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“Idyllic location”
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Hotel du Lac
Ranked #9 of 10 Hotels in Menaggio
Ireland
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13 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Idyllic location”
Reviewed 3 November 2011

We had a lovely weekend stay at this hotel. It is beautifully located on the pretty town square and right on the water's edge.
We found the staff pleasant and helpful. Our room gave us views of the square and the lake backed by snow topped mountains. We also enjoyed the views from arched windows of the downstairs cafe and from the pavement tables on either side.
The secure parking is only a couple of minutes walk.
We were lucky that the weather was excellent for the end of October as we manged to get in some excellent hiking and also toured the lake shore villages by ferry. A word of praise to the staff at the tourist office on the square who were very informative and helped us make the best use of our time.
One slight issue. We had a triple room which was actually a double with a fold out camp bed at the foot of the double bed. We did not mind as we only used the room for sleeping and changing. If the weather had been poor it might have been less comfortable as the only public room is the downstairs cafe. Our daughter who is 1.7m (5ft7in) found the camp bed short.
That said we would definitely stay again.
Menaggio is as delightful a place as you can imagine. Unlike some of the lakeside towns the main road runs through a tunnel behind the town thus leaving the shore itself peaceful. The hotel could not be better located nor more pleasantly staffed.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with family
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 29 October 2011

We stayed for a week and were very happy with our accommodation. Our bedrooom was large and very smartly decorated. The ensuite bathroom was also very nice. The staff were very helpful and friendly and spoke good English. The central location beside the lake is ideal. Breakfasts are a bit limited in scope, but that does not seem to be unusual in that area. If you do stay make sure you go up onto the roof-top terrace. It only has tables and chairs, but the views are sublime. Menaggio is a great base. Bellagio and Varenna are obvously very beautiful, but Menaggio is also attractive with a very nice atmosphere. It caters very well for tourists but is not touristy. Also it has better road transport links.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Massachustts
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Reviewed 2 October 2011

We enjoyed our 3 nt stay at this hotel. We had a front corner room on the first floor above the lobby overlooking the lake. It was in the center of things in Menaggio...busy location but not the busyness you'd find in Bellagio. Within easy walking distance to some good restaurants and the ferry. Breakfast was served in a pretty room overlooking the lake...just rolls, croissants and yogurts,juice and coffee. If I return to Lake Como I would stay at this hotel again.

Room Tip: Even though you hear some street noise, a front room is preferable.
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Seattle
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 September 2011

With Varenna and Bellagio now overrun with way too many tourists (thanks Rick Steves!) the other towns around Lake Como offer a much more relaxing, low-key alternative to stay in at this little bit of paradise.

Our room had a view of both the lake as well as the main town square (only down side to this was the noise during the day but we were usually out and about anyway). The room was well-maintained with adequate bathroom and storage facilities. Air conditioning (it was over 85 degrees during our stay) was also well-maintained. Elevator is small in the Euro tradition but hey, at least it works! There is a wonderful deck on top of the building which, 3 stories up, has a great view of the lake and town.

The hotel takes credit cards for payment but curiously its restaurant doesn't. This is something we noted again and again on our recent trip. There seems to be some sort of evolving issue between hosteliers and the credit card providers (or their banks).

If you're not traveling with your computer and need some internet access the only internet cafe in town is at the youth hostel. But it's not expensive and you can always enjoy a very inexpensive limoncello there.

Very convenient to the ferry as well as the road to Switzerland. Also, the little hop-on/hop-off train stops just right next to the hotel. There is no regular train service to Menaggio, you have to commute to Varenna or Como via ferry to get to a train station.

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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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Reviewed 25 September 2011

Absolutely loved this hotel! Stayed for 2 nights in early September and found it a good location for touring around Lake Como. Hotel is just a quick 10-minute walk from the ferry terminal. They have a great public deck on the roof where we enjoyed cocktails one evening, all alone. Great customer service - the gal inside running the cafe even made a special breakfast for us one hour before the cafe was set to open up, so we wouldn't miss our early ferry. Internet only worked outside the building. We took a day trip to Lugano via bus (bus stop is just a 5-minute walk from the hotel) and spent the day walking around Lugano and took the funicular to the top of Mt. Bre - don't miss it - the views are to die for!

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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California
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146 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 August 2011

Nice little (10 rooms) hotel situated in the historic center of Menaggio right on the lake. It is within 5 minutes walk from the ferry to Bellagio.
We stayed in room #9, which is in the attic. The room is small but charming and it has a balcony with great view. The bathroom is modern and very clean. The hotel provide free WiFi, but none of us could connect.
The two brothers who run the hotel were very busy in the cafe, but still found the time to answer our questions and requests. We enjoyed our stay. Recommended.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Santa Barbara, California
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Reviewed 8 June 2011

Hotel du Lac is a pretty, quiet, clean, friendly small hotel right on the lake. Our room faced the water and had a balcony, and it had attractive decor and excellent beds. The hotel is located on the very nice town piazza which has enticing shops as well as some conveniences such as a news stand, bank, gelateria and a local bus stop within a short walking distance. The town is less tourist traveled than Bellagio and feels like a true Italian town, so we preferred it to the busy-ness of Bellagio. The only drawback for those without a car is that walking with luggage from the ferry dock is a bit hard, so we took a taxi both ways - not expensive.
This hotel gets our highest recommendation.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with friends
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Property: Hotel du Lac
Address: Via Giuseppe Mazzini 27, 22017 Menaggio, Italy
Region: Italy > Lombardy > Lake Como > Menaggio
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Ranked #9 of 10 Hotels in Menaggio
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Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel du Lac 3*
Number of rooms: 10
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