Hotel Giardinetto

  • Italy, Lake Orta

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Family run since its foundation in 1930, Hotel Giardinetto lies directly on the shores of Lake Orta. Just on the outskirts of Pettenasco with spectacular views over the lake, this tranquil location is perfect for those looking to unwind and enjoy the charming surroundings. A twice daily ferry stops at the hotel connecting you to Orta San Giulio which ideal if you're looking to do some exploring. 

The lakeside jetty is the best spot for sun bathing and enjoying the water but for those not wishing to swim in the lake, Hotel Giardinetto also boasts a large outdoor pool. The stunning rooftop bar with panoramic lake views is a highlight and the perfect place for an aperitivo or two (normally open Thursday to Tuesday). The restaurant with its lakeside terraces has become known for creative cuisine as well as its ample wine cellar.

Transfer time: approx. 1 hour 30 mins by coach.

Added value

Stay 7 nights and pay for 6 nights or stay 14 nights and pay for 12 nights between 01 Apr - 26 Jun 20 and 22 Aug - 25 Oct 20

  • No. of rooms: 57
  • No. of buildings: 1
  • No. of floors: 2
  • No. of interconnecting rooms: 4
  • Official rating: 4


Superior Rooms sleep up to three people and have been recently renovated in a modern style. Facilities include air conditioning, kettle, TV with English channels, safe and free wifi. Superior Rooms with a balcony and lake views are available for a supplement.

Standard Lake View Rooms sleep up to three people and have stunning lake views that can be enjoyed from the furnished balcony. Facilities include air conditioning, kettle, TV with English channels, safe and free wifi. Superior Rooms with a balcony and lake views are available for a supplement.

Bedroom facilities

  • Cable or satellite programmes
  • Individual air conditioning
  • Room safe
  • Tea or coffee making facilities
  • Wireless internet
  • Lift accessible: Yes
  • Lift serves all floors: Yes
  • Access ramp: No
Lake Orta

Lake Orta is one of Italy’s lesser known lakes and lies to the west of Lake Maggiore. The poet, Robert Browning, described Orta as being where ‘the Alps meet heaven’.

The small town and the famous island, Isola San Giulio with its famous monastery, are largely traffic-free and lined with little cafés and restaurants. If you’re looking for somewhere truly Italian but with a slower pace of life than ritzier Como or Maggiore, you can do no better than come to Orta.

Please note: Inghams will be operating a Telephone Rep service in Lake Orta for summer 2020.

Things to do in resort

Feast of San Vito (August - various dates)

Known as the patron saint of the music and arts, San Vito (St Vitus) is celebrated throughout the month of August in various locations around the beautiful Lake Orta. From orchestral performances on the waterfront to artisan food stalls and bars offering both local and Sicilian inspired dishes to honour the origins of San Vito. 

The Way of Silence Walk (Available throughout the season)

On the small Isola San Guilio (Island of St Julius) is an unassuming but truly one of a kind experience - The Walk of Silence. A former pilgrimage route for Monks, this is a wonderful opportunity to see the hidden treasures of the island as well as finding focus and peace and quiet in its stunning surroundings. You're lead through the alleys of San Guilio by signs instructing you to listen out for particular sounds. More than just a historical walk, the route was pioneered by acoustic ecologists as a means of understanding the island by way of the landscape. As the trail loops around the whole island, be aware that it is rather long however if you tire and wish to return, you can follow the signs back the way you came and marvel at different sounds just as a result of changing direction. 


Location in resort
  • Longitude: 8.402107
  • Latitude: 45.822006

For more information on travel and transport visit our Lake Orta page



  • Stresa from £38, Monday, full day - Visit the elegant resort of Stresa on Lake Maggiore
  • Milan from £46, Friday, full day - Visit the Sforza Castle, the spectacular Galleria and Gothic Duomo (cathedral). City guide included. Free time for shopping or La Scala visit
  • Macugnaga from £34, Saturday, half day - Mountain village visit and optional cable-car
  • Ascona and Cannobbio from £34, Thursday, half day - Combines Swiss Ascona and lakeside Cannobio

All excursions (except Stresa) start from Stresa and above prices do not include taxi transfer from Lake Orta (approx €20 to €50 per person).

Prices shown are for guidance only. Please note we act at all times as selling agent for the suppliers of activities & excursions. See terms & conditions.



Restaurants & Bars

The hotel’s lakeside restaurant serves up delicious cuisine alongside beautiful views of Lake Orta. Guests choose to eat in the elegant dining room or on the outside terrace and enjoy local dishes that have been carefully prepared with fresh produce.

The hotel’s bar is open all day and you can enjoy a vast selection of Italian and International beers, wines, spirits and cocktails.

The Rooftop Bar is open in the evenings from Thursday to Tuesday and offers lovely vies alongside refreshing drinks (please note that it may be closed for private functions during some dates).

General Facilities

  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Bathing terrace
  • Shuttle service to Orta San Giulio (payable locally)
  • Watersports available
  • Free wifi
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Garden terrace
  • WiFi

A continental buffet breakfast is served each morning.

Gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian and vegan diets can all be catered for, please advise our reservations team at the time of booking. 

Board basis options available

  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Half Board

This property caters for the following special dietary requirements

  • Gluten Free
  • Vegans
  • Vegetarians
Location in resort
  • Longitude: 8.402107
  • Latitude: 45.822006

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Hotel Giardinetto
Lake Orta, Half Board
14/10/2020 - 3 nights
3 adults
From London Luton
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