A short walk from Como’s main station and from the lake, tucked away in a small square in the semi-pedestrian central area of Como, the Avenue hotel is a surprise.
Like the retrofitted panoramic lift.
The hotel is a great hotel, our room was impeccably clean, well furnished, spacious, and well equipped in every aspect, up to a nespresso espresso machine in the room! The staff was friendly, professional and very helpful.
Free wifi and a nice buffet breakfast complete the picture.
However the hotel does have some really weird aspects which could put off some more conservative travellers.
How about a bath tub INSIDE the room ? And not in some kind of squalid, derelict way; it is clearly hi spec tub and the child of some mad local expensive interior designer, or perhaps of the owners (this is not a chain hotel, it is privately owned probably by local people).
But it’s still a bathtub in the room. Weird.
And what about a glass (non opaque) door between the spacious bathroom (with large shower) and the rest of the room? What I mean is that from inside the room you could see inside the bathroom, and vice versa. Now.. this might work fine for certain situations, like old time couples, or families with younger children; but it might not work so well in other situations, like for example the first romantic weekend with your new lover: do you really want to see them taking a dump in the bathroom? Wouldn’t that spoil the romanticism of the Como mini-break? I guess it would.. Again, this faux pas is executed in expensive, high spec materials, and one wonders what kind of madness got into the interior designer or whoever came up with these ideas.
The WC and bidet are expensive pieces but the are.. squared.
Who designed a square john? Someone from Mars? Don’t they try their own designs?
Other weird stuff was specific to our under-the-roof family room: certain areas having a low ceiling (although it was only slightly below 2 mt), were not supposed to be accessible, which mean that part of the room had been fenced off with either furniture or a metal fence, again an expensive chromed metal fence, something very weird looking, but not an issue since the room was anyway very big (bigger than my apartment in London, anyway).
Last but not least weird aspect is the choice of flooring, A rough large and elongated granite tile which normally you expect to see on the streets in town and not in a room.
They are certainly more hygienic than carpet and certainly more resistant than wood, but they are cold (actually cold to walk on bare feet) and they gave me the strange feeling of being asleep on the streets.
Despite these weird aspects, it’s a great hotel, the experience was extremely positive and I would go back any time.
We got a special rate which was very good, but normally it’s a rather expensive hotel. WHich is the norm in Italy, where even expensive hotel can be crap: at least this one is a good one.
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- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Avenue Hotel is a modern 4 stars hotel located in Como, just steps from the charming lake and the main streets of the historic city center. Completely renovated in the style and furnishings, Avenue Hotel is distinguished by its sophisticated design and innovative environments, revealing a perfect choice for holiday or business in comfort and modernity. The rooms are spread over 3 floors and are characterized by the variety of the materials chosen and the quality of the finishes. Guests will also enjoy a comfortable breakfast room, a pleasant courtyard (accessible during the summer). In immediate proximity to the hotel guests will find two restaurants "Il PINZIMONIO" and "LAKE HEART". ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Avenue Hotel Como, Lake Como, Italy