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Lake Maggiore

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About Lake Maggiore

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The steep inclines of Piedmont's lower alps and gentle Mediterranean climate make Lake Maggiore's vegetation lush, and are the reason why so many rare and exotic plants thrive here. So the blue expanse of Lake Maggiore looks as if it's been plucked right out of a fairytale: there are old castles and churches, and grand villas. The pretty towns and resorts along its shores have the architecture to match the wonderful gardens, and they play host to the majority of the best places to stay in Lake Maggiore.

The pleasant clime and very pleasant outlook are what's made this area a holiday destination for as long as holiday destinations have existed.

Best places to stay in Lake Maggiore

On the water

The lovely Borromean Islands in the centre of the lake can be accessed easily on one of the hop-on hop-off boats and here you will find some of the best places to stay in Lake Maggiore.

Isola Madre has a beautiful palace surround by 19 acres of English style grounds and gardens.

Isola dei Pescatori has a cobbled promenade with some excellent cafes and some spectacular views. And Isola Bella has some of the lake's best gardens.

If you don't have the budget to rent a private charter, cruise the lake aboard the Locarno to Stresa steamer.

  • If you want to stay in one of the islands, we'd suggest you try Hotel Verbano. This is more of a restaurant with rooms, so it's also great for foodies. As well as the gourmet restaurant there are 12 really charming rooms, with romantic terraces looking onto astounding views. This is a really romantic spot, so would also work for those looking for a honeymoon destination.

Enjoying the view

To appreciate the lake's true beauty you should view if from afar, as well as up close. The cable car running up to the summit of Mount Mottarone is a good way to get a bird's eye view. As is a trip on the train to Domodossola - the narrow line trundles you slowly over precarious viaducts spanning ravines and past vertiginous waterfalls, but the scenery will take your breath away.

  • If you want wonderful views direct from your hotel room, one of the best places to stay on Lake Maggiore is Il Sole di Ranco. This is another hotel priding itself on its menu, especially its seafood - sourced direct from the lake. And with 14 rooms and ten suites, some suitable for families, this is a good option for those travelling for kids.


If you enjoy a bit of a poke round the shops, Stresa is one of the best places to stay on Lake Maggiore. You can get a lot of the Italian staples, including good leather handbags and Murano glass - at prices far lower than in Venice.

Stresa can be lively in season, so if you prefer a quieter setting, check out Baveno, just a short drive from Stresa.

  • If you're looking for lakeside grandeur and a central Stresa location, book a room in the traditionally luxurious Grand Hotel des Iles Borromees. The hotel fronts onto the lake, a wonderful white facade with rows of little balconies. It oozes elegance and sophistication and also boasts great facilities including spa and gastronomic restaurant with lake views.

Still not sure? Browse though our list of all the best places to stay on Lake Maggiore, or call, or email, one of our gurus for advice.

Best Hotels in Lake Maggiore

  • Park Hotel Italia 31 rooms from $65

    Lake Maggiore

    An imposing lakeside property with spectacular views. Elegant interiors with high ceilings and sash windows. Light and airy rooms are traditional in design and boast private balconies. A traditional Italian and Mediterranean restaurant with panoramic views. Very reasonably priced. A tranquil abode.

    Hideaway  -  An elegant lakeside property. Gloriously tranquil and with plenty of outdoor activities to rejuvinate oneself.
    Value chic  -  Incredible value, especially for this location
    Great walks  -  Meander along one of the lakeside trails and soak in the stunning scenery.
    Sailing  -  A private pier is available for those arriving by boat.
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  • Albergo Belvedere 12 rooms from $103

    VA, Lake Maggiore

    A quaint little hotel in a stunning location with views of Lake Maggiore. The simple and stylish rooms offer a laid back atmosphere. A popular venue for weddings and parties, the restaurant serves fresh food and offers an outdoor seating. Balconies and private hot tubs in every room are a bonus.

    Romantic Break  -  Special private candlelight dinners under the stars can be arranged on request.
    Families  -  Great for families, extra cots for children below 3 years can be provided.
    Views  -  Right by the Lake Maggiore with all rooms offering wonderful views.
    Great walks  -  Go for a proper hike or take short walks in the surrouding area.
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  • Hotel Cannero 55 rooms from $125

    Cannero Riveria, Lake Maggiore

    Charming old-fashioned establishment run by the same attentive and gracious family for decades. Spectacular position on Lake Maggiore with beautiful views. Spotless bedrooms, piano bar, lakeside terrace, pool and tennis court. Buffet breakfasts are a speciality. The perfect place to unwind.

    Foodies  -  Exquisite lakeside terrace for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
    Views  -  Magnifcent views overlooking Lake Maggiore.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
  • Hotel Verbano 12 rooms from $157

    Stresa Verbano-Cusio-Ossola, Lake Maggiore

    Special restaurant with rooms set on an island of Lake Maggiore. Excellent local cuisine from romantic terraces overlooking the lake. Lovely bedrooms and living areas in creams, with brick fireplace, wooden beams, white washed walls, and private balconies. Ideal for a romantic break or a wedding.

