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Best Places to Stay in Lake Maggiore With Kids

Ad – press trip. (I participated in a press trip to Lake Maggiore with Bookings for You to explore what the region offers for families.)

Lake Maggiore runs through Switzerland and northern Italy where many picturesque villages lie on its waters edge. There are plenty of things to do for kids in Lake Maggiore, for all ages, including plenty of outdoor activities. This guide to the best places to stay in Lake Maggiore with kids covers family accommodation on both the Swiss and Italian side, including some of the best places to visit on Lake Maggiore: Brezo, Locarno, Cannobio, Luino, Stresa, Losone,  Maccagno, Vairano and more. 

Best Places to Stay in Lake Maggiore With Kids

In this guide, you can expect to find a range of family accommodation from budget hotels, holiday villas, family hotels with 2 bedrooms or more, and some luxury accommodation too!

I’ve also spoken to Jo Mackay – a frequent visitor to the region with her own children and tapped into her expert knowledge. Her company, Bookings For You offers a very personal approach and genuine advice on which place will suit you best and information on other services such as pizza making, a personal chef, tours and little nuggets of personal information such as her favourite hot chocolate place to visit. Bookings For You is like your own personal concierge!

Bucket lift, cable car Laverno, Lake Maggiore, Best Places to Stay in Lake Maggiore With Kids
Bucket lift at Laveno.


Sopra il Lago 5 is a modern one bedroom apartment in  Brezzo di Bedero on the Eastern banks of Lake Maggiore, not far from Luino. It boasts incredible lake views and is within walking distance of the centre of the village of Brezzo di Bedero where Jo recommends a fantastic little pizzeria. The apartment has a cot and highchair available plus a kettle for that all important cuppa!

Cannobio, Lake Maggiore with kid, Best Places to Stay in Lake Maggiore With Kidss
Cannobio, Lake Maggiore


Cannobio is an incredibly picturesque coastal town in Italy, close to the Swiss border (See Sarah from Extraordinary Chao’s beautiful photo tour of the town.)

Cannobio has a lot to offer children, so it is well worth planning to stay the day. Head to the picturesque beaches, and indulge in some water sports, pedalo boats, playgrounds and more. Older teens may enjoy the Parco Cartere, which is equipped with a basketball court, bowling greens and a roller skating rink. And if you kids get tired of walking like mine, there is even a little tourist train. This runs seasonally and departs and arrives at Pier Square, every 30 minutes. The tourist trains are also available in Stresa, Lugano and Locarno.

Hotel Cannero  4*(Lakeside in Cannero Riviera near Cannobio).

This lakeside edge hotel has a choice of apartments or rooms. The apartments have a kitchen area plus a sofa bed which gives you some flexible options for families. The hotel also offers a pool with umbrellas and some shady areas.

Locarno, Switzerland

Locarno is the town with the warmest climate in Switzerland. It is located on the northern shore of Lago Maggiore.

The H4 Hotel Arcadia is located on the lakeside promenade in Locarno. Family friendly  H4 Hotel Arcadia has 90 rooms as well as one and two-room apartments, all of which are equipped with a radio, cable TV, air conditioning, a minibar, an espresso machine, a seating area and a furnished balcony, as well as bathrooms with shower, a hairdryer and range of toiletries. There is an outdoor pool and kids have a play area, a video area, a playroom and a table tennis table. 

Losone, Switzerland

Garni Villa Siesta Park is near to Ascona and Locarno. The hotel complex has a large garden, family rooms, a children’s playground, table tennis, beach volley ball, BBQ Facilities and pool. Room have a small kitchenette too.


San Mamete, one bed apartment for families, Lake Maggiore
San Mamete, one bed apartment for families, Lake Maggiore

This is a one bedroom apartment situated directly on the lakeside in the village of San Mamete, a pretty village on Lake Lugano.

It has a fully equipped kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and open plan living and dining area. The living area has a sofa allowing the property to sleep up to 3 guests in total.The property is within a 5 minute walk of the ferry boat landing.

Luino town & surrounding area

Luino is a stunning area with nearby picturesque villages nearby such as Colmegna. It is well connected with a train station and ferry stop and is known for a very popular market which runs on Thursdays. Luino is also home to Caccio Bacco – a great cafe to try the local thick, melted hot chocolate which is almost a dessert!

caccio Bacco hot chocolate, luino. lake maggiore with kids
Caccio Bacco hot chocolate, Luino. Lake Maggiore

Camin Hotel Colmegna is a historic villa hotel surrounded by a centuries-old park. Located in the small village of Colmegna, it is not far from Luino. Family friendly facilities include a children’s laundry service, a welcome gift, bottle warming, a sand pit and toys, a small pool and more.

