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Hotel Il Perlo Panorama
Ranked #2 of 16 Hotels in Bellagio
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Rancho Cordova, California
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“Everything We Expected”
Reviewed 23 July 2010

We were completely satisfied with our expereince at Il Perlo. We booked a lake-facing room. The views are as adverstised. Absolutely beautiful. Stunning. I suppose you get accustomed to the views after a while, but we were awestruck the whole time we were there.

Being in Bellagio, perhaps some expect a super luxurious hotel. While Il Perlo was comfortable, clean and enjoyable, it's not gold-plated, Tiffany chandeliers, and waterfalls (thank goodness). We stayed in the older main hotel. The rooms were a nice size. At night we didn't hear our neighbors above or to the sides. It was not noisy in the least.

We didn't see inside the newer rooms below the original building (which used to house a restaurant). The proprietors have been thinking of remodelling and moving into a different tier of services, at the expense of a place to stay for us regular folk. I hope they keep things they way they are for our sakes.

The location was appreciated by us. It was away from the tourist hubbub of Bellagio's hotels on the water, but close enough that we could be amongst the throngs in a few minutes if we wanted to be. Being cyclists, we were captivated by the location of Il Perlo on the climb to Madonna del Ghisallo used in the Tour of Lombardy every fall. If there's a shortcoming, it's that the hotel is not at the bottom of the climb, instead of part-way up. Of course that would be at the expense of the view--so I can live with that.

The Sancassano Family does a great job of staying on top of what's going on. We had several conversations with Carlo and his mother, Piera. They are wonderful, friendly people and speaking with them added to our positive experience. It has to be a tough business dealing with tourists all the time--I am certain some of us can be a challenge. But they take everything in stride and with good humor.

Their staff was excellent, in our experience. I don't remember the names of the two women we dealt with at mealtimes--one in the morning, one in the evening. But both were very nice to us and kept things in order and plates full. The cleaning crew did a great job each day.

Breakfasts were good, as we experienced at most other places we stayed. Pretty much standard offerings in Italy. Certainly adequate, no complaints.

I didn't think they offered dinner, but they did, in fact, have a nightly offering that you could choose to purchase if so desired. We did so on two occasions, which was great since we were tired from the day's ride on those two evenings and didn't feel like leaving to find another restaurant. Good food (tried gnocchi for the first time and loved it). Simple offerings and convenient if, like us, you didn't want to leave the grounds.

I do not know when we will visit Lake Como again, but when we do we will gladly stay again at Il Perlo Panorama.

Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 July 2010

So glad we spent so long on line looking for a hotel around Lake Como.
Thank goodness we did not stay in Bellagio itself as Il Perlo is located 3 kms up the mountain where it is peaceful and enjoys the best views.
You do need a car or they do offer excellent inexpensive and sometimes free shuttle service.
Our room had its own extensive sitting area and french doors onto a large verandah from where we could have sat the entire stay (4 days)to enjoy the everchanging colours of the Alps and waters of Lake Como. Bellisimo!

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Antwerp, Belgium
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Reviewed 17 June 2010

We stayed 2 nights in this hotel and we had the pleasure to be upgraded to a junior suite. We had a very '70 like room, with a private balcony and a view which was probably the best I ever had in my life. Absolutely spectacular - even despite the foggy circumstances !

The room itself wasn't very special, old furniture that urgently needs replacing and the bed gave me a backache. Also the cleaners didn't do their job properly : we had ants crawling around a dead insect before and after cleaning... And it wasn't in a dark corner or anything. Breakfast is really bad too unfortunately.

The people running the place are very nice and helpful however. We didn't try the food in the evening, there is plenty of choice downtown.

I would recommend this place just for the views, not for anything else. But again, I do think the view is worth it and it's one of the more affordable places around Bellagio.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Inverness
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Reviewed 15 June 2010

My partner and I had already spent a stressful few days in Milan before driving up to Bellagio so it was a relief to find that the hotel and all others were so well sign posted as you arrived in the town. The first thing that struck us as we parked the car was how picturesque the hotel was.

As we checked in the lady was wonderful, genuinely helpful and friendly and as they are located just outside the main town up on the hill had a list of their own daily shuttle which made 3 trips a day and of restaurants in and around the town that provided a free shuttle service. Despite the fact that we had a hire car we chose to use the shuttle service during the day to save on the chaos of trying to find parking etc.

