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Grand Hotel Des Iles Borromees

5.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

We stayed here a few years ago and the hotel lived up to our previous visit in every way. Absolutely loved it. A real treat to spend time here again and do some different exploring. Lovely room with a side view of the lake and the Isoles Borromeo. Breakfast was extensive and luckily we had very little time queuing for a tael, which had been a problem last time especially at the busier times. A short stroll into Stresa in the evenings for an evening meal made our stay there just perfect.

After ski in Zermatt we came to the small Stresa city to relax a little bit . We had there fantastic stay . The hotel is top . We had amazing view for a lake and snow capped mountains . I had many treatments in in SPA which were just perfect and relaxing . Sophisticated Restaurant .

The hotel is pricey but it is fantastic, especially for those who appreciate the old style hotels. The corridors and the rooms are well decorated like with valuable paintings and antiques. You can stay in the room and enjoy the lake from there.

We had a great experience in this hotel this summer. The hotel is luxury and situated in a great position. 10 minutes walk from restaurants and shops. We stayed in lake view room. The staff is friendly and the rooms are clean.

Spent nearly two weeks in Italy and our fifth and final hotel was the Grand Hotel des Iles Borromees & Spa. This was clearly the best hotel of this vacation and one of the most beautifully decorated hotels I've ever stayed in! Great location right on Lake Maggiore with short walk to the quaint shops and restaurants of Stresa. The room was large and beautifully decorated with King Bed, two separate clothing closets (his and hers), and contemporary bathroom with tub and shower. Each floor of the hotel was exquisitely decorated in themes (i.e., Renaissance) with beautiful artwork and sculptures on each floor. We didn't try the pool or spa, but those traveling with us did, and they were favorably impressed. Breakfast buffet was large with both Italian and American options. Would definitely stay there again! Extremely highly recommended...

We stayed in a lake front view with a balcony. It was small but did the trick. The bathroom was good size and water pressure and heat was good. We went at the end of the season, so maybe we got lucky not big crowds. We thought the location was excellent to walk to town or the pier to get a boat to one of the 3 islands. When you walk through the hotel you feel sent back in time. Every floor is decorated with art work and statues. The hall way to the dinning rooms was magnificent. The back garden area is amazing. The people where really nice. The general manager was good guy, the lobby bar was amazing with Francesco and our main man Fausto. True heroes in providing great service. The nightly piano player was really good. Not a word of English but in my broken Italian we did fine. Caution, you must make some adjustments. You are in Italy, in a small town. While they are driven by tourist, they get them from all over the world. This town is like Monte Carlo, no casinos, but same level of people. Overall I did not give them a 5 because their breakfast was awful, service is slow and had no purpose. I think they can improve this part of their hotel. The balance I would give them a 10. Yes I will be back and hopefully my friends in the lobby bar will be waiting for us. I also want to end by saying I really loved the pace of the area. it was really relaxing. The internet worked good, and the sitting areas in the lobby and front with the views of the mountains was amazing.

No welcoming staff , no porter to open the car or carry the luggage on arrival... The are far too busy to notice us Once at the reception she says take a seat somewhere it will take an hour to check you in !? Wow... Welcome to third world? No, even in Kenya we were greeted warmly and given welcome drinks extreme expensive , rooms too small tacky and very old furniture ( we booked a suite ) breakfast staff is dizzy, can't understand you , will disappear and come back after 20 minutes empty handed, you ask where is my order ...they look lost and have no answer ... It's very sad as this use to be our favorite get away in lake maggiore:((((

Magnificent 19th century hotel, restored and refurbished to its former glory, with great detail from the stained glass, grand hallway and chambers, corridors and even the staircase with a collection of antique grandfather clocks. The staff are professional and extremely welcoming. The view from our room of the lake and mountains, exquiste. The local area - Isola Bella & Isola Pescatori, the lakeside walk, the mountains around us - superb to visit.

A decadent, grand Hotel without being overly stuffy. We stayed in a garden view room The balcony overlooked the beautiful garden. It also overlooked the rear entrance driveway where we were able to witness the arrival and departure of a Classic car rally and a Ferrari Club rally- amazing! We found the service to be excellent, discreet but efficient.We ate in the restaurant twice and enjoyed both the ambience and food. Breakfast is of good quality with plenty of choice including the ability to slice your own salmon or ham. There was always something to observe whilst having drinks pre or post dinner- although the drinks were expensive and not the best- better quality house wine, champagne or prosecco could be found outside of the Hotel for half the price overall a lovely experience, sampling a Hotel reminiscent of grand days gone by.

This is a historical hotel that recalls in its building and structure the traditional luxury. It still resists in introducing innovation to the rooms. The position is fantastic and the lake view in wonderful. The hotel is clean and the staff is quite kind. The breakfast offered is rather limited and it is not worthy for a luxury structure. The SPA service is good but the offer is restricted. The instant judgment when you stay in this hotel that it needs freshness in its rooms and offers. Mattress are uncomfortable.

Corso Umberto I, 67 Stresa VB

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to Borromeo Plaza
  • Free breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free valet and self parking

Grand Hotel Des Iles Borromees places you within a 10-minute stroll of Villa La Palazzola and Villa Ducale. This 5-star hotel has 179 guestrooms and offers conveniences like free breakfast, a full-service spa, and an outdoor pool. On a lake, it's also near Borromeo Plaza and Isola Bella Botanical Garden.


Free breakfast is included with your stay. You can enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge or visit the onsite restaurant for a bite to eat. Order from room service to satisfy your hunger without leaving your room.


Grand Hotel Des Iles Borromees's 179 air-conditioned rooms provide balconies, minibars, and safes. Guests can enjoy satellite TV and stay connected with free WiFi. Beds are dressed in premium bedding and bathrooms offer jetted tubs, hair dryers, and designer toiletries. In-room massages are available, and other amenities include phones and desks.

Property features

Guests of Grand Hotel Des Iles Borromees enjoy a full-service spa, an indoor pool, and an outdoor pool. Free valet and self parking are available—or if you're not driving, take the shuttle from the airport to the hotel (available 24 hours) for EUR 150 per vehicle. The front desk has multilingual staff on hand 24/7 to help with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this beach hotel include a health club, a sauna, and free WiFi in public areas.

Room options

Double or Twin Room, Lake View

Full 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Junior Suite

Full 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Royal Suite, 1 Bedroom, Lake View

Full 1 | Twin 3 | Sleeps 3

Triple Room, Garden View

Full 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 3

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

86% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 1627 reviews