Hotel L'Approdo

  • Italy, Lake Orta

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It’ll be hard to find a hotel that’s more idyllic than Hotel L’Approdo. The location right on the edge of Lake Orta is perfect and we can spend all day by the pool just looking at the view. There’s something about this lake that’s incredibly peaceful. It’s not as busy as neighbouring Lake Maggiore so you’ll feel like you’ve found your own little piece of lakeside paradise. The island of San Giulio is close by and with the ferry port directly in front of the hotel, it’s incredibly easy to get to. We recommend heading here for the day and enjoying lunch in one of the waterfront restaurants. Speak to the staff before you head out for the day, they’re full of great tips on things to see and do.

The hotel’s got a nice, modern style. All the rooms have balconies and you can upgrade to lake views or stick with mountain views. The Café Wine Bar is open during the day and has a lovely decked terrace next to the lake. You can get lunch here or just stop for a drink. In the evenings, you’ll eat in the indoor dining room and have local specialities. Make sure you enjoy a glass or two of local wine too!

Transfer time: approx. 1 hour 30 mins by coach from Milan Malpensa airport.

Added value

Free bottle of wine for summer 2021 holidays (min stay 7 nights)

Free nights available for summer 21 (min 7 night stay)

  • No. of rooms: 71
  • No. of buildings: 1
  • No. of floors: 3
  • No. of interconnecting rooms: 6
  • Official rating: 4


Classic Mountain View Rooms are finished in a comfortable, modern style and can sleep up to two people. Facilities include a balcony, air conditioning, TV, minibar, free WiFi, safe and a shower. Cots are available on request for babies up to 24 months, free of charge. 

Classic Lake View Rooms sleep up to three people and enjoy lake views from the balcony. It’s possible to upgrade to rooms on higher floors (first floor and up) for a supplement.

Single Occupancy Rooms have a French bed and overlook the car park. They are available on request, please call to book. 


Adapted rooms are available on request, please call to book. Please note that the balconies are not accessible by wheelchair. 

  • Lift accessible: Yes
  • Lift serves all floors: No
  • Access ramp: No

Lift does not go to all floors. However, our rooms are either served by lift or are on ground floor. 

Lake Orta

Join the likes of Lord Byron and the countless writers and poets who’ve come here, to Lake Orta, to enjoy its peace and tranquillity in the foothills of the snow covered Alps. The poet, Robert Browning, described Orta as being where ‘the Alps meet heaven’ and we’d have to agree. Hazy horizons and shady shores make it the best place for a relaxing retreat, where you can enjoy the slow pace of life.

The lake may be lesser known than its larger counterpart, Lake Maggiore to the east, but we see that as a real bonus! The main town of Orta San Giulio is built on the slopes of a peninsula that juts out into the lake opposite the idyllic Isola San Gulio – you can catch a boat across to it from the square to see for yourself. But back in town enjoy the romantic atmosphere, quiet cobblestone streets, picturesque little squares and pastel palazzi that overlook the lake. The local trattorias and cafés are something quite special too – where you’ll find all the home-made cakes and mouth-watering food that you’d hope for when you come to Italy – they have a really authentic feel.



  • 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.




The pool's normally open from mid May to mid September (weather permitting) and is situated on the lakefront with wonderful views and plenty of sun loungers on which to relax. There is also a small, heated hydro massage pool in the gardens. Pool towels are provided free of charge. 

General Facilities

  • Wellness area with steam room, sauna and treatments (payable locally). A new area has been created offering sauna and hydromassage which requires reservation and payment locally
  • Free WiFi
  • Tennis courts (payable locally)
  • Watersports (payable locally)
  • Shuttle service to Orta (payable locally)
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Steam room
  • Sauna
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
Family Facilities
  • Babysitting (on request, payable locally)

Restaurant La Terrazza serves international and local specialities in a lovely dining room that overlooks the lake. You can enjoy a buffet breakfast each morning and choose from a four-course set menu for dinner. If you'd like to try the a la carte menu, you can pay a supplement locally. 

Café Wine Bar offers a large selection of wines as well as refreshing cocktails and beers in a lovely setting in the hotel’s gardens. You can also enjoy light lunches here.

Board basis options available

  • Half Board

This property caters for the following special dietary requirements

  • Gluten Free
  • Vegans
  • Vegetarians

All special dietary requirements need to be requested in advance. Please advise at the time of booking. 


Location in resort
  • Longitude: 8.411313
  • Latitude: 45.810618
  • Location Description:
    • 500 metres to Pettenasco centre 
    • Ferry point at the hotel (ferries twice a day)
    • 3 kilometres to Orta

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Total price from
per person from £617
Includes £50pp discount
Hotel L'Approdo
Lake Orta, Half Board
06/10/2021 - 3 nights
2 adults
From London Luton
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