We stayed a wonderful two nights in Orta San Giulio at the Hotel Caterina.
Lago di Orta is much smaller than the more famous lakes in the area, but we had
a wonderful visit there. It was a perfect way to recover from the trip
and to prepare for some more vigorous sightseeing. Lago di Orta has a great website
with lots of information. We have decided that this is our hotel of choice
next time we fly into or out of Malpensa.
On another trip we stayed at the Motor Hotel Varese Lago which was fine
and an easy drive to the airport.
Sorry but I no longer have the specific addresses of these places but
I found both on the web using search engines.