Grand Hotel Des Iles Borromees

Italian Lakes, Lake Maggiore

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  • Located a short walk from the centre of Stresa facing the Borromean Islands
  • Spa with indoor pool and health & beauty club

Grand Hotel Des Iles Borromées represents beauty and tradition , all combined with first-rate facilities and enchanting views of the Borromean Islands and the Alps. This magnificent hotel opened in 1863 and has played host to a number of prominent guests, including Ernest Hemingway and Clark Gable .

A wealth of facilities include stylish public rooms, the elegant Restaurant Il Borromeo, a health club and swimming and diving pools. The guest rooms relive the Belle Epoque era, Impero or Maggiolini style, as lavish drapes, warm, rich colours, fabrics and Murano chandeliers enhance the authenticity.

The Grand Hotel Des Iles Borromées is perfect for those seeking relaxation amidst wonderful surroundings but for the more active, a selection of water sports, horse riding and a number of golf courses are also located nearby.

Only positioned 500 metres away from the centre of Stresa and directly facing the treasured Borromean Islands, the Grand Hotel Des Iles Borromées embodies a truly romantic Maggiore setting.

The hotel has 179 rooms (official rating 5 star). Child prices apply to ages 2-7 years.

Minimum stay 3 nights.



Bars & Restaurants

Il Borromeo

Included With: Bed & Breakfast, Half Board, Full Board

Dress Code: Gentlemen are required to wear long trousers in the evening. 

Open 7.30am - 10.30am, 12.30pm - 2pm and 7.45pm - 10pm

Breakfast is buffet style serving a variety of hot and cold dishes, and lunch and dinner offer fine Italian cuisine served à la carte. During the summer, guests may enjoy dining on the terrace and garden.

This restaurant is certified by AIC (Italian Association Celiac) as safe for gluten intolerant people.

Poolside Snack Bar

Open 10.30am - 7pm (normally open May - September)

Open during the warmer months of the year, the poolside snack bar serves freshly prepared sandwiches, salads, and some à la carte dishes, along with delicious desserts and ice creams. 


Enjoy a glass of wine from the hotel's extensive collection in the comfortable bar. 

Beach & Pools

Swimming Pool

2 Swimming pools including indoor heated pool (normally in use mid May - September) with poolside snack bar.

Spa & Wellness


Spa with sauna and Turkish bath.

Fitness Room

Fitness room available for guests use.

Activities & Entertainment


The perfect spot to relax after a day's sightseeing. 

Complimentary Bicycle Hire

About the location
Holidays in Stresa take you to one of the prettiest locations in the Italian Lakes, with the elegant town perched on the western shore of Lake Maggiore where soaring mountains form a photogenic backdrop.

Stresa has been here for at least a thousand years and the town is peppered with historic buildings, from medieval churches to Renaissance villas. Its cobbled streets are full of pavement cafés and boutique shops, while the surrounding area is renowned for its opulent lakeside palaces and ornamental gardens.

The town is a handy hopping-on point for many ferries and boat trips which sail up and down Lake Maggiore, offering a relaxing way to enjoy the scenery and visit the other towns and villages around this 65km-long lake. For panoramic views of Lake Maggiore and the mountain peaks beyond, Stresa’s cable car climbs from the lakeside to the top of Mount Mottarone, taking you nearly 1,300 metres above the town.
Transfer time
The hotel is 1 hour from Malpensa airport. Return private transfers included. To change your transfers or book car hire instead, simply call us once you’ve completed your booking.
Twin Garden View

Max 3 Adults

Twin Garden View Rooms are comfortable, elegant and quiet, enjoying the sight of the hotels luxuriant park and mountains surrounding Lake Maggiore. Most of the garden view rooms also have a balcony. All rooms have either a king-size bed or twin beds and can sleep up to three adults. 

Size: 20-22m²

Twin Front Lake View Balcony

Max 3 Adults

Twin Front Lake View Balcony Rooms provide comfort, space and an unrivalled view on one of the most beautiful lakes of Italy. All rooms have either a king-size bed or twin beds and can sleep up to three adults.

Size: 22-24m²

Junior Suite Front Lake View Balcony

Max 3 Adults

Junior Suites Front Lake View/ Balcony rooms have stunning views over the lake, with a king-size bed or twin beds and living area with breakfast table. They can sleep up to three adults.

Size: 30-35m²

Free Night Offer

1 Free night for stays of 7 nights completed between 07 April - 14 October 2023.

2 Free nights for stays of 14 nights completed between 07 April - 14 October 2023.

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Just come for Tea or Coffee, this is not a 5 star hotel.
Tripadvisor review May 25 2023
For the price you pay, the service and the breakfast are a complete catastrophe. I totally recommend you visit this hotel for a coffee or a drink to see it but don't think of staying it. It's not...
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1st class all the way
SteveDrab, Divonne-les-Bains, France
Tripadvisor review Apr 22 2023
The grandeur of the hotel strkes you immediately as you arrive. You are taken back in history. Whilst its 'an' old hotel it is beautifully maintained to a very high standard. Each floor has its own...
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We have been helping our customers discover the real Italy for 90 years now. Our experience and expertise, together with our attention to detail and personal touch, really does make us the leading Italian holiday specialist