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Friday, September 21, 2012

FYI: The (Formerly) No-Name Laundromat


January 19, 2013 UPDATE: I've just received a lovely mail from the owner of this laundromat, informing me that it does now have a name, and a sign! So now, on this corner, look for the EASY-WASH sign on this building. He also informs us that there is a coin changing machine inside the laundromat, that powdered detergent can be purchased there in the correct amounts for either the large or smaller machines, and that he has now stocked some English reading materials.



A Stresa Sights reader asked a good question:

Q. We've rented an apartment in Stresa and are staying a month. Everything is perfect --- except that we wish we had a washer. We are tired of washiig our clothes in the sink! ... Does Stresa have a laundromat?"
A.  I'm happy to inform you that now everything is perfect! Stresa does have a laundromat. I can't tell you its name though. Because it doesn't seem to have one. And you may have even walked past it without realizing, because although it is well located on a major corner in the center of town, it is completely without signs outside or anything to indicate what is inside. That, and the glare of daylight usually on the window, the angle of the door not offering a good view inside, and the watching of traffic on that busy corner, make this the invisible laundromat. Here's the laundromat:

The little no-name laundromat.

(  continue reading ...  )

Inside, however, is a very different story. The laundromat is modern, clean, and has much signage offering clear instructions in Italian and English as to the use of the machines.

One wall is lined with washing machines in two sizes. The other wall is lined with large-capacity dryers.  You can pay with coins, or, prepaid cards that can be purchased from a machine inside. There are chairs for waiting, a table for sorting and folding, and a bookcase stocked with books, magazines, and some things for children. These reading materials all appeared to be in Italian. 

Detergent can be purchased at the Carrefour supermarket, conveniently only a few meters down the road. If you need coins for the machines, you can also procure them at Carrefour by making a small purchase and requesting coins, monete, for your change.

Washers,

washing instructions.

Dryers,

 
and drying instructions. 

So there you have it. One less thing to worry about during your stay, and one more reason staying in Stresa is perfect. Except... still wondering why it has no name... It leads me to ponder one. In Italian, but it must be cute of course. Here's the exterior again:  

   
  I would keep it simple, La Piccola Lavanderia, The Little Laundromat, maybe.  What do you think?


The pin marks the location of the laundromat. 



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