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“good, but with some exceptions”
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Hotel Bellavista
Ranked #7 of 10 Hotels in Menaggio
Burnham-on-Crouch, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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“good, but with some exceptions”
Reviewed 25 September 2013

Yes the couple who run this place are Mr & Mrs Grumpy, but we enjoyed our 2 weeks here as Menaggio is the most convenient town on the lake for access to ferries, & busses. The town has a good selection of shops, cafes & bars around the piazzas & a helpful tourist office. Our room on the 4th floor was small, (though with plentiful storage space) but rooms on the other floors are bigger. Some evenings the staff were under considerable pressure as the hotel was fully booked & extra diners also used the restaurant. The owners did not recognise guests who hwd returned several times. We may well return as the atmosphere amongst the guests was very friendly & the location was to die for.
clean, quiet, & food OK.

Room Tip: pay for a lake view 4th floor rooms are small but OK
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Derby, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 September 2013

The great location of the hotel is the major advantage of staying here. Like other package tour guests we found it insulting to be restricted to a table inside the dining area rather than next to the water like overnighters and restaurant customers. the food was very poor and staff took their cue from the old couple who ran it - they were surly and unfriendly, apart from one girl on reception and the lady who cleaned the room. So don't worry about tips. My advice to thomsons is either drop it from the brochure - which would be a shame considering the great views - or deliver an ultimatum to the matriarch in charge (if you dare) to improve food and be more flexible with seating. And to smile!

Room Tip: We had room 403 which had a balcony and the most delightful lake views, plus airconditioning, You M...
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Moscow, Moscow City, Russia
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Reviewed 22 September 2013

My pregnant wife, 1 year old son and I stopped by here for dinner. The hostess was pleasant and put us at a nice table. The older woman who owns the place gave us a hard time after asking for a high chair, but in the end brought it out. She took our order with difficulty and made us feel guilty for even being in her restaurant. The food was average and the view is very nice. It took us about 20 minutes to get the bill and when we asked for the rest of our food to take away she claimed this is not a take away place. As we stood waiting she nearly ran into and tripped my pregnant wife which most other patrons noticed in shock. As we waited for our take away others exclaimed that they also had issues with her being rude and asked if we knew what was wrong with her. As we left at least 3-4 other couples remarked it's the last time they will come here. Another couple cancelled their order and just got up and left. Decided to check reviews here when we got home and wish I had done so beforehand. Everyone says he same thing, the view is nice, but the old hag ruins it all. I have also noticed someone even asked her if she reads the reviews which she bluntly replied no. So I am going to print them all out and hand deliver them to her this afternoon.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 September 2013

This hotel wears it's 3* well - you get what it says on the box. Food is typical for an Italian 3* is simple, generally well cooked and plentiful. Continental breakfast only but again as much as you can eat. Rooms are on the small side but kept very clean. The hotel is small and the staff get to know you quite quickly and are always ready to help. A good grasp of basic English is common and the reception staff have a good grasp. The owner never smiles but the feel of the hotel is friendly. The major PLUS point is the hotel's position. Nearly every room has full uninterrupted lake views better than most on the lake and a balcony. The pool and restaurant are also lake side again uncommon on Como. The ferry dock, town square and promenade and bus stop are all outside the hotel. We would recommend for touring, walking and cycling trips.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Rishon Lezion, Israel
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Reviewed 20 September 2013

We stayed at this hotel for one night on 10/9/2013 - 11/9/2013. Hotel located very well. The promenade starts from it. Near it there is a public parking which was full when we arrived. A parking place in 8 Euro cost for one day was offered to us. We eventually found a parking place few minutes walks from there. Room small but very clean and well maintained. Bathroom size very large and comfortable. Wi Fi reception OK. Our room