Castello Dal Pozzo
What We Love
- Buffet breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
- A fairy-tale setting near Milan
- A year-round destination near both the Alps and Lake Maggiore
- Large rooms that marry classic decor and modern touches
What To Know
- It’s a 40-minute drive from the Milan airport
- Popular with couples and golf lovers; not ideal for families (but there are adjoining rooms if need be)
- The restaurant is closed on Tuesdays and the wine bar is closed on Mondays
- This is a historically important property, not for lovers of sleek minimalism
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Set on a hill overlooking Italy’s second-largest lake, the breathtaking Lake Maggiore, Castello Dal Pozzo is an example of neo-Gothic elegance. This 18th-century palace was originally built by the Visconti family and later owned by the Dal Pozzo family for six generations. Opulent chandeliers, heavy, ornate drapes and fine crystal stemware decorate the public spaces, but there’s nothing stuffy about the place — the feel is that of a private home rather than a hotel.
Bed and Bath
The 30 guestrooms in the Palazzo are richly decorated in a springtime palette of yellow, blue and green, with period-appropriate high ceilings, molded stucco, antique furniture and large marble bathrooms. The Junior Suites are dressed with original Victorian furnishings and come with enormous beds clad in fine Egyptian cotton. Stunning prints and pictures on loan from the Dal Pozzo family estate are dotted around the walls.
The hotel’s fine dining restaurant, Le Fief, offers an innovative take on regional classics and uses local ingredients. The setting itself is wonderfully romantic, and in the warmer months you can request dinner on the quiet terrace, which overlooks a huge fountain. The hotel has its own private wine bar, Dal Pozzo 24, which can be booked for tastings, dinners or special occasions.
In the Area
After a stroll in the lakeside town of Stresa, take a ferry to the Borromean Islands, the most gorgeous of which, Isola Bella, is entirely occupied by the Palazzo Borromeo and its magnificent Italianate garden. The massive alpine chain of Monte Rosa encloses the lake with peaks that reach over 13,000 feet. An extensive selection of slopes is available for all levels of skier. Thanks to a special partnership, guests of Castello Dal Pozzo can take advantage of the discounted rates at the 27-hole Golf Club Castel Conturbia, just 20 minutes away.
How to Get There
We enjoyed a 2 night stay at Castello Dal Pozzo. The highlights for us was; the pool area is new, clean and spacious. The pool bar/cafe is fantastic with beautiful, fresh, healthy meals available for lunch. Our room was spacious, quiet and very comfortable. Downsides; we booked a massage and because the wellness area is not completed yet, the room for the massage was well below what I would expect when paying spa prices. It was effectively a stark, bright room, no air con and therefore a window that opened onto a noisy road. Not what one expects for a 'relaxation massage'. Also, the breakfast was just ok however there is no where else locally to go for breakfast. Saying this, I would stay there there again.
This hotel is a wonderful and magical place, I honestly enjoyed every minute I was there.
The hotel has 3 different sections: the Castle, the Stables and the Palace. It also has a new large pool with many sun beds/umbrellas and a covered garage that has a directly access to the lobby area. We were accommodated in a deluxe room in the Palace building, it was very comfortable, specially because the lobby and the breakfast room were in the same building in contrary to the rooms in the Stables and in the Castle that are a bit far away.
The room itself was beautiful decorated and it was ample and spacious. I specially loved the layout in the bathroom- a large shower near the bath with excellent water pressure. The L'occitane products in the bathroom with their lovely smell were a welcomed touch. The bed was super comfortable and the air condition was strong and cooled us when the weather outside was extremely hot.
The room and bathroom were spotless clean and the bathroom facilities were always shiny. The hotel maintains a certainly high level of maintenance. It was felt in every corner of the property.
The only thing that I missed in the room was a coffee machine or even a kettle. I believe that a 5 star hotel should provide such service in its accommodations.
The breakfast was also very good. It was the same every day but I didn't care about it because the products were of high quality. The fruits, the cereals, the yogurts and the breads were exceptional. Furthermore, the guests can order from the staff any kind of excellent Italian coffee and from a chef delicious omelettes. Nevertheless, in my opinion there are 2 issues that should improve: the pastries that were a little bit "dry" and the orange juice that should be a natural one and not a sugared simple juice. A nice touch- in one of the mornings the general manager of the hotel approached each guest and welcomed him. I was very impressed about it and felt that it was a nice gesture.
All the hotel areas are beautiful and it is obvious that a lot of attention was given to details. I loved the garden around the Castle (I even saw there 2 bambis), the interior design of the lobby area and even the design of the computer room. The guests can also see over the place small displays of items that are related to the history of the Castello. I loved it!
And finally the staff- genuine nice and professional staff that make you feel welcomed. The receptionists, the waiters in the breakfast room and even the cleaning ladies always gave me the feeling that their goal is to make my holiday as perfect and enjoyable as possible.
I would highly recommend this hotel, specially for those who are looking for a serene and quite place expecting a high level of service.
Thank you Castello dal Pozzo for making my holiday as perfect as possible!
A fabulous setting, wonderful accommodation and superb staff. We stayed in the main hotel and were very happy with our room (106). Beautifully furnished, large with a beautiful bathroom. Breakfast was varied and tasty, with excellent omelettes made by a wonderful chef. The pool area is beautiful but does need some colour from plants to make it look a little less sterile as there is only greenery and no flowers in sight. You definitely need a car to get around as it's a good 5-10 minute drive into Arona where there are lots of lovely restaurants.