It's amazing that so many people have a consistently positive and wonderful experience at Hotel Centrale, but it's absolutely true. I stayed here over a weekend and the overall experience of the worn, hotel, and locals was just spectacular. I think the key differentiating factor is Giacomo and his family... they are friendly, knowledgeable, helpful, and just wonderful people. In a small village/resort like Bellagio, I think it makes such a big difference when the hotel proprietors are so warm and family-like.
As reported before, rooms are simply appointed, clean, and comfortable. (Heh, I doubt you'll be spending too much time holed up in your room because there's just so many beautiful and fun things to do and ways to relax on Lake Como.) Water pressure, important to me, was very good, and the water was hot and the heated towel racks a nice plus. We had a room with a large, shared outdoor patio and a tiny sliver of a view to the lake. Breakfast wasn't outstanding but the espresso/cappuccinos were delicious and lovingly made by Giacomo's son.
Parking was a bit of a toss-up. We were in Bellagio over Italy labor day weekend so the entire area was packed. I ended up parking at the church for a little bit off-hour (can't really use it for long-term parking) and then at the paid lot by the ferry. I don't remember the exact cost but it was about EUR15 for 8am-8pm parking, as the "free" spots on the street were all taken up. If you're driving, I'd recommend that you don't even waste too much time looking for free spots because they're so scarce. Just pony up for the real parking and enjoy the rest of your time on the lake.
Hotel Centrale also had complimentary Internet access, which I think is a key differentiating factor these days. You never know how sometime might come up or when you need access for a little bit - even on vacation. It's nice to know high-speed access is availale at your hotel and they're not jacking you for EUR20+ a day like the bigger hotels.
If you're headed to Bellagio, definitely try and stay in Hotel Centrale. It's in a great location, owned by a lovely family, and you'll probably have as great a time as me and the many others in this forum.
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- Also Known As:
- Centrale Hotel Bellagio
- Hotel Centrale Bellagio, Lake Como, Italy