A small hotel, high up in the hills above the village of Tremezzo. They include breakfast but you usually need to sort out the other meals yourself in town. There is a 'trattoria' nearby that you can walk to with excellent views.
We had a suite that was 2 rooms - a sleeper couch for the kids. Very comfortable indeed. The view of the lake is simply amazing. The hotel is spotlessly clean and nicely updated. Furnishings are modern and tasteful.
I booked this hotel primarily because of the excellent reviews it has recieved from travellers on 'tripadvisor'. We were certainly not disappointed.
As there was furniture fair in Milan it was very difficult to find accommodation there. Michela helped us to find B&B 42A near Malpensa airport and we were very pleased with our short stay there. Signora Pelosi, Angelica, was very friendly and helpful, but unfortunately she spoke only Italian. Her daughter Elena translated everything to us. The B&B is 300 m from Malpensa Airport so for light sleepers it could be a problem, or at least take ear plugs with you. My friend did and she had no problems with sleeping. Me? I can sleep under any circumstances! For a fee of 5 Euro Angelica or her husband Franco will fetch you from the airport. We took a taxi and he charged us the fixed fee of 15 Euro for a trip of one kilometre!
We had all upstairs to ourselves. A kitchenette, lounge area, bathroom and a bedroom. There was a double bed and two single beds and additional single bed in the lounge so there was room for five people. The flat was very clean. Breakfast wasn't as plentiful as in Casa Pini. Croissants, biscuits, yoghurt, juice, coffee and tea.
We couldn't have been more satisfied with our accommodation. We wanted to stay in a small village rather than a busy city and found what we were looking for in Casa Pini. We were greeted by Mrs. Pini's (Michela) grandmother who showed us to our room and though her English was limited we got along well. In the morning we met Michela, who was most wonderful person and eternal source of information and suggestions to fill our days with. She spoke excellent English and German too. Her whole family was in the business and all of them as helpful. One morning Michela's father served breakfast and on another her mother. She drove us to Menaggio one morning and Michela drove us down to Cadenabbia on the day of our leaving so we didn't have to pull the luggage there. We really were made at home at Casa Pini! We spent six nights there and were so sad to leave!
Our room was spacy and have lovely view towards to the mountains behind. Both the room and the bathroom (shared) though you can get it to yourself only at 10 Euro a day were spotless. Breakfast was plentiful with different types of cereal and muesli, toast, rolls, cold cuts, cheese, eggs, marmalade, yoghurt, juice...coffee and tea. One morning we had to leave earlier so Michela gave us a packed breakfast to take with us. There were nice decorations everywhere...dried flowers, flower baskets, pottery, poutpourri...
The hotel is quite beautiful especially if you look up at the ceiling in the breakfast room it is quite stunning. The hotel is in Cadenabbia on the lakefront, and is not very expensive. It costs 100 euro a night when I was there. The rooms are big and clean although they are a little humid.
The hotel is across the lake from Bellagio and you can enjoy a pint on the terrace or on your balcony if you get a room with one and enjoy all the breathtaking scenery of the lake.
The ferry that takes you across to Bellagio is right in front of the hotel and is quite expensive costing 15 euros a person to go and to come back.
Varenna is a very small town on Lago di Como. You can walk to this hotel from the town or drive - it's on the way to Fiumelatte (very close in other words). The drive to get to the hotel is on a one way, windy street straight up the hill... you park and get your key and then take two funiculars to get to your room - we had one on the top floor (6th) so we were as high as you could imagine, there!
The room was basic but very clean and spacious. We had a large balcony and the perfect view over the Lake. Tiled floors... decent sized bathroom (but only a shower - no matter). Our room was called "Varenna" (they name their rooms).
I paid 125E a night for this room. A great bargain, too!
The double funicular just to get to your room! One of my pictures shows one - the other one is hidden by the foliage and you can barely see the hotel peeping out, too.
We were able to reserve for only two nights at the Villa Cipressi because a "conference" was to take place there and all the rooms were booked. For two nights though, it was beautiful. The restaurant was so-so, but the location is very convenient to walk to numerous restaurants in the town
Fabulous location and views. Restaurant is just OK and there is no designated parking.
Stayed here two nights. In mountains above Bellagio. Views are extraordinary. The location is a problem if you don't have a car, the hotel provides a shuttle (one small car) into town only on a set twice a day schedule. Pick up in town is unreliable - had to call for the car twice.
They will arrange transportation to restaurants.
Hotel is clean and well run.
Transportation problems are minor compared to the view.
This hotel is not for everyone at its price -- yet my view is that, if you're going to splurge anywhere, this is the place!
Villa D'este is one of the Five-Star Alliance Hotels (like the better-known Ritz name) and treats its clients like royalty!
For thousands of years poets, statesmen and royalty have raved about the natural beauty of Lake Como ... so, if you can, just go for it!
Magificent lake and mountain views. Gorgeous garden with impressive mosaic-work. Lake and dock access for touring boats on Lake Como. Impeccable service.
This is the ideal place to stay! The hotel sits right on the lake. Our room had views to both the west (of the lake) and the north (of the Alps). The room was quite spacious and well appointed. The bath and toilet were in a separate room but private. The lady who runs the place (I can't remember her name and don't know if she still owns/runs it) was a human daynamo. She was welcoming guests, serving dinner and speaking about 6 languages. She was most cordial and helpful. When I checked out she wished us well then gave me a hug and a kiss on the cheek.
I said this is the ideal place to stay and certainly the ideal place to eat. The dining room is somewhat formal with pink and white linen which gave a nice atmosphere to the wonderful food. My wife and I agreed that the best meals we had in Italy were here and Guido's in Siena.
Breakfast is included and is quite good but basic Italian fare.
I can't give this place a high enough recommendation. It was fabulous!
The latest prices (June 2006) I have seen via their website indicate a 3 day stay including dinner (which is fabulous) will run about $100 per person but it is well worth it. Prices vary by season and by whether or not meals are included and in some seasons half board is mandatory.
We stayed at the Britannia Excelsior as it was recommended to us as quite good and part of the tour package which was excellent value and included travel, accommodation, food, drink, and 3 excursions.
The Hotel is quite old and obviously in need of some attention both outside and inside. However, with some alterations and decoration it could be a beautiful Hotel. It was very clean and although we had a basic room without a view or balcony it was comfortable and clean. The meals were very good indeed considering the price we paid and the staff were helpful and pleasant.
Excellent hotel with great Italian style food!
Interior in old classic style. The rooms are ok, although there is some noise from the room next door.
But the excellent view and the delicious food covers that problem!
Its a wonderful hotel. Not one that shows up in most searches for Como hotels.
Outside Como but you can walk from the Hotel to either City of Como or Village of Cernobbio. It is probably 1 mile to either place. Pretty walk to Como along lake. Short taxi ride to Como as well.
All the rooms overlooking the Lake which is a treat.
Beautiful lobby, nice breakfast room and bar. Did not have dinner in restaurant but menu looked wonderful.
All rooms overlook lake.
5 minute walk from Ratti Silk factory outlet -- must stop in.
Boat stop nearby however it is not on the main boat routes.
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