Grand Hotel Cadenabbia

4 out of 5 stars4 Stars

Via Regina, 1, (formerly Hotel Bellevue), Cadenabbia di Griante, Lake Como, 22011, Italy
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Beautiful Hotel

by TripAdvisor Member Viktoryasecret

I just came back from my wonderful stay at Lake Como! I booked my hotel at Bellevue though i read mixed reviews. i would like to put everyone at ease and say it was wonderful. first off, i booked a triple with terrace. when i opened the door i saw a huge balcony.. not sure if it was their mistake or what they consider a terrace. the view was amazing. straight onto the lake and belagio! the rooms are huge Victorian style and ours had a fireplace. not sure if it was a working one though. the staircase, lounge and restaurant were old style romantic. really amazing. the receptionists were as helpful as they could be, though there was one older night receptionist which seemed a little too old to be working hehe. the only draw back was that the ferry stops running at 10pm and there were NO WATER TAXIS meaning if you need to get to the other side of the lake (in our case catch the airport bus) you need to take a taxi all the way around the lake, which costs 100 euros!
the extras: a secret garden behind the hotel!
the hotel is right next door to the best villa in lake como!

Avoid this if you have small children!

by A TripAdvisor Member

We chose this hotel for our first 'proper' family holiday with our 15 month old son, as it reported to have a 'baby sitting service', and we thought we'd get some precious time to urselves. No chance.
Not only was this service non-existent, but when we asked for a travel cot on arrival, it took 6 hours to arrive from a neighbouring hotel - despite us asking for one in advance.
The one and only high chair in the restaurant was brought out of a filthy cupboard, briefly dusted down, by one of the waiters, who was unable to fix it securely to the table, leaving it wobbling precariously, expecting us to sit our son in it! Luckily we had brought a travel high chair with us.
The hotel itself need a bloomin' good overhaul. There is paint peeling evrywhere, it's drab and dismal looking. the access to the pool area is precarious to say the least!
If you got a smile from a waiter at breakfast, then you were very lucky - the staff were not at all helpful when we asked about child-friendly places to visit - so avoid this one if you have babies or toddlers!

lThe Oldest Hotel in Lake Como

by A TripAdvisor Member

We have just returned from a week's stay at the Bellevue Hotel,the oldest hotel in Lake Como,which resembles a museum,with lots of lovely character.The room was small but we had a beautiful view of Bellagio.The room was clean,sheets were changed regularly.The food was excellent,plenty of choice for breakfast and evening meal which we paid £50 each for the week,which was very good value.Overall a very good hotel,staff were friendly and helpful,in a good location for visiting other areas on lake Como.


by TripAdvisor Member beachloverPrinceton

For 110 euros a night, this hotel offers little value for the money. The pictures look great on the website, but in reality this is an old hotel in dear need of renovation. I give credit for the location, good breakfast, friendly staff, decent pool and overall cleanliness of the rooms (we also had a wonderful view of Bellagio from our balcony, but no chairs to sit on and enjoy it), but there was construction going on everywhere, dust in the lobby, and a feeling that the hotel is falling apart...We found better choices for accomodation is Menaggio (which is also prettier than Cadennabia/Tremezzo) for lower prices.

Lovely Hotel with wonderful views.

by A TripAdvisor Member

Having read some of your reviews just prior to leaving we were most apprehensive as to what we would find. On arival we were delighted. Our room was beautifully furnished, the view from our balcony was out of this world, the staff efficient and friendly and the food really first class. We both enjoyed our stay very much and our only complaint was that we could not stay longer. We will be returning however.

A Grand Old Hotel

by TripAdvisor Member sussexman

We had a wonderful week at the Bellevue. The location for trips around the lake is excellent, the lake view stunning and the food superb.

A lake view room is a must - try to get the top (third) floor. Balconies are tiny, but some rooms lower down have spacious terraces. There are two boat stops close by and buses stop right outside. Apart from the obvious places on the lake, Lugano is a lovely town and lake to visit, and the scenic lake trip to Lecco is a well kept secret.

If you want to have dinner at the hotel (highly recommended) then book half board, as otherwise they may not let you in if the restaurant is heavily booked.

Downsides? The place does need some attention but our room was comfortable and clean, with tall french windows giving a terrific view over the lake. The pool is small and the area around was shabby at the time of our visit, so if time spent by the pool is a high priority, this isn't the hotel for you. If however, you want an ideal base for exploring the area, this is it. We shall certainly be going back.

Nitpickers... the Bellevue is fine

by TripAdvisor Member grahamaz

We have just returned from a super holiday at the Hotel Bellevue. The whole experience was excellent; the room was comfortable and well-equipped, the view superb from the balcony/terrace. The staff (receptionists, waiters, barstaff, cleaners) were very accommodating, and a pleasure to deal with, sorting out every problem immediately.

