We've just returned from our Honeymoon to Bellagio. We stayed at the Belvedere, having preferred it to other Lake Como hotels because of its facilities and the reviews, which seemed to suggest excellent quality and a peaceful location.
We were not wrong. It's a lovely, very well run hotel with well appointed rooms, a good restaurant and pleasant staff.
The rooms are fairly spacious, nicely finished and have large bathrooms / shower rooms. Our room had a balcony and a side view of the lake. The beds are comfortable and the linen and towels are of a good quality.
We stayed half board and the meals were invariably excellent and substantial (3 courses). It's not clear in the brochures but the hotel will allow you to swap a dinner for a lunch, allowing you to take in the evening delights of Bellagio without losing out on your half-board allowance. Breakfast is plentiful and the waiting staff are excellent.
The sun terraces, pool and infinity jacuzzi are more than adequate and the gym and spa are compact but a real treat - the kind of facilities you'd expect in a business hotel, not a holiday destination. We didn't have any treatments, but we suspect they too would be good value. There is even a reasonably well stocked library if you run out of other things to do!
I've read some gripes on TripAdvisor about inflexibility at reception, but we didn't experience anything like that. It's true that they don't provide free WiFi (it's actually quite expensive) but this is the same throughout the local area, as far as we could establish - the Internet Cafe in Bellagio was actually more expensive.
With regard to the suggestions it's a steep and difficult walk up to the hotel (and that you need to carry your own bags from the ferry port...!), again, we didn't find this. We were dropped at the hotel door by our coach on arrival and collected on departure. There is a steep-ish walk from the port, but there is also a route which has a moderate and gentle incline - one couple we met whilst there were over 80 and made the walk every day.
Overall, Belvedere is a beautiful hotel, well suited to couples looking for a break in an area of spectacular natural beauty but with all mod cons.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Perfect for relaxing vacations, the Hotel Belvedere offers all you need to rejuvenate body and soul. Nothing better than a peaceful holiday by Lake Como at Hotel Belvedere in Bellagio to get away from it all.Also known as the pearl of Lake Como, Bellagio is located at the tip of a peninsula which divides the lake in two arms and faces the Alps across the lake. Such a unique position has been making Bellagio a famous holiday destination since the Roman times.The panoramic restaurant and terrace of Hotel Belvedere offer stunning views of Lake Como. Additionally, the hotel features a luxuriant garden and a wellness treatment center, including an outdoor heated swimming pool, a large spa tub, a fully equipped fitness room, a Turkish bath, a sauna and much more to provide guests with a relaxing holiday in Bellagio. The hotel also offers manicures and pedicures, body scrubs, body treatments, aromatherapy treatments, massages and facial treatments. Reservations are required for massages and spa treatments. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Belvedere Bellagio Lake Como, Italy