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Review of La Contrada dei Monti

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La Contrada dei Monti
Ranked #10 of 11 Hotels in Orta San Giulio
Yorkshire
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7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“Peaceful Orta”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2006

Fantastic location, gorgeous views and laid back italian cafe life. Hotel rooms vary in size but are clean and breakfast is good.

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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2005

We stayed in La Contrada dei Monti for the weekend as we were attending a wedding and it was everything we had imagined it would be! I'd read the reviews of others who had visited and we came well prepared, we parked in the multi storey (about 3 minutes walk away) and trundled down the narrow cobbled streets to the hotel.

We stayed in a standard double room, which although a little smaller than some hotel rooms, was charming, clean and well decorated. The bathroom was clean and tidy. Waking up in the morning and looking out of our window down on to the cobbled streets and then looking out to the mountains on the horizon was absolutely beautiful.

The breakfast was lovely and frequently topped up!

However, bear in mind that if you return to the hotel late at night and sit out in the Courtyard talking, you may well get a bucket of water thrown over you (twice). We never quite worked out who threw the water! Be warned that noise does travel quite easily within the hotel - the soundproofing between rooms is not brilliant and if you are going to sit outside late at night, whisper, or, wear a raincoat!

Orta San Guilio is an amazing, relaxing place. Sitting back and drinking coffee in the town square was one of my highlights, as the air is clean, the views are breathtaking and the food is great!

We would highly recommend staying at La Contrada Dei Monti.

  • Stayed September 2005
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2005

La Contrada dei Monti nestles in an alleyway in Orta San Giulio, a beautiful old town on the shore of Lake Orta. The accommodation is immaculate - well justifying the hotel's three star rating. My 100 Euros a night double room - number 101 - was very spacious with a good ensuite shower/toilet. A wooden beamed ceiling added character.

There was no view of the lake as the hotel is down an alleyway away from the town square and quayside. It's quite hard to find, so I would recommend printing a street map off the internet before setting out.

There are some drawbacks. Firstly, the hotel is impossible to reach by car. The nearest vehicle access is up a steep alleyway and flight of steps. And on-street parking in the whole town centre is restricted to holders of residents permits 24 hours a day. The nearest legitimate parking to the hotel is about 400 yards away in a multistorey car park costing 10 Euros a day. The local station at Orta Miasino is a pleasant 25 minute walk away. It's on the line from Domodossola to Novara (which has connections to Milan).

Secondly the hotel, in common with other properties in the immediate area, does not have drinkable water. I didn't spot the warning notice in the hotel lobby until the morning after I arrived - by which time I had drunk quite a lot of water from the bathroom tap. As it turned out I suffered no ill effects at all. Bottled water is available from a vending machine.

Breakfast was served from a buffet with cereal, rolls, cheese and ham - although the coffee came from a Nescafe machine. You can take your breakfast out into the hotel's pleasant internal courtyard. There are lots of restaurants nearby, around the town square.

The hotel does not accept credit cards but insists on a deposit for reservations. Rather than make an expensive bank transfer I mailed them a letter enclosing 50 Euros cash, which they acknowledged by e-mail as soon as they received it.

  • Stayed September 2005
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2005

Visited Orta San Giulio for a couple of days for a family wedding. We stayed at the La Contrada dei Monti right in the heart of Orta San Giulio.
What a wonderful gem of a hotel. Small but perfect for a relaxing break. The hotel and the rooms are beautifully decorated and the staff are so welcoming although they bearly spoke any english, we had no problems communicating with them.
The breakfast was so inviting and we ate in the small but attractive courtyard.
I would go back to this hotel in an instant, it did not disappoint at all.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2004

This is a charming hotel in a good position. Rooms are nice with much thought given to detail. Soundproofing could be better between rooms.
The staff do not have a clue how to look after their paying guests. Our welcome was icy, the atmosphere several degrees below and staff were so scared of us it was farcical! We speak Italian so we weren't quite sure why. Breakfast was dismal. Our best guess was that they had spent so much on the expensive refurb they couldn't afford breakfasts or staff experienced enough to cope with people. .
If you do stay here forego breakfast and eat at one of the nearby friendly cafes.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2004

Nice hotel with good service. Pretty courtyard. The rooms were fine. The location in the old town was great.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2004

We spent a few days at the La Contrada dei Monti in May 2004. Lovely, warm inn. We had a junior suite on the third floor, not much of a view but large comfortable room. Watch out for the beamed ceiling--can be hazardous. I bumped my head a few times but accommodations more than made up for it. Great bathroom! Located close to the main piazza right on the lake, just a short walk in narrow, interesting alleyways. Hard part was finding the inn! Also, you must carry your own luggage up or down steep alley made of uneven stones. This was a bit tricky as we arrived in very rainy weather and made for a slippery walk. Be sure to take a lake cruise and dine at Olina. Olina does not have a lake view, but food and surroundings were wonderful and full of locals. We did pass the very exclusive Villa Crespi on our way down into the village. It looked quite posh but quite a distance from the main piazza and activity of town. All in all, I would highly recommend the La Contrada dei Monti for a wonderful, pleasant, comfortable stay.

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Additional Information about La Contrada dei Monti

Property: La Contrada dei Monti
Address: Via Dei Monti 10, 28016 Orta San Giulio, Italy
Region: Italy > Piedmont > Province of Novara > Orta San Giulio
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 11 Hotels in Orta San Giulio
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — La Contrada dei Monti 3*
Number of rooms: 17
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