The breakfasts were superb with a wide range of items to suit all tastes (we didn't eat there in the evenings). The fabric of the building was sound, just a little tired in places. Quite honestly if you want square walls and silent pipes you should stay in a lovely new concrete box... flakey paint and plaster added to the charm. Maybe I'm not fussy enough, but it seems to me that if you book to stay in a very old hotel in Italy at rates that a regular person can afford, (I'm a gardener) then you should have the sense to realise that you aren't going to get the finesse that you might find at The Grand, Tremezzo.

Some of the reviews here have annoyed me; this is a hotel which is making sterling efforts to improve standards. If the staff have to deal with moaning, nitpicking customers all of the time, it's no wonder that their smiles might slip a little from time to time. What's the matter with people? Just get on with enjoying yourselves... life's too short to spend a holiday grumbling. And you CAN enjoy yourself at the Hotel Bellevue!

General maintenance and cleanliness grossly neglected

by TripAdvisor Member belpaese

We just came back (Aug. 2006) from spending 3 nights at this hotel. The hotel is very old, though it was once grand and palacial in it's day. But general maintenance has been grossly neglected. The bed rooms are spacious and clean but the beds are very old, and the bedding is tattered. There are no manuals to tell you how to use the phone, and there is no room service. The bathrooms are new, yet basic and small. The dining hall is big, spacious and clean. However, the lounge areas are very dirty. The windows in the lounge are very dirty, and there is dust, spider webs and dead bugs lining the window sills, and some are stuck to the walls (I took pictures to prove it). The upholstry on the furniture is old and worn out; and the rugs and carpeting are old, thin, and very worn. Yes, if all you are looking for is a clean pillow to place your head at night, and clean dishes and utensils to eat with, then this is the place for you. Also, beware that if you arrive by car there is no private hotel parking. The public parking lot located along side of the hotel is a first come, first served situation, and parking appeared to be very limited. With the brand new bath rooms and the brand new elevator it appears that some renovations have been made, but it's like putting a bandaid on a shattered arm. They have a very long way to go, and it seems they are going the cheap and slow route. Regardless of the sad shape the hotel is in, there is no reasonable explanation for the accumulation of dust and dirt on the sills.
This place needs a good scrubbing and a fresh coat of paint, at the very least!

Going in the right direction

by TripAdvisor Member Pegler

Having read some appaling reviews about this hotel it was with a certain amount of trepidation that we booked, knowing that it was aiming to upgrade from a 3* to a 4* hotel. It must be something to do with the Grand Hotel Menaggio having bought the Bellevue. The Bellevue used to be called the Grand when it was first built and is the oldest hotel on Lake Como, whilst Queen Victoria stayed there herself. It may be tired in places, but they are decorating discreatly and there was no noise from any building works going on. These will recommence during the winter period. The food was excellent and we were amazed by the tasty dishes provided for the evening meal which only cost us £50 per person for the whole week, and this was a three course with plenty of choices. Out garden room was large and clean with an excellent bathroom of quite spacious size. The waiters and staff in general were very helpful and pleasant. The only down side is the pool area that still needs to be upgraded and a separate are alocated for children. The old is becomming beautyful yet again and we hope it will achieve its 4 star grate which it truely deserves.
Clive Pegler

Lago di Como

by Twob

"Lake Como"

Lake Como is a beautiful, picturesque vacation retreat. The hillside is lined with elegant 19th century villas, and crowned by the snow-capped alps. It is located 25 miles north of Milan and 388 miles north of Rome. It is a pre-alpine basin formed by the ancient glacier of the River Adda. It is 30 miles long, measured from north to south. It is Europe’s deepest lake (1,350 feet) and has a 106-mile shoreline. Lake Como spans 2 1/2 miles at its widest point. The city of Como lies at the southwestern leg, while the city of Lecco occupies the southeastern end. Boats and hydrofoils service Lake Como. The lake is divided into three areas of service: north-south from Como to Colico; mid-lake between Varenna, Bellagio, Menaggio, and Cadenabbia; and the south-eastern arm to Lecco. Boats go about every hour between Varenna, Menaggio, and Bellagio. There is a one-day mid-lake pass that saves you money if you make three rides, otherwise, just purchase a ticket for each ride.

Bob along shoreline overlooking Lake Como


This is a wonderful cable car ride that takes you from the town of Como, straight up a steep hill slope to the Brunate Station. It is a fun and exciting ride, and at the top you will find a magnificent church as well as the Lighthouse of San Maurizio. The lighthouse was erected in 1927, and contains a spiral staircase made up of 143 steps. At the top of the steps is a breathtaking view. Trip up and down the hill lasts approximately 6 minutes.

Poster celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Como-Brunate Funicolare.

"Villa Flori"

Located 5 minutes away from the town of Como, in the provience of Cernobbio, is the Hotel Villa Flori. This is a wonderful place to stay. All rooms have terraces with lake views, and the staff is extremely helpful and friendly. The Ristorante Raimondi is an excellent restaurant located within the villa. Hotel Villa Flori

Relaxing at the Villa Flori

The Twob's having breakfast on the terrace of our room overlooking Lake Como.

Bob with Hotel Villa Flori in the the background

Dinner and vino at the fabulous Ristorante Raimondi.


