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Hotel Villa Paradiso
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Meina
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“peaceful stay at the paradiso”
Reviewed 25 August 2014

just back from a week stay at the Paradiso in Meina , on the Thomson discovery package deal .
this is a lovely hotel , family run and very welcoming .
a word of advice though Meina is a small village and while nice to walk around is very quite , had we not had the package deal of trips through Thomson there was very little to do in resort.
however there is a regular bus service to surrounding towns as well as a train station for trips further afield just behind the hotel .
the hotel itself is set on the lake , but does not have a promenade for walking as there is a very busy main road in front of the hotel . it does however have its own private lake side beach and jetty with loungers available for guests .
the hotel itself is an old villa , there is a lovey terrace overlooking the lake ideal for post diner drinks and relaxation !
our room was on the 3rd floor at the back of the hotel and despite being close to the railway we did not find this a big disturbance .
the room was clean and comfortable although the shower was very small !
the hotel did advertise in the brochure free WiFi , which while available easily on the terrace did not reach to our room at the end of the corridor , we did mention this and an extra rooter did appear on the corridor however unfortunately this did not solve the issue .
our package was half board and meals were very good , home cooked and for the most varied , with 3 choices for starter , main and sweet .
a salad bar was also available but there was no variety in this from night to night .
choice for vegetarian guests appeared a little limited i did see from a previous review that given notice more options are available .
we did arrange early breakfast for the 2 days we were out on trips , unfortunately the first day there appeared a mix up and we came down to find the restaurant in darkness and the night porter asleep ! that being said things were quickly sorted and we were able to get our breakfast before we set off.
drinks were not included in the meal , but we were surprised when checking out , they were very reasonable .
we had 4 trips included in our package all guided by the very knowledgeable Barbara , and driven very safely by Claudio .her enthusiasm for the area was great and really enhanced the trips .
she also appeared calm and helpful to one of our fellow travelers when they had lost their items while on a day trip over the border in Switzerland .
over all this is a great hotel as a base to explore the surrounding area or if you want to relax and do nothing !
the family who run it are great and really go out of there way to make it a relaxing stay .
thanks also to the reps Jon and Mandi for their organization , and smooth transfers to and from the airport , we even got a call from Jon the day before travel to wish us a pleasant trip to Italy !

Room Tip: don't be put off by a room at the back , yes there is no lake view but the front does overlook a...
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 26 June 2014

A truly superb hotel and I would like to thank all the staff for their friendliness; their helpfulness and their desire to make our holiday the success it was. The food was excellent, with a varied menu provided each day and served by a friendly staff, who took the time and effort to ensure that each meal was an enjoyable experience.
The reception staff dealt with our requests for information with a friendliness and professionalism that was evident throughout the hotel.
We arranged the holiday through Thomson and I would like to thank their reps, Jon and Mandy, both of whom ensured an enjoyable holiday; Jon arranged the Lake Maggiore Express trip an excursion not to be missed. In Barbara they have found a tour guide who has an encyclopaedic knowledge and an obvious love of the area.
Bus and train travel to Stresa, a main hub on the lake, is straight forward and inexpensive.
This was a holiday in a hotel that will live long in the memory and for that we have to thank all those in the hotel, the reps and the tour guide.

Room Tip: Book a room with a lake view
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Ivybridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 June 2014

Went on Thomson lakes and mountains package holiday for one week from May 17th 2014. Stayed at Hotel Paradiso, Meina, about 11 km from Stresa but with good train and bus connections. Hotel was quiet and very well presented, clean and very comfortable. The staff were very helpful and interested in helping us to make the best of our time with them. Food was good and the choice very fair.You need a lake view room to make the best of the splendid views of Lake Maggiore - feel worth the extra cost. A busy road in front of the hotel and the lack of a promenade were the only disadvantages, but we were aware of this before booking so were prepared.

The discovery package excursions were well organised and the tour guide, Barbara, was very knowledgeable, friendly and competent. We did not take the day out to Milan as we are not interested in city sights and shopping. Instead we went on the 3 hour boat trip up the lake to Locarno, with lunch on the boat and then Centre valley train through the mountains eventually finishing up in Meina, (one change) Thomson's tour guides were first class and were able to advise and arrange anything reasonable that we wanted. All in all a very good holiday with value for money so long as you want some peace and quiet and do not mind the busy road..

