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Reviews of Araba Fenice Hotel 4 stars

Via Caproni 246, 25049 Iseo, Italy

#5 of 10 hotels in Iseo

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Based on 445 hotel reviews

8.7

Score breakdown

  • Cleanliness

    9.2

  • Comfort

    8.8

  • Location

    8.7

  • Facilities

    8.6

  • Staff

    8.9

  • Value for money

    8.1

  • Free WiFi

    8.4

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  • Reviewed: 17 July 2018

    10
    Super boutique hotel on the lake
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Superior Double or Twin Room with Balcony and Lake View
    • Stayed 2 nights
    • Submitted via mobile

    The hotel had a lovely ambiance , with friendly staff, yet quiet rooms and fabulous views. A real gem of a hotel! Do hire the bikes, do eat in the restaurant, do laze by the pool ....it’s a real tonic to a busy life.

    Stayed in July 2018

  • Reviewed: 17 July 2018

    10
    good stay, perfect weather, friendly staff, excellent breakfast
    • Leisure trip
    • Solo traveller
    • Double or Twin Room
    • Stayed 2 nights

    room in the back, noise of the train. Last year I received an upgrade to a lake side room!

    - position on the lake and close to the station. - friendly staff - very good breakfast

    Stayed in July 2018

  • Reviewed: 6 July 2018

    9.2
    Great Hotel in a great location on Lago di Iseo.
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Deluxe Double or Twin Room with Lake View
    • Stayed 3 nights

    ... but not quite so good on the last night.

    Very helpful staff, good car-parking, great location, excellent breakfast. Pool facilities good. The restaurant food was excellent on first night...

    Stayed in July 2018

  • Reviewed: 11 June 2018

    7.9
    Good location and beautiful facilities
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Double or Twin Room
    • Stayed 1 night

    We were given a courtyard facing room and the bathroom window only had sheer drapery which lacked privacy, especially at night.

    Good location and beautiful facilities

    Stayed in June 2018

  • Reviewed: 5 June 2018

    7.9
    Very much enjoyed the town, the lake and surrounding areas.
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Suite with Spa Bath
    • Stayed 2 nights

    Very expensive

    The room was first rate, although we had a malfunctioning refrigerator. The lake setting and surrounding town was beautiful. The restraint was very good albeit expensive.

    Stayed in May 2018

  • Reviewed: 21 May 2018

    10
    Location was excellent and the view great.
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Superior Double or Twin Room with Balcony and Lake View
    • Stayed 2 nights
    • Submitted via mobile

    Location was excellent and the view great. Easy walk into the centre of Iseo (unless you don’t like walking). Good and not your normal pizza/pasta restaurant next door.

    Stayed in May 2018

  • Reviewed: 13 May 2018

    8.8
    Location.
    • Business trip
    • Solo traveller
    • Double or Twin Room
    • Stayed 3 nights

    Sound proofing. The room I had (212) had a connecting door to the next room and it was very poorly sound proofed. I could hear every sound from the next bathroom and this was very disruptive when the people next door were taking showers at 1 am. This room is to be avoided. The staff said they knew of the problem and that steps were in place to rectify the problem. I would suggest that any room with a connecting door be avoided until this actually happens. Other that this problem and a slow internet (to be expected in Italy) the rest worked perfectly fine.

    Location. Right on the lake meant that it was a great escape from the chaos of Milan during the Salone di Mobili, easy access to the autostrada meant a quick 1 hr and 20 min run to Milan.

    Stayed in April 2018

  • Reviewed: 12 April 2018

    8.8
    Lovely relaxed hotel with fantastic views.
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Double or Twin Room
    • Stayed 4 nights
    • Submitted via mobile

    Breakfast service was poorer than expected. Toasters turned off and hot food plates too well before service ended. Selection of food fine but service was patchy.

    Room was well equipped and bed was super comfy. Well appointed bathroom too.

    Stayed in April 2018

  • Reviewed: 2 April 2018

    9.2
    Great location, friendly staff. Great food at the restaurant.
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Superior Double or Twin Room with Balcony and Lake View
    • Stayed 7 nights
    • Submitted via mobile

    The pillows and beds were a little hard for our comfort.

    Everyone was very friendly and helpful. The food at the restaurant was wonderful! We enjoyed our little balcony. We were there over my birthday, they sent a birthday note and some champagne up to our room. Fabulous!

    Stayed in April 2018

  • Reviewed: 30 March 2018

    8.3
    Staff were lovely, bent over backwards to help.
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Deluxe Double or Twin Room with Lake View
    • Stayed 1 night
    • Submitted via mobile

    Staff were lovely, bent over backwards to help. Hotel is fantastic- sadly the area is a little lacking if you’re there as a destination rather than using it as a base.

