We stayed here because the Grand Hotel Britannia Excelsior, which we had booked through Holidaysbooked, was overbooked. The same happened to all those booked through this tour operator - without prior warning, on arrival at that hotel, we were told we would be accommodated at Villa Linda.
Once we arrived at Villa Linda we were pleased to find a pleasant, lakeside, family-run hotel, with fine dining (the locals dine here, which says a lot). We were all inclusive and were offered the facilities of both Villa Linda and the Grand, however we tried the Grand once and decided we had definitely got the better end of the deal! This is proper Italian food and all a la carte with great service which is rare for all-inclusive.
A little bit of Italian will go a long way; we can barely speak a word but tried to order our drinks in Italian and used our little phrase book.
We had a large room with a four-poster bed and a lake view, and a bathroom including a proper bath (not just a shower).
Like most hotels in Griante, this is on the roadside, so there is a little noise, but this did not trouble us at night, or when sitting outside the hotel eating lunch or dinner looking over the lake. There is no swimming pool but everyone can use the public lido in Cadenabbia.
We walked there a few times (about 15-20 minutes) although there isn't really a footpath along the road. You can also walk to Menaggio (again about 20 minutes) where you can find some lovely coffee shops, restaurants, cashpoint etc.
Mid-lake ferries go from Mennagio and Cadenabbia to take you around the lake's resorts. We bought a 15 Euro day ticket each which allows travel to Lenno, Cadenabbia, Tremezzo, Villa Carlotta, Varenna, Mennagio and Bellagio. Bellagio was the most worthwhile trip, with cobbled (hilly) streets, gift shops, cafes, restaurants and hotels - very pretty.
We did a lovely steep walk to St Martino chapel in Griante, if you can put your hiking boots or trainers on then the walk is worth it for the views!
We also did a day trip to Milan which was 40 Euros each. Apparently you can also get the ferry to Varenna and then take the train to Milan from there, if you want to go by public transport.
We were very impressed with this hotel and would certainly return!
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with 5viajes2012 S.L. and HotelQuickly so you can book your Hotel Villa Linda reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Villa Linda Lake Como/Griante, Italy