 You will also find numerous golf courses and trails for cyclists, as well as plenty of opportunities for sailing and boat trips on Lake Maggiore. If you would prefer to have separate rooms for you and your children then the villa and apartment suggestions below be helpful – especially as you can still use the hotels amenities.

Villa Sereni

Villa Sereni is a large, modern 3 bedroom villa situated on the Eastern bank of Lago Maggiore, with stunning views across the lake.  The villa is located in quiet hamlet not far from Luino  and can sleep 6-8 people.

Less than 5 miles from the Swiss border, the villa also provides easy access to the Swiss towns of Lugano and Locarno. Lake Como is a one hour drive and trains run direct from Luino to Milan in an hour.  

The twin room is ideal for kids and is kitted out with toys and books, where the lounge has DVDs  Xbox and board games. Lisa from Travel Loving Family, recently stayed there with her young boys and shares a detailed video and review of her week in this luxury villa near Lake Maggiore here.

Casa Belva is a luxury 3 bedroom villa on the shores of Lake Maggiore, near Colmegna which has all the mod cons. One of the bedrooms has bunk beds as well as a single bed with pull out bed below.

The gardens are spacious and offer plenty of space for children to play and there is private swimming pool with a pool cover for safety.


Maccagno pier with view of the lake, Best Places to Stay in Lake Maggiore With Kids
Maccagno Pier with view of the lake, Best Places to Stay in Lake Maggiore

Maccagno is a small town situated on the east bank of Lake Maggiore, just before the Swiss border.

The local area is well equipped with a two storey supermarket for necessities, lots of green space and places to set up camp and enjoy a picnic. The beach is pebbly in parts with restaurants dotted along as it curves around the scenic coastline.  Along the coastal walk you will see a boules green, skate board park, a playground and a few other amenities. 

Maccagno has a ferry stop – just a short,  gentle stroll along the coastline. From here you can reach Cannobio, Stresa, Luino and Cannero. Alternatively, some hotels have their own pier where you can hire a private boat.  

Maccagno also has a train station which is approximately two hours away from Milan,  and Luino is short two minutes train ride where there is a popular, large  market on a Thursday. 

Maccagno, Lake Maggiore, Best Places to Stay in Lake Maggiore With Kids
Play ground, Maccagno, Lake Maggiore

Golfo Gabella provides a range of holiday accommodation from 1 to 4 bedroom apartments, located directly on the shores of Lake Maggiore. The apartments have well equipped kitchens and they offer standard to luxury apartments. (We stayed in the standard 3 bedroomed apartment)  The main bedroom has a double bed but other bedrooms have twin beds. These can be pushed together in the second bedroom to form another large double.

Golfo Gabella hotel, lake maggiore, Best Places to Stay in Lake Maggiore With Kids
Golfo Gabella hotel, Maccagno, Lake Maggiore

Outside, there is a private terrace with table and chairs and views of the hills, with some having a view of the lake. The living area is open plan with the kitchen one end and sofas, a coffee table and TV the other end.

There are some English TV channels including Cbeebies and plenty of sockets to charge any electronic items you have. You will need to stock up on soap, tea, coffee and bin bags from the local store.

Pool at Golfo Gabella, Maccagno. Lake Maggiore with kids, Best Places to Stay in Lake Maggiore With Kids
Pool at Golfo Gabella, Maccagno

There is a beautiful swimming pool and jacuzzi with a children’s splash pool, directly looking over Lake Maggiore and the magnificent mountains. The hotel has a restaurant on site serving modern, Italian & Japanese cuisine as well as a bar and cafe.

The restaurant is open to both hotel guests and the general public  – it serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Rooms can be arranged  to be room only, with breakfast included or half board.

The property is also within walking distance of a number of more traditional eating establishments. There is also a beach just a few yards from the property, where guests can hire boats, pedaloes or canoes. Speedboats come at an extra charge.

Claire from Tin Box Traveller has a fantastic review, with lots of brilliant photos and video to show you how family friendly Golfo Gabella is. She has also included lots of really useful information to let you know exactly what is provided.

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Vairano, Swizerland

Hotel La Campagnola is a 3 star hotel situated in Vairono. There is lots of things for children on site including: two playrooms with toys, a little petting zoo, kids menu and buffet, and two swimming pools  one is heated). You can also hire women’s, men’s and kids’ mountain bikes for exploring the local area.

Do let me now about any other family friendly accommodation, to suit all budgets around Lake Maggiore!

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Friday 17th of May 2019

Fantastic selection - so comprehensive! I love the fact that Lake Maggiore's so central. I haven't been to the area before, but it sounds tempting indeed!

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