November 12, 2017 for 3 nights for 2 adults.
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Grand Hotel Majestic in Verbania, Italy
Dating back to 1870, the Grand Hotel Majestic dreamily evokes the spirit of la belle epoque. This member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World was a favorite with crowned heads of state and musicians such as Debussy and Toscanini, and today a lovingly carried out renovation returns it to its original glory. Beautifully situated on a promontory that juts into Italy's Lake Maggiore, it boasts classically styled bedrooms and suites, many with balconies and most with views of the water.
From English-style gardens to sweeping alpine views, you will feel as if you are living inside a dream. You might relax on the intimate, private beach, or take a private boat to discover the charms of the Borromean Islands—the 17th-century gardens of Isola Bella, the fishing village of Isola Superiore and the unspoiled natural beauty of Isola Madre. The setting for Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms, Stresa is a wonderful place to linger before returning to indulge at the hotel's Beauty and Wellness Centre, La Beola restaurant, and Il Toscanini bar.
Location of Grand Hotel Majestic
Nearest Airport: MXP
Amenities for Grand Hotel Majestic
- General Information
- 90 Guest Rooms
- Outdoor Dining
- 2 Restaurants
- Room Service
- On-Site Amenities
- Spa on Property
- Laundry Service
- Private Wharf
- Indoor Heated Pool
- Wellness Center
- Complimentary Parking
- Tennis Courts
- Jogging Path
- In-Room Amenities
- Air Conditioning
- Hair Dryers
- In-Room Safes
- Mini Bar
- Satellite Television
- Mountain Biking
- Nature Walks
- Rock Climbing
- Meeting Rooms
- Historic Sites
- Summer Getaways
Reviews for Grand Hotel Majestic
Positives The hotel occupies a lovely spot and the view of the lake from the room is great. I don't have a balcony and can't see the room from the bed, but if I move the chair from the other side of the room to the window, yes, it's a lovely view. The atrium is also impressive. Negatives As others have said, this hotel is faded and unloved, specifically - My room, 214, at a discounted wedding rate of EUR195 a night, end of Sep, has not been upgraded, I would say, since the 1980s. Old carpet with the pattern long since bleached by the sun. Peach wallpaper with a potato print pattern, wallpaper pattern border long out of date, but taste is one thing, functionality is another. Three electric sockets in the room, two used by bedside lights and one by the TV. I have unplugged all of them so I can charge my phone, ipad and laptop. Presumably a couple would have two phones and two laptops? A modern room would have sufficient plugs. Not one plug by the small table. The bathroom has a single shower, with a bi fold door, which does not close, a single head long last its best, dripping, and generally reminds me of a shower room in a Ā£40 a night guest house in Blackpool. Because it is the end of September, they have turned off the airconditioning as it is cooling outside. The front desk say that either the entire hotel has aircon on, or off. There are no individual room temperature controls. But it is now gone 10pm and having had windows open since I arrived at 4pm, it is still 23.5 degrees in my second floor room. I call this temperature too hot to sleep, and in any case, because I have my windows fully open to get it this cold, I have to hear all the voices of the people sitting outside on the bar terraces below. (Apparently it is warm enough to sit outside, but not warm enough to warrant air conditioning). As others have said - no robes (although robes are mentioned in the Hotel Guide telling you not to wear them to the pool), only one bath towel in my room (someone else said that too), no free water, no fruit or other gifts, no tea or coffee making facilities, a small fridge with a 6 euro coke and a 6 euro beer, no wine. A small TV (unplugged to allow charging of laptop). There is not one of those things you can put your case on or in fact any space to open your case - and I'm the only one in my room - I would feel very cramped with two. I went to the spa, which had a small, completely empty gym (and as others have said, it has no water fountain, aircon, or towels) but I had a massage from the sole man who runs the gym and spa. It was awful. I highly recommend that you do not have the massage - save your 60 euros. Anyway, the wedding party arrives tomorrow, and at the end of the day, there is a VIEW. If you like a VIEW and you don't really care how shabby, dated, old-fashioned, and poorly equipped your room is, then you'll love it here!
Heather D - London, United Kingdom
Stayed here early September for 3 nights visiting the area; had superb room 216 on first floor with large balcony; service unfailingly helpful and keen to please; food and wines very good; a great feeling of luxury
SandavLymngton - Lymington, United Kingdom
5 night stay with my parents. We had a deluxe room, nice size, stunning lake view & very clean. Had dinner in on the firdt night which was very good. Breakfast fine, buffet style with both hot & cold food. Lunch on the terrace was lovely. The postion of the hotel is stunning. 15 min walk into Pallanza were there are plenty of places to eat. All the staff at the hotel were helpful & friendly. Lovely stay, will return hopefully.
Chris L - Waddesdon, United Kingdom
We had a lovely room (412) overlooking the lake. Comfortable bed, effective silent air con. Only slight criticism was lack of tea making facilities in the room. Had to go down to the terrace for a cup of tea and it was expensive ( ā¬10 ) each time. We spent most of our time taking in the local attractions but it was very pleasant to come back to the hotel late in the afternoon and relax on one of the sun loungers on the lawn overlooking the lake.
Trevor S - Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom
A really grand old hotel located 5 minutes walk from the ferry terminal at Pallanza. The good news is that the hotel has direct lake frontage and the road outside which used to be very busy with traffic is now only one way, resulting in very wide footpaths and the remaining traffic is mainly local trips. The hotel itself has very high ceilings and wide stairwells. 3 sides of the hotel have a lake view so beware of the cheaper rooms that will be on the road side. We stayed in a suite which was a good size. Bathroom had a shower and bath. There was also a magnifying mirror- appreciated by my wife! We experienced no annoying plumbing noises during the night and had un interrupted sleep on each of our 3 nights. Dining. The main dining room is a large square room with approx 30 tables and faces onto the lake. To be honest, we found it to be characterless, but of course this depends on your own preferences. Breakfast was OK. Usual continental breakfast items, scrambled egg, boiled egg and bacon available but a lot of the time, the pre prepared eggs were only luke warm. The hotel does appear to have a good chef and the evening dining menu looked quite interesting. Hotel has indoor pool only. Parking was plentiful and free. We found all the staff to be very good. Hotel is a good location to be able to visit the famous Borromean family islands, in this part of the lake.
robinjn1 - oxford