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Help narrow down our choice of hotels in Lakes area, Italy

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Help narrow down our choice of hotels in Lakes area, Italy

Hello Tripadvisors. I have spent months reading reviews, forums, all info on Tripadvisor. Will be visiting Lake Como to celebrate a special occasion in May. Priority is view of Lake Como, quiet, beautiful, picturesque. We will do daily visits to other areas/Switzerland, villages etc. Want to chill, walk, cycle, enjoy the area, feed my soul. Not big on shopping/partying/touristy. Have narrowed down choice to Tullio Hotel (Gravedona), Hotel Bellagio (Bellagio) and Hotel Royal Victoria (Varenna). Will definitely request Lake View rooms. All reviews are great on these hotels. Please help us decide. Would appreciate someone's advice who knows the areas and all three hotels so that it is a fair comparison. Please don't refer us back to forums & reviews. Have read enough! Would really just appreciate insights particularly in terms of locations of these hotels and surrounds. Thank you.

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1. Re: Help narrow down our choice of hotels in Lakes area, Italy

We stayed at Hotel Bellagio in May 2012 and loved it. We had a lake and mountain view from our second floor room and although some may have classed it as a 'restricted' view we were quite happy. The view on our first morning after arriving in darkness and rain was a wow moment. Breakfast was nothing out of the ordinary but could be taken outside on the first floor terrace. The hotel is up a flight of stairs but convenient for the lake boats and bars and restaurants. We loved sitting at the front of the nearby Hotel du Lac and people, and car, watching. Lucky you!

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2. Re: Help narrow down our choice of hotels in Lakes area, Italy

It's not just lake views to consider, but lakefront.

Hotel Du Lac is beautifully positioned at lakefront on the promontory in Varenna.

Hotels in Bellagio are located across the road from the lake, but the Hotel Metropole

is located directly ON the lakefront in Bellagio.

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Thank you for your replies! Thank you for replying Vagabonda! You helped us with our trip to Sicily over 6 years ago and was really hoping that you would give us some of your insights! correct - lake front is important to us as opposed to just a lake view. We would prefer not to have a road in front of the hotel and lots of buildings/hotels etc. with lake view from an elevated mountain view. Back to doing more research .... grazie!

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4. Re: Help narrow down our choice of hotels in Lakes area, Italy

Hi Lesedi,

It doesn't seem possible that it's six years! :-)

If lakefront and not only lake views are important to you, then it's Hotel Du Lac in Varenna, and Hotel Metropole in Bellagio.

In addition to reviews, use the Search box for earlier threads.

Enjoy your planning!

Vagabonda

Edited: 17 February 2014, 12:26
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5. Re: Help narrow down our choice of hotels in Lakes area, Italy

Hello Vagabonda. I will go back to researching info on Tripadvisor. Any reason you haven't commented on Tullio in Gravedona? It's a new property and got such good reviews on Tripadvisor. Looks like it is on the lake. We may do day visits to other areas and if possible even Switzerland. Thank you for your time and advice! Always appreciated. Grazie mille!

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6. Re: Help narrow down our choice of hotels in Lakes area, Italy

Hello Lesedi,

Lake Como's mid-lake (Bellagio, Varenna, Menaggio...) is the most scenic, and also the most convenient area for transport, even if you were to day trip to Switzerland.

Excursions also run from this area. Lugano is easily reached, and Soglio is a little gem in in Graubünden’s Val Bregaglia.

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g187835-i497-k7181…

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7. Re: Help narrow down our choice of hotels in Lakes area, Italy

Gravedona is not a very interesting village. Stick to Bellagio or Varenna!

Victoria-Varenna: don't go for the rooms on top-floor: only lake-view standing, not sitting.

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8. Re: Help narrow down our choice of hotels in Lakes area, Italy

Yes, Bellagio, Varenna, Menaggio, and even Argegno!

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9. Re: Help narrow down our choice of hotels in Lakes area, Italy

Grazie!! Thank you everyone for your guidance and advice!! Back to researching on Trip Advisor ... xxx

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10. Re: Help narrow down our choice of hotels in Lakes area, Italy

Prego Lesedi,

All the best!

Vagabonda