Opened in 1863 on the shores of Lake Maggiore, the Grand Hotel des Iles Borromees is one of Italy’s most prestigious lakeside hotels. Its elegant grandeur has been beautifully maintained through the ages and the hotel continues to offer a wonderful experience.
Grand Hotel Majestic
Built in 1870, the Grand Hotel Majestic is a jewel on the shores of Lake Maggiore that captures the charm and elegance of the Belle Époque. Entering the hotel, you’re met with a grand central lobby, surrounded by the balconied corridors of the floors above. The lounge bar offers views across the lake and, to the front of the building, two tiers of columned terraces give way to tranquil gardens that run down to the lakeshore. At the front of the gardens, stone steps lead down to a small man-made beach on the edge of the lake for swimming.
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Rooms at the Grand Hotel Majestic, while not overly modern, are furnished to a high standard in classic greens and reds with big shuttered windows. The higher category rooms and suites offer views out across the lake, while the rooms at the back overlook the steep green hillside. On the 6th floor, there’s a selection of split level junior suites, all with private terraces and space to accommodate extra beds for families. Some of the other room types have balconies, complete with a small table and chairs. All the rooms boast grand marble bathrooms, most of which have walk-in showers, although bathtubs are available on request.
The Grand Hotel Majestic has beautiful views across the Borromean Gulf to Stresa and the Borromean Islands. It’s a ten minute walk to Pallanza, where you’ll find restaurants and the public ferry dock for exploring the lake. For private boat excursions, the hotel has its own jetty. In the other direction, a 20 minute walk along the lake road brings you to the botanic gardens at Villa Taranto.
Food and drink
The breakfast room and La Beola restaurant have large windows overlooking the lake. In the summer, tables are laid out on the lower terrace for alfresco dining. Breakfast is a buffet with a good selection of bread, cereals, pastries, fresh fruit, yogurt, cold meats and cheeses as well as a small hot option. In the evenings, the restaurant offers an excellent menu of local dishes.
Facilities and activities
The hotel has an excellent range of facilities including a lakeside tennis court. The heated indoor pool has sliding windows that open onto the gardens overlooking the lake. For those who want to swim in the lake, there’s a small private beach with steps leading down into the water. There’s also a well-equipped fitness room and spa complete with a sauna and private treatment rooms.
The Grand Hotel Majestic is an understated gem with a wealth of charm and 19th-century elegance. The grounds are beautiful and the views over the lake are superb.
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Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
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