Room Tip: Lake view rooms essential, preferably with balcony
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 June 2014

Stayed here for 2 nights 18th May - Great views of the lake and the hotel is positioned high above the road next to the lake - Meina is a small town but a good base for travelling around. Hotel was fine and food was pleasant enough so no complaints really.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 October 2013

We travelled here by booking through lowcostholidays which we used before for Venice and have found them very good. Private transfer from airport was excellent. I can only reiterate what previous guests have written. We found the setting beautiful but we had booked a back room which was a mistake, however, the hotel let us upgrade to a lakeside view on our first evening. This is a beautiful part of the world with spectacular scenery. We made the most of our 8 days. We found the station by accident the first day just by walking out of the back of the hotel. We got the train to Stresa and were then talked into a boat trip to the three islands but were not disappointed. Isola Bella was just as the name suggests absolutely beautiful. When we got off the boat we went to the tourist infornation office and got a bus timetable and got the bus back to Meina. The 2nd day after a walk around Meina (which does not take long!) we got a bus to Arona to find out about the Maggiore Express which had been recommended by a previous contributor. Arona was lovely and we came across some sort of festival where locals were dancing. It was fascinating!! The next day after visiting an international market which was in the town for 3 days. We caught the maggioreexpress (see previous comments) . This was the best value for money anywhere and as it was my birthday made it a spectacular day. We returned from Domodossola to Meina (as you do not have to return to the bigger towns as suggested below. After we had worked out the bus times and the trains we found getting about easy. On our last day we took the bus which hugs the coast line to Intra (a good value town) and then the ferry to Laveno. There we took the open air cable car up the mountain (a bit scary) which has a panoramic view of the area plus a lovely cafe and restaurant at the top. There is a hang gliding ramp up there and we watched one set off.
Final comments: Hotel lovely together with staff. Dodgy road and lack of life in Meina a bit of a downer. It would have been so nice to have taken a stroll along by the lake from the hotel but this was impossible. However, a brilliant place for a holiday - highly recommended.

Room Tip: Lake view essential
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 September 2013

I stayed here in mid August having last visited the Italian lakes in 1993 and was very impressed by the helpfulness of the hotel in absolutely everything we asked them for.

We are a family of vegetarians which we informed them of before we traveled and hotel staff made every effort to help ensure we had the best food available. At breakfast they would give us 3 vegetarian options for starter and main meal to choose from for the evening meal, we were also extra fussy as we don't eat eggs either so ensured nothing they served us had eggs in it. I could tell the front line staff were multi-lingual, with the maitre de speaking in french, english and german to the guests at meal time.

It wasn't just the food but they were happy to help with our questions about day trips, including finding a very helpful English ex pat who made arrangements for a trip to Monte Rosa, an hour or two's drive, that is recommended - note, the cable car ride is a must do with the chair lift for those of a more daring disposition.

The staff were all totally friendly and couldn't do enough to help, they even drove us to our bus stop for the transfer back to the airport as we had some heavy luggage.

The resort is fairly quiet but that would only worry the club 18-30 crowd, however a short bus ride to Stresa would allow them to find some nightlife.

I've never left a hotel review but I can't stress how highly I rate the service received from the hotel and the staff.

It was a delightful stay and I'm sure I'll be back at lake Maggiore sooner than in 20 years the next time.

Room Tip: Get a lakeside view if possible although the view behind the hotel is none too shabby.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Swansea, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 August 2013

A bijou family run establishment where nothing was to much trouble for the hosts.

Location, cleanliness and food all first class.

Water in the lake across the road could be heard breaking peacefully on the shore. Road a little noisy during the morning and evening commuter hours but tolerable.

Only an hour from the airport with easy access to Stressa and the boats on the lake.

Crystal, the agents, were well organised and offered good day trips should you wish to take them.

Having previously visited Garda the Lakes of Italy have become our favourite land based holiday

Room Tip: Juliet balcony with Lake side view worth the extra
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  • Stayed June 2013, 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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