    Stayed in March 2018

  • Reviewed: 22 October 2017

    9.6
    Great beautiful modern hotel close to Iseo. Right on the lake!
    • Leisure trip
    • Group
    • Double or Twin Room
    • Stayed 1 night
    • Submitted via mobile

    You need a car to drive to center of Iseo. It is not far but not really walkable.

    Beautiful and modern hotel near Iseo! Lovely and accommodating staff ! Right on the lake! Great views

    Stayed in October 2017

  • Reviewed: 18 September 2017

    7.1
    Comfortable bed, great view of lake and quiet most of the...
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Superior Double or Twin Room with Balcony and Lake View
    • Stayed 3 nights
    • Submitted via mobile

    Remote location, low availability of taxis made it difficult to get around and not many places to eat around the hotel. Unhelpful receptionist on day of arrival (14/9/17). Breakfast below par and slow service.

    Comfortable bed, great view of lake and quiet most of the time. Bicycle hire great. Deanna receptionist and Andreas barman fantastic.

    Stayed in September 2017

  • Reviewed: 23 August 2017

    9.2
    Hotel with a view at Lago d'Iseo
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Superior Double or Twin Room with Balcony and Lake View
    • Stayed 4 nights
    • Submitted via mobile

    The room was quite small, had a small balcony with a wobbly table. Shampoo and soap but no other hotel supplies. Quite basic for a four star hotel.... Restaurant next door had mainly fish on the menu or steaks. Rather pricy food and nothing special at all, though the desserts were nice. The views are amazing and worth the visit!

    Great views, lovely swimming pool, nice bar and two restaurants within walking distance.

    Stayed in August 2017

  • Reviewed: 20 August 2017

    9.6
    Lake paradise
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Deluxe Double or Twin Room with Lake View
    • Stayed 4 nights
    • Submitted via mobile

    The facilities on offer were top notch. The pool is well situated and has wonderful views. The views from our room were stunning. Access to Iseo itself and to the walks around the lake were simple enough, though we mostly walked the hotel did offer bike rentals. The restaurant was nice with a great menu. Building itself is pretty and historic.

    Stayed in July 2017

  • Reviewed: 26 July 2017

    6.7
    Fair enough, but...
    • Leisure trip
    • Family with young children
    • Family Room with Shared Bathroom - Annex
    • Stayed 2 nights

    The pictures of the room did not accurately illustrate reality. Hotel location right next to the train and main road was not very ideal as first trains pass by at 6am. The bathroom was quite old fashioned compared to the rest of the hotell, also shower cap was broken and was very poorly cleaned (green "stuff")...

    Location on the water was very nice, especially the restaurant and pool.

    Stayed in July 2017

  • Reviewed: 19 July 2017

    9.2
    Great hotel beside the lake,but the local village has nothing to offer!
    • Leisure trip
    • Group
    • 2 rooms
    • Stayed 2 nights
    • Submitted via mobile

    The hotel is in a little village called Pizone and it is a dreadful place-3 dodgy bars and an even dodgier pizzeria. The restaurant is quite pricey and is the same menu each night-and not a great menu choice. You need a car as there is an infrequent bus service and the train which runs passed the back of the hotel,is every 2 hours. You can feel the wardrobe move when the train goes past. Iseo is 5 mins by car or 25 minute walk. Pool is smaller than in the pictures,but we managed to get a bed both days. That aside,I would still go back as it is very relaxing.

    The hotel has a perfect location rite on the lake and the views are stunning. The staff are very helpful and friendly and speak very good English. Breakfast was great with plenty to eat and we had our breakfast on the terrace-fabulous. It was great to have a little Aperol Spritzer on the terrace looking out to Lake Iseo just before dinner-stunning!

    Stayed in July 2017

  • Reviewed: 26 June 2017

    7.5
    Short Holiday in Lake Iseo
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Double or Twin Room
    • Stayed 4 nights

    Hotel is located approximately 2.5km from the center of Iseo, If a shuttle service to and from the town center was available it would have improved our enjoyment of the hotel experience.

    The lakeside terrace restaurant for breakfast and dinner is excellent

    Stayed in June 2017

  • Reviewed: 10 June 2017

    8.8
    Romantic hotel, lovely staff, beautiful scenic view
    • Leisure trip
    • Solo traveller
    • Superior Double or Twin Room with Balcony and Lake View
    • Stayed 2 nights

    No coffee machine/tea maker in the room. This is such a nice extra in a hotelroom.

