Ratings based on 19 Verified Reviews
They paid and stayed. We double-checked.
4.3 Room cleanliness
4.5 Service & staff
3.7 Room comfort
3.8 Hotel condition
They paid and stayed.
for Everyoneby Victoria from Canterbury, UK
Lovely quirky hotelPosted Oct 21, 2013
Pros: I have a soft-spot for the Piccolo Olina having stayed there three times in the past thirteen years
Cons: Nothing - there are lots of steps but then it's in a medieval town
Location: Lake Orta is lovely but now spoiled by too many tourists so selfishly I'd say don't go. I'm glad I've seen it at its quiet best
Rooms vary hugely but ours was great. Best breakfast in Italy
by A verified traveler
Difficult to find, but good location near square.Posted Aug 25, 2013
Pros: Location near main square. Good value for money. Good choice of breakfast.
Cons: Signage so its easier to find.!!
Accommodation was very difficult to find, we arrived by car and struggled to get close by so had to find it on foot, which was still a challenge as the hotel reception is just a doorway and the accommodation is then elsewhere so we were taken several streets away to our rooms and then had to carry the luggage along cobbled streets. We later saw cars driving along the cobbled streets but they are very narrow so when we checked out we decided it was easier/safer to carry the bags back to the car again which was a pain as we were travelling with a toddler so also had a buggy etc. the hotel's free parking was also a bit of a distance away so we ended up parking on a street but there are limited free spaces so you need to ensure you are parked in the white bays which are free, or pay to park. The accommodation was in a good location just a few minutes walk from the main square however there wasn't anywhere close by to swim in the lake and we had to walk about 20 mins to the "beach" area. The rooms themselves were basic but were clean. there were tea making facilities but no fridge which would have been handy. they also forgot our towels and a fan but we got them when we asked. Breakfast was served in a separate building on the main square, plenty of choice on a serve yourself basis - they even had a frying pan and hot stove so you could fry your own eggs etc, but they need a new toaster as everyone wanted to use it at the same time and it was the slowest toaster ever!
by A verified traveler
Avoid at all costs!Posted Jul 30, 2013
Cons: Air conditioning in the room. Replace worn towels and bedding.
Hotel is in an excellent location. Unfortunately that is the only good thing I can say about it. We stayed in a family room. There was no air conditioning so the window had to be left open. Unfortunately we were across from a restaurant and the noise particularly at the end of the night when the restaurant was closing was terrible. The condition of the room was very poor. There were holes in the wall where things had been removed and the holes not filled. The bedding and towels were threadbare. The cheap furniture in the room was very tatty. The TV had a 10 - 12 '' screen. Unless you were directly in front of it the picture was distorted, consequently only 1 person could watch the TV at a time. Overall I felt that the owners of this hotel know they can rent the room due to location and do not care about the experience of their customers. The sad thing is that it would not take a lot to transfer this from a drab unwelcoming room to a lovely experience.
for Familiesby Andrew from Philadelphia
Posted May 8, 2013 on Hotels.com
Great location in the old city. Very helpful and friendly owner. I would certainly recommend this town and this hotel.
Recommendedby A verified traveler
Stay here because of the breakfastPosted Nov 17, 2012 on Hotels.com
The rooms were in what seemed like a renovated house. They are pretty nice and centrally located, but not really outstanding. What was really amazing was the breakfast served about 2 blocks away. All kinds of cheeses, cured meats, fruits, preserves, omelette made to order, breads, coffee cakes, pies, yogurt . . . I could go on. Orta is charming, walk able and historic.
Recommendedby A verified traveler
Fantastic BreakfastPosted Oct 9, 2012 on Hotels.com
This was a most enjoyable stay. The receptionist was very helpful, the breakfast was amazing even better than some 4 and 5 star hotel I have stayed at. Location was brilliant. The room was very basic but clean. I did have a young child with me and some of the furniture was not appropriate such as the desk, it comes apart easily (ikea stuff). We also had 3 flights of stairs to climb but that is all I could complain about.
for Familiesby A verified traveler
Posted Sep 17, 2012 on Hotels.com
for Couplesby Andy & Theresa
Great staffPosted Sep 9, 2012 on Hotels.com
Staff absolutely brilliant. Not happy with our room. Staff arranged swop and upgrade very next day at no extra cost. Nothing too much trouble. Also, the breakfast is about the best we have EVER had in Italy; Loads of choice and everything imagionable from hot food to cheese & meats. Best value for money.
for Everyoneby A verified traveler
Excellent HotelPosted Jul 18, 2012
Excellent, friendly staff. Great location. Overall excellent.
for Everyoneby Pauline from Cardiff
!Posted Jul 10, 2012
Pros: Typical Italian charm.
Cons: Would have liked a better view of the lake
Location: Centre of medieval towm of Orta San Giulia, 1 minute from main Piazza.
The hotel ois made up of various appartments and although not luxurious the rooms are very comfortable, rustic and typically Italian. The restaurant is superb and the breakfast bar is great, help yourself to as much as you like. Lucky enough to have a small view of the lake, would have been fantastic if we could have had a room overlooking the lake, that would have been the icing on the cake. Cafe Jazz bar below the hotel is fantastic and Alex the bartender made everyone welcome. Would definately return.