A lovely grand hotel, much more tasteful than the more 'spruced up' hotels in nearby Stresa. It could do with a lick of paint here and there but its a minor gripe.The boat terminal is a 10 minute walk away along the edge of the lake. The boats are by far the best way to get around this part of Lake Maggiore. The rooms are clean and high ceilinged, the bathrooms are marble, with a good shower and bath. Definitely get a lake view room. The views are stunning and it is so wonderful to be woken by the sun streaming through your window every morning.
Paolo, the manager, could not do enough to help us, from planning a trip to Ascona using boats and buses, to providing whatever we needed for our room. His fellow staff are less fluent in English than Paolo but no less willing to help.
Although the hotel caters for coach parties (like most of the large hotels along the lake), it never felt crowded at all. In fact, with all the coach parties out for the day, you could be forgiven for thinking that the hotel was closed! That suited us, although those looking for more buzz in a hotel might want to look at the hotels in Stresa.
Breakfast was limited in terms of fresh fruit options and pastries but eggs and bacon was available on request and was very nice. We did not dine in the evenings in the hotel but the menu looked good.
Baveno is much quieter than Stresa, so those of you who want to be out wining and dining will need to use taxis. There are some nice little restaurants in Baveno though.
Overall, this hotel is just a lovely peaceful place to be, with well appointed rooms and attentive staff. and we will definitely be going back next year.
Lake view rooms are a must
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