Regal style hotel. Fantastic location in the heart of Stresa and near the train station and ferry terminal. Staff friendly but hotel would benefit with a concierge. The spa area in the basement is gorgeous and very relaxing. We spent a couple of hours there everyday before going out for dinner. The rooms are very nicely decorated and I believe they all have spa baths which is a nice touch. On a negative the beds were a bit hard for us and really missed not having tea/ coffee in the room. I would definitely recommend this hotel and we are hoping to return very soon!!
prees from surrey
Grand, turn-of-the-century hotel once popular with European royalty, set by Lake Maggiore, 200 metres from the train station …More
I stayed for 6 nights in the Palace Grand and highly recommend this hotel. It's a bit of a walk up the hill from the centre of Varese, but the advantage is that you get a quiet night's sleep compared to being in the centre of town. The hotel staff were extremely helpful and the room was large and clean. Some of the fittings are a tad worn, but I found that this added to the charm of the hotel. Breakfast was excellent, plenty of choice and a nice view overlooking Lake Varese.
Very nice place. Excellent service. The breakfast could be improved considering that it is a four stars hotel. Overall it is a great place and a great swiming pool. Personel is very welcoming and trained.
We lived in the area for around 10 years and had visited the Villa for various functions but never stayed. The staff were very friendly and helpful . The room was very well served every day with fresh linen etcetera . The Varese football team were in the hotel on our first night . It's a very quite place but convinent for trips to Varese Milan Lugano and the Lakes . The only disappointment was the coffee from the machine at breakfast! The breakfast was good , bar prices also very reasonable . I eat alone in the Villa one night and the food was a little pricy but the service and wine was excellent .
This hotel is very nice, it's definitely a great deal since you get more than your money's worth. The rooms are spacious, comfortable and clean. The breakfast buffet is amazing, the staff is very friendly. The only con is that to get to and from you either have to have a car or a bike since there's not really much to to walking distance.
The hotel offered a very tranquil setting about 10 minutes walk from the shore of Lake Maggiore. The cloisters area was a lovely area for simply sitting reading. The hotel has a small chapel off the cloisters which was in use for a small service on Sunday morning.
The staff were incredibly helpful, the room clean, comfortable and a good size. The breakfast buffet was well stocked with the usual continental fare ranging from cereal to boiled eggs, ham and cheese.
We ate evening meal in the restaurant one evening but were close enough to the town centre to try different local restaurants each evening including O'Conors Irish Pup which had a great atmosphere.
The gym wasn't particulary good with equipment being domestic type equipment as per a home gym and parking adjacent to the hotel was limited but there were plenty of free parking locations nearby.
Overall we had a great stay and are happy to recommend Il Chiostro to anyone looking for a tranquil place to stay in the Verbania area.
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