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Orta San Giulio: La Contrada dei Monti

Via Contrada dei Monti,10, Phone: 0322.905114
www.lacontradadeimonti.it

Reviewed by: Kaydee from TN, review #2779

When: June 2009

Interesting, small hotel on a side street in the beautiful village of Orta San Giulio. Lots of character!

Contrada dei Monti reception room, photo by Kathy Wood

We spent two nights in this hotel in the beautiful village of Orta San Giulio. The hotel is on a small side street, just a few doors up from the busy main pedestrian street. Despite the crowds of people thronging the village when we arrived on a Sunday afternoon in early June, our hotel was quiet and peaceful. The hotel does not have a view of the lake, but it's just a five minute walk to the main piazza and the boat dock.

There were four of us, and we had two pleasant rooms on the second floor. Our rooms were attractively decorated in an old-world style, with clean and modern bathrooms. Breakfast was included and was served one day (cooler) in the breakfast room and the second day in the outdoor courtyard. The buffet breakfast was substantial.

The main reception room of the hotel is just beautiful, with big fireplace and a frescoed ceiling. We were warmly welcomed by the woman on duty, who was also helpful the next day in helping us with plans to visit Lake Maggiore.

We had a little difficulty finding the hotel. We finally saw a small sign at the top of the village and a policeman gave us directions. We were able to park for a few minutes at the top of the village to unload our luggage and carry it down to the hotel. Then we parked in a big municipal garage five minutes away.

Orta San Giulio is a very picturesque village. We enjoyed the boat trip out to the island and it was an easy drive to Lake Maggiore. (We just did not expect it to be so crowded in early June.)

Note: We did have to pay a deposit to reserve our rooms.

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