Hotel La Palma

  • Lake Maggiore, Italy, Stresa

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Just a short walk from Stresa’s centre along the lakeside promenade Hotel La Palma's one of the more stylish places to stay on Lake Maggiore. With piazzas, shops and cafés right on your doorstep and a ferry point close by, this is a fantastic location for getting to know the lake; make sure you visit the stunning Borromean Islands while you're there!

Rooftop bar with views of Lake Maggiore

Hotel La Palma has the best rooftop bar on Lake Maggiore with amazing views over the lake and Borromean Islands. It’s a popular haunt with locals as well as tourists so head there early and grab a seat in time for sunset. We love the cocktails here and you can order bar snacks too. It's the must-be place at aperitivo time. There’s an infinity plunge pool on the terrace where you can relax during the day with the same incredible views.

Panoramic spa

It’s part of the hotel’s Panoramic Spa, which also has a sauna, steam room and relaxation area with floor-to-ceiling windows. There’s a lakeside swimming pool that’s just over the road, across the promenade - we love the hydro massage stations and extra-large sofas for lounging on. A bar that serves refreshments and light snacks so you never have to leave.

Added value

Honeymoon & Silver Wedding Anniversary Offer: free bottle of sparkling wine (summer 24)

Inghams Guided Walks included from 10th May -11th Oct (subject to availability)

24/7 support & tailored advice from our local resort team

All holidays include flights or train from the UK and transfers


Borromean island views, Michelin-recommended restaurants and historic hotels – it’s easy to see why Stresa is Lake Maggiore’s most popular spot. Come summer, it’s abuzz with people soaking up the atmosphere of the old town and promenade and walking atop Mount Mottarone. This once sleepy fishing village was transformed by the Borromeo family, who planted palaces and gardens on the now-famous Borromean Islands just offshore. Another transformation came with the arrival of the Venice-Simplon Orient Express railway and its prosperous passengers. Grand hotels, villas and gardens sprung up that still decorate the town today. Walking holidays to Stresa explore all of this, as well as the picturesque paths beyond.

Walking in Stresa 

Royalty, philosophers, musicians and writers (Hemingway included) have all been wooed by Stresa’s marvellous views. Walkers love Stresa for the same reasons too. Mount Mottarone towers beside the town and stands between Lake Maggiore and Lake Orta. With Sweeping views over Lake Maggiore and the Borromean Islands – and, on a clear day, you may even get a glimpse of up to seven shimmering Italian and Swiss lakes. Look out for the Alps in the distance too! 

Easy sightseeing: catch a boat to the Borromean Islands

The Borromean Islands are opposite Stresa, just ten minutes away by ferry. Explore the main island of Isola Bella, with its baroque palace, terraced gardens and dusting of white peacocks. Boats also bustle across the water to Isola Madre, where you can ramble between carefully cultivated magnolia groves, wisteria walkways, palm gardens and lily ponds. Isola dei Pescatori is the odd island out – home to a busy fishing village with a cluster of trattorias and shops, it’s a true taste of the old Lake Maggiore.

Finding food: refuel with lake and mountain fare

A mix of pizzerias, panini lunch stops and family-friendly restaurants fill the narrow streets that run from the waterfront. Piazza Cadorna is the heart of the old town; pull up a chair in a sunny spot for antipasti plates piled high with cheeses and cured meats from Piedmont. Plus, a handful of places in Stresa are recommended by the Michelin guide, thanks to their ingenious takes on local lake and mountain cuisine. We'd recommend trying out the unassuming foodie spots, off the tourist trails, they tend to be where you'll find the most authentic and delicious food and drink!

Villas and the Venice-Simplon Orient Express

At the beginning of the 19th century, the Simplon Pass opened and Stresa became a stop on the Venice-Simplon Orient Express Line. Every summer wealthy visitors began to flock in – and the town welcomed them by building grand hotels along the waterfront. Some of the villa gardens and extravagant mansions are open to curious wanderers. The Simplon line still exists, too. The trains that pull into Stresa station are more rustic nowadays, but you can still be amongst the stylish streets and shopping arcades of Milan in less than an hour.

Why book a summer holiday in Stresa with Inghams?

At Inghams, we do walking holidays differently. With no fixed itinerary, you have more time in your destination and the freedom to walk as much or as little as you like, discovering some of Stresa's best activities at your own pace.

Plus, we've included two optional guided walks every week in Stresa. Join a professional mountain guide and really get to know the area (see more details in the ‘walking’ tab below).

With over 85 years of outdoor travel experience, our holiday packages to Stresa include flights, transfers, and accommodation, so you can relax and leave the small details to us. Our experts can help you choose the best holiday for you, and our team in resort can give you the inside scoop on how to spend your time away with us.


  • No. of rooms: 120
  • No. of floors: 7


An annexe is located about 10 metres from the main building and accessed through the garden.

  • Official rating: 4.5


Classic Rooms are about 24-30m² and sleep up to three people. 

Superior Rooms are about 25m² and sleep up to three people and have partial lake views from the balcony. 

Deluxe Rooms are about 28m² and sleep up to three people and have lake views.

Junior Suites are about 35m² and sleep up to three people. They have great lake views from the balcony, a nice seating area in the bedroom, luxury toiletries and a modern shower.

Classic Rooms for sole use are available on request, please call to book.

All rooms that sleep three sleep two adults and one child, 12 years and under. 

All rooms have:

  • Balcony
  • Air-conditioning
  • TV
  • Shower stall
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar
  • Safe

Cots are available on request for €15 a night, bookable and payable locally

Local fees & taxes

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


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

Accessible rooms are available on request, please call to book.

  • Airport transfer time: approx. 1 hour by coach from Milan Malpensa airport or 5 minutes by taxi/coach from Stresa train station
  • Lakefront position
  • 200 metres to the centre of Stresa
  • 200 metres to the nearest bus stop
  • 550 metres to the ferry point. 
  • Heated lakeside pool with hydro-massage jets (open June to September)
  • Small shingle beach with direct access to the lake
  • Panoramic spa with outdoor plunge pool, sauna, steam room, salt room, fitness room and relaxation area (treatments are payable locally)
  • Sky terrace
  • E-bike rental (payable locally)
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free parking
  • EMAS Environmental Certification

Please note, this hotel may also be used as a wedding venue during the summer months.


Breakfast is buffet style with pastries, cereals, fruit, yoghurt, cheeses and cold cuts as well as some hot options. Dinner is three courses which includes a choice of starter and main course, plus a buffet with salads and desserts.

The Restaurant serves Piedmontese cuisine using high quality, fresh ingredients. The wine list is excellent too so speak to your waiter for recommendations. The restaurant has an elegant atmosphere and large windows that overlook the flower gardens and the lake. It has a contemporary style with luxurious soft furnishings and is decorated with beautiful Jardin d'Osier wallpaper. 

The Sky Bar on the roof of the hotel offers up the perfect spot for a glass of something cold whilst you enjoy panoramic lake views. They also have a light lunch and snack menu (payable locally). This is a popular spot for both locals and tourists, especially for aperitifs, so get there early for the good seats.

Early meals for children and highchairs are available on request.

Board basis options available

  • Half Board

This property caters for the following special dietary requirements

  • Gluten Free
  • Vegans
  • Vegetarians

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

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11/06/2025 - 3 nights
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