This is a charming little lakeside town that many visitors pass by. While there isn't much shopping here, there are beautiful buildings, churches, museums, and many wonderful restaurants. There is also a lovely pathway along the shore. Prices for everything including hotels, and food are more reasonable here than they are in surrounding towns such as Bellagio or Como.

Cernobbio Tower

Tulips and flowers line the pathway along the shoreline.

Forum Posts

Malpensa Airport to Bellagio


We are four women traveling together. I have heard there is a bus or train that leaves Malpensa for Lake Como, with Ferry to Ballagio. Has anyone done this recently or know of a way to get from this airport to Bellagio easily? Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Re: Malpensa Airport to Bellagio

by Tdiver


Re: Malpensa Airport to Bellagio

by domenicococozza

This may also be of help. You can catch a train directly from Milan to Varenna
and they run frequently.
Check out: Just feed in Milan followed by
Varenna for timetable and journey times.
There are ferries to Bellagio from Varenna every half hour and the journey takes 10 minutes.
Check out: for timetables.

Re: Malpensa Airport to Bellagio

by lagodicomo

Three ways to do it.....Train to Milan and train to Varenna then boat to Bellagio.....or Train to Saronna change and then train to Como North and then Bus to Cadennabia and boat to Bellagio.....a taxi costs 130 euro. Any problems be glad to advise. If u havent booked a hotel in Bellagio...dont....stay in Menaggio.
Cheers Roy

Re: Malpensa Airport to Bellagio

by Billy16

Unfortunately the train from Malpensa goes to a different train station in Milan from the one that goes from Milan to Varenna.

I looked at all options this year as this was the first time I had flown to Malpensa to reach Como, having always flown into Bergamo on my 5 previos trips to Lake Como.

I have to say that there is no easy way to get there, you can take the bus from the airport to Milan central station, take the train to Varenna, walk downhill to the ferry in the village and take the ferry to Bellagio but all theswe thing take time......40 mins on the bus, one hour on the train and 20 mins ferry......along with the waiting inbetween.
You can take the bus from Malpensa to Como as previosly stated but you don't have to take the bus to Cadenabbia then a ferry as there is a bus from Como to Bellagio.....the number C30

However, it all depends on what time your flight arrives and how used you are to dealing with any delays etc.

Given that our flight didn't arrive till 18.00 I booked a taxi in advance with Best Viaggi for 160 euros and never had to worry about a thing after that.



Water taxi hire in Como

by sef1

Does anyone know any companies who have water taxis to hire on Lake Como?

I am looking to hire a boat to take me from Como to Cadenabbia (one way only).

Thank you.

Lake Como or Bellagio

by RalphRT

I am looking to stay in either Lake Como OR Bellagio for 3 days in very early June. Can you tell me which place would be best to stay at and do you have any hotel recommendations? This will be our first visit. Thanks.

Re: Lake Como or Bellagio

by azz8206

If your going to stay on Lake Como it would be best to have a car while on the lake. The prices of the ferries can be quite expensive and the buses are not very reliable. I stayed at the Hotel Britannia Excelsior in Cadenabbia which is just across the lake from Bellagio and Varenna and down the road from Mennagio. The rooms were clean and spacious. The breakfast was good. There is also a pool and a bar on the premises. The cost was 100 euros a night. Happy Travels

Re: Lake Como or Bellagio

by nicolaitan

bellagio is one of many villages lining the shores of lake como and one of the most beautiful. it is well located with respect to ferries crossing the lake toward menaggio, north to varenna, and south to como. we had a car and stayed in cernobbio -- having the car enabled us to drive everywhere at our convenience and also to get over to lugano in switzerland as well. if you will use ferries, bellagio is a great place to stayl but if you are going to have a car, stay near the southern end of the lake so you can drive up both sides without relying on the expensive car ferries.

Re: Lake Como or Bellagio

by Billy16

I have to say that I do not think car necessary, we have been to Varenna on the east shore of Lake Como on 6 occaisions and have always used public transport to get there.

The train station is 1 hour 15 mins away from Milan Central costing approx €5 each way, trains approx every hour......timetables found at

A pass giving unlimited ferry journeys between towns on the centre of the lake costs €30 the lake towns being Varenna, Mennagio, Bellagio, Cadenabbia and Lenno. Ferry timetable (although currently the winter timetable) can be found at

As for the bus service, they are very regular the SPT c10 from Como to Mennagio, the c12 from Mennagio to Lugano and the c30 Como to Bellagio are all cheap, comfortable and scenic journeys. Again timetables found at

Have alook at my Varenna page at



Re: Lake Como or Bellagio

by Billy16

I should have mentioned that the €30 ferry pass is valid for 7 days.

Re: Lake Como or Bellagio

by itravelitalia

We prefer Como....a bit more to do....but you can go to Bellagio for a day visit. Happy travels!


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 Grand Hotel Cadenabbia

We've found that other people looking for this hotel also know it by these names:

Grand Cadenabbia Hotel
Grand Hotel Cadenabbia Di Griante

Address: Via Regina, 1, (formerly Hotel Bellevue), Cadenabbia di Griante, Lake Como, 22011, Italy