This hotel couldn't be better located-it is along the road of the peninsula, with fantastic views of the lake and surroundings. To get there, you check in at the Hotel Santa Caterina just past the first roundabout and up the hill. Then you drive down to the villa, pull in, and unload your bags. Then, you have to drive the car back up to the main road, and park in the private grassy lot-a little tricky to find, and walk back down to the villa. To use the car to visit another town, you walk back up the road to get it (10-15 mins). And when you check out, you can pull the car back down the road to the villa to load up. All this is to say the parking is a bit of a pain, BUT, location wise, it is worth it. We saw folks who were staying in the center of the village hauling their luggage down the cobblestone streets-you don't want to do that.
You can just walk the 5 mins into town to shop for anything you might need-wine (go to the enoteca), bakery, meat and cheese, fruit and veggies.
We stayed in the 2 BR/2 BA apt for 2 adult couples. The space was more than ample. The furnishings/kitchen supplies are adequate but not great. There are no basic condiments in the kitchen-no salt and pepper, for example.
WiFi is good, but in the lobby-so, you have to walk down the stairs, and sit in one of the lobby's uncomfortable chairs.
And you have to pay extra for the heat-10 Euros/day. And a 250 Euro cash security deposit at the Hotel Caterina when you check in.
NONETHELESS, you will love the location, views, peacefulness, right next to lake, quick walks into town. On balance, and with decent prices, you won't do better.
- Also Known As:
- Casa Sul Lago Hotel Orta San Giulio
- Casa Sul Lago Italy/Orta San Giulio