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Hotel Stella Orselina
La Spezia, Italy
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43 reviews
12 hotel reviews
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“Wonderfull spring days in the sun!”
Reviewed 1 June 2014 via mobile

This little hotel up on the hillside near Locarno welcomes you with a wonderful terrace, a garden with heated swimmingpool and a breathtaking view over Locarno and the Lago Maggiore.
It is run by the owner who takes himself care of his guests in a very friendly way. I always feel there at home. The hotel runs also a little restaurant: nothing special but convenient.
Roms are welk equiped and very clean. Most of them had a recent makeover. There are also appartments available in the garden side. There are buses and a funicular to go up and down the hill from and to Locarno.
I enjoy this nice experience as often as I can.

Stayed May 2014, travelled solo
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    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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26 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 August 2013

The Hotel Stella is a wonderful little hotel. The staff are very friendly and helpful. Rene, one of the owners, was exceptionally helpful and spoke English very well.
We had two rooms on the 4th floor. The rooms are modern, clean, well appointed, air conditioned and have absolutely fantastic views. The rooms are not large but adequate for two people. The buffet style breakfast has several choices and is well done. The pool is lovely, again with beautiful views of Locarno and Lake Maggiore. There is a guest washer and dryer by the pool, which is a great convenience.
The hotel is only a 5-10 minute walk from the Funicular which goes down to Locarno. The gondola up to Cardada is the same distance away. One can enjoy hiking up there. We don't recommend hiking down from Cardada to Orselina. Very steep, and not well marked.
We thoroughly enjoyed our 6 nights at Hotel Stella and would absolutely return.

Room Tip: Top floor.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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30 reviews
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Reviewed 22 June 2013

Hotel Stella lies about 150 meter above Locarno in Orselina. It is a 1,5 km walk to Locarno, but you can use the funicolare too. The hotel sells retourtickets for €3. The hotel is a family type hotel. The crew is very friendly and provides good service.
We had a design room at de top floor. At €250/night (breakfast included) not cheap, but very worth the money. Good beds, good bathroom. Very nice balcony with a view over Locarno, Minusio, Ascona and a large part of Lago Maggiore. Drawback is the strange instruction not to shower between 10 am and 7 pm. The hot-watercapacity is very limited: the temperature of the shower changes between hot and cold depending on people using hot water elsewhere.
The restaurant in the hotel offers good quality at a good price.
After 4 nights it was a pity to leave.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Herzliya, Israel
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54 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 October 2012

The hotel is located in Orselina, far above Locarno city center. Still it was just 5 minutes walk from the cable car that goes down to the city or up to the mountain. This location also allowed wonderful views of the lake (definitely opt for lake-view garden rooms). The garden room (number 1) was large and comfortable, with a modern feel and brand new bathrooms. The balcony had lovely views of Lago Maggiore below. Breakfast was good and quite generous. Staff was friendly and helpful. All in all a very good experience, and definitely great value for money.

Room Tip: Garden rooms are new/renovated, with excellent views of the lake.
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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6 reviews
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Reviewed 7 September 2012 via mobile

Gorgeous boutique hotel above Locarno in the small town of Orselina. A 10 minute walk to the Feniculare, and cable car. Restaurant on location which serves a typical Swiss breakfast, and service is attentive. Stunning view of Lake Maggiore, and a bit cooler than being situated in downtown Locarno. We enjoyed the calm and tranquility of the location.

  • Stayed September 2012
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Lausanne, Switzerland
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Reviewed 13 January 2012

We spent two nights in this hotel and have booked the "casa giardino" accomodation, which is very similar to a studio flat, well-furnished, with a fully-equiped kitchen and a nice bathroom. The only inconvenient was with the shower, there was no possibility to close it and the ground of the bathroom was at the same level. So that every time we had a shower, the whole bathroom was flooded (to prevent it, we later tried to create a dam with our towels). Our room had a balcony with a garden, two deck chairs and a stunning view over the lake (lago maggiore). It was a very relaxing place. On top of that, the hotel has its own restaurant and the food is not only excellent but prices were also reasonable. The location is beautiful but access is difficult. When you decide to arrive with public transportation, be aware that the frequency of buses can be poor.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Stella Orselina
Address: via al Parco 14, Orselina 6644, Switzerland
Region: Switzerland > Swiss Alps > Canton of Ticino > Lake Maggiore > Orselina
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Speciality Lodging in Orselina
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Stella Orselina 3*
Number of rooms: 39
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated on the edge of Locarno, Hotel Stella provides panoramic views of Lake Maggiore and comes with a restaurant serving Swiss and international cuisine. You can sunbathe on the hotel's terrace or refresh yourself in the on-site swimming pool. All of the modern rooms come with satellite TV, air conditioner, Free Wi-Fi, a seating area and a bathroom with a hairdryer, free toiletries, and a shower or a bathtub. Some rooms come with a terrace or a balcony and lake views. The family-run Stella hotel has a playground and a lounge with a TV. During summer, you can dine on the terrace. Bicycles can be borrowed on site and the hotel uses solar panels to heat water. Private parking is available in front of the hotel and against a surcharge. The city centre is an 8-minute drive away and Ascona can be reached within 12 minutes by car. Orselina is a great choice for travelers interested in Hiking, Relaxation and Food ... more   less 
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