Grand Hotel Des Iles Borromees

Italian Lakes, Lake Maggiore

Spa Good for Couples
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  • Located a short walk from the centre of Stresa  
  • Spa with indoor pool and health & beauty club 
  • Five-star luxury in the most magical location 
  • Stunning views of Lake Maggiore and the mountains beyond 

The Grand Hotel Des Iles Borromées, undoubtedly the most exclusive hotel on the shores of Lake Maggiore, represents elegance and luxury, paired with first-class facilities and enchanting views of the Borromean Islands and the Alps. Ideally situated just a few minutes' walk from the centre of the picturesque town of Stresa, this wonderful hotel opened in 1863 and has hosted a number of prominent guests, including Ernest Hemingway and Clark Gable. 
The hotel benefits from a wide range of facilities including stylish public areas, the lavish Il Borromeo Restaurant, a health club and swimming pools. The interior of the guest rooms relives the Belle Epoque era, with Impero or Maggiolini style taking you on an adventure with lavish drapes, warm, rich colours, fabrics, and Murano chandeliers. 
Perfect for those in search of peace and relaxation, The Grand Hotel Des Iles Borromées has the most magical surroundings and oozes the romance you expect from a luxury Lake Maggiore trip. For the more active guests, there is a selection of water sports, horse riding and a number of golf courses located nearby. 

The hotel has 179 rooms. 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 are a la carte offering fine Italian cuisine. During the summer, guests may enjoy dining on the terrace and garden. 
This restaurant has been certified by AIC (Italian Celiac Association) as safe for gluten intolerant people. 


Enjoy an aperitif in the hotels comfortable bar.  

Poolside Snack Bar

Open 10.30am - 7pm (normally open May - September) 
The poolside snack bar is open during the summer months and serves freshly prepared sandwiches, salads, and some à la carte dishes, along with delicious desserts and ice creams.  

Beach & Pools


The hotel has two swimming pools including an indoor heated pool. 

Spa & Wellness


Spa with sauna and Turkish bath. 

Fitness Centre

Fitness room available for guests to use. 

Activities & Entertainment


Relax in the lounge after a busy day of sightseeing.  

Complimentary Bicycle Hire

Enjoy a trip round Italy on a complimentary bike.  

About the location

One of the most beautiful locations in the Italian Lakes, Stresa is an elegant town perched on the western shore of Lake Maggiore where towering mountains form a stunning backdrop. 
Stresa has been here for as long as anyone can remember and the town is filled with historic buildings, from medieval churches to villas from the Renaissance. Wander through the cobbled streets which are full of little cafés and boutique shops and take in your surroundings. You’ll also find opulent lakeside palaces and ornamental gardens. 
You can hop on a ferry or a boat and take a trip around the lake which is a relaxing way to enjoy the scenery and visit some other surrounding villages. Stresa’s cable car leaves from the lakeside and climbs to the top of Mount Mottarone, nearly 1,300 metres above the town offering you panoramic views of Lake Maggiore and the mountain peaks beyond. 

Transfer time

Grand Hotel Des Iles Borromees is one hour from Malpensa Airport.
Twin Garden View

Max 3 Adults

Twin Garden View Rooms are comfortable, elegant, and peaceful. They enjoy a view 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.  


Twin Front Lake View Balcony

Max 3 Adults

Twin Front Lake View Balcony Rooms provide comfort, space, and an unrivalled view of this beautiful Italian lake. All rooms have either a king-size bed or twin beds. 


Junior Suite Front Lake View Balcony

Max 3 Adults

Junior Suites Front Lake View/ Balcony rooms have stunning views over Lake Maggiore, with a king-size bed or twin beds and living area with breakfast table.  


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Stepping back to a beautiful bygone era of luxury

Georgina M, Adelaide, Australia

Tripadvisor review Apr 17 2024
The best of several lovely historic hotels on the promenade. The hotel is a living gallery that feels like stepping into a bygone era of pure decadence. The bar, breakfast room and concierge area are...
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A truly grand hotel

1879fulham, London, United Kingdom

Tripadvisor review Mar 12 2024
A truly grand hotel overlooking the lake. Full of history and antiquities this hotel will not disappoint. The staff are very friendly and attentive and the breakfast is amazing. Standard rooms are...
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