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Grand Hotel Des Iles Borromees

Italian Lakes, Lake Maggiore

Good for Couples

  • Opened in 1863, this hotel has long attracted holiday makers seeking the best Lake Maggiore can offer
  • World class facilities and fine Italian dining, just minutes from the town of Stresa
  • The Belle Époque design, lush interiors, and classical gardens offer romance from eras past
  • Decadent rooms and suites offer garden views or lake views, whirlpool baths, and all the comforts of home 

Grand Hotel Des Iles Borromees is synonymous with exclusivity and luxury, offering the most extravagant amenities on Lake Maggiore. It offers guests world class facilities, including a spa, health club, swimming pools, and unbelievable lake and mountain views.

Couples will love fine Italian dining at Il Borromeo, and the hotel’s romantic Belle Époque décor, designed with warm colours, rich fabrics, and Murano chandeliers. The hotel offers the best in relaxation, but also caters to adventure seekers, with golf courses, water sports, and Alpine hiking on your doorstep.

This 5-star property was opened in 1863, and is only a few minutes’ walk from the town of Stresa. Notable hotel guests include Ernest Hemingway and Clark Gable, as this property has been treasured for generations by those seeking romance and relaxation on Lake Maggiore.

The hotel has 179 rooms. Child prices apply to ages 2–7 years.


Bars & Restaurants

Il Borromeo

Breakfast is served buffet style, offering both cold and hot dishes, and lunch and dinner are served a la carte. Fine Italian cuisine, with an emphasis on local produce, and local wines are available. In the warmer months, terrace dining is available, and offers fantastic views of the lake. 

Open: 7:30 – 10:30, 12:30 – 2:00, and 7:45 – 10:00.

Pool Bar

Pick up refreshing snacks, drinks and light meals after long lazy days soaking up the sun at the hotel’s pool bar.

Beach & Pools


A large outdoor pool, with views of the lake and Alps, is open from May to September. A poolside snack bar is also open within the summer season, and sunbeds, umbrellas, and towels are provided. There is also a separate diving pool and an indoor pool is available within the Spa complex.

Spa & Wellness

Fitness Centre

Keep fit during your stay with the hotel’s state of the art equipment which is available in the fitness centre. You’ll find both cardio and strength training facilities available.


The Grand Hotel Des Iles Borromees’ five star spa provides a range of indulgent treatments, including massage, facials and beauty treatments. A heated indoor pool, sauna, Turkish bath and relaxation room with herbal teas are also provided, as well as robes, towels, and slippers.

Activities & Entertainment

Daytime Activities

The hotel offers complimentary bicycle hire and tennis courts, perfect for those wanting to keep active during their stay.


There are two nearby courses: Golf Des Iles Borromees, a 18-hole, Par 72 course, and Golf Alpine, a 9-hole, Par 69 course.

About the location

The deep blue waters and soaring mountains of Lake Maggiore are both awe-inspiring and beautiful. Lake Maggiore offers the best of both the Italian and Swiss Alps, offering hiking, history and culture, and islands to explore.

The main village is Stresa, on the lake’s western shore, tucked into Borromean Bay. Fly up in the Mottarone cable car for a birds eye view of the Alps and the lake, stroll through the area’s 19th century villas and gardens, or simply relax with a lakeside aperitivo. Maggiore offers the quintessential Italian lakes experience, with dramatic views, a blend of Italian and Swiss culture and luxury accommodation from a foregone era.

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, quiet and enjoy the sight of the luxuriant park of the hotel and of the mountains surrounding the Lake Maggiore. Most of the garden view rooms have a balcony. All rooms have either a king-size bed or twin beds and can sleep up to three adults. Facilities include a marble bathroom with whirlpool bathtub, safe, complimentary Wi-Fi and satellite LCD TV.


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. Facilities include a luxury marble bathroom with whirlpool bathtub, safe, complimentary Wi-Fi and satellite LCD TV.


Junior Suite Front Lake View Balcony

Max 3 Adults

Junior Suites Front Lake View/Balcony have lake view and feature a king-size bed or twin beds and a living area with breakfast table. They can sleep up to three adults. Facilities include a luxury marble bathroom with whirlpool bathtub, safe, complimentary wifi and satellite LCD TV.


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Gracious, Luxurious Hotel with Best Breakfast Ever
155011Harper, Sarnia, Canada
Tripadvisor review Oct 15 2019
We used this hotel as our gateway to northern Italy after a transatlantic flight into Malpensa Airport, Milan. Originally, we had intended to stay in Milan before heading to the Italian Riviera; we...
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Amazing hotel for your stay in Stresa
MandyMandy26, London, United Kingdom
Tripadvisor review Oct 06 2019
Stunning hotel, beautiful in every details, luxurious style. High quality service, central position, you can walk easily to city???s centre and for romantic walk on the lake. Swimming pool is nice and...
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