 15 minutes. It's right in the middle of Stresa directly across from the lake. We had requested a lake view room but ended up in one on the side looking down to cafes and shops. We had a small balcony with chairs. The room was a reasonable size, plenty of bench space, no fridge, free wi fi. Shutters and block out curtains. Quiet at night. Good size bathroom. Staff were very efficient. It was quite an old worldy hotel with lovely reception area and a nice lounge with bar where you could get coffee. There was also a floor half way above reception with lots of chairs to sit and watch what was going on downstairs. There were 2 parts to the restaurant/breakfast room. A large main room which seemed to cater to tour groups (breakfast) and through a door was a separate breakfast room right along the front of the hotel facing the street. We were in the front area every morning - great to watch what was going on outside. The waiters were attentive and professional - took coffee orders, bought the coffee, juice and croissants to your table and the rest was buffet. It was a little confusing at first as there was a buffet table in the front area as well as inside - quite busy with lots of waiters coming and going as well as guests and a bit of dodging around people to get to the buffet. Choice of food - cereal, yogurt, fresh breads, cheese, meats, fruit, cakes etc. The ferry to Isola Bella was just across the road. Isola Bella is not to be missed. The village of Stresa is also lovely with lots of windy streets full of shops and cafes. Had a great meal at Osteria degli Amici which is in one of the back streets. Lots of places to eat including the hotel which had dinner at night - we didn't eat at the hotel in the evening so can't comment. Lovely walk along the lake in the evenings. Also went to Villa Pallavicino - about 15 minutes walk along the lake - beautiful gardens and an animal petting area, peacocks, cafe, great views - well worth a visit. Also walked along the lake to Baveno - part of the way is on the road. Nice walk - not a lot at Baveno. Caught ferry back to Stresa. Would recommend staying at Milan Speanza Au Lac and would stay again.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 June 2014

This hotel is full of charm with superb views across the lake, and elegantly furnished in restaurant and lobby. However, it is let down by the dated rooms, noisy plumbing, poor sound insulation and limited facilities eg no fridge or kettle, and a juddering lift. This all said the staff were excellent and friendly, the location great, and breakfast plentiful and efficiently served. Ok but for the price not great value for money.

Room Tip: High floor room with lake view..
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Fargo, North Dakota
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Reviewed 15 June 2014 via mobile

The hotel is in a great location. The lakeside rooms have a fantastic view. The first night we discovered that our shower had a faulty control and kept cycling between ice cold water and boiling hot. It was on the 5th floor and had an amazing view of the lake. We asked to change rooms and got a slightly larger and nicer room on the second floor. The view was somewhat blocked by trees but still worth the extra cost. The rooms was comfortable and the bed was fine -- NOT rock hard. Breakfast was fine and the waiters were great and very attentive. Nice selection of fruit and breads. Great yogurt!

Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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Reviewed 14 June 2014

Spacious room on rooftop with large balcony overlooking the city and Lake Maggiore.
Wish the air had been on just for circulation since we are not used to sleeping with the doors open. I am sure that it is just an American thing.
The staff could not have been any nicer or more accomodating. It is an older hotel, but very clean.
Everything in Europe is older than In America. If I were looking for new I would have stayed home and missed the beauty,culture, and charm that the old world has to offer.
.Location was Great in the mist of the town and just across from ferry landing, for easy transportation to the nearby islands and towns.

Room Tip: Top floor has no elevator access. Don't get 6th floor room if you cannot handle 1 flight of stai...
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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SimonaLeordean, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Hotel Milan Speranza Au Lac, responded to this review, 21 June 2014
Thanks a lot dear Arthur,
we are very glad when our clients are living the hotel with nice memories! You are right; our hotel is a traditional and classical one, not a design hotel, but clean and very well situated just in the center of the town, facing to the beautiful Lake Maggiore. We are happy that you enjoyed the cordiality of our staff and that we could satisfy your expectations.
We are waiting for you back in Stresa!

Simona Leordean
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Lausanne, Switzerland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 June 2014

In front of the lake and the Ferry terminal, 2 minutes walk to the main square of Stresa. Very helpful staff, good breakfast buffet, little appartments (2 bedrooms) for families with kids. Very good value for money even during a long weekend. A place to come back to. No gym or pool, however, a deal with another hotel to use ist outdoor pool for free.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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SimonaLeordean, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Hotel Milan Speranza Au Lac, responded to this review, 21 June 2014
Dear Travelt
Thanks for calling our hotel “family-friendly”. We can offer some good solutions for families, like the apartments consisting in two connecting rooms. It’s true, we offer also complimentary entrance in the garage parking and outdoor swimming pool situated at 150m. away. We are very happy that you enjoyed the quality of our breakfast and that your stay in the hotel was a nice and a good experience.
We are waiting for you again!

Simona Leordean
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 June 2014

Nice hotel with great location opposite the lake and the ferry terminal. We had a room on 1st floor with two big opening windows and views of the lake. The decor is old style, dark carpet, lots of dark timber. Easy walk to shops and restaurants and ferry. Breakfast not to rave about, but dining room very nice and dinner was fine. There are public sitting areas which are quiet and nicely furnished.

Room Tip: Rooms facing the lake get all the morning sun.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Milan Speranza Au Lac
Address: Piazza G Marconi 6 / 9, 28838, Stresa, Italy
Region: Italy > Piedmont > Lake Maggiore > Stresa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#4 Luxury Hotel in Stresa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Milan Speranza Au Lac 4*
Number of rooms: 164
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Milan Speranza Au Lac is composed of two side by side buildings on the lakeside in the centre of Stresa. Both the buildings are equipped with reception, lifts, free WI-FI connection and a free PC corner. There is a relax and reading zone, at our customers disposal. The hotel's central position is ideal to easily walk to all the places of the most tourist interest. ... more   less 
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