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Hotel Verbano, Isola dei Pescatori

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2 Via Ugo Ara
Lake Maggiore
Isola dei Pescatori
Italy 28838
Tel: 39 0323 30 408's insider take:

This bloodred villa at the very tip of Fishermen's Island is a short ferry ride from the main town of Stresa. The 12 rooms are named after flowers, but don't expect an overly floral B&B. The decor is limited to pastel shades to match each individual bloom, plus painted cast-iron headboards. Some rooms look across the water to the gardens of nearby Isola Bella (best seen from the two rooms on the front with working fireplaces); others open onto a view of Isola Madre and the eastern shore of the lake. The restaurant inevitably draws boatloads of nonguests touring the islands who stop off to dine on food a cut above the standard tourist fare in these parts. The homemade pasta and the lake perch are excellent, and the tables are set under shade trees right near the lakeshore.

Hotel closed December through February. Restaurant open daily year-round.

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