We have stayed at the GHVS half a dozen times over 15 years or so. We returned this month and while the setting and beauty of the location cannot be over stated the hotel seems a shadow of its former self.
Others here have spoken about the rooms, but for us the disappointment was the food. While it is great to see the more casual menu by the pool is now available all day, the main restaurant has a menu so eclectic you'd have to be a very sophisticated foodie to enjoy it. The net result is that there are hardly any customers (less than there were staff) and what was once a bustling busy, yet quiet and elegant, setting is like eating on the Mary Celeste.
The hotel could usefully visit its leading competitors in Portofino or Rome - there simple Italian food is served to the highest standards. The GHVS needs to run its restaurant for its customers not the ego of its chef.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni is one of the oldest and most elegant hotels in the Lake Como area and the only 5 star de-luxe hotel in Bellagio. From April to November the salons and the large lakeside garden offer guests the chance to enjoy a holiday far from the madding crowd and close to nature immersed in one of the most beautiful panoramas in the world.Lovers of peace and quiet can alternate the pleasure of a poolside drink with beauty treatments and programmers at Villa Serbelloni SPA, the hotel's own beauty farm. Or they can set off from the private dock for a motorboat trip to the historic gardens along the lake which, in Springtime, attract tourists from all over the world: especially for the wonderful flowering of the azaleas. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Hotel Serbelloni
- Grand Hotel Bellagio
- Villa Serbelloni
- Grand Serbelloni Hotel
- Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni Bellagio, Lake Como, Italy