Grand Hotel Bristol

  • Lake Maggiore, Italy, Stresa

Ratings/reviewsClick for full ratings

The Grand Hotel Bristol started life as the home of an 18th Century nobleman so you know it’s going to be something special when you stay here. The art deco building is on Stresa’s lakefront promenade and opulence runs throughout it - from the stained-glass ceilings in the lobby to the elegantly-designed rooms. We recommend upgrading to a lake view room so you can sit out on the balcony and enjoy the views all day.

There’s a lovely pool outside that’s surrounded by gardens and is a great place to sit back and enjoy the warm weather. You’ll get hints of rosemary and jasmine as you relax next to the Mediterranean plants. There’s a further pool inside that you can use for free. When you’re ready to get out and explore, the centre of Stresa is a short walk away and the ferry port is only ten minutes’ away. The Borromean Islands are just over the water and make for a great day out – explore the botanic gardens and palatial villas. If you fancy eating dinner in the hotel you can expect traditional Italian cuisine and views over the island from the lovely terrace. It’s a lovely place to enjoy a leisurely dinner with a glass or two of wine.

Transfer time: approx. 1 hour by coach from Milan Malpensa airport.

Added value

Honeymoon & Silver Wedding Anniversary Offer: Free bottle of sparkling wine

  • No. of rooms: 250
  • No. of buildings: 1
  • No. of floors: 5
  • No. of interconnecting rooms: 6
  • Official rating: 4

Local Fees and Taxes

A tourist tax of approx. €2.50 per person per person is payable locally.


Standard Twin Rooms sleep two people and face the mountains. Rooms that can sleep up to three people are also available. They have a traditional décor with wooden floors and a balcony. Rooms can have a double bed on request and facilities include air conditioning, TV, safe, hairdryer and a bath with a shower head (shower, on request).  Rooms with a a pool and side lake view or full lake view are available for a supplement. Interconnecting rooms are available on request. 

Single Rooms have a balcony and pool and side lake views or full lake views. 


Adapted rooms are available on request.

  • Lift accessible: Yes
  • Lift serves all floors: Yes
  • Access ramp: Yes

Stresa's Lake Maggiore's most popular resort. It's the kind of place that you never forget, and perfect for making memories. The Borromean Islands are only a short boat ride away and you're not far from Monte Mottarone, known for its incredible views.

What to see on a Stresa holiday 

The gardens of Villa Pallavicino and Villa Taranto are well worth a visit. You'll love the flower-filled gardens and there's nothing nicer than going for an evening stroll down the lakeside promenade. It's easy to get from place to place on the ferry which links you to the islands and nearby resorts.

The old town centre has been partly pedestrianised and in the evenings the bars and restaurants are full of life and a great place to celebrate your holiday. There are also loads of up-market shops to enjoy. Our favourite thing about Stresa is the music- we've got to mention the classical music festival which takes place from July to September each year.

Why book a holiday in Stresa with Inghams

There's always help at hand when planning your perfect Summer holiday with Inghams. We know all the best places to visit and our staff are always happy to help out. Book a holiday with Inghams and you know you'll be in safe hands.


Things to Do

Things to See and Do

A trip to Stresa wouldn't be complete without visiting at least one of the three Borromean Islands. The Isola Bella's the most famous island and was turned into an Italian terraced garden in the 17th Century by the Borromeo family. It's so beautiful that it's inspired writers and poets throughout time. Dickens wrote, "However fanciful and fantastic Isola Bella may be, and is, it is still beautiful". Isola Madre's the biggest island and has peacocks strutting around its' gardens. Check out the villa and its classic Italian style. The third island, Isola dei Pescatori is a lot more down to earth. It's an old fishing island and still is today. This is where Maggiore gets it's delicious fresh fish. It's easy to get to these islands on the ferry.

If you're looking for a day trip, you're only a stones throw away from Lake Orta, the famous UNESCO world heritage site. The smallest of the lakes, it's definitely worth a visit with it's relatively untouched landscape and fantastic food!

Food & Drink

The fish in Lake Maggiore's a must try, with the Isola dei Pescatori on your doorstep, you can have fresh fish everyday. Perch is very popular in the area and tends to be eaten in breaded filets, or if you're looking for something a bit more familiar, you could have trout which is typically served with home-made mayonnaise.

The cheese in Lake Maggiore's some of the best in Italy. It's on the border of Switzerland so both places share fantastic mountain land for raising cattle and making delicious cheese- they even produce one you'll definitely recognise... Gorgonzola. The local cured meats are also excellent and fantastic on an antipasto platter with the cheese. You have to try it! 


