Reception was friendly and efficient.
From the first impression, it could easily be thought that the hotel decor qualifies as faded. However it is in fact in good condition, it is just the dowdy colours that make it seem a bit drab. Don't let this put you off. It is a nice comfortable place to stop. The rooms are a good size. Very comfortable bed. Wonderfully views of the lake. Make sure you get a lakeside room, ideally one with a balcony.
The air conditioning in the room is soundless. To such an extent that I am still not absolutely sure it was working, but as the room stayed at a pleasant temperature, I think it must have been.
There are a couple of quirks. If the management read this, perhaps they might consider adding a towel rail and a loo roll holder to the bathroom equipment.
Lovely shower over jacuzzi bath.
Just before we arrived they had come to the end of a 6 week period of very bad weather, so guest numbers were well down. Also pool and some of the grounds had obviously suffered from lack of attention during this period, but there were signs that things were getting back into order. The tennis court, hard court, had so much moss on it it could have passed for a grass court.
Breakfast cost €20 per head for the buffet, extortionate in my view so we did not partake. We ate in the restaurant one evening. Set menu and the food and service was excellent. Book a table by the window for the magnificent view.
For a good day out, book the Maggiore Express. A combined train and boat trip via Domodossola, to Locarno. The old part of Domodossola is particularly nice. Note prices in Locarno are extortionate. Boat trip back is a bit long winded, but overall a good trip.
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Lido Palace
- Lido Palace Baveno
- Lido Palace Hotel Baveno, Lake Maggiore, Italy