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“Paradiso Lost”

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Hotel Villa Paradiso
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Meina
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“Paradiso Lost”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2013

Our holiday to the Italian Lakes was booked from Thomson Lakes & Mountains brochure as a discovery package to Lake Maggiore. We flew from Manchester airport to Milan and with a one hour transfer to our Hotel - the Villa Paradiso.

I had chosen to book through Thomson Holidays as had had two lovely holidays through them in Sorrento. Unfortunately it appears they have sub contracted this holiday to Crystal and the whole experience was not of the same standard.

On arrival at the resort on a sunny Saturday lunchtime, we were totally blown away by the gorgeous setting of the hotel which is by the Lake. The main road around the lake is very busy, the hotel on one side of the road with the lake just on the other side. Unfortunately there is very little in the way of pavement, meaning any attempt to stroll anywhere within a 100 yards of the hotel is not only impossible but could be positively dangerous. And there lies the main problem. The hotel, whilst situated in a beautiful setting, is very isolated for any traveller without their own transport. Buses are close enough to safely reach and Stresa is about 15 mins bus ride away and well worth a visit, BUT the last bus back is at 7.30pm so realistically you have to stay put in the evening in the hotel.

The hotel is a small, family run hotel that is a little tired. Our room, 332, was small with en-suite shower and toilet and a lake view. Despite the noisy road, the room was remarkably quiet and had air conditioning, fridge and safe. The hotel does offer free wifi but you have to get a login password for a maximum of 24 hours at a time.

On a positive note, the room was kept very clean, the beds are really comfortable, towels changed daily and all the staff were very keen to help in any way.

The food was very limited though. Breakfast was fine, the usual fare, cold meat and cheese, cereals, yoghurts, eggs, toast and cakes. The UK guests dine in a separate area, from the French and German coach parties. The menu appears to be more restrictive for UK travellers as well and this all makes you feel a bit like second class citizens. We were asked to choose our evening meal at breakfast time, which is a little odd as were the choices. If you like fresh lake carp, you are in luck as that is the option at least 3 times a week. Variations on courgettes appear on many occasions including courgette omelette one night. Escalope of veal and chicken are regular favourites with a non descript sauce. The menu offers three choices of starters and main courses, but in truth the choices are so repetitive we ended up having the pasta starter as our main course and avoiding the other options.

Having had your meal, almost everyone disappears to their rooms as the bar area is a dark gloomy and unwelcoming area. The veranda is lovely, looking over the lake but the weather wasn't kind enough for us to do this.

The tours we went on as part of the discovery package were interesting, informative but very tiring. We arrived on a Saturday and on the Monday and Tuesday we had 12 hour coach trips starting at 7am. We had an excellent guide, Barbara for the trips but timings weren't always the best, with either too long on the coach eg 3.5 hours at a time or too long in some of the stop offs. Overall though we saw some gorgeous places and can highly recommend Fuchs Restaurant on the trip to the Matterhorn! On our last day we went to Milan, which was another great trip. Beware of coffee prices outside the cathedral though, we were stung for 18 euros for 2 cappuccinos!

Overall, I did enjoy my holiday because Italy is such a gorgeous place to visit and the Italians so welcoming and helpful. If I was to return, I would prefer to stay in Stresa I think as Villa Paradiso is just too isolated for me, but this is a very personal view.

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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2013

... there was a four-star-hotel at the coast of the Lago Maggiore in Meina. But "tempora mutantur", times change, and today, most of the guests are not Englishmen in an Aston-Martin or Italians in an Alfa Romeo but groups in buses for which two parking places are marked. Not only, this patronage is not quite suitable for a luxury villa, even worse, tour operators don't like to pay for their guests. So, the hotel has to save money, wherever possible. For breakfast you get fruit salade based on canned fruits, orange juice declarated "Juice, water, sugar" and a list of additives, eggs coded "3" which means they are from hens housed in outlawed cages. As a goody, there is homemade Lemon marmalade - but the jam, it's a pity, is industrial. The evening meals are plain fare.

The staff attempts to speak the language of their guests, so when a german group is here, the menu is in German - which means the Minestrone becomes a "Gemüsesuppe nach Gärtnerin Art". Why do these people go to Italy? At least could the menu be in two languages.

When you look in the internet, you see a magnifique view to the lake - but, unfortunately, between hotel and lake is SS 33, the main road to the Simplon pass. At the back, there is the respective railway main line. In the evening, a stroll at the lakeside is not to recommend, as you would have to follow the main road without pedestrian pavement.

Don't forget your bathing cap, if you would like to frequent the hotel pool.

Wifi is free, and depending of the receptionist, you get a 6-hour or a 24-hour allowance.

All in all, it's a difficult situation for the owner to juggle too many balls at once.

Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Coventry, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2012

The hotel itself is lovely! Everyone is friendly, food is brilliant, the rooms are superb! What more could one ask for? However this is a trip for people not looking to travel to the main cities in the South like Rome or even the East like Venice. To make up for it there are great transport routes and excursions to Milan and Switzerland and other lakes up north!

