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 got married in early October at the Castello dal Pozzo. From start to finished the Hotel with its super attentive team were simply amazing. They helped us with the entire planning process that included everything from menu suggestions/testing, venue selection, examples and seating arrangements. Although we planned it from a different country, the communication was swift and easy. At the day of the wedding all worked perfectly. What was very impressive is that you never noticed the staff/waiters, everything just flowed. You knew right away they were professionals. We had some special wishes that were fulfilled by the flexible staff members. The food on all 3 days was delicious and plenty (the risotto was off the charts!!!!)! The wine selection and the drinks at the afterparty were also great. All of our 65 guests had a great time and marvelled at the nice rooms they stayed in. Getting married in a castle was amazing and I would recommend it to everyone, you’ll feel special.
Booked our trip through Luxury Escapes and had many inclusions including breakfast each morning with coffee freshly made by a Barista every morning and fantastic food including a live cooking station for omelets
It is about an hour out of Milan but 15 minutes from Arona. Another great place to see
We booked a 5 day stay here through luxury escapes.
The quality of the accomodation and the service we received from every area of the residence (check in, breakfast restaurant, the main restaurant etc) was absolutely excellent.
The food and service in the main restaurant was amazing.
We stayed in the main hotel residence and the rooms were very comfortable and spacious
The hotel is a little way out of Milan but accessible via train from Arona. We found the location perfect as it was away from the hustle and bustle and very peaceful and extremely scenic escape especially in Arona on Lake Maggiore only a couple of kilometres from the hotel.
Although it is a little isolated there are a few excellent restaurants within walking distance of the hotel and the food was authentic Italian and delicious and at a very reasonable price. Be mindful though that the menus are in Italian and the staffs English is very limited. We personally found it a great part of the experience.
I would recommend hiring a car to get around locally as it is very very cheap and the motorways are very easy to navigate.
Overall if you are looking for a relaxed escape with beautiful scenery and easy access to Milan I would highly recommend this as we absolutely loved our stay.