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Santa Caterina
Ranked #6 of 11 Hotels in Orta San Giulio
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16 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“We loved it!”
Reviewed 26 September 2011

Well located hotel on the edge of Orta San Giulio. We were greated by lovely staff on arrival and given a room upgrade to the Marilyn room which was great! There's a welcome tea and cake room where we could go and have a drink and cake and meet other guests.

A short walk to the main square, my new favourite place. An absolutely beautiful place and a lovely hotel. We are already planning our next trip and our wedding in the area!

  • Stayed September 2011
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Northampton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 September 2011

This hotel is a little way out of the town centre, which can be inconvenient, but on the plus side there are four different walks into town, all with lovely lake views (and you get some exercise). We found it quiet, too, although a woman we met in the lift with a room overlooking the main road said the traffic noise was bad and she had had to get earplugs - so ask for a room overlooking the garden. Actually the garden is not exactly a hortus conclusus, it too is quite near the road (and like all outside spaces these days, tends to be full of smokers), but it's quite pretty. The rooms are spacious and modern, perhaps a little underfurnished. The wardrobe's hanging facilities do not favour the diminutive - Lady L. was seriously inconvenienced. Otherwise it was comfortable. There is a free computer terminal in the lobby for guest use and also free wifi, but it only works on the ground floor, which is a pity. As others have remarked, the glory of the hotel is the breakfast buffet, certainly one of the best - possibly the best - I have ever encountered (a pity neither of us feels like stuffing all that in first thing in the morning). The staff are also extremely helpful, friendly, and multilingual.

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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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24 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 September 2011

Pro’s:
Rooms are very nice, clean and include a sweet small balcony. We didn’t like the bed in our room (round) so they moved us on the 2nd night.
Internet- there is free internet in the lobby (WIFI) in addition to permanent laptop for the guests usage.
The junior staff members were absolutely fantastic! (we barely encountered the owners) They gave us a warm welcoming, very good advices regarding the attractions at the area. Initially we didn’t plan to stay there for more than 1 night but decided to stay there for another night due to fireworks festival took place in the adjacent city, of which we were notified thanks to the front-desk young girl, Eliana.
In addition, she was extremely kind as she assisted us making a reservation to another hotel in Cannobio for the following night.
One more thing we liked is that they reduced the rate per night due to our decision to stay additional night. 95 Euros per night instead of 110.

Cons:
They have a parking lot down under the hotel, however, they charge supplement of about 7-8 Euros, pretty niggling from my perspective. The free parking lot is about 5-7 minutes walking.
The location is a bit far from the village center, about 15-20 minutes walking down the road.
Coffee- though the breakfast is very rich, we were very disappointed from the coffee which was a cheap machine coffee and was very poor.

Overall it’s a very nice hotel, not so fancy, and thanks to fantastic service we got, we can easily rate our experience as very good.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Perth and Kinross, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 August 2011

Firstly, the staff gave us a warm welcome and on arrival showed us to the "snack room" which contains chilled soft drinks and a wide variety of snacks. All free and open from 1500 hours until 0700 hours daily. A great retreat. The breakfast buffet is one of the best we have seen with an amazing variety well presented. They even provide sweets and chocolate cake for breakfast! Rooms quiet and comfortable. Parking in the hotel garage is 8 Euros per day but they provide a secure car park free of charge about 300 metres away and in the direction of the town centre. The town centre is about a 15 minutes very pleasant walk away. In all, we were delighted with our find and would recommend that viewers ignore the few negative moaning reviews! A great find and we will be back.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Dublin
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Reviewed 17 July 2011

This hotel was great, but what made it outstanding was the breakfast.
It was more like a gourmet meal than a breakfast, little dishes of fantastic italian food arriving at a steady pace. One side of the breakfast table was devoted to deserts, brilliant.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 July 2011

These reviews are wrong. This is an average hotel in a poor location with very good staff who try to make it up you.

I speak to you now, having snuck in through a gap in the garage door because reception is closed, the door is locked and no one told me what to do in such a situation.

Orta is an enchanting place but this hotel is average at best. If you want to be bewitched by Orta then stay somewhere in the centre. If location doesn't matter and you're a patient person then Santa Caterina might be for you.

  • Stayed July 2011
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Reviewed 27 June 2011

Rooms a good size and decorated in modern style. Free wifi and low-cost secure, underground parking great extras. Large range of breakfast foods - typical continental fare. Staff prepared to go the extra mile - hotel manager even driving us into town one evening during rainstorm. Great value for what we paid (less than £200 for 3 nights).

We were also given a voucher for 10% off at the restaurant Olina in town, owned by the hotel management. Don't dismiss this as a gimmick, it was the best meal we had all holiday.

Hotel is a 20 min walk from town centre, but down a scenic lakeside path. Town itself is the most beautiful we visited in the Lakes, definitely worth an extended visit.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Santa Caterina
Address: Via Guglielmo Marconi 10, 28016 Orta San Giulio, Italy
Region: Italy > Piedmont > Province of Novara > Orta San Giulio
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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Ranked #6 of 11 Hotels in Orta San Giulio
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Santa Caterina 3*
Number of rooms: 1
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