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“Delicious food, pleasant family-run hotel on the lakeside”
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Hotel Villa Linda
Ranked #3 of 3 Griante B&B and Inns
Waterlooville, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
48 reviews
28 hotel reviews
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“Delicious food, pleasant family-run hotel on the lakeside”
Reviewed 10 September 2012

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!

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Waterlooville, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
48 reviews
28 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 4 September 2012 via mobile

We were sent here due to a booking error at another local hotel with holidaysbooked (NEVER use them!) and were pleasantly surprised. On initial arrival due to circumstances we did wonder... but this is a pleasant family-run hotel with slightly quirky/old-fashioned decor but real Italian charm.

What really makes it is the food. The locals eat here which says a lot. Delicious Italian food and wine which assured us we had ended up with a better deal here than the free for all buffet style all inc offered by the Grand Britannia!

Views over the lake are great and we had a lake view room with four poster bed and huge bathroom with bath!

Menaggio is a 20 minute walk and the ferry can be taken from Cadennabia.

I have no idea why this is #4 of 4 hotels in Griante - probably due to the lack of reviews which will change after this debacle with holidaysbooked as so many were in the same boat as us!

  • Stayed September 2012
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
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Reviewed 3 September 2012

we were sent here because the grand britannia was overbooked, thank goodness.
firstly let me put some things straight about the bad reviews given-
the staff speak Italian? well what a surprise eh, considering the hotel is in Italy. a phrase book or some sort of effort would help.
the breakfast was basic, croissants, rolls, home made yogurt, cereal and meat and cheese, but it was fresh and replenished as required, you can have coffee from the espresso machine if you ask. it is on a busy road but its double glazed and when the windows are closed you cant hear the traffic and at night its quiet.
the walk to menaggio is about 15-20 minutes and the path does run out but only for about 50 yards and is hardly the fault of the hotel.
the rooms are lovely and clean and pleasantly furnished. the hotel staff are hard working and if you ask for something they will get you it.
the food is lovely, the menu is varied and i loved all the food they served us, the pizzas are from a wood burning oven and are delicious.
there is a wee train that stops outside the hotel and runs from mennagio to leno about a dozen times a day, so you dont have to walk.
the hotel isnt for those who want to booze and party, it closes about 11pm, its all about the view, the lake,the food and the wine

Room Tip: get a day ticket for the train, if you want to swim in the lake you will need some sort of footwear...
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Surrey
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49 reviews
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Reviewed 19 August 2011

Owned and run by the Orsatti family, Villa Linda is a reasonably priced hotel between Cadenabbia and Menaggio. The rooms are spacious and spotlessly clean with an equally spacious bathroom. Peppino Orsatti masterminds the delivery of superb local and Italian dishes from the kitchen to the restaurant, and if you are there for a short break as we were, there is no need to look elsewhere to dine. There is also a genuine wood fired pizza oven. The staff are friendly and Alberto Orsatti speaks excellent English. If you are a light sleeper, you ought to know that the lakeside road, with mostly local traffic, runs in front of the hotel.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 24 May 2011

Villa Linda is located in Griante Lake Como enjoying the fabulous views of Lake Bellagio and the Grigna mountains.
The on site restaurant Ca Blanca seemed to be very popular with tourists and both locals we had a very good evening meals and good wine whlie providing tremendous views of the lake while dining.
The hotel is run by the Orsatti family we found them very helpful and with warm Italian hospitality they were always busy taking care of the guests the hotel was very clean and we had a large venetian styled room with a TV which faced the car park a blessing really as the main road was very busy we still had good views of the lake and the mountains.
We had a hired car and found it very easy to travel around the lake using the ferry crossing taking us to the Bellagio town which is directly across the lake, seeing it from this side provided us with excellent night views and we enjoyed the peaceful settings away from the crowds.
The hotel had a free car park and wireless internet our stay was very pleasant and i'm sure if we will go back to lake Como we would stay here again.

Driving around the lake is easy however i should imagine sometimes a little difficult during high season due to the narrow streets in some places but well worth doing so just let the high speeding ones on the highway pass by.

The lake is very picturesque well kept and i can understand why actor George Cloony bought villa 'Oleandra' in Lagio( former residence of the Heinz family) to rest and play i too can highly recommend anyone wishing a weekend or holiday will enjoy their stay and thank the hotel for providing us with the wonderful time.

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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with friends
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Lisbon, Portugal
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 April 2011

Stayed here for a night. The restaurant seems very popular but haven't tried it.
We were sent here by britannia because they were overbooked, this is a weak replacement hotel. The service was ok apart from the grumpy lady at the breakfast.
The breakfast was the major week point, very little options and quality and little replacing of stuff that ran out. Even tho it's free you might consider having your breakfast elsewhere.
The room itself was large and clean, not much amenities but ok.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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brighton
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Reviewed 20 October 2010

We didn't actualy stay at this hotel but we were lucky enough to discover it on our travels. We quite often stopped off here on our many journeys for either coffee or a glass of wine but on out last night we decided to eat in the restaurant which I must say was simply fantastic. I was probably one of the best meals I have ever eaten and we were looked after by very warm and welcoming staff. When we return to Lke Como there is no doubt in our mind that we will choose to stay here. I can't wait.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Villa Linda
Address: Via Regina 87, 22011 Griante, Italy
Region: Italy > Lombardy > Lake Como > Griante
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Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #3 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Griante
Number of rooms: 29
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