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“Characterful building, woeful service.”

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Castello di Carimate
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Carimate
North West England
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“Characterful building, woeful service.”
Reviewed 24 April 2009

Stayed here 2 nights. Had a "dungeon" room not a balcony room. The room was however comfortable and clean. This is a fascinating hotel with intimate nooks here and there and exceptional grounds. This would be a great venue for a conference or a wedding. The front office staff are very friendly and do their best but they are undermanned. The downside of this hotel is the surly, brusque and I'd even say lazy service staff. I have rarely come across such rude and inattentive waiters. There are plenty of them, and their uniforms do look the part, but their manner is simply atrocious. A great shame. I will not be staying here again.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled on business
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Reviewed 19 July 2008

Wanted a hotel somewhere between Bergamo and Tremezzo on Como. Just chose this one on spec. Did not expect too much - how wrong was I. It is a beautifully restored castle, set in lovely grounds with some very old trees and is full of charater.

Easy enough to find from the motorway - in the centre of (and dominating) the small village of Carimate. Plenty of free parking. Good fast check in. Rooms very large with tall ceilings. All the extras you would want in a 4* hotel. Huge bed and lovely creaking floors.

We had lunch in the village and dinner at the hotel. The evening meal was superb. We had the set meal. Freebie sparkling wine and peach liquor. Course 1 - stuffed courgette flowers with truffles. Course 2 - spagetti with clams (the best pasta dish I've ever had). Then 3 - veal or sea food. Then espresso or cappuccino. Then a freebie lemon liquor. All for euro 25 per person. Nice local red at euro 15. Superb value in very nice old castle surroundings.

Walked to the pool area, which is shared with the adjacent golf club. Looked very well tended. Nice mature gardens.

The castle has some minor faults. It leaks in a few places including our window, but hardly surprising when you look at the age of the place.

The place is magical as the sun sets and the swifts zip around the towers and battlements. a real experuience.

Slept well with no outside noise, good breakfast and fast checkout. We could ask for no more. Highly recommended.

  • Liked — Everything
  • Disliked — That we had only booked one night
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 June 2008

First time abroad and it was our honeymoon, wow this really was the perfect place. From the views as you arrive to the peacefull surrounding areas it was fab. The staff where friendly, efficient and helpful, the room was massive and comfortable and the food was excellent. The restraunts arround the area where excellent too. Took a day trip to nearby lake como which was beautiful. The boat trip on the lake was lovely.

  • Liked — Stunning building stunning room
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed June 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 July 2007

An Italian friend booked this hotel for us at short notice which was reasonably close to Como by car ( 15Km ) and about an hour from Malpenza Airport.
The Castello itself is stunning with an impressive entrance and drawbridge to greet you. It has a massive courtyard in the centre, maintaining alot of the original wood and architecture to create a medieval feel to the building.
We stayed in a Double room which was very spacious and the bathroom was well equipped with lots of goodies.
If you are staying in summer, make sure you put the air conditioning on early as it take some time to cool the room.
Breakfast was a good variety of hot and cold choices.
Dinner was very good, good choice of fish and meat dishes on the menu, but a little pricey.
The hotel itself is in the small village of Carimate. We stayed on a Monday night and we'd recommend that you eat in the hotel as everything else in the town was closed on that night.

If you are wanting a break from the normal corporate hotels and stay in a impressive small castle for a reasonable price, this is the place for you.

  • Liked — The Building and its setting
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed July 2007, travelled as a couple
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Property: Castello di Carimate
Address: Piazza Castello 1, 22060 Carimate, Italy
Region: Italy > Lombardy > Province of Como > Carimate
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Carimate
Hotel Class:4 star — Castello di Carimate 4*
Number of rooms: 1
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