Our room was not part of the main building but was part of a separate small block with the most fanastic view out over Bellagio and Lake Como. The room was large compared to our accommodation in Milan and although furnished in a very basic style had everything we needed... including our own small terrace with table and chairs.

We spent 3 days in Bellagio and fell in love with it's relaxed atmosphere and brilliant location. As we walked around the town we stopped to look at other hotels and genuinely felt that we had the better deal in a family run establishment.

It was a wonderfully relaxing stay and without hesitation we would both stay there again.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 22 May 2010

Good sized room with fantastic views over Bellagio and Lake Como. Room on top floor with balcony - couldn't ask for better view. Service was good with the host being very friendly and helpful, and she spoke excellent English.
Hotel is about 3k's from Bellagio. Walking to town is not recommended as the road does not have a safe pedestrian access. Free parking is available in Bellagio, or the hotel offers a shuttle service.
Breakfast was typical european and satisfactory.
Great place to stay to explore the region.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Irvine, California
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Reviewed 6 May 2010

First, do not use your GPS, but call and get directions. Both the mother and son who operate the hotel speak serviceable English. Everything was spelled out in advance as to extra charges, and the shuttle was inexpensive at 2 EU per person. They listed restaurants that would pick up and return us at no charge if we wanted to go to town for supper.

Our room on the third floor had two stunning views out each side and a balcony. It was clean and well-furnished with a nice bathroom. Everything was nicely appointed in the hotel. The bed seemed comfortable enough, and we appreciated the nice hangers in the closet, since our hotel in Tuscany had a jumble of leftovers!

The staff was particularly nice and helpful. They were friendly and willing to chat, and gave us excellent directions back to the Milan Airport, with choices.

Our one disappointment was the food. They told us they had "snacks" at the bar at night, but it turned out to be a full-fledged menu. However, they pretty much picked our choices, which I suppose were all they had prepared that night. The salad and tortellini were really bad, and we just ate a few bites. I have never eaten such bad Italian food! However, they did keep our half-finished bottle of wine in the refrigerator for us, so we could drink it the next evening with pizza we brought back from town. The breakfast was adequate, but I was surprised there was no yogurt, and the quality of the rolls and fruit was mediocre. On sunday they did have nice dishes of homemade egg custard with a sort of bread pudding idea. Unfortunately, we had such a wonderful breakfast buffet at the Plaza Hotel in Mestre-Venice that it was a real disappointment not to have nicer breakfasts, which should have been easy to manage just be providing high quality ingredients. And they need a new cook for their lunches and suppers, unless that was just a bad night!

There is free wireless internet in the lobby, and a computer with printer, so we were able to print all our boarding passes -- a great advantage. Actually, I used my IPad in the room, but supposedly their password malfunctioned, so I was not supposed to be able to get on. This is a general complaint I have with European hotels and expensive hotels in the US. I wonder why Holiday Inn Express can always give me free wifi in my room, but hotels that cost twice as much can't seem to manage it, and nit-pick over costs.

However despite the food complaints, it's easy enough just to get food (other than breakfast) elsewhere, and the general ambience, views and peace and quiet are well worth it.

Sharon Toji

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
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ayrshire, scotland
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Reviewed 29 April 2010

This is a special place. Old fashioned, family run,friendly, helpful - nothing too much trouble. Certainly not grand, but comfortable and relaxed. Our fifth visit and just as memorable each time.
Sitting out for breakfast or a glass of wine on the terrace with Lake Como below and all around and the snow capped mountains right up to the Alps stretching away on every side - is literally breathtaking.
On the hill a mile or two behind Bellagio - hence the stunning position - but with a hotel shuttle to and from the town, you have the best of both worlds.

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled with family
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Property: Hotel Il Perlo Panorama
Address: Via Valassina 180, 22021 Bellagio, Italy
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Region: Italy > Lombardy > Lake Como > Bellagio
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Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Shuttle Bus service
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#1 Family Hotel in Bellagio
#1 Best Value Hotel in Bellagio
#3 Romantic Hotel in Bellagio
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Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Il Perlo Panorama 2*
Number of rooms: 17
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