Are you into watersports? Do you love hiking up to the best view-points? Then you'll never be bored in Stresa! Why not try out wake-boarding, water-skiing or paddle-boarding or you could hike the Chestnut Route (Sentiero dei Castagni) up Mount Mottarone which takes about 2 hours 40 minutes. The view from the top is unforgettable and on a clear day you can see seven of the Italian and Swiss lakes.

For a change of pace, in the Summer, from July to September Stresa hosts a classical music festival. It's a great chance to take in that Romantic Italian atmosphere.


Pre book your excursions online or give us call

Three Lakes Tour £36 per person (full day)

Visit three lakes in one day: Maggiore, Lugano and Como. Begin in Stresa with a scenic drive along the shores of Lake Maggiore before crossing the Swiss boarder to visit Lugano. Explore the chic city – art lovers should look out for Bernardino Luini’s fresco ‘The Last Supper’ in the church of Santa Maria degli Angeli. On Lake Como, you’ll explore Tremezzo’s Villa Carlotta and its beautiful gardens and the city of Como.

Departs: Tuesdays

Milan from £35 per person (full day)

One of the most stylish cities in the world, Milan is the Italian fashion capital. Make the most of your time in the company of our local guide with a visit to the elegant Vittorio Emanuele Galleries and the Sforza Castle. There's free time to visit La Scala Opera or some of the famous boutiques too. 

Departs: Fridays

Macugnaga from £32 (half day)

In just 90 minutes we go from 260 metres above sea level in Stresa, through the Anzasca Valley where the ancient houses of the Walser people cling to the cliffs, to the foot of the second highest mountain in the Alps - Monte Rosa at over 4600 metres. Stroll through the picturesque alpine village of Macugnaga and enjoy the views across the mountain pastures. For views that are even more spectacular take the cable car.

Departs: Saturdays, from mid-June to mid-September – Optional cable car ticket (approx. €12), payable locally.

Ascona and Cannobio from £31 per person (half day)

Visit the elegant Swiss town of Ascona, a photographer's dream and home to an attractive lakeside promenade and interesting boutiques. After, head to the sleepy Italian village of Cannobio - its picture postcard setting is a favourite with local artists. 

Departs: Thursdays

Wine Tour from £34 per person (half day)

Where would Italy be without its renowned pasta and wine? This excursion gives you the chance to try some of the region's finest local produce. We’ll guide you through the beautiful countryside to the wine cellars of Ricetto, where you’ll learn about the art of wine production in the area. You'll have the chance to enjoy some Piedmont wines and tasty local snacks, 

Departs: Sundays

Excursion Package from £97 per person

Pre-book our excursion bundle, which includes the three half day tours: Macugnaga, Ascona and Cannobio as well as the Wine Tour and receive a free one day boat ticket to Baveno or Stresa and the Borromean Islands.

We act at all times as a selling agent for the suppliers. All excursions require minimum numbers to run and are subject to change. Some excursions may not be available to pre-book in low season but may be available to book locally subject to numbers. Prices will be confirmed at the time of booking. Please see our Terms & Conditions.

  • Outdoor pool (usually open mid May to mid September)
  • Pool towels are available free of charge
  • Indoor pool and traditional wooden sauna (sauna is payable locally)
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Parking (payable locally)

Breakfast is an American style buffet with hot and cold options. If you're choosing half board, dinner will be a la carte with three courses. Early meals for children can be arranged. 

Tre Isole is open for breakfast and dinner and offers traditional cuisine in an elegant setting. You can enjoy lovely lake views and a wonderful wine list to complement your food. 

The Bar is open during the day and into the evening where you can enjoy a nightcap after dinner.

Board basis options available

  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Half Board

This property caters for the following special dietary requirements

  • Diabetics - Insulin can be stored
  • Gluten Free
  • Vegans
  • Vegetarians

Please let us know of any dietary requirements at the time of booking. 

Location in resort
  • Longitude: 8.531721
  • Latitude: 45.888246
  • Location Description:
    • 600 metres to the centre of Stresa
    • 800 metres to the nearest bus stop
    • 950 metres to the ferry point
  • Distance to Resort Centre: 500 km

Reviews of Grand Hotel Bristol

Tripadvisor reviews
Feefo reviews
Total price from
per person from £466
Grand Hotel Bristol
Stresa, Lake Maggiore,Bed & Breakfast
12/10/2022 - 3 nights
3 adults
From London Gatwick
Amend holiday details

Due to the constantly changing nature of the COVID-19 crisis, we may need to change or withdraw at short notice some advertised accommodation facilities and resort services to help keep everyone safe.

Feefo badge