    Staff was very friendly and all spoke English. I had questions about my booking and had asked the front desk some questions. They responded very quickly and efficiënt. Lovely romantic hotel, perfect location by lake Iseo. The food was of very good quality.

    Stayed in June 2017

  • Reviewed: 1 June 2017

    10
    Peaceful and confortable weekend at
    • Leisure trip
    • Group
    • Double or Twin Room
    • Stayed 1 night

    --

    The outside restaurant is located in a corridor terrace directly on the lake where you can admire a wonderful view especially in the evening at the sunset. You can see funny ducks

    Stayed in May 2017

  • Reviewed: 12 May 2017

    10
    Beautiful location and friendly, helpful staff
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Superior Double or Twin Room with Balcony and Lake View
    • Stayed 4 nights

    Sadly, the breakfast was woefully inadequate for the level of this accommodation. The coffee was cold as were the scrambled eggs that were surprisingly left in a covered tray alongside precooked bacon sitting in its grease. The bread and pastries were fresh, but we were quite surprised at the many "packages" of items that were offered rather than fresh. The staff were helpful and did offer fresh hot coffee, but we have stayed in 3 star hotels that offered more satisfying breakfast fare.

    The room was beautiful. clean and comfortable and the view of the lake extraordinary. The staff were imminently friendly and helpful with both restaurant and activity suggestions. Do ask for a lake view room as the train passes frequently on the opposite side and might disturb.

    Stayed in May 2017

  • Reviewed: 12 April 2017

    7.5
    Mixed bag.
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Deluxe Double or Twin Room with Lake View
    • Stayed 3 nights
    • Submitted via mobile

    Restaurant closed due to refurbishment. Problem with drains caused bathroom to flood. Poor hot items at breakfast. Long walk to town.

    Lakeside location. Period style. Staff good but although a lot of money is being spent on updating lack of attention to detail in several respects.

    Stayed in April 2017

  • Reviewed: 19 September 2016

    7.1
    Nice place near the lake
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Junior Suite with Lake View
    • Stayed 1 night

    Far away from everything The noise of the train passing just behind the hotel

    Nice location of the hotel next to the lake Nice restaurant next to the lake too Good breakfast and dinner Size of the room Swimming pool Parking

    Stayed in September 2016

  • Reviewed: 23 August 2016

    6.3
    Overpriced
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Deluxe Double or Twin Room with Lake View
    • Stayed 1 night
    • Submitted via mobile

    Far from everything. Woman at reception makes you feel as if they are doing you a favor helping you. Very cold feeling. Restaurant is average and overpriced. Center is much better to stay or outside of Iseo

    Parking and the view.

    Stayed in August 2016

  • Reviewed: 6 August 2016

    10
    Beautiful location and great service
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Deluxe Double or Twin Room with Lake View
    • Stayed 4 nights

    It does take half an hour to walk to Iseo, which can feel long on hot days, but on the other hand you get piece and quiet.

    Clean, clear lake water, wonderful for swimming. Lovely staff and excellent food and drink.

    Stayed in August 2016

  • Reviewed: 23 June 2018

    9.6
    No kettle in room
    • Leisure trip
    • Group
    • Deluxe Double or Twin Room with Lake View
    • Stayed 1 night
    • Submitted via mobile

    No kettle in room

    Stayed in June 2018

  • Reviewed: 30 May 2018

    8.3
    Great location up against the lake.
    • Group
    • Double or Twin Room
    • Stayed 1 night
    • Submitted via mobile

    Great location up against the lake.

    Stayed in May 2018

  • Reviewed: 30 May 2018

    9.6
    The location is perfect.
    • Leisure trip
    • Solo traveller
    • Superior Double or Twin Room with Balcony and Lake View
    • Stayed 1 night
    • Submitted via mobile

    The location is perfect. Quiet and peaceful place by the lake. Excellent inspiring views. Friendly stuff. Really worth its cost.

    Stayed in May 2018

  • Reviewed: 29 May 2018

    9.2
    The shower head was damaged
    • Business trip
    • Solo traveller
    • Double or Twin Room
    • Stayed 3 nights

    The shower head was damaged

    Stayed in May 2018

  • Reviewed: 26 May 2018

    10
    Lovely location with a wonderful view.
    • Leisure trip
    • Group
    • Deluxe Double or Twin Room with Lake View
    • Stayed 1 night
    • Submitted via mobile

    My GPS could not find it. I rang the hotel a d they gave me a different address. I was then able to find it

    Lovely location with a wonderful view.

