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My wife and I stayed here in my August '04 and our expectations for the hotel were high after reading some of the reviews here but have to say we were underwhelmed. Service was mediocre, the room small and hot (fan but no AC) and even the breakfast was a dissapointment. You can't argue with the view though. We have stayed at some wonderful hotels in Italy, but this isn't one of them.
Delightful hotel with probably the best view in the world
We dont have one single complaint about the hotel or the area, we found the view breathtaking, we even slept the other side of the bed just to gain more glimpses of the fabulous surroundings. I cannot emphiasize enough how good the view was.
Air conditioning in our room was not a problem nor was any aspect of the service or friendliness of the staff and bellagio itself was a delight. If you are flying to this area i would recommend going to Bergamo and staying in the old town as a perfect end to a trip here.
Don't be fooled by the "Five Stars" on this one!
Let me start by saying that the view of the lake was lovely......BUT.......I was terribly disappointed in the hotel itself. The staff was not very friendly, not very professional and not helpful at all. The dining room is quite unappetizing and looks like an old retirement home dining area. It didn't appear clean. The complimentary breakfast was only mediocre and the room service hot food always arrived cold. This hotel has potential but I wouldn't recommend it until they clean it up a bit and get a more pleasant staff.
Expected more for the price
The view was certainly excellent. However, the previous two nights of my vacation I had had just as stunning views for a third of the price from hotels in Montepulciano and Levanto.
Perhaps I had been spoiled, but for 240 Euros a night I expected a proper shower in the bathroom (we had a shower attachment in the bath with no shower curtain). Other, far cheaper hotels in Italy had provided this basic convenience. The room was OK but seemed rather old and tired and in need of a fresh coat of paint. Didn't try the hotel restaurant because there were so many other recommendable restaurants in Bellagio.
The next time I go to Bellagio (and I can't wait to return) I definitely plan to try an alternative hotel that will justify its price.
would stay again
Just returned from Italy and spent my last four nights at the Belvedere. I cannot say enough about the hotel, the staff and the beautiful location.
I am planning to revisit Bellagio and will stay at the Belvedere.
Hotel Belvedere and Bellagio
A group of sixteen scientists stayed at Hotel Belvedere for four nights. We held a meeting in the pavillion. We were very pleased with the service. The staff was friendly and went out of their way to ensure our satisfaction. The dining room staff was very cordial and took measures to provide special meal service for our group. The location couldn't been more breathtaking and beautiful. The rooms are very spacious and well serviced. We loved Bellagio. We had dinner across Lake Como at a lovely restaurant called VeLue that I would highly recommend. Food was fantastic and service was outstanding. I would definitely go back.
Utopia @ Bellagio... hotel location?
The Belvedere is a pleasant (old but nice) European style Hotel. (The food on the MAP was okay, perhaps disappointing by Italian standards.) I stayed here based upon Tripadvisor reviews and was only sorry that no one had mentioned that the location is not along the main town front, which is along the water where water ferries are easily available and where much of the town action takes place but does thin out greatly (almost depressingly) at night. Sitting along the town water front, you face the water looking west and therefore you do see the sun set, but it sets quickly, as it descends, kerplunk, behind the glorious pre alps across the lake, in the distance. (Don't miss a walk to the POINT in Bellagio.)
The Belvedere Hotel is a five minute walk along quaint country lanes (but lanes none the less) through the exquisitely charming town to the water front. The main road into town (think Bermuda) meets the town of Bellagio right where the Belvedere Hotel is located. We were kindly awarded a suite of rooms by the hotel staff, for the same rate as a single room as they knew we had kids. The kids room looked out on the lane (windows in each room had big wonderful European style shutters to block out any noise or light)and ours looked out upon the Lake to the East where something rather glorious did take place at Sunset. The sun would glint upon the mountains in the distance, in this incredible blaze of glory, basking the mountainside in that last heavenly rays of setting sun light. As I write this, I am still torn about which is the better location to be in while staying in Bellagio. But I do agree with reviewers who have stated that a few nights in Bellagio at the beginning or ending of a European trip, is a just a Utopian treat.
Skip the town of Como, but do see Varenna (don't miss the climb to the castle ruins and see the view & all the raptors tethered there) , Menaggio (beware of the hikes that the tourist office sends you on, think mountain climbing... we did build a memory) and any thing else medieval and nearby. The town at the opposite end of the lake from Como offers nothing, but the view, up close to the Alp foothills is pretty amazing.
What was the deal with the attitude from the staff at the Belvedere? I can only assume it was a bit of almost German style arrogance, because we were Americans? This remains a mystery. All other Italians, everywhere, even Bellagio, were lovely.
I awarded only 3 stars based on accomodation/food value vs location vs service attitude
Quiet, quaint, and clean
Bellagio is a charming little village on Lake Como. It is very small, so the Hotel Belvedere is barely even 5 minutes from town. It is not a long walk at all, and you still feel like you are in the midst of Bellagio. The hotel is small, clean, and pretty. The lakeview rooms with balcony are small, clean, charming, and the balcony is well worth it. The view is amazing. It is quiet at the hotel since you are not on the waterfront in Bellagio - but the hotel caters to small groups, so beware. There was a group in the hotel while we were there, and we had to eat breakfast while listening to their speaker. The hotel is small, so it is impossible to "get away" from the group and the noise of the presentations, etc. We paid $170 euro a night for our lake view double room, and I definitely feel that it was well worth the money. I would make sure to ask for a room on a higher floor away from the staircase, to avoid the noise if there is a group in-house. And, I would avoid eating dinner at the hotel - the food is mediocre. As for service, we found the front desk staff to be apathetic - and they were very rude to my family member when she asked for a second towel in their room (they only had one towel for two people). Don't let their apathy ruin your trip. Enjoy Bellagio - it is charming!
Paradise on Earth
When we think of Paradise, we think of the Belvedere in Bellagio--what a spectacular view, great staff and a magical memory. Lake Como is our favorite place on earth and the Belvedere is our home there. We've been there four times and I plan to return year after year! The rooms are not fancy--but the view can't be beat. You'll love looking out over the lake, the mountains, and the fishing village below.
Our experience at the Belvedere was wonderful! The views of the lake and the pre-Alps were amazing. The rooms were clean and, the staff was very friendly and accommodating. Such a peaceful and beautiful location. We will definitely stay here again. One note: If you are arriving by ferry, call the hotel when you arrive. They will come pick you up at the dock so you don't have to walk up the hill with your luggage.