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2012

Hotel Villa Paradiso is a superb hotel on the edge of the town of Meina in a stunning position looking out over Lake Maggiore. The staff were all very friendly and helpful, and there was a pleasant mixture of humour and formality from the waiters in the dining room. Our room was on the third floor on the front with a wonderful view of the lake. The food was excellent with plenty of variety, both for breakfast and for dinner. We chose the main course for dinner from 3 options at breakfast. At the back of the hotel is a walled garden with a swimming pool with plenty of sun beds and umbrellas around it, and across the road at the front of the hotel, it has its own beach, again with sunbeds and umbrellas. We found the terrace at the front of the hotel to be a very pleasant place to relax for pre dinner drinks. I would mention 2 negatives: the busy road which we had to cross to get to the beach at the front and the lack of pavements meant that it was virtually impossible to have a stroll after dinner and prevented us walking to the next village during the day – great hotel if you have your own transport but there is a lack of alternative eating places if you haven’t. Train station and bus stop close by – unfortunately both stop running at 7.30pm so a taxi back from Stasa will cost you £30+ compared to 3 euros on the bus. You cannot fault the hotel for this and would stay again if I had a car!!

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Leeds
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2012

On the whole, we had a lovely holiday to the Villa Paradiso. The staff were very friendly and helpful, even booking our transfer bus from the airport to the hotel, which drops you only about 100 meters from the hotel and was a very reasonably priced.

We asked for and paid a small supplement for a lake view. Although our room didn't have a balcony, we still enjoyed the view and the room was a very good size, with a good sized en suite including bath and shower.

The ferry only goes from Meina once a day, but as long as you don't mind fitting in with that and bus and other ferry timetables, we found it easy to get around and saw most of what we wanted to see in and around Lake Maggiore, including a trip up to the swiss part of the lake, Lake Orta and Lake Varese which we cycled to hiring bikes from Stresa and Ispra (the cycle shop in Ispra I would certainly recommend).

The dining room was wonderful having views right across the lake so you could see the sun going down each evening. There was a great mix of young families, couples and older people in the hotel.

The downside we thought was some of the food. The first night we ate like kings. The salad buffet covered the table and included meats and cheeses, as well as eggs, coleslaw and other salad. The second night, we were down to just salad and eggs and half of the table. From then on in, it was just salad and not a great choice of that. The soup or pasta and rice courses dishes we thought were excellent and some of the nicest I've ever had. The main courses however, were often warm and an omellete I had one evening was cold. The puddings, however, were first rate as was the choice at breakfast.

We too were bitten, although this was when we were out and about, as well as in the hotel.

Overall, yes I would return and yes I would recommend to others.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Oxon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2012

We really enjoyed our stay at this hotel. It was clean and comfortable and the staff were exceptionally friendly and helpful. The rooms were luxurious and spacious. As a family, we were given two adjacent rooms, so I shared with my daughter and my husband with my son. Both rooms were beautifully furnished with stunning views of the lake at the front. You can pay a little extra for a room with a balcony. The hotel is in the very picturesque town of Meina, where there are some nice bakeries, delis, a lovely little boutique, amongst other shops and services. The amenities are quite reliable and we were able to easily catch buses, trains or ferries to the wide variety of places to visit. The food was great and I wouldn't say it was second-rate at all. There was a self-service buffet for breakfast and a la carte menu for lunch and dinner. We were on a set menu for dinner; being half-board, but there was a good selection and it was generally very good quality.
There is a nice pool at the rear of the hotel, and a table tennis table, and nice gardens to lounge in or wander around. There was a small play area, but the toys were a bit grubby and we felt they were a bit precariously positioned so we didn't use them much, but there was a good park about 200 metres up the road, with a cafe. The only criticism we have of the hotel was that they didn't change the table cloth from the evening meal, so that when you came down for breakfast in the morning, there would be marks on the cloth from where we sat before, which, having young children were quite a few.
There were a lot of mosquitoes as someone else commented and I was quite badly bitten, but none of the rest of my family were affected and other guests didn't seem to be bothered by them either.
We didn't find it too isolated, but if you are looking for something more lively, you would want to be somewhere more urban. This was ideal for us, as we wanted somewhere fairly quiet, but with good connections.
The rooms are air-conditioned, all have plasma screen tv, en-suite, beautifully tiled and spacious bathrooms and plenty of storage for clothes etc.
There is so much to see and do in Italy, and we would like to return, so if we did return to that region, we would definitely use this hotel again, and have no hesitation in recommending it to friends.

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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2012

Hotel Villa Paradiso is a superb hotel on the edge of of the town in a stunning position looking out over Lake Maggiore. The staff were all very friendly and helpful, and there was a pleasant mixture of humour and formality from the waiters in the dining room.

Our room was on the third floor at the back with a view up the hill, which meant that it didn't suffer from the road noise at the front. It was slightly on the small side, but adequate and comfortable, and the air conditioning was quiet and effective.

The food was excellent with plenty of variety, both for breakfast and for dinner. We chose the main course for dinner from 3 options at breakfast.

At the back of the hotel is a walled garden with a swimming pool with plenty of sun beds and umbrellas around it, and across the road at the front of the hotel, it has its own beach, again with sunbeds and umbrellas.

We found the terrace at the front of the hotel to be a very pleasant place to relax at lunchtime and after dinner.

I would mention 2 negatives: the busy road which we had to cross to get to the beach at the front and the dining room sometimes becoming very hot at breakfast time. However, these are far outweighed by the positives.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Villa Paradiso
Address: Via del Sempione 125, 28046 Meina, Italy
Region: Italy > Piedmont > Lake Maggiore > Meina
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Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Meina
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Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Villa Paradiso 4*
Number of rooms: 57
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