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“lovely stay in a simple and genuinely friendly establishment.”
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Albergo Il Vapore
Ranked #5 of 10 Hotels in Menaggio
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Perth, Australia
1 review
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“lovely stay in a simple and genuinely friendly establishment.”
Reviewed 26 September 2013

Me and my girlfriend stayed here for 3 nights. This simple hotel is comfortable and relaxing. Our room had a good bed and a balcony with a small view of the water. They have a lovely restaurant with that we are twice at with good Italian food and coffee. The family owners are genuinely happy, caring and very helpful. Simone even walked around the town to find us (we travel without phones) to tell us the weather was good to go paragliding and they will be here in 20mins to pick us up. Thank you so much for a relaxing beautiful stay.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Den Bosch, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 18 September 2013

Rooms small but clean. Good value for money. Furniture old fashioned. Staff very friendly and helpfull. Great location! We had a great view at the lake from our balcony on the second floor. Good restaurant on the ground floor.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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New York
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Reviewed 14 September 2013

This area is very expensive for lodging. Il Vapore was a great price and did the trick. The beds were comfortable. The WiFi worked. The staff was very, very nice. You are one block from Lake Como, surrounded by fantastic restaurants. For the price, this place certainly can't be beat.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 September 2013

I stayed here with my family (we are all adults now!) for a week. We took over three double rooms. All were at the front of the hotel, and had incredible views of the lake and mountains.

This is a charming place, which is family-run by a very welcoming mother and son team! They gave us some great local tips on swimming and walking locations.

We ate in the hotel restaurant several times- the food is traditional and home-made Italian fare- just what we needed after a long day touring the lakeside villages!

The rooms are basic, but exceptionally clean and charming.

We had a simple breakfast everyday of fresh bread and good, strong Italian coffee!

Menaggio is the perfect base for exploring the region. It is less touristy than Bellagio, and more outdoorsy than Varenna. It is easy to access all the central lake area by boat, and explore Lake Lugano. From the back of the village, there are numerous walking trails, with something to suit all levels.

The only downside to Menaggio is that there is only a tiny beach. But with a little effort there are plenty of gorgeous places to swim nearby!

We would love to return to Albergo il Vapore sometime soon!

Room Tip: Rooms at the front have beautiful views! Some have small balconies (25/26), others have french doors
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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Nairn
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Reviewed 10 August 2013

First things first: Mi dispiace!!! To Simone and his mother. We were still half asleep when we departed yesterday morning and, yes, forgot to leave a tip for the housekeeping staff...we will do that when we go back - who could come up with a better reason?!

And now to the good bits:
We found this hotel only by searching for an affordable place to stay for the four nights we wanted to stay in Menaggio. The reviews were all raving and so we thought we should give it a try.

Very quickly after booking the room, Simone emailed to let us know that a lake view room was available (we had put this in as a request, if possible), at a small supplement. We decided for it, and that was the right decision. There is hardly anything better than opening your shutters in the morning and taking in a deep breath of lake air!

The room was basic, but impeccable. We had to get shampoo & shower gel from the supermarket, but were prepared for this, as another review already pointed this out. It was only a five minute walk. And really: try to find a hotel in Britain at this rate that includes these little extras.

We managed dinner on the terrace (with lake view) on the first night, and that was excellent. Unfortunately, we didn't make it again, as the good old vino made us forget the time...We had some of it on the terrace, though, over the days.

Simone and his mum both were extremely friendly and hospitable and made the stay very pleasant.

All in all:
Great hotel
Great location
Great value
Great short break

Thank you! And see you again soon to give you that tip.

Regards,
Stefanie & Andrew

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Groningen, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 31 July 2013

We stayed voor 5 nights in Albergo Il Vapore. It was a very pleasant stay. Basic but very clean rooms with a beautiful terrace looking over the amazing lake Como. The family who own's the hotel is very friendly and there's a relaxed atmosphere. We had two dinners in the restaurant of the hotel, very tastefull and the restaurant has a nice terrace a the piazza.
If you consider to go to Menaggio, which is a very lovely and nicely situated place at the lake, Albergo il Vapore is a very good choice. And I do not say this only for my love for Italy but also because it's worth to try!

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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plymouth
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Reviewed 11 June 2013

This is a pretty hotel just off the main square. We chose it because it was one of the few we could afford in the area so we did not have high expectations. We were welcomed by the friendly owners and found everything we needed in our room. Yes it was small and basic - could do with a coat of paint but, our bed was clean and comfortable and we were provided with clean towels each day. Rooms 25 and 26 have a small balcony with room for table and chairs and from here we enjoyed a lovely view of the lake over to Bellagio. We paid for breakfast which consisted of coffee with bread and a selection of jams - by day no 7 we were ready for something different! There was the smell of cooking fat in the entrance lobby but nowhere else.
I would recommend this hotel for its location , good value and the friendly owners. It is not luxury but we enjoyed our stay here.

Room Tip: Rooms 25 and 26 have a pretty blacony overlooking the lake
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Albergo Il Vapore
Address: Piazza Tommaso Grossi 3, 22017 Menaggio, Italy
Region: Italy > Lombardy > Lake Como > Menaggio
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 10 Hotels in Menaggio
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:1 star — Albergo Il Vapore 1*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Lovely hotel and rooftop restaurant features a charming outdoor outdoor wisteria centenary. The restaurant is located in the lakeside piazza of Menaggio, in the heart of the town, located on the shores of Lake Como. The food is homemade and traditional dishes, freshly cooked, Larian specialties include risotto with perch as the (only if available fresh and Lake Como) and whitefish, as well as delicacies of the nearby Valtellina as pizzoccheri and sciatt. Most of the ten rooms, simply furnished, surprising in the breathtaking lake view.Kindness, courtesy and attention to detail and the son of Mrs. Simone Pinuccia complete the enchanting atmosphere of the hotel restaurant Steam, a corner of paradise in the heart of Lake Como. Pet Friendly. ... more   less 
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