My husband and I (50s) stayed 6 nights in September. The room was on second floor. It was adequate for our needs and clean. The bed was firm but we like it that way. The location is on the edge of the town on San Guilio and a nice walk into the old town by a path along the lake. The return is uphill at the very end, but we are fit so managed this fine.
The breakfast buffet is expansive and there is a hospitality room open each day from 3pm where you can make yourself tea/coffee and cake.
Excellent hotel and the restaurant is amazing, very conveniently located to Lake Orta. Staff were kind enough to upgrade us to a suite. Only downside was the rooms were a little old and the shower in one of them did not work well.
This hotel had a lovely lakeside setting. Although the facility was older, it has been kept in good condition. The woman at reception was excellent. The restaurant was good although breakfast was mediocre. We were overnighting at this location so did not fully utilize the options. The hotel looks as if it would function well as a resort destination in the right season. The only drawback would be its relative isolation when walking.
This is a fantistic hotel for a stay in Orta. The rooms feel very modern and each one has its own access to either the garden or a balcony. The beds were very comfortable and a mini fridge, kettle and tea are also provided. On top of this, you receive a flask for the duration of your visit to keep filling with water from the dining room, which is really useful, particularly in the summer when it gets extremly hot.
The breakfast provided offers a wide range of foods such as cakes, pastries, breads cereals, meats, cheeses and an excellent fruit salad. There are also juices and hot drinks available from the coffee machine. The only thing I would have added would be offering bread rolls too rather than only just slices of bread.
The hotel is also situated just up the road from the train station - approx 500m, so travelling by public transport is convenient. In relation to the main square of Orta, the hotel is a fair walk away, about 20mins, and slightly longer on the way back as it's much higher than the town. The walk takes in some really nice scenery and you can use a shortcut on the way down and back up if it's still light. The hotel also offer bike rental for €5 per day which I would thoroughly recommend as they are basically brand new bikes and are very good for cycling back up.
All in all, we would recommend this hotel to anyone, it was an enjoyable experience and the staff constantly went out of their way to make us feel welcome. We would definitely stay again.
Interesting and quirky room, lovely breakfast. Top floor room called 'a room of ones own' has a great view of Lake Orta and the stone roofs of the city. The shower is certainly one of the oddest I have come across, in a good way.
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La Bussola is family-run hotel in a prime position, within easy (downhill all the way!) walking distance of the centre of Orta San Guilia. We stayed in a standard room on the first floor (No. 118) which was pleasantly furnished and had everything that we needed. We were also pleased to find that it had french doors leading on to a private terrace from which we could see the lake and look over the gardens. A table, chairs and sun umbrella were provided for our use, which I thought was a nice touch.
Breakfast is done as a buffet, and consists of fresh rolls,breads, croissants, meats, cheeses, fruits, yoghurts, boiled eggs etc and everything is fresh and well presented. Eating such a breakfast out on the terrace, looking over the lake and the Island of San Guilia would set anybody up for the day ahead.
The owners are very friendly and helpful and obviously take great pride in their hotel and I would be pleased to recommend it to anyone.
To the west of Lake Maggiore, in the northern Italy, is Lake Orta. It is a minor star in the constellation of Italy’s subalpine lakes, but is popular with tourists because of its Romanesque and Baroque architecture.
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