Hotel Simplon is on the edge of Lake Maggiore and very close to the centre of Baveno – a lovely little town with charming shops, bars and restaurants. Thanks to its centuries-old gardens, the whole place feels really secluded and very peaceful. There’s about 20,000 square metres of park to explore – ideal for nice walk before dinner. It also means you’ll easily be able to find your own little spot to relax. There’s an outdoor pool here which is a good size and has plenty of loungers and trees providing shade. If that’s not enough, you’re also welcome to use the facilities at the Simplon’s sister hotel, Grand Hotel Dino. You can get there via the underground tunnel to use both the indoor and outdoor pools.
Hotel Simplon’s got a lovely feel inside with an art deco décor and traditional rooms with parquet floors. We recommend upgrading to a lake view and balcony room if you can. The restaurant looks out over the pool and gardens and the quality of food here is excellent. They use local ingredients and you’ll get a choice of courses for dinner. After you’ve finished your meal, head to the bar for a nightcap. It’s got a nice, relaxed feel and you can order some delicious local wines or cocktails.
Transfer time: approx. 1 hour by coach from Milan Malpensa airport.