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Hotel Belvedere Bellagio
Ranked #1 of 16 Hotels in Bellagio
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Reviewed 12 June 2014

I pretty much agree with everything said by the review before this, 'putting the Bella in Bellagio' We are from the UK and have just returned from a week here. We decided to stay at the Belvedere as a treat after a difficult year with illness and the hotel surpassed our expectations; it's not cheap but boy was it worth it. You must have a lake view or you'll regret it, the view is stunning. Lake Como is beautiful and this hotel was the icing on the cake for us.

For some reason I hadn't quite clicked that the hotel wasn't actually in Bellagio and was a little disappointed initially (for about 5 mins!!) but soon realised it was a bonus as you have an amazing view and you also have peace and quiet with the birds singing in the morning, and efficient and professional staff making your stay a delight. It is only 5 min walk into Bellagio. Bellagio is the place to stay on the lake and you can see why as it's very pretty, but gets very busy during the day.

The staff at the hotel were all great, all very professional and very helpful - a particular mention for Elise who was so cheerful and friendly every night in the dining room. Housekeeping kept the rooms and the hotel simply spotless.

We had the half board menu for supper and the food was good. The Italians do their classic dishes like no one else can so we tended to choose dishes along those lines and thought a pasta dish in the main course section would have been good. On the whole there were 4 choices for each course. Breakfast was buffet style and there was so much choice, it was very good.

Our room (501) was spacious and the walls were so thick that it meant we stayed very cool in the incredible heat that they were experiencing (plus there was aircon) and also we didn't hear our neighbours. It was just something else to wake up and look out of your room at that view every day. We had table and chairs and sunbeds outside our room which was really nice.

Overall, a great area to visit and the best place to stay! A lovely hotel for couples, you can't get much more romantic than here.

Room Tip: Spend a bit more and go for a lake view room, you'll regret it if you don't!
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 June 2014

We recently returned to the Belvedere for week's holiday.
We love the location, with superb views of the lake, attractive gardens and heated swimming pool.
We enjoy the excellent range of breakfast food and the dinner menu is also of a good standard. The outstanding quality of this hotel is the standard of service offered by all the staff at every level. They go out of their way to ensure that your stay will be an excellent experience. If you have a problem they will do all they can to solve it.
We hope to return again next year.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 June 2014

Thankfully their website doesn't do them the justice they deserve for if it did I probably wouldn't have been able to book a room (albeit the last available) 10 days out from my stay. This hotel is a jewel. Quietly removed (about 500m up a slight hill from the edge of the village and the ferry dock) sits the Hotel Belvedere. With 63 rooms spread in 3 or 4 buildings the hotel has the density to offer a full set of services (spa, dining, pool, etc.) but yet has a refined boutique or Small Luxury Hotel/Relais Chateau feel to it, almost. The front desk staff is friendly and attentive (Gloria, Camilla, Silvia, Salvatore, and one more name that escapes me.) I just spent the first three nights of June here and it was lovely.

As anyone who is reading this review would likely do I spent an exhaustive amount of time reading reviews here and on other sites, and while most were excellent there were a few that caused me trepidation. The main concerns in those reviews were A.) Location, and B.) Service

Allow me to put those concerns definitively to rest. I (44 year old out of shape male) thought the location was PERFECT. A 5 minute stroll from the edge of the village and 10 minutes to the Villa Serbelloni, is all it is. It is slightly uphill from the beginning of the village (more so from the ferry dock) and it is welcome and refreshing especially after a hearty meal at Barchetta or San Giacomo. The bonus of this is the peace, quiet and tranquility you enjoy at the hotel no ferry boats in sight, no throngs of tourists, just a beautiful view to the east across the Lecco arm of Lake Como.

The service: I come from NY and have stayed in numerous 4 and 5 star properties around the world, I have high expectations and they were certainly met and often exceeded at the Hotel Belvedere.

Our room (110) was of reasonable size (spacious if compared to a room at Hudson Hotel or the W Hotel in New York) and tastefully decorated and looked as if it had been renovated or refreshed within the past year or two. The shower was great (in contrast to experiences at other hotels in Europe.) And the room came with a spacious and lovely terrace with two chairs, a cocktail table, two lounge chairs and a jaw droppingly gorgeous view.

The breakfast service (included in our rate) was very good, with a large selection of fresh, quality items refreshed constantly. The hotel seemed relatively full during our stay and the service was up to the task.

What could be improved?

Pretty much the only thing that I felt needed a little tweaking was the dinner menu in the dining room. Maybe it is because I am of Italian roots or maybe it is the confidence I gained from Joe Bastianich giving my risotto a thumb's up in Season 4 of MasterChef (US), but I feel I need to give this feedback along with all of my earlier praises.

