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“Superb small family owned hotel”
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Hotel San Gerolamo
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Vercurago
Chichester, United Kingdom
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“Superb small family owned hotel”
Reviewed 24 August 2013

Wow, what a hidden gem and in such a beautiful setting.
We used Milano Linate airport as quieter, closer and much cheaper than other airports in the area. Unlike most guests we did our holiday on foot arriving at Vecurago Station. Calolziocorte is the usual stop but very occasionally a train stops at the halt (in Milan Centrale we were celebrities as in 20yrs no one had sold a ticket to this station!) Had we realised how much higher up the hill the hotel was instead of depending on Google Street View, we might have taken up the owners suggestion of ringing him for a lift.
Luca and his Mum are the owners and run the hotel themselves which makes for a more personal experience. The hotel is spotlessly clean, you are greeted with warm smiles, cheery faces and great service. Luca speaks english very well, certainly better than my italian, he knows the vast area well and can give recommendations for out of the way places to visit. (Ask him about the mountains behind Lecco with the cable car, a must especially on hot days.)
Our first night was in the house they own opposite. This is a very old, rustic, authentically decorated suite used more for larger families. It has a beautiful garden which has lighting, seating and loungers for quiet contemplation of the day's adventures. Although the house isn't air-conditioned the thick walls, shutters and huge fans provide cooler air for a comfortable nights sleep.
The following morning when the previous guests left we were moved to a room with a balcony and views over the village, mountains, hillside castle and lake. Don't complain if you are given this on arrival. The alternative is strict changeover days which restrict the flexibility of your holiday and flight prices. Remember this is a 10 bedroom quiet country hotel not a massive hotel complex catering for thousands!
Be prepared for 7am wake ups as the many local church bells fire up at this time, they seem to stop around 10pm. The narrow streets are just that, narrow! 500yrs ago horse and cart were the means of transport therefore houses were built just a cart and a human width apart. With wing mirrors tucked in and copious use of car horn you can get through the tighter pinch points. Again don't complain, the warnings are here in many reports by previous guests. This doesn't affect the hotel accommodation or it's standard of service.
Breakfast is served from 7:30 to 10:30am. It is of typical italian style with bread, toast, eggs, meats, tomatoes,cheeses, huge variety of fruit, yogurts, cakes, pastries, hot and cold drinks and always a cheery smile to start the day. TV in the rooms is connected to Sky remembering it is all in italian. We were far too tired at the end of a very hot day to even bother with it.
Evening meals are available with prices around 16-18 euros for mains. The menu changes so you don't have the same options each day. We used to eat out before returning as the walk back up rendered one very uninspired to want to do it twice if it was very hot. Car owners obviously have many options open to them.
There are 2 options for walking to the hotel, steps up from main road come out next to hotel or the road used by the locals. From experience use 'Via San Gerolamo' road. The only part we found steep was about 30m where the road is cobbled. When it snows you'll understand why! There are 5 benches to enjoy the view at this point. Make use of them.
So to sum up this hotel is highly recommended by us. It ticked all the boxes and is well situated for Lake Como and the surrounding areas and we even managed Lake Iseo from here.
Thanks to Luca and his family for making our holiday such a memorable experience especially on our restricted budget.

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Bath, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 28 May 2013

As we parked in the little car park opposite the hotel we were greeted by the sound of a cuckoo. This proved to be a good omen. The owner of the hotel met us with a warm welcome, in more than adequate English, and presented us with a drink. The cases were carried up to our rooms which were of a high standard of comfort and provided all that this suggests. My room was over looking roof tops with a glimpse of the lake in the distance.
Dinner was excellent with a good varied menu. Breakfast was also first class and, as with dinner, nothing was too much trouble.
The only tiny negative point is the very narrow streets leading up to the hotel. But this, as the owner pointed out, is the nature of restored villages such as Vercurago.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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Istanbul, Turkey
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Reviewed 26 April 2013

This is a hotel near Lecco and Calolziocorte, Italy.
It is on a hilltop in a small ancient, medieval section.
The streets are very narrow, and the small neighborhood has many old buildings and there is a monastery.
The view from the hilltop overlooks the lake below, and it is very quiet and green.
The hotel is small, the receptionist is the owner, he is very friendly.
The rooms are large, and well furnished, also with some antique furnishings. The bathroom is very large and has a bidet.
On the negative side, the wireless internet signal is weak and quite slow. It is not aan internet oriented hotel. Also there is no elevator, but nayway it is only two floors.
Pricies are very good, inexpensive.
The breakfast is good, the brioche are wonderful.
The hotel restaurant is not very cheap, perhaps you can consider one of many places in Lecco.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled on business
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 April 2013

Many thanks to Luca and family for making our recent two night stay a very comfortable and enjoyable experience. The hotel's location, though a little away from the lake/river itself, is stunning, set on a steep hillside with great views of the imposing church above. Accommodation itself is very reasonably priced due to it being further away from the lake and dinner, though certainly not cheap, is excellent as Luca is a marvellous chef and is aiming at the higher end of the dining market. The room and bathroom were comfortable and very nicely furnished, with fine quality fixtures and fittings, though perhaps the walls could do with some paintings or pictures, but that is just personal taste of course. Luca and family are such hard-working and welcoming hosts and you can see that every effort is being put into making your stay a happy one, Luca himself even took time out to drop us to the train station in Calaziocorte for us to travel to Bergamo (well worth a visit by the way).

All in all, highly recommended!!

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 January 2013 via mobile

If you are in the area a must to stay here we use it for the f1 in monza
Just a quick train ride away
There is an pasta restaurant very near
Bit of a walk up the hill to the hotel but worth it
Parking good we travel on bikes and no problems

  • Stayed September 2012
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Reviewed 4 January 2013

We stayed at San Gerolamo hotel for 3 days during our visit of Como lake. It was advised to us by our friend who is s big fan of Italy. The location is very quite and beautiful. The service is excellent. It is family-owned business and the guest would feel himself as if he is not just a customer. Really authentic breakfast with proscuitto, Italian cheese and fresh eggs. I never felt so relaxed and recovered after just 3 days of vacation. Special thanks to Luca, his advices about the surroundings and local cuisine were very valuable. We would definitely recommend this hotel to all our friends.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
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North vancouver
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Reviewed 29 October 2012

We stayed at the hotel for 3 nights in September and enjoyed our stay very much. Our room was spacious and very clean. The owners and staff were very friendly and helpful and the food was superb. I would highly reccomend this hotel to anyone. We're already looking forward to going back.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel San Gerolamo
Address: Via San Gerolamo 56, 23808 Vercurago, Italy
Region: Italy > Lombardy > Province of Lecco > Vercurago
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Vercurago
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Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel San Gerolamo 3*
Number of rooms: 10
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