Grand Hotel Bristol

  • Lake Maggiore, Italy, Stresa

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Once the home of an 18th century nobleman, the Grand Hotel Bristol offers opulent accommodation on the shores of Lake Maggiore. The Art Deco building sits on Stresa's lakefront promenade and overlooks the stunning Isola Bella. The ferry port is just a ten-minute walk from the hotel making it simple to get out and about to other resorts and surrounding islands.

The interiors of this four-star hotel are finished with stained glass ceilings in the communal areas, Persian rugs and vintage furniture throughout. Rooms are spacious and classically designed with hues of gold and cream creating a bright and airy space. Outside, you’ll find flourishing gardens of lavender, rosemary and jasmine, as well as the pool with views over the lake. There's a sauna, small fitness corner and further swimming pool located inside which is free for you to access. An elegant restaurant offers not just excellent cuisine but also wonderful views over the Borromean Islands.

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

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


Standard Twin Rooms can sleep up to three people and face the mountains. They have an elegant, traditional decor 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 balcony and lake view are available for a supplement.

Single Rooms are available with a balcony or a balcony and lake view.


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.

Things to do in resort

• Swimming at Baveno’s Lido
• Villa Fedora and Villa Branca
• Romanesque belltower and Octagonal baptistry (5th Century)
• Visit Pallanza by ferry
• Mottarone cable-car
• 18th Century 'Pallavicino' botanical park
• Alpine gardens at 'Gignese'
• Mountain biking from Mount Mottarone
• Stresa classical music festival (August - September)


The Borromean Islands

The three Borromean Islands are easily reached from Baveno. Isola Bella was transformed in the 17th Century when the Borromeo family built their baroque palazzo and classically Italian terraced garden. Peacocks strut around the gardens on elegant Isola Madre, the largest island; the villa contains rooms which have been decorated and furnished in period style. Isola dei Pescatori is humble by comparison, but charming nevertheless, retaining the air of the fishing community it once was. Dickens wrote of Isola Bella "However fanciful and fantastic Isola Bella may be, and is, it is still beautiful". Our 'Island Tour' includes guided visits of Isola dei Pescatori and Isola Bella including entrance to the palace and gardens.


Inghams Insider Tip

Lake Maggiore is known for its fantastic display of flora - visit in May & June for the most vibrant array of spring flowers.

  • Horse-riding
  • Sailing
  • Tennis
  • Walking
  • Swimming

Location in resort
  • Longitude: 8.531721
  • Latitude: 45.888246
  • Distance to Resort Centre: 500 km

For more information on travel and transport visit our Stresa page


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.** 


Restaurants & Bars

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.

An elegant bar is open during the day and into the evening where you can enjoy a nightcap after dinner.

Pools & Beaches

The outdoor pool at Grand Hotel Bristol is nestled in the verdant gardens and features underwater lighting and Grecian style fixtures including various mini waterfalls. 

For those who want to take a dip in the lake, there are a few man made beaches scattered about the Stresa shoreline, the closest of which to Grand Hotel Bristol is just a fifteen minute walk away, near the ferry port. Please be aware that Lake Maggiore's beaches are mostly rock and shingle however swim socks can be purchased locally. 


The Spa at the Grand Hotel Bristol is home to a lovely indoor pool and traditional wooden sauna, ideal for relaxing. Please note that use of the sauna carries a small local charge. There is also a small fitness corner on site which is free for guests to use. 

The heated indoor pool is open from 8am until 8pm each day and even has tables where you can take a break over the water and enjoy a coffee or fresh fruit juice.

General Facilities

  • Free wifi
  • Parking 

The stunning Tre Isole restaurant located in the Grand Hotel Bristol is home to the breakfast and dinner service, opening up onto a stunning winter garden with domed, stained glass ceiling. Breakfast is an American buffet with hot and cold options served alongside fresh fruit juices, coffees and teas.

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
Location in resort
  • Longitude: 8.531721
  • Latitude: 45.888246
  • Distance to Resort Centre: 500 km

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Grand Hotel Bristol
Stresa, Lake Maggiore,Bed & Breakfast
14/10/2020 - 3 nights
3 adults
From Manchester Int.
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