Posted May 4, 2012
This is a lovely location and the hotel has very nice service, however, it is not in the town of Luino and is not within walking distance to the ferry. We had many challeneges getting from the hotel to anywhere else. Weekends and holidays have limited train and bus schedules and we could not find a car to rent. There was only one taxi as far as we could tell. It is imperative that you rent a car or be very diligent about using the train (which is very close to the hotel, but limited in schedule).
I expected the ambiance to feel as ancient and historic as its pedigree, but the hotel really felt more like 1960, with American music and a menu to go along with it. The grounds are stunning and full of fun little things to discover.
There is only one other restraurant in Colmegna, and Itlaian Pizzeria across the street, and no other amusements beyond the grounds. While we enjoyed our saty, I would choose a hotel in Stresa where you can easily link to nearly all the other sites.