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Grand Hotel Des Iles Borromees

5.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Having just returned from this wonderful hotel we thought we should comment on our trip. We stayed for two nights and really loved the old style luxury and elegance of the hotel it felt at times we were walking back in time and expected to see Hercule Poirot pop up any minute . The hotel is beautiful both inside and out with each floor a mini gallery devoted to a different art style. The service was high class without being fussy or pretentious especially the concierge who was always friendly and welcoming. The weather wasn't warm enough to use the outdoor pool but we did enjoy the indoor pool and steam room which were practical rather than luxurious but still an extra bonus . Our room enjoyed a stunning view of the Borromees island which were beautiful even in the rain a place which will stay with us ..

I visited many 5* hotels in my life, but this one was one of my best experiences, and an antithesis of the 5* chains business-modeled luxury with no soul. This baroque style can be found only very few hotels in the world. In addition this hotel can be visited like a museum. The lobby and reception has a flavor of grandiose worth the best of Belle Époque. Every floor is an art exhibition and a trip to back times. Its location at the embankment of Lago Maggiore in front of the islands gives a splendid view from any rooms balcony (except garden view rooms of course). Despite remarks from previous travelers on its maintenance I found it in immaculate condition, perhaps due to very recent refurbishment. Service, staff caring and professionalism are commensurate with the hotel’s standing. Definitely a place for charm, romantisme and luxury. Well done!

While not my usual type of hotel (tend to only stay in mid range hotels), my stay at Borromees was spectacular and well worth the expense. My room was gorgeous, the hotel is beautiful and the staff were exceptional. For me Stresa and Borromees was the highlight of my trip to Italy and I would definitely stay there again.

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:((((

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.

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Trip Advisor aggregated rating

86.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 1652 reviews