This was probably my favorite hotel, on a trip marked by great hotels. The location is right on Lago Orta so even if you don't have a lakefront room, which we didn't, you can enjoy the lake as you dine or have a drink on the great floating deck or covered patio. Lago Orta is much smaller than Como or Maggiore so there is a more intimate feel. The hotel is on the edge of tiny Orta San Giulio, so a quick and easy walk into the main square. In the midst of medieval charm, the hotel is very modern, to the point of austerity, but very stylish. Good service. Good breakfast. Nice pool area, right on the lake and lake swimming for the hardy. Re the water drinkability issue, that is out dated info. Water was fine -- some money was spent to upgrade plumbing and now not a problem. They certainly need to update their hotel directory to reflect this - selling bottled water isn't worth the bad press. But we Americans do get a little irked by the general European custom of charging for water in restaurants and whatever so perhaps overreact. But again, we were on a VBT trip, all drank or used the water to brush teeth, etc, and no one had a problem.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set on the shores of the picturesque Lake Orta, Hotel San Rocco is surrounded by the ancient walls of a monastery. It boasts a swimming pool and views of the enchanting San Giulio Island. The San Rocco was a convent for 150 years. The Baroque-style Villa Gippini was later added to the original building. The elegant restaurant features regional and international cuisine and breathtaking lake views. There is a beautiful garden, a golf course, and a beauty centre called the Body Harmony Center. In fine weather you can access the Wellness Roof Garden, set on the 4th floor. A billiards table and a fully equipped conference centre are provided. Rooms are elegantly furnished with a flat-screen TV and minibar. Most have lake views. Rooms in the annexe known as Villa Gippini are also available. The hotel is close to Switzerland and the Prealpine valleys. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- San Rocco Orta Giulio
- San Rocco Hotel Italy/Orta San Giulio