Grand Hotel des Iles Borromees Spa

Grand Hotel des Iles Borromees Spa 5

Luxury lakeside hotels rarely come as authentic and strikingly palatial as Des Iles Borromees & Spa, found on the shores of Lago Maggiore.

The 19th century heritage of Grand Hotel des Iles Borromees & Spa – a favourite of Ernest Hemingway, no less – is there to be seen in quite literally every aspect of its appearance, design and layout. From the onsite galleries of centuries-old art reproductions, to the Victorian-style glasswork, silk drapes in the suites and vases bursting with seasonal flowers upon every antique sideboard; get ready for a journey into aged Italian splendour.

Room Types

All rooms

All Sienna marble, Murano glass chandeliers and wood-framed artworks, the guestrooms and suites evoke the epic grandeur you would expect, with no expense spared on the standard of décor throughout. If cost is no object, the signature suites are well-worth any investment, with their whirlpool bathtubs, private terraces and separate drawing room adding something special, though almost every room at Iles Borromees & Spa offers its own balcony, beautiful views and that same sense of authenticity, found through the carefully constructed interior design and finishing touches of every space.


  • King or twin beds
  • Air conditioning
  • Balcony (certain room categories only)
  • Shower and whirlpool bathtub
  • Wi-Fi
  • Safety deposit box
  • Hairdryer
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Mini bar
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Living room (suites)

    Amenities in room categories may differ.
  • Double Room Lake View

    Double Room Lake View

    Junior Suite Deluxe

    Junior Suite Deluxe

    Royal Suite Impero

    Royal Suite Impero

    Hemingway Suite

    Hemingway Suite

    Hotel Location

    Description, Services & Facilities

    While the hotel clearly revels in its own proud history, grand architecture and classical décor, there are also 21st century touches to be enjoyed here. Three swimming pools, a wonderfully up-to-date spa of holistic treatments, acupuncture, a steam room and gym all hide behind the building’s resplendent, original façade. Sculpted, waterfront gardens and a verdant, forested backdrop have - most likely - not changed in over 100 years, nor the neighbouring 15th century town of Stresa or nearby private villas of the Borromean Islands, all of which can be explored within moments from the hotel. Overall, if seeking the modern amenities of a contemporary resort, state of the art facilities and minimalist design, this is not the property for you; however, the tangible sense of place, living history and intentional time-warp to be found within the Grand Hotel des Iles Borromees & Spa speaks for itself, with enough modern touches to keep things entirely relevant and extremely appealing.
    Services and Facilities

  • Gardens and terrace
  • Beach access
  • Outdoor and indoor pools
  • Spa with hammam, hot tub, sauna and treatment rooms
  • Gym and exercise classes including yoga and Pilates
  • Bikes to borrow
  • Opportunities for horse riding, biking, windsurfing and golf
  • Laundry and dry-cleaning service
  • Babysitting service
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking
  • Barber/beauty salon


  • Il Borromeo

  • Combining delectable Italian gastronomy with picturesque lake views, the hotel restaurant is a highly sought-after spot
  • Dine either out on the terrace, or within the high-ceilinged morning room with its shimmering chandeliers and mirrors
  • The set menu changes daily, and might feature a ravioli filled with lobster and scallops, or breaded lamb ribs

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