We stayed in the Mansard Apartment which is on the third floor and appears to have been built in the attic of the building. Apartment has two bedrooms (a double and a single), separate bathroom (with shower) and large combined kitchen/dining/lounge room. Two full length windows open up in this room to yield magnificent views over Bellagio, Lake Como and the other side of the Lake. The apartment was very modern, beautifully appointed and well equipped. The only item we could see missing was a toaster and that was delivered to us the next morning courtesy of the owner's mother, Adriana, who lived on the second floor. Whilst there were no windows in the main bedroom or bathroom there were large covered skylights in both that opened up so that you could both see out and also let fresh air in if needed - these skylights were very good. Wireless internet was available.
The apartment building is located about halfway up/down a very steep pedestrian only street that leads from the top of Bellagio down to the waterfront but then all the streets running in this direction in Bellagio are steep. We had a car and were able to park in a small parking area at the top of the town (normally reserved for residents but visitors can park there for short periods to load/unload baggage etc). This parking area was about 50/75 metres away from the street where the apartment is so that meant that you had to carry/wheel your luggage about 100/150 metres then carry it up three flights of stairs. This was quite an effort but the rewards were a great apartment right in the centre of town and all the action and a magnificent view.
Free car parking was available about 350 metres away from the apartment but there were not that many spaces and I wouldn't like to try my luck in the height of summer. More free parking, I understand, is available further out from the centre of town. We caught the car ferry over to Bellagio from Cadenabbia. This service is very good.
The owner's mother is a delightful lady and she took us on a short tour so that we would know where to locate the deli, the green grocer, mini mart, laundries (one self serve the other valet), bread shop etc, all of which, together with numerous bars, restaurants and cafes, were within a hundred metre circle of the apartment.
Bellagio is an excellent place to visit and this was an excellent apartment.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- "La scalinata" has 2 different apartments "Mansarda" on the thord floor and "Sopra i negozi" on the first floor. Both are situated on a characteristic stairway of the charming swinging old town, with its lakefront arcades and the Church square: lots of typical restaurants coffee, pastries, smoothie and ice-cream shops, wine bars, nightclubs, art galleries, souvenir shops, boutiques, and any kind of services. Boat, bus and taxi stops are within walking distance. In summer it is a limited traffic zone (ZTL) with access permitted to the guests prior authorization. Free parking at 300 meters and paying at 100 to 500 meters. Stylish self-catering apartments, open all year long.Custom craftworks furniture and all modern comforts: wooden floor, autonomous heating, air conditioning, wi-fi Internet, sat-TV, safe, refrigerator, oven and dishwasher. Cookware / dishes / utensils, kettle for tea and coffee, coffee maker, hair dryer. Bedding,bath and kitchen towels. Free access to an outdoor swimming pool in a local sports club (with tennis courts and restaurant) at 1 km. Services on request: baby-sitting, laundry, fax, copier and weekly cleaning. The reception is at our staff's care, always available for any need. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Scalinata Bellagio, Lake Como, Italy