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.
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.
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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