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Reviewed 13 March 2018 via mobile

Unusual hotel in cost Orta. Splendid location on the square and by the boat to Isola D’Orta. The attic suite is spectacular with its view and double showers, and the personnel will s friendly. Parking is 200m away, north of the hotel, and expensive as we paid 20 euros for an overnight parking

Stayed: March 2018, travelled with friends
Thank Frafranz
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Reviewed 11 September 2017 via mobile

We reserved a room on booking.com, the price was quite high but considering the central position it seemed good. the staff was always kind and the room was clean. However for the price we payed we expected a richer and better displayed breakfast and more toilet equipment. Only soap bars were available. The reception is not located in the main building so when the breakfast is over nobody is available nearby. We had a good experience but the rooms are too expensive for the service provided.

Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
Thank Marta C
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Reviewed 5 September 2017 via mobile

Only plus is buffet breakfast very generous. Rooms are not trendy, quirky - just scruffy, poorly maintained and badly designed with odds and sods of furniture which looks like it was purchased second hand. Peeling paintwork, rusty taps, shower and radiator. Wonky inadequate shelves, futon beds, no wardrobes, no desk, no mirror, inadequate lighting. That's before you even mention the stupid shower in middle of bedroom - not naughty, or sexy, floods everywhere. Lousy wi fi in reception. No wi fi in rooms. No communal area, no reception staff. Just notice with phone number. Booked for us by inn travel. Poor. Just a room to sleep in if you can due to noisy, adjacent bar which stays open late, or close windows and put up with rattly air con

Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
Thank janegardner
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Reviewed 17 June 2017 via mobile

Stayed as a couple on an Inntravel 3 centre holiday. The location of this hotel right on the main Piazza is spot on and walking distance from all facilities with a close view of the lake front. On the downside the room was poorly lit and we only thought to move the bedside lights around for better lighting when we were packing to leave. The room was big (mostly in darkness) accommodating 2 double beds so space to spread out. Unless you are 6ft+ tall you will need a step stool to see yourself in the bathroom mirror. Switching of the electrics in the room is a mystery with a few switches appearing to do nothing and the shower light would sometimes just not switch off at all??? Shower in the room not a problem and it had a linear rain shower head and space to fit 4 people if you like that sort of thing. There's a bar just outside the hotel where one of you can have a drink if you don't want to admire each other's ablutions. Air con worked OK and we needed it. Breakfast choice good with some very fresh fish included each day. No reception staff, with a keypad to let yourself in, so nobody to ask for information. Of the hotels close to all the action and the lake front this is on value for money probably still the best choice and I guess the owners know it hence no improvements on the above.

Stayed: June 2017, travelled as a couple
Thank SecretStopper
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Reviewed 30 August 2016

The staff at the hotel were consistently good and there's no doubt about the hotel's location - right on San Giulio's main piazza and right next to Lake Orta. Superb.

There's a lot to like about Aracoeli, too. The breakfasts are great: a huge buffet of high-quality sweet and savoury foods to eat while you're sitting out in the piazza watching everyone start their day.

The beds are comfortable and the rooms have a cool, slightly quirky style that's not too overbearing. The shower was powerful and a bit different - in the middle of the room.

That's all good, but there were too many little faults and issues (in my opinion) for a hotel that costs £120+ per night.

The floor in our room was painted concrete that proved incredibly slippery, and the shower glass wasn't flush to the rest of the shower, so water leaked onto the floor - which made it even worse. The shower drainage was inconsistent, the shower light stopped working after a day, and the bathroom extractor fan barely worked at all.

Lighting in the rest of the room is sparse and the light in the floor outside the room was cracked and sometimes didn't work. Our tea/coffee tray didn't have any cutlery. The main door into the room has a frosted window, but there's a gap around the outside that means people can see in - we hung clothes up to block the view.

There's no full-length mirror and no actual wardrobe, just a rail that you can hang clothes on and surround with a curtain. There's no in-room wifi, either - just on the ground floor.

None of these are dealbreakers and aren't things that I've even bring up in most places - either too inconsequential or stuff that wouldn't be fixed during our stay's time frame. However, I think they're worth mentioning in a review.

  • Stayed: August 2016, travelled as a couple
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