Grand Hotel Bristol

  • Lake Maggiore, Italy, Stresa

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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 can sleep up to three people and face the mountains. 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, minibar, hairdryer and a bath or shower.  Rooms with a a pool and side lake view or full lake view are available for a supplement.

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

Stylish Stresa is Lake Maggiore's leading resort. Take your summer holidays in Stresa this year and experience this unforgettably beautiful Italian lake resort. The idyllic Borromean Islands are only a short boat ride away and Monte Mottarone, with its superb views, is easy to reach by cable car.

The lush gardens of Villa Pallavicino and Villa Taranto are well worth a visit. Summer holidays in Stresa take you to a flower filled, fragrant place with a long, landscaped lake front promenade. This links by cable-car and lake ferry to all the resort's main hotels. Imagine crystal clear waters, sparkling blue skies and idyllic lake islands and that's a summer holiday in Stresa in a nutshell.

The old town centre has been partly pedestrianised and comes to life in the evenings as the bars and restaurants spill into the squares. Holidaymakers love summer holidays in Stresa for the smart shops that line the narrow, cobbled streets. And the music! From the end of July to September, Stresa's celebrated International Music Festival offers 25 fantastic classical music concerts.


Special Excursion Package - £99 SAVE £10

Pre-book the Macugnaga, Ascona and Cannobio and Wine Tasting excursions and receive a FREE one day boat ticket to Baveno or Stresa and the Borromean Islands



Three Lakes Tour £51, Tuesday, full day

A chance to see three of the most beautiful lakes in two countries. In Lugano, enjoy a stroll along the palm and cypress tree lined promenade which gives the city a truly Mediterranean feel and admire the marvelous Last Supper painting in the church of Santa Maria degli Angeli. In Lake Como we will pass by the most famous resorts, with their splendid villas including George Clooney's and stop at Tremezzo where you can visit Villa Carlotta, with its unique collection of art and fabulous gardens. Finally we will visit Como, a city steeped in history where you can admire the 14th century cathedral or hunt out some bargains in the vast array of silk shops.

Milan £49, Friday, full day

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

Macugnaga £39, Saturday, half day (runs mid June to mid Sept)

In just 90 minutes we go from 260m above sea level in Stresa to the foot of the second highest mountain in the Alps - Monte Rosa (over 4600m). Enjoy the contrast between the mild Mediterranean climate and flora of Lake Maggiore and the fresh Alpine climate with its meadows and fir trees. You can take a stroll through the picturesque Macugnaga village, a ski resort in the winter which still preserves the quaint houses of the ancient Walser people; or take a chair lift/cable car up higher for some spectacular panoramic views. (Cable car ticket approx €12)

Ascona and Cannobio £37, Thursday, half day

A photographer's dream, this half day excursion combines the best of two countries. The elegant and charming Swiss town of Ascona is home to an attractive lakeside promenade, interesting boutiques, this contrasts with the sleepy Italian village of Cannobio - a picture postcard setting that is a favourite with local artists. 

Wine Tour £39, Sunday, half day

Where would Italy be without its renowned pasta and wine? Wherever you go in Italy you shouldn't miss the chance to taste some of the local produce. With this trip we'll take you through beautiful countryside to reach the wine cellars of Ricetto. Your host will guide you through the cellars and describe the art of wine production in the area. You'll have the chance to enjoy some Piedmont wines and tasty local snacks, the best of these wines - Ghemme - is said to be unique and only produced here.


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Zermatt and Matterhorn £76, full day

Over the Simplon pass, Zermatt is one of the most iconic Swiss villages. Surrounded by twelve peaks over 4000m in height including the world famous Matterhorn - the most photographed mountain in Europe due to its striking shape. Stunning scenery all around, this is a journey into a mountain paradise. 

Island Tour £28, half day

A visit to the islands and gardens which are synonymous would Lake Maggiore. Why not take the time to find out about the history behind these beautiful places? We will take you on a private boat to visit Isola Bella and Isola Pescatori with commentary on the history of the islands as well as the splendid villas on Stresa's shore and their illustrious visitors over the centuries. 


**Please note that 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. See terms & conditions.** 

  • Outdoor pool (usually open mid May to mid September)
  • Pool towels are available free of charge
  • Spa with indoor pool and traditional wooden sauna (sauna is payable locally)
  • Small fitness room
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free parking (garage payable locally)

Breakfast is American buffet style with hot and cold options. If you're choosing half board, dinner will be four courses including an antipasti buffet and dessert trolley. There's a special themed dinner once a week in July and August. Early meals for children can be arranged. 

Tre Isole is open for breakfast, lunch 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

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Grand Hotel Bristol
Stresa, Lake Maggiore,Bed & Breakfast
11/05/2022 - 3 nights
3 adults
From London Luton
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