    Views  -  All the rooms have stunning views over Lake Maggiore
    Romantic Break
    Recommended by  -  Frommers, CN Traveller
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  • Locanda de Mai Intees 12 rooms from $157

    Azzate Varese, Lake Maggiore

    A charmingly traditional private residence with an excellent gourmet restaurant. Rooms and suites have frescoed walls, mezzanine levels, wooden beams, parquet floors, and attractive fabrics. Plenty of activities, close to Lake Maggiore. Romantic, gourmet and family friendly.

    Sights nearby  -  In the centre of the Italian Lake district.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
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  • Giardino Lago 14 rooms from $200

    Locarno (Minusio)

    This hotel marries amazing views of the stunning Lago Maggiore with a stylish boutique feel that offers simple but attractive design features. Upon the lake, guests are encouraged towards a number of watersports, including fishing. The restaurant offers fine cuisine, and bicycles are free to hire.

    Lakeside  -  RIght by Lago Maggiore
    Country Escape
    Towelling robes
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  • Casa Ambica 5 rooms from $171

    Gordevio, Lake Maggiore

    A 19th century house painstakingly renovated providing comfortable accommodation. Rooms feature chestnut wood furniture, art on the walls and bathtubs in all bathrooms. A cosy lounge area with a fireplace and a lovely garden outdoors. Fresh homemade breakfast is served every morning.

    Romantic Break  -  The attic room provides enough privacy and amazing views from its balcony. Good for couples
    Back to Nature  -  In a peaceful setting, this property offers wonderful mountain views of the Maggia Valley
    Great walks  -  Excellent scenic hikes through the mountains surrounding the property. Finish with a dip in the river close by
    Sights nearby  -  Must visit the church in Mogno
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  • Il Sole di Ranco 14 rooms from $188

    Ranco Varese, Lake Maggiore

    Lovely lakeside hotel and gourmet restaurant. Romantic views over Maggiore, elegant understated bedrooms and suites, pool, excellent food served on the terrace, lots of fresh fish from the lake. A gourmet choice for families and total relaxation.

    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Swimming Pool  -  Oudoor pool
    Cooking classes  -  Check for timings.
    Recommended by  -  Relais & Chateaux
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  • Art Hotel Riposo 31 rooms from $274

    Ascona, Lake Maggiore

    An artfully designed hotel on the edge of the pretty town of Ascona. Brightly coloured rooms are hip and fresh and most boast private balconies and lake views. A choice of two restaurants both with outdoor dining. Live music held on some evenings. A trendy choice in a great location for exploring.

    Local exploring  -  A charming property well located by the lake in order to explore Ascona and the surrounding area.
    Sights nearby  -  Take a stroll through the pretty historic centre of Locarno.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
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  • Hotel Isole di Brissago 10 rooms from $277


    Hotel in grand 20th century house located on an island in Lake Maggiore. Gorgeous rooms have vintage style wallpaper, lakeside views and big bathrooms. Original floors and stucco ceilings with chandeliers, outstanding views, verandahs and popular restaurant. A unique and memorable stay.

    Hideaway  -  Staying in the 20th century building feels like having the whole island to yourself, with delightful botanic gardens to explore
    Sights nearby  -  Regular ferry services provide connections to the lakeside villages of Lake Maggiore, including Locarno, Porto Ronco and Ascona
    Great walks  -  Walk round the peaceful island; hotel can prepare packed lunches
    Outstanding location
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  • Grand Hôtel des Iles Borromées 179 rooms from $261

    Stresa Verbano-Cusio-Ossola, Lake Maggiore

    Luxurious lakeside opulence in a Five Star Grand hotel. A beautiful setting, sumptuous rooms and suites, delicious food, spa and plenty to do on the lake. A romantic spot, family friendly too.

    Romantic Break
    Spa breaks
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor and Outdoor Pools
    Recommended by  -  CN Traveller
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  • Giardino Ascona 72 rooms from $317

    Ascona, Lake Maggiore

    A five star property situated on the stunning Lake Maggiore. Set in Mediterranean gardens reflective of it's location on the Swiss Italian border. Contemporary light airy rooms the best of which have french doors leading straight on to the garden. A Two Star Michelin restaurant. Complete luxury.

    Active Holiday  -  Sat on a stunning lake and with golf, sailing and mountain biking all on offer.
    Foodies  -  Ecco Ascona has been awarded two Michelin stars.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor and outdoor pools.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
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  • Castello del Sole 78 rooms from $398

    Ascona, Lake Maggiore

    A luxury hotel situated on the lakeshore of Lake Locarno. Framed by mountains and sitting in gardens full of fruit trees. Spoiling rooms mixing traditional furniture in a contemporary setting. The bathrooms are large and very modern. A glorious spa for complete relaxation. A spoiling stay.

    Country Escape  -  With mountains as a backdrop and vineyards surrounding this is an idyllic spot to unwind in some country air.
    Families  -  Numerous activities to keep all entertained plus a playground and babysitting services for children.
    Sailing  -  Use the hotel boat and spend the day cruising on Lake Maggiore stopping off at market places and castles along the way.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool.
    Recommended by  -  Relais & Chateaux
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