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“Quirky, comfy and position, position, position”
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Hotel Aracoeli
Ranked #7 of 11 Hotels in Orta San Giulio
Reviewed 29 September 2012

They say position is everything so that would make this quirky hotel just that. Right in the main piazza where you can see the lake from your balcony – albeit at an angle. Our room was very large, with modest furniture, some weird lighting and a couple of seats. One seat is a denim bean bag. The bed was very comfortable & our room quiet (on the top floor).

To the quirky part – the shower. Its an open sided glass shower of massive proportions, dominating the room. Water can splash if you're an energetic showerer but it's worth it just to enjoy all the hotel has to offer.

They offer a fantastic breakfast - it could be dinner, lunch or breakfast. People come JUST for breakfast – it's delicious & plentiful. Fresh food, salamis, proscuitto, eggs, toast and cakes ( ? for breakfast – is this a good thing ? Not sure), museli, cereal .... and much more.

The staff are really good but they are not there ALL the time. So if you want your hand held this hotel is not for you – but there is something peaceful & mystical about Lake Orta that's attractive as is this hotel. It's not perfect but it's more than nice.

There's a lift, free wifi on the ground floor, a fridge with free soft drinks/water and a few nibbles. We stayed 2 nights & it was a good start to our Italy tour.

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  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 September 2012

This hotel has a number of clear up and downsides. To start with the positives, the location on the main square is second to none. The breakfast is furthermore very extensive for Italian standards and the rooms are spacious, clean and have an OK design.

There are also a number of negatives. Because it is on the main square, it can be rather noisy with a winebar that remains open late just opposite. The breakfast was furthermore crowded with people from other hotels eating there as well.

One issue is perhaps the fact that check in is about 150 meters away in another building. While this is not a problem per se, it means that the hotel is unmanned most of the time. Even the check in office was sometimes unmanned (though open with passports laying around). Finally, the free parking is about 15 minutes away. This is a bit of a nuissance as well.

Overall, I would recommend the hotel, but not for the 150 euros/night we were paying. Then again, most other hotels seemed fully booked.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 August 2012

Fantastic breakfast spread - cakes, charcuterie, cheeses, fresh eggs for omelettes, breads and lots of lovely fresh fruit. This type of breakfast is a rarity in Italy so it stood out during our trip. The hotel itself is comfortable, with a great location and several odd design quirks which may annoy some. We had a big room with a balcony opening on to the main piazza which was nice to sit on during the warm evenings, watching the world go by. Our glass-walled shower was in the bedroom, fine as long as you don't mind seeing your travelling companion naked! There was floor lighting, which looked very cool, but no bedside reading lamps which was very irritating. Noise could be a problem if the windows were open as you hear all the chatter and clatter of the nearby restaurants and the sound of upstairs neighbors walking about. We liked the place but it's not for everyone.

Room Tip: Ask for a balcony!
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  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 August 2012

If you want a stay to remember this would be a place, no single detail in a room would be like in a ‘hotel’. We loved #707 on the 4th floor with its weird transparent showers and an in-room fountain. Breakfast is an experience in itself, highly recommended for travelers in this beautiful city of Orta

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  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 August 2012

The rooms are big and each room is designed differently.

We wanted to book ahead to choose what seemed to us like the best room, but couldn't reach them either by email or phone (the phone number seemed disconnected, and they didn't respond to email). The mystery continued when we arrived in Orta San Giulio - the booking desk isn't at the hotel itself (which is on the main town square), but a couple of blocks down the main alley north away from the main square, so takes a bit of searching. And there isn't always someone there at the desk either.

They had one room left, but in the end we didn't mind not having a choice of room. Our room was certainly nice, and probably each of the rooms is nice in its own way.

Not the cheapest place to stay, we paid 120 euros including breakfast. They also offered rooms in another building (apparently they own several hotels) which would have been 80 euros for a window-less room - not advisable.

The room itself also had some slightly strange things - the bed was very low so you can't really sit on it and you only got one somewhat uncomfortable designer plastic chair. The shower had what must be the biggest shower head in town with excellent water pressure (great), but what must be the smallest towels! Also the drain was not really able to keep up with the water flow, and since the shower was in the room, you'd probably end up with a flooded room if you use the shower for more than 10 mins.

Breakfast is excellent as such - lots of nice different things: cakes, fruit, cooked breakfast etc, but requires some getting used to it. Everything is self service including doing your own cooked breakfast.

Free wifi, but only works in the breakfast lobby.

The hotel is right on the town square, so some noise from people chatting in the square at night.

This seems like a negative review, but it shouldn't be. The rooms do have a fun designer feeling. The location is great - you're sitting on the balcony overlooking the lake. We really appreciated the free mini bar - a small gesture, but a nice one (free water, soft drinks, snacks).

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 May 2012

Overrated, overestimated and overpriced. I was waken up at 5 am by the people in the room just above my head and although they were not especially noisy I could hear the "zip" of the suitcases and the noise of their every steps. Very poor finishes and very cheap design: already decrepit tiles and a bad need of a fresh lick of paint, decrepit room doors whose window let the light of the corridor in all night long. The shower leaked and I still cannot figure out the meaning of the drawer full of pebbles on the room floor. Another example of "design"? Very good breakfast though but very uncomfortable and unbalanced chairs. Globally a bad experience unworthy of 140 € a night.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 February 2012

The hotel is located in a beautiful town.

Rooms are clean and different. Full of nice details.

Hotel emplacement is amazing.
Superb breakfast.
Wifi only on the entrance which is also really nice.

"Free parking" is about 15minutes walking.. althought you can stop for a while in front of the hotel for the luggage.

It's ideal for holidays.. maybe not that much for business trip.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled on business
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Address: Piazza E. Motta 34, 28016 Orta San Giulio, Italy
Region: Italy > Piedmont > Province of Novara > Orta San Giulio
Amenities:
Beach Restaurant Wheelchair access
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Ranked #7 of 11 Hotels in Orta San Giulio
Price Range: £89 - £124 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Aracoeli 3*
Number of rooms: 7
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