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In Riva al Lago Bed & Breakfast
Ranked #3 of 55 Como B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
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“Great place in Como”
Reviewed 10 July 2013

We had a 4 night trip round Lake Como and chose this B&B as our first stop in Como itself. Check-in was easy and we were able to do so 30 minutes early. The guy at reception was very helpful and gave us a quick tour of the hotel and its facilities.

I'd say it perhaps had a slight hostel feel to it, but this is no bad thing and everything was perfectly clean, the bunk beds were extremely comfortable and we both slept very very well.

We were pretty pleased with our stay when we woke up the next morning but there was still one last surprise to come - breakfast. It was FANTASTIC and probably rates as one of the best breakfasts we had on the trip, including some in much more expensive hotels. The selection was very extensive and it was all fresh.

So if you're coming to Como and you're on a budget (or even if you're not) I'd recommend this place to anyone.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 July 2013

Wife and I stayed here for 2 nights and found this B&B to be very good and convenient too. We took the option of going there direct from Milan Malpensa airport by trains, first using the ‘Malpensa Express’ train for Milan from T1 then changing at Saronno for the train to Como Lago Nord station. The whole journey took about 1hr 25min. depending on the connection. It was easy enough to do and reasonably cheap. In Riva al lago was 6-7 minutes walk from the station. Easy to find.

Checking in was great with Mario. We asked him a let us have a quiet room and he arranged it with a smile. Mario informed us that breakfast in fact was included in the Booking.com price and it was an error on their website which was good news. We were early at around 12:30 so we left the bags and took the local bus just round the square to Belligio for the afternoon. Journey time around 45 mins and it offered a good view of the lake. On return to In Riva around 6pm it was the older guy who showed us to the room. He seemed rather grumpy and impatient.

The room on the 3rd floor at the back was reasonably spacious and very quiet. Rooms at the front would be noisier with the restaurant customers in the street down below. There was only the view of a roof but we didn't mind. There was no lift so beware if you have no heavy bags. AC worked great. Bathroom was clean and roomy. Buffet breakfast turned out to be decent and it was nice to sit outside in the warm sunshine in the morning. We ate in the piazza cafe/restaurant 1 of the evenings, it was fine and not expensive.

The ferry boats dock was 10 minutes walk away and easy to use. We had a wonderful boat trip up and down the lake and stopping at 2 of the towns. One can ask Mario for the best way of going about doing that if unsure. As we had already spent the previous pm in Bellagio, we opted for a whole day boat ticket covering the entire lake for 5Euro more. One wont be able to visit all the town of the upside down Y, but we had managed to visit Varenna (nice place) for 50 minutes and Colico (30 mins). Beware it would be a long day (9:15-19:30) doing it this way but we saw all the different sceneries all the way up to the top of the lake! That was the main reason we went to Lake Como.

The Como town centre, Cathedral, shops etc. were 10 minutes from In Riva and the tram to go up the hill was 5 minutes the other way. On leaving Como, we walked to the main Como train station to catch a train to Milan, it took 15 minutes and it was an easy level walk. No real issues there.

All in all we will recommend In Riva. However it would be even nicer if the older gentleman could learn to be less grumpy and be more patient and polite with the customers.

Room Tip: As for a room at the back if you want quietness.
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Como, Italy
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Reviewed 27 June 2013

More than happy with comfort, quiet air conditioned rooms, with super shower, incredible breakfast, superb staff service! A total bargain, too!
Central to everything, we got off the ferry tired after a long day on the lake virtually at the front door! Extra windows and shutters mask street noise well, and i am a light sleeper.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 June 2013

This is a very well run hostel. We couldn't recommend it highly enough. If you are a travelling on a budget this is a great choice. Mario in the reception office is so very friendly and helpful with lots of suggestions for making the most of the visit to Lake Como. The hostel is just behind the main bus terminal and a one minute walk to the secondary main train station for Lake Como. 2 minutes walk to the start of the Lake promenade. A few minutes walk to the main square and the old town. The hostel was spotlessly clean during our stay and the breakfast was plentiful. The breakfast area is converted to a lunch time and evening restaurant at really reasonable prices.

Room Tip: If possible, ask for a room facing the court yard as the front rooms are a little noisy and quite ho...
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 18 June 2013

we really enjoyed our holiday in this hostel, the bedroom are very clean and i think it was very safe.
there is a lot of good italian food around it, and there is a bus station very near from the hostel. this is a very good choice to stay here.

  • Stayed June 2013
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Reviewed 21 May 2013

If you are looking for a nice littel B&B to stay in Como and not spend a fortune, this is the place to stay. The staff is friendly and helpful, the rooms are clean and so was our private bathroom. We spend 60€ for one night, without breakfast. They do have a restaurant, where you get good pizza, sandwiches and beer, but hardly any pasta. The place is located about 5 Minutes from the city center, the pier where the lake ferries depart and is about 2 Mintues from on of the train station, where the national trains run. The international train station is further away but you can take a bus.
Why I gave the place only 3 points? We did not know, we had to pay the room in cash. Only when you make a booking through booking.com you can pay with credit card. Not a big deal, but would have been nice to know in advance. Also in the restaurant there is no breakfast option until 1st June and you also won´t get any coffee. Check in REALLY is at 2 pm and not earlier. With coffee and pasta plus check-in a littel earlier I would have given 4 points.

Room Tip: Our room was facing the inner courtyard and so very quiet. If your room is facing the street it migh...
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 15 May 2013 via mobile

It was really a surprise to discover this nice b&b.
At first glance one doubts this hotel can be that good, for the entrance is not that beautiful, but as soon as one walks in, one sees it's really really good.
The staff was very helpful and friendly.
The room was super clean.
And despite there was no elevator, the clerk carried our bags.
Go for it

  • Stayed April 2013
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Property: In Riva al Lago Bed & Breakfast
Address: Via Benedetto E Antonio Maria Crespi 4, 22100, Como, Italy
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Region: Italy > Lombardy > Lake Como > Como
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Bar / Lounge Kitchenette Airport Transportation
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Ranked #3 of 55 B&Bs / Inns in Como
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Hotel Class:1.5 star — In Riva al Lago Bed & Breakfast 1.5*
Number of rooms: 10
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