At Hotel San Rocco in Orta San Giulio, they really have an eye for quality, and good taste is evident throughout. As soon as you cross the threshold of this distinctive property you will feel welcome and at ease. It was formerly a convent and the ambience is most relaxing.
The hotel is set in very quiet surroundings on the outskirts of Orta San Giulio's old town where the atmosphere is characterised by delicatessens, restaurants and cafes, markets and boat trips to the enchanting Island of San Giulio. You can wander in the medieval piazza and choose from a variety of cafes and shops from where you can sample all kind of delights from the region.
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The problem that you may have here is being able to choose between whether to relax by the beautiful pool with panoramic views of the lake and the Isola of San Giulio, enjoy a glass of wine and a good book on one of the many sun terraces, or choose a cosy nook from where to soak up the calming ambience of the lake. The hotel also has a private boat for guests to use.
The interior of the hotel is a Mecca for connoisseurs and design lovers. There are many interesting details such as changing art exhibitions, an intimate Danish corner with an Arne Jacobsen's Egg (1958) chair and generally tasteful decoration throughout. The hotel also has a cosy piano bar and a conference hall. The hotel is undertaking a number of green eco-friendly initiatives.
The hotel restaurant is well on its way to its first Michelin star and is highly recognized in the area, especially for their Risotto alla Milanese. The dishes are presented as small, delicate works of art. The breakfast is a huge buffet with all sorts of goodies, including a thrilling selection of Piedmontese cheeses.
The hotel also has a wellness centre with aesthetic treatments such as facials, a sauna and a solarium (extra).
The 80 rooms are spread throughout the main building and in the adjacent elegant and prestigious baroque Villa Gippini, which was originally a summer residence of an aristocratic family from Bergamo. All rooms are tastefully decorated and include facilities such as satellite TV, internet access and a fully equipped private bathroom with a toilet and shower or bath. Among the standard rooms with lake views are 2 x 2 adjoining rooms with a connecting door for families with 2 or 3 children. Many of the standard rooms have balconies, and many of the superior rooms have either a terrace or a balcony. The hotel easily deserves the grade 4 ½ suns as the general appearance, location, service and common areas are all top class. The hotel rooms do not however have air conditioning in the traditional sense. They have chosen instead a more sustainable method with a ventilation system and whilst this does keep the rooms cool, it is not as effective as air conditioning.
The neighbouring building Villa Gippini can be reached via a footbridge, so one does not have to venture outside of the property grounds. Here the style is even more elegant and stylish and one can appreciate the intricate work by interior designers. On all sides are surrounded by art, design, marble and so on. You are literally surrounded by art, fine designs and quality materials. From the rooms with lake views, you can enjoy looking at the pearl in the middle of the lake that is the Isola di San Giulio. In Villa Gippini all rooms have heating (winter) or air conditioning (summer) and bathrooms with toilet and either a hydro-massage shower or a jacuzzi. Only the Suite has an outdoor area: a great loggia with frescoes. The three deluxe rooms with lake views feature a French balcony.