Hotel La Palma

  • Lake Maggiore, Italy, Stresa

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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. 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. If you can tear yourself away, take the short walk into Stresa’s centre along the promenade. There’s piazzas, shops and cafés to explore. The ferry stop for boats to the Borromean Islands is close by too, which is a great day out. The gardens and villas are stunning.

Dinners at Hotel La Palma are lovely. There’s a real focus on local, fresh food so you can enjoy fish from the lake and Piedmont specialities. Head back to Sky Bar for a nightcap once you’ve finished or just sink straight into bed. The rooms have all been completely renovated in modern luxury style. 

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: 120
  • No. of buildings: 1
  • No. of floors: 7
  • No. of interconnecting rooms: 32


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

  • Official rating: 4

Local Fees and Taxes

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

Cots are available on request for approx. €15 per day, payable locally. 


Classic Rooms are about 24-30m² and sleep up to three people. All the rooms are decorated in a modern style with parquet floors and have a balcony, TV, safe, shower and hairdryer. 

Superior Rooms are about 25m² and have side lake views from the balcony. 

Deluxe Rooms are about 28m² and have a balcony with lake views.

Junior Suites have stylish furnishings and exceptional lake views. Measuring an impressive 35m², they have a nice seating area in the bedroom, luxury toiletries and a modern shower (bath available on request).

Classic Rooms for Sole Use are available on request, please call to book.


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.

  • Heated lakeside pool with hydro massage jets (open June to September)
  • Small shingle beach with direct access to the lake
  • Panoramic spa's 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
  • Porsche & Tesla electric charging point
  • EMAS Environmental Certification
Family Facilities
  • Children's menu
  • Cots & linen
  • Highchairs in restaurant

Breakfast is buffet style with pastries, cereals, fruit, yoghurt, cheeses and cold cuts as well as some hot options. Dinner is four courses which includes a choice of starter and main course, plus a buffet with salads and desserts. There's a cheese trolley to finish. Early meals for children are available on request. 

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.

Board basis options available

  • Half Board

This property caters for the following special dietary requirements

  • Gluten Free
  • Vegans
  • Vegetarians

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

Location in resort
  • Longitude: 8.535991
  • Latitude: 45.885886
  • Location Description:
    • Lakefront position
    • 200 metres to the centre of Stresa
    • 200 metres to the nearest bus stop
    • 550 metres to the ferry point. 
  • Distance to Resort Centre: 300 km

Reviews of Hotel La Palma

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Total price from
per person from £626
Hotel La Palma
Stresa, Lake Maggiore,Half Board
19/10/2022 - 3 nights
3 adults
From London Gatwick
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