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“Fantastic little hotel”
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Hotel Florence
Ranked #7 of 16 Hotels in Bellagio
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 24 June 2008

My husband and I stayed here for 3 nights in June. This is a beautiful little hotel, located right on gorgeous Lake Como. We had a very large corner room with a view of lake and mountains, a huge bathroom and a separate sitting room. Very good value at just over 200 Euros a night, including breakfast. Beautifully decorated, spotlessly clean, no closets but a large armoire to hold clothes. Very comfortable king bed. (Supposedly Mark Twain stayed here a very long time ago! ) The staff was very helpful and friendly when we asked for dining recommendations other than their own restaurant.
The stop for the ferry boats traveling up and down Lake Como was across and down the street a little. We parked the car when we arrived and never used it again for the duration of the stay, as we just took the boats to all the little towns and walked around. A very nice breakfast (including bacon and eggs) was served on the first floor in a beautiful large dining room with a vaulted ceiling.
My husband, who stays in 5-star hotels when he travels for business, was really impressed, especially when you consider this is only a 3-star, according to the Italian tourist bureau. (I think this is because there are a few rooms that don't have a private bath.) We loved Lake Como, we loved Bellagio, and we really loved the Hotel Florence. Just a great value and a great experience.

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Reviewed 20 June 2008

Helpful staff, great room and excellent food - all in a fantastic location. Top stuff

  • Stayed: June 2008, travelled as a couple
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Thank Okker
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Reviewed 15 June 2008

Bellagio is a truly magical destination and the Hotel Florence is the ONLY place to stay. After reading reviews on tripadvisor and receiving a recommendation from a friend, we booked a corner room (No 43, closest to the Villa Serbelloni) on the top floor for 3 nights. The room was amazing - two balconies (one on each side) and full length windows with sweeping views of the lake to the alps. There were snow-capped peaks in late April, which was an incredible contrast with the sunny and warm lakeside environment dripping with wisteria and spring flowers.

Inside the room is well-designed and well appointed with quality fittings, fabrics and fixtures. Bathroom is a bit dark, but clean, renovated and spacious (quality bath products provided including great olive-oil soap). From memory there was no shower - only a bath - this is not unusual in Italy.

Service at this hotel is ultra-friendly. Nothing is too much trouble and the staff have so much fun and energy. They engage you like 'one of the family' (but not in an intrusive way) and it's hard not to smile every time you set foot in the place. The way the waiters and bar-staff move around the whole hotel is a spectacle in itself - they put on an impressive show and if given the chance will have you in fits of laughter.

The restaurant is quite good (it has a formal scene on first floor and informal in a lake-side terrace across the road). The bar is vibrant and a place for locals as well as tourists, who were mostly Italian at this time of year anyway. (Some good people-watching can be done at the bar's outside tables - northern Italian women love their bling!) The hotel also has some quiet areas, including the room fronting reception where a warming fire is ablaze on cool evenings and a large library/sitting area on the first floor. The interior designers have done a great job and the hotel is decked out with a wonderful eclectic mix of antique furniture recovered in colourful fabrics.

Can't recommend this place highly enough, but make sure you are not disappointed by ensuring you get the magical views - book a high floor room (preferably the corner room) or a front room on the top floor if the corner is not available . Thanks to all the staff (Franco, Dimi and amazing girl on reception) for making our stay so memorable.

  • Stayed: April 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 June 2008

My husband and I stayed at Hotel Florence for four nights (June 07) while on our honeymoon.
The hotel arranged for a car to pick us up at the airport in Milan (and later take us to the railway station in Milan). Yes, I'm sure it would have been cheaper to take the ferry and/or bus but after a transatlantic flight it was wonderful to be whisked (along with our luggage) to the hotel.
Our contact with the desk staff was always positive. They were always helpful- from info on reserving a boat excursion to ferry information to even directing us to the closest pharmacy.
The breakfasts were better than expected. They had the standard cereals, yogurt, & breads one expects in Europe but also had scrambled eggs, bacon, & sausages.
We didn't go to the hotel restaurant so we cannot comment on it.
But the best was our room. We had a large (ok, huge) corner room facing out onto the lake. The bathroom was large and there was also a side sitting room. Our favorite memories of Bellagio are looking out of our room's windows & balcony. We people & dog watched on the street below (they were even filming a movie while we were there). But most amazing was watching the lake. Obviously you could observe the ferries come and go but also clouds and shadows as the weather and time of day changed. It was peaceful and unbelievably beautiful!

Bellagio is an amazing place and the Hotel Florence is perfectly placed for you to enjoy the best this town and the lake have to offer.

  • Stayed: June 2007, travelled as a couple
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Thank Mac'sMummy
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Reviewed 30 May 2008

We stayed at the Hotel Florence for four nights. Two nights in a room with a shared terrace ( 5 ) and the other two in a junior suite (26 ) with a balcony . Both rooms overlooked the lake and were styled authentically for their location. The hotel was clean and the rooms well maintained and the ambience of the hotel was special...naturally the views were spectacular . Breakfast was typically Italian and the staff were very helpful . Street parking is available at no charge if you park in the appropriately marked bays available. One definite "MUST DO" side visit is to the Villa Barbianello ...an absolute Gem of a Villa ( and we have seen a few )
On the negative side ...they have NO internet facility ...even if you bring a computer.
All in all we enjoyed our stay and would stay again.

Stayed: May 2008
Thank Liberace
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Reviewed 27 May 2008

Fantastic hotel in the heart of Bellagio, right on the water. Very helpful staff, the man even parked our car for us upon arrival once a free spot became available.

The hotel is very warm and charming and our room (#43) is highly recommended. The room had two balconies on the top corner of the hotel. Honestly, if you stay at the Hotel Florence you have to stay in room 43 as the double balconies overlook the lake with fabulous mountain views.

Great breakfast with a wide variety of options!

The lift takes you directly to the floor but we did have 6 steps to get to our room. Otherwise, the hotel is very accessible.

The hotel had a good bar and restaurant open late.

  • Stayed: May 2008
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Thank tnworldtravel
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Reviewed 8 May 2008

Stayed here for 2 nights as part of tour, and really wished we were here longer. The hotel is in an excellent position, with some of the most stunning views accross lake Como. I tried to book a balcony room on the fronmt of the hotel, but none were available, but to our delight, we had a side balcony near the front of the hotel with the same magnificent views. The hotel is full of character with beautiful rooms with high ceilings and nicely appointed bathrooms. the only small letdown is that there is no aircon, but a fan was supplied in the room.

We had breakfast in the hotel both mornings in the restaurant, and everything was fresh and tasty. We also ate one evening in the terrace restaurant right on the very edge of the lake (strangley across the road from the hotel), and the food was excellent and reasonably priced.

There is no parking at the hotel, but pay parking opposite (about 18 euro per day) or lots of free parking around Bellagio, and we were lucky enough to park at the side of the hotel, directly under our balcony. The hotel staff were most helpful in advising where to leave your car.

Bellagio really is one f the nicest places I have ever visited, and the Florence is the place I will stay when I return (and I definately will be!!)

  • Stayed: June 2007, travelled as a couple
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Address: Piazza Giuseppe Mazzini 46, 22021 Bellagio, Italy
Region: Italy > Lombardy > Lake Como > Bellagio
Hotel Style:
#8 Romantic Hotel in Bellagio
#8 Family Hotel in Bellagio
Price Range: £136 - £149 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 30
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