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A sumptuous Belle Epoque mansion with Liberty-style interiors, featuring stucco motifs, gleaming marble and glistening chandeliers, with divine views of the lake islands. The cavernous spa is a real treat, with steam room, ice waterfall and whirlpool bath, not to mention the many beauty treatments on offer.


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OUR REVIEW

THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

It's on the lakefront road just under 1km north of Stresa. The road can get busy in summer, when cars snake their way up the shoreline, although once you cross the threshold of the hotel the atmosphere is calm and composed. The mansion was built with the lake panorama in mind, and the views of the lake islands are simply sublime.

By plane: direct flights from London (under 2 hours) and Manchester (2 hours 15 minutes) to Milan Malpensa. The hotel is a 50 minute drive from the airport. Free on-site parking available. Book flights to Milan.

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THE LOOK AND FEEL

Ritz and glitz combine in this Belle Epoque mansion with Liberty-style interiors - you'll find marble columns, Venetian floors and wooden antiques alongside golden-plated doors and slightly gaudy sideboards. Interiors are adorned with the owners' collection of objets d'art from the world over. This is one of the lake's grandest hotels and, to this day, is still family run, exuding a welcoming ambience.

THE FACILITIES

Staff are welcoming and attentive, providing professional, discreet service. The spa is a highlight, and guests have access to an outdoor swimming pool. There's a private beach and a small garden behind the property. Plenty of activities can be organised, from helicopter tours to private cooking classes with the chef, and private boat tours and island visits leaving from the hotel jetty. There's a free shuttle service to Stresa.

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Gym
  • Spa
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

BED AND BATH

Spread out over five floors, each room category features a different colour schemes, from classic wine-red and golden to softer shades of pink and pearl. A number of rooms and suites feature more modern décor. Marble bathrooms have whirlpool bathtubs and are equipped with Acqua di Parma amenities.

Room types: Room, Deluxe, Deluxe Villa, Junior Suite, Flower Suite, Belvedere Suite, Liz Taylor Suite, La Borromea Suite, Apartment

Key amenities: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, bathrobes and slippers, balcony, TV, free Wi-Fi

FOOD AND DRINK

There are two restaurants: I Mori is a bright dining area with lake views and Le Isole has a pleasant terrace for al fresco dining. The bar is a nice spot to enjoy a pre- or post-prandial drink. The buffet breakfast includes cold cuts, cheeses, fruits and eggs prepared at the table.

I Mori: Gourmet dining, dishes include lake fish tempura and piedmont veal fillet.

Le Isole: Italian cuisine, including burrata and roast lamb.

I Principi: coffee by day, cocktails by night.

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