1873 – 2018: The long history of the Zacchera family

There was once a little tavern on the shores of Lake Maggiore…The hoteliery tradition of the Zacchera family began long ago. Specifically, in 1873, when Francesco Zacchero decided to open his Osteria Milanese. Stresa, Baveno and the other gems of Lake Maggiore already attracted travellers from all over Europe but the tourist infrastructures had yet to be created. Francesco Zacchera was a true pioneer. The Osteria was transformed into Locanda Italia and would later become the elegant Hotel Splendid. Over the years, four generations of the Zacchera family cared for the founder's heritage, pursuing and developing a culture of hospitality that was materialised in the first hotel group on Lake Maggiore, one of the leading groups in Italy. Despite the difficulties and unforeseen events of history: the two World Wars, the second in particular, left deep scars on the shores of Lake Maggiore. The 1950s were for everyone years of rebuilding and the Zacchera family too rolled up their sleeves. Francesco's eight nieces and nephews, children of his brother Annibale, broaden the hotel's offer, renovating the Locanda Italia to become the Hotel Splendid, the only hotel in the area directly overlooking Lake Maggiore and building Hotel Simplon, a four-star structure immersed in a magnificent, centuries-old park. In the following decade, another gem became part of the Zacchera chain: the Grand Hotel Bristol, with its charming winter garden, in a splendid position on the Stresa lake front. the 1970s began with the acquisition of another wonderful building in Baveno but also with a sad loss. Corrado Zacchera, known as Dino, one of the founder Francesco's nephews, died suddenly. As a tribute to him, the new hotel was named Grand Hotel Dino. The hotel, connected to the Simplon by an original art gallery, became one of the most state-of-the-art conference centres in Italy and further afield, with a capacity of 1200 and equipped with the very latest technology. Renovations in 2001 also fitted the hotel with an impressive and innovative fitness centre, the Dino Health Club, which, together with its private beach, pool, beautiful gardens and 7-a-side football pitch, complete the facilities, capable of meeting the widest range of demands. Today, the Zacchara hotels are still managed personally by the younger end of the family. Their courteous, discreet and professional presence can be felt in the caring and personal hospitality. Success built over time with humility, competence and passion. The continued ability to reflect this success in the focus on the needs of the guests, evident in every tiny detail, and, above all, the capacity to keep on growing from ancient roots.

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