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Grand Hotel Bristol

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

This is a gorgeous hotel. Staff was very friendly and willing to help with anything. Rooms were clean and comfortable. The only thing I didn't like is that they only give you 2 hours of free Wifi for your entire stay.

The hotel may be 100 years old but it is very well maintained and stately. The outdoor pool is very nice. Short walk to town. Just across the street from the lake. My one complaint was the "free" Wi-Fi. Four hours after check-in, after taking survey, two hours are provided. Parking in their parking lot is €10 a day but free parking is along the street if available.

Old timey palace-like hotel with modern amenities and a good location. We walked a few blocks to 'downtown' Stresa for shopping, drinking and dining. A few blocks the other way was the cable car and boats to the islands on Lago Maggiore. Our room was modern, though a bit small, with two balconies. The pool below us was beautiful, although the weather was too cool to enjoy it. The room did not include breakfast so I cannot comment on that. Wish it did as it would have been very convenient to start our day right there. Overall, a very nice hotel.

I found the hotel to be overpriced and the staff unaccommodating. The first room they gave us was so tiny. I asked to see other rooms in the same price range and then was shown a larger room which we took. The staff was clearly annoyed by my request to see other rooms. I booked online through Orbitz and it turned out the rate, which as at least $250 USD per night, didn't include breakfast. We heard other guests checking in with a lower rate, and one that included breakfast. When I inquired they insisted that you never get breakfast when booking over the Internet. I had to pay 4 Euro for a cup of coffee, they wouldn't even include that for the over priced room. They charged for WiFi and wouldn't include that either. I felt that we grossly over paid and the staff wouldn't give an inch on it. They also charged 10 Euro per night for the parking garage. There are several nice hotels in Stresa and I'm sure you can find a better deal elsewhere.

Wonderful location, great rooms.

Our room, though on the side of the hotel, had a balcony with a view of the lake. Nice room, very friendly and professsional front desk staff. Parking garage just feet from the main entrance--very convenient. The breakfast buffet was very nice (good bread!). This hotel belongs to a group of 3 or 4 in the area I believe. Would easily return for another stay. Umberto I, 73 Stresa VB

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to Borromeo Plaza
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining
  • Outdoor pool and indoor pool

Grand Hotel Bristol places you within a 10-minute stroll of Borromeo Plaza and Villa La Palazzola. This 4-star hotel has 253 guestrooms and offers conveniences like a restaurant, an outdoor pool, and an indoor pool. On a lake, it's also near Isola Bella Botanical Garden and Villa Taranto Botanical Garden.


In addition to a meal at the onsite restaurant, you can also enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with room service. For your convenience, a buffet breakfast is served for a fee each morning from 7 AM to 10 AM.


The 253 rooms are air-conditioned and have an array of amenities, including minibars, safes, and phones. Guests can expect free WiFi and LCD TVs. Bathrooms have hair dryers, free toiletries, and bidets.

Property features

Guests of Grand Hotel Bristol have access to an indoor pool, an outdoor pool, and a sauna. Self parking is available for EUR 10,00 per night. The 24-hour front desk has multilingual staff ready to help with dry cleaning or laundry, and answer any questions about the area. Additional amenities include free WiFi in public areas, 14 meeting rooms, and conference space.

Room options

Economy Single Room (NO BALCONY)

Twin 1 | Sleeps 1

Superior Double or Twin Room, Partial Lake View

Queen 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Standard Double or Twin Room, Mountain View

Queen 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Superior Double or Twin Room, Mountain View

Queen 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

76% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 989 reviews