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Hotel Royal

Lake Maggiore - Stresa
Up until now the only hotel I offered on Lake Maggiore was very expensive but hopefully the addition of Hotel Royal will now make a visit to Stresa much more affordable!
Situated at the north end of Stresa and just a few metres from the lakeside you will find Hotel Royal, a 3 star Superior hotel, originally a private villa but was bought and renovated in 1958 by the Rosa family.  Originally run by Vittorio, an artist and his wife, over the years the hotel has been passed to other family members who still run the hotel today.  During the years several refurbishment programmes have increased the capacity of the hotel but the public areas, sitting rooms and corners in the 'old' part of the building have maintained their character and you will find elegant and at the same time homely furnishings and many of Vittorio Rosa's paintings decorating the walls of  the hotel.  The bright and airy restaurant where meals are served faces the garden full of flowers and shrubs and in the summer breakfast can be served outside on the terrace.  The hotel also has an outdoor pool and Jacuzzi with plenty of sun loungers and a rooftop panoramic terrace on the 5th floor with wonderful views onto the lake and Borromean islands.

All the Standard and Superior bedrooms are ensuite with shower or bath tub and all have balcony.  Standard rooms mainly face towards the road and mountains whereas some of the  Superior rooms have garden view or side or front lake view. 
For 2023 the hotel will be offering B&B or Half Board. Coeliac guests are very welcome and will be able to enjoy a buffet breakfast and in the evening either eat in the hotel or if on B&B only, take a walk into Stresa town centre where you will have a choice of at least 10 restaurants all serving gluten free dishes.  I have also found a couple of restaurants nearer to the hotel.
Lake Maggiore is probably the most famous of the northern Italian lakes, surrounded by majestic mountains to the north and more gentle hills and exotic vegetation to the south.  In the midst of this is the town of Stresa with views onto the famous Borromean Islands - Isola Bella closest to the mainland,  Isola dei Pescatori which has retained its original charm as a fishing village  and Isola Madre with its magnificent gardens. 

From the hotel it is an easy walk to the Mottarone cable car station (currently closed) and there is a lakeside walk which will take about 20 minutes from the hotel to Stresa town centre where you will find plenty of shops, boutiques, bars and restaurants where you can eat or just enjoy a drink in the evening.  Worth a visit is nearby Villa Pallavicino with its wildlife park, Mottarone with the view towards the Monte Rosa, the 23 metre high statue of San Carlo just north of Arona or take an excursion to Lake Orta or the ski village of Macugnaga. You can also spend a day on the Lake Maggiore Express – boat to Locarno in Switzerland, then special train through the Centovalli and Val Vigezzo mountain area to Domodossola and then return on normal train.  If you want a mix of culture and some shopping Milano is just 1hour by train.

For those who are happy to book just B&B and enjoy eating out in local restaurants following are some restaurants in town serving gf food.

La Rosa dei Venti in Corso Italia 50;  Lo Stornello in Via Cavour 35; Il Vicoletto in Vicolo del Pocivo 3;  in Via Principessa Margherita you will find 3 restaurants, Al Buscion, Lastresa and Taverna del Pappagallo Ristorante e Pizzera; in Via Principe Tomaso another 2 restaurants, Trattoria Due Piccioni and Ristorante Pizzeria Mamma Mia;  If you take an excursion to the islands and want a meal out Trattoria Imbarcadero on Isola Pescatori.  Just a few minutes walk from the hotel for those that do not want to go into Stresa centre every evening Trattoria San Rocco.

In the hotel
Reception – bar – restaurant for B&B or half board – comfortable lounge areas – piano room - lift – beautiful garden – outdoor pool and Jacuzzi - sun umbrellas and deck chairs – air conditioning – WiFi – panoramic terrace on 5th floor  – parking – coeliac guests very welcome

70 rooms (Standard or Superior) all en suite with balcony – side or front lake or garden and mountain views - air conditioning or heating – TV sat – Wifi  - telephone – safe deposit box – mini fridge – hairdryer – bathrooms with shower or bath tub.

Stresa town centre with shops, bars, restaurants many serving gf dishes, chemist and bank – railway station – boat and coach excursions (coach excursions can be booked in the hotel but must be paid cash)  – tennis – water sports – boat trips to Borrommean islands –Mottarone cable car  (curently closed) – Lake Maggiore Express boat/train trip
How to arrive
Milano Airports: Malpensa 45kms; Linate 110km; Bergamo 140kms. (Flights with Easyjet; Flybe, BA, and Aerlingus to Malpensa or Ryanair to Bergamo).
By public transport: From Malpensa bus from outside Terminal 1 to Gallarate and then train to Stresa and taxi to the hotel
You can also prebook a shuttle bus service online at a cost of €12,00 per person each way including one piece of luggage. Bus stop for the booking Corso Sempione Nord - Ponte Roddo very close to the hotel.  Alternatively a private taxi can be arranged by the hotel for €110,00 each way for max 6 persons. 
From Milano Bergamo take the shuttle bus to Milano central station and then train to Stresa and taxi to hotel.
By car: From Malpensa take the dual carriageway towards Milano and then onto A8 motorway direction ‘Laghi – Sesto Calende – Varese’. Then onto A26 towards Gravellona Toce and exit at CARPUGNINO. From Bergamo A4 motorway to Milano, across the top of the city and then onto A8 as above.
More information
Suitable for coeliac: Yes
Check In: Any day 14.00
Check Out: Any day 10.00
Price list
Prices on request are per person per day sharing a twin/double room either Bed & Breakfast of half board. Coeliac guests are very welcome and catered for with gluten free meals.
PRICES on request.   - the hotel uses a 'dynamic' pricing system - the earlier you book the better the price!

Standard Room - all with balcony and normally view towards the mountains or towards the road.
Superior Room - all with balcony and views can vary from garden, side view or front view to the lake
Tourist/city tax of €uro 1,50 per person per day (children from 6 years and upwards)

All prices are quoted in €uro.   Right now €uro 1 is equivalent to approx £0.88.   If there is any significant change within the next few months a new sterling guide will be added.
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WONDERFUL affordable hotel in Stresa on Lake Maggiore!
Hotel Royal  Stresa
Elegant hotel surrounded by gardens, shrubs, flowers and a beautiful outdoor pool and jacuzzi.  Rooftop panoramic terrace with wonderful views onto Lake Maggiore and the nearby Borromean Islands.  Close to the Lido and starting point for a trip to the islands. From the hotel a lakeside walk into Stresa town centre.
  • Open from Easter to early October.
  • Standard or Superior rooms en suite with balcony, mountain or garden facing, side view or several front lake view, air con.
  • Coeliac guests very welcome
  • Bed & breakfast or HALF BOARD - the restaurant faces the garden and in summer possibility of breakfast on the terrace. Plenty of restaurants in Stresa centre serving gf food.
  • Garden, outdoor pool and jacuzzi
  • Nearest airport Malpensa (45 kms) direct flights from Gatwick, Luton, Heathrow, Edinburgh, Manchester, Birminghm,  Bristol and Dublin. 
  • Due to 'dynamic' pricing, the earlier you book the better the rate.  September very limited due to Stresa Music Festival
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