    Stayed in May 2018

  • Reviewed: 25 May 2018

    9.2
    A great hotel in a great spot
    • Leisure trip
    • Group
    • 3 rooms
    • Stayed 4 nights

    staff were very helpful and friendly

    Stayed in May 2018

  • Reviewed: 23 April 2018

    9.2
    The perfect locartion .
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Double or Twin Room
    • Stayed 1 night

    The perfect locartion .. if you get a lake view. Comfy and small hotel with a beautiful location of the restaurant.. just beside the lake...

    Stayed in April 2018

  • Reviewed: 11 April 2018

    5.4
    The breakfast was very poor
    • Leisure trip
    • Family with young children
    • Double or Twin Room
    • Stayed 1 night
    • Submitted via mobile

    The breakfast was very poor

    Stayed in April 2018

  • Reviewed: 25 October 2017

    10
    We had a great time
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Double or Twin Room
    • Stayed 4 nights

    The hot water pressure in the tap was low in the bathroom but the shower was great

    The food was very good and the staff were very helpful

    Stayed in October 2017

  • Reviewed: 20 October 2017

    10
    Good service, big rooms, good internet quality :)
    • Leisure trip
    • Family with young children
    • Double or Twin Room
    • Stayed 2 nights

    Good service, big rooms, good internet quality :)

    Stayed in October 2017

  • Reviewed: 21 September 2017

    9.6
    Great hotel ideally situated for our needs. Staff extremely helpful.
    • Leisure trip
    • Family with young children
    • Double or Twin Room
    • Stayed 3 nights
    • Submitted via mobile

    Clean rooms,great lake view. Comfy beds, staff very accomodating.

    Stayed in September 2017

  • Reviewed: 13 September 2017

    10
    A delightful introduction to Lake Iseo which we had never visited before.
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Superior Double or Twin Room with Balcony and Lake View
    • Stayed 1 night

    The lovely views on the lake. The efficiency and the friendliness of the staff. The excellent restaurant.

    Stayed in August 2017

  • Reviewed: 30 July 2017

    10
    Great
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Deluxe Double or Twin Room with Lake View
    • Stayed 4 nights

    Veiw and location

    Stayed in July 2017

  • Reviewed: 23 May 2017

    6.7
    Location and cleanliness
    • Leisure trip
    • Family with young children
    • Family Room with Shared Bathroom - Annex
    • Stayed 1 night
    • Submitted via mobile

    The family suite has no view and the price on booking is average higher than property website

    Location and cleanliness

    Stayed in May 2017

  • Reviewed: 18 May 2017

    9.6
    Location was excellent by the lake
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Double or Twin Room
    • Stayed 7 nights
    • Submitted via mobile

    Nothing

    The friendly, helpful staff. Good choice at breakfast.

    Stayed in May 2017

  • Reviewed: 28 August 2016

    10
    Classic lakeside holiday
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Deluxe Double or Twin Room with Lake View
    • Stayed 3 nights
    • Submitted via mobile

    Comfort and style and of course position

    Stayed in August 2016

  • Reviewed: 17 August 2016

    9.6
    Pleasant location, superb view, high quality services and the staff very friendly
    • Leisure trip
    • Family with older children
    • 2 rooms
    • Stayed 5 nights
    • Submitted via mobile

    the view to the lake, the staff, the restaurant

    Stayed in August 2016

  • The following reviews were written more than 24 months ago. They no longer impact the property's overall review score – but may still be helpful when choosing the perfect place to stay.

  • Reviewed: 2 May 2016

    8.8
    Location on the waterfront was a beautiful & staff were...
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    Not many restaurant options within walking distance, and the rooms were a little tired, especially given the price.

    Location on the waterfront was a beautiful & staff were excellent - very helpful & responsive to our queries

  • Reviewed: 26 October 2015

    9.2
    We liked the picturesque and peaceful location.
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    We had a room with a small balcony and a lovely view, and although the room was nicely furnished we would have preferred it to have been a little larger.

    We liked the picturesque and peaceful location. The food was extremely enjoyable and the staff were pleasant and helpful.

  • Reviewed: 29 September 2015

    8.3
    The staff were excellent and views picturesque.
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    We were not travelling by car on this occasion which was a disadvantage as it is a longish walk into Iseo and back. The railway station at Pilzone is close by although trains are infrequent. Our room was comfortable and nicely appointed although in our opinion it would be too compact for a stay of longer then a few days. That said, this is a very nice property which we would certainly recommend.

    The staff were excellent and views picturesque. The restaurant was extremely good, with wonderful menus and attentive service. We would certainly visit this hotel again.