The dinner experience feels dated (not rustic or charming, just dated) compared to the beautiful and somewhat modern feeling dining room. The menu seemed a bit uninspiring, a bit overly emphasized on the lake fish indigenous to that area (Americans tend to be a bit leery of freshwater fish, but we should expand our horizons) and just a bit boring without feeling familiar. I think the clientele of the hotel might be more inspired by a menu that rotates through and focuses on a few regions of Italy periodically. The food was prepared fine and tasted ok, the experience was just a bit bland and old fashioned.

Would I stay at this hotel again? In a heartbeat, it is a true jewel and an amazing find. Please do not tell your friends!

Ciao.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 June 2014

This wonderfully located hotel does it's outside areas very well and has compelling views. We used it as a hiatus in fifteen days of travel and for that it was fine. And of course Bellagio is simply wonderful. However, the overall service offer was a bit sterile for the price. Ordinary bathroom and uninspired restaurant. But, and it's a big but, you will still love the views and the atmosphere. Expensive, but nice would be the overall verdict.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 June 2014

Little has changed here since our last visit a couple of years ago and all the better for that in the sense that the earlier superlatives still hold true, if our 6 night break in May was anything to go by.Excellent service all round - some acheivement as far as reception is concerned - given that the front desk was often besieged by guests requiring help with myriad minor queries. Pristine housekeeping standards always in evidence. The situation of the hotel ,provided that you are modestly fit,is unbeatable in Bellagio as it lies just outside the centre of the village but within easy (uphill) walking distance of the busy lake promenade.
Our so called comfort room with patio overlooking the eastern arm of the lake was just that having recently been heavily refurbished in a contemporary style. These rooms are ideal if you like almost immediate access to the immaculately maintained pool and sun platform as any traipsing around post(and pre) swim is avoided and the rooms are quite sizeable by Italian standards.Very good quality flat panel TV with BBC World as the only English language channel unfortunately. Not that you'll be watching it much look you!
Stayed on half board terms this time around.Glad that we did as the overall food quality at dinner was very good veering towards towards excellent, although on the first night ( a Wednesday) the cusine was way below par perhaps because they had a very large tour party in the dining room or their usual chef may have had a night off or both.Fortunately the usual high standards resumed from Thursday onwards.Impeccable service in the restaurant throughout. Good selection at the largely help yourself breakfast.Another admittedly minor item that has, unfortunately in this instance,not changed was the very poor quality of the coffee. The tea was better and perfectly drinkable if nothing to write home about.Comprehensive Italian only wine list specialising in Valtellina and Piedmont.Prices have firmed up quite a bit but remain relatively good value by local standards.All the staff are helpful and go out of their way to ensure maximum guest comfort even when they are extremely busy which is much of the time! On a related point the fast ferry prices from Como have risen sharply since 2012 so the cost of a direct taxi transfer from Milan Linate to Bellagio is now more realistic.

Room Tip: THe classic rooms at the front of the hotel facing the hill offer good value and are more spacious t...
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 June 2014

We started our two week Italian journey at The Hotel Belvedere in Bellagio. The hotel staff were wonderful and accommodating, all so eager to help in any way possible. The only glitch was our first night when our room was very small and literally we're tripping over the luggage to walk. That being said, we were moved to another room the next day. This room(110), was beautiful with a massive balcony overlooking one of the most breathtaking views I have ever seen. It is a five to ten minute walk to town which was very easy. Please take time to use the pool and spa as it was truly invigorating. If you want a great time, take a sunset boat ride from Bellagio Water taxis....amazing.

Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 June 2014

The village of Bellagio has to be one of the most beautiful in Europe and this hotel is in the very best spot. The view of the wonderful Lake Como from the room was breathtaking and the walk from the hotel into the town was just a delight. The room was Lake View and was spacious and fairly well appointed. The bathroom was not large but was adequate and the servicing of the room was excellent (twice daily - towels refreshed in the evening). Breakfasts were taken in the restaurant overlooking the pool and lake, making it difficult to concentrate on the breakfast itself (which was actually excellent). However an evening meal taken in the same restaurant was expensive and rather disappointing, especially given the profusion of reasonable and excellent restaurants in the town.

There was no iron or ironing board in the room and on enquiry we were informed that the only ironing room was available for use but a staff member would have to let us in!! A strange omission given the cheap cost of irons and the size of the hotel.

The reception staff were very pleasant and most informative and assistance was available for tours and directions. This is an expensive hotel but given the location that is not surprising. As usual, you get what you pay for. We hope to be back.

Room Tip: A lake view room may be expensive but is worth it every time you look out the window.
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Address: Via Valassina, 31, 22021 Bellagio, Italy
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Region: Italy > Lombardy > Lake Como > Bellagio
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Bellagio
#1 Green Hotel in Bellagio
#2 Family Hotel in Bellagio
Price Range: £167 - £402 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Belvedere Bellagio 3*
Number of rooms: 62
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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