Firstly, communication with the owner was almost impossible and we sent 5 emails when trying to book, none of which was answered. Perhaps we should have given up then, but an Italian speaking friend confirmed the reservation for us by phone.
The location is not that good if you do not have your own transport and it's a fair walk and/or bus ride into Como. Breakfast is poor and nothing is fresh, not even bread (we stayed 4 nights).
However, the place is clean (although outside is very untidy) and the rooms are a good size.
The website states that all credit cards are accepted. Rubbish! The owner insisted on cash and so we had to make an unplanned visit to the cashpoint for the euro's. It also says that checkout is 12.00. Wrong again! We had to be out by 10.00am.
The website also says that staff are happy to make local reservations (car hire, museums etc) on behalf of guests. Not in our experience! We wanted help to book taxi's (not speaking Italian, we hoped that the owners would book for us) but were just given a phone number and no offer to help.
I would not recommend the Osteria, other than for the odd night if you were stuck. I know Como reasonably well and there are many better located and better value places than this.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In Como, one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, overlooking the first basin of the lake, B&B Osteria Cattaneo will be your point of reference for a relaxing holiday and an excellent starting point for your excursions. The B&B offers three comfortable rooms with the hamlet of Bignanico, 5 minutes from the lake and 10 from the center of Como, where you can spend a pleasant stay. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- B&B Osteria Cattaneo Como, Lake Como, Italy