  • Reviewed: 29 August 2015

    10
    The location, situated right by the lake is second to none...
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    Having to leave!

    The location, situated right by the lake is second to none with superb views of the lake and surrounding mountains. The hotel has everything that you could want and fully justifies its 4 stars. Close enough to Iseo town for ferry trips around the lake and for the train and bus stations for longer trips. The breakfast was fantastic with so much choice you could have still been there at lunchtime!

  • Reviewed: 6 August 2015

    7.1
    Location, whilst not in town is attractive and peaceful.
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    Beds were ok, but not particularly comfortable. A/C was very noisy, and essential due to heatwave at time of visit.

    Location, whilst not in town is attractive and peaceful. Great view of Lake from room. Reception staff helpful and friendly.

  • Reviewed: 30 June 2015

    9.6
    Bedroom with a balcony, fantastic as being directly by the...
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    Waitress could have been more knowledgeable about wine and vineyard

    Bedroom with a balcony, fantastic as being directly by the lake. Decoration and bed clothes. Franciacorta served in bedroom with fresh fruits, lovely idea for a birthday. Dinner and breakfast again by the lake... Beautiful and relaxing

  • Reviewed: 28 June 2015

    8.8
    Comfortable.
    • Business trip
    • Solo traveller

    Wifi was very poor and kept throwing me out whilst VoIP calling. Also difficult to connect too.

    Comfortable. Friendly staff. Very tasty food at the restaurant next to the lake. Will come back.

  • Reviewed: 28 June 2015

    6.5
    Absolutely fabulous view from the room
    • Leisure trip
    • Solo traveller

    Hotel was next to the railway line & amongst abandoned buildings guarded by dogs. There were a lot of small pieces of glass in the car park - I did report it but they were still there the following morning when I left ( & had to move some to be able to drive away safely) Wifi was unreliable

    Absolutely fabulous view from the room

  • Reviewed: 7 May 2015

    10
    Fantastic views over the lake from our balcony (room 107 -...
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    Pure fruit juice at breakfast would add to the high standards of this hotel.

    Fantastic views over the lake from our balcony (room 107 - first floor, middle of the building). Warm and professional welcome at reception from staff who speak good English. Superb breakfast with well supplied buffet, plenty of coffee including expresso. Very good menu for dinner, changed each day, well cooked and well presented meal (competitive price compared with other local restaurants). Very clean, well decorated, quiet double room, with a balcony over the lake. Superb views... Thank you to all staff for making our three-night stay so comfortable. Marinette and Steve

  • Reviewed: 17 January 2015

    9.2
    The hotel and the friendliness of the staff, the location -...
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    Timing was not that good - winter is a bit challenging period for touring the area

    The hotel and the friendliness of the staff, the location - on the lake. It is a great resort

  • Reviewed: 25 May 2016

    9.2
    Great location just at the lake
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    Cant think about anything. Maybe add a fitness room.

    Great location just at the lake

  • Reviewed: 15 May 2016

    8.3
    Pool, staff, location
    • Leisure trip
    • Family with young children

    Carpets in the rooms, air was not fresh

    Pool, staff, location

  • Reviewed: 25 April 2016

    9.6
    Great location
    • Business trip
    • Solo traveller

    Great location

  • Reviewed: 16 September 2015

    9.6
    The views from the hotel were wonderful.
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    The views from the hotel were wonderful. The restaurant was excellent - great food, and very helpful and friendly staff.

  • Reviewed: 15 September 2015

    9.6
    lake vew, breakfast, location
    • Leisure trip
    • Family with older children

    lake vew, breakfast, location

  • Reviewed: 30 June 2015

    8.3
    Views across the lake fantastic, peace and quite, great food...
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    Nothing

    Views across the lake fantastic, peace and quite, great food and wine... Staff great, what more could you ask?

  • Reviewed: 30 June 2015

    9.2
    Beautiful location close to Iseo and the train station.
    • Leisure trip
    • Solo traveller

    Beautiful location close to Iseo and the train station. Amazing view from the restaurant and swimming pool.

  • Reviewed: 23 May 2015

    9.2
    The location
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    The location

  • Reviewed: 17 May 2015

    9.2
    beautiful location with a room overlooking Lake Iseo.
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    beautiful location with a room overlooking Lake Iseo. First class by our standards.

  • Reviewed: 7 April 2015

    7.9
    Loved the location, comfortable hotel with friendly staff.
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    Loved the location, comfortable hotel with friendly staff. Would definitely stay again. In the summer then lakeside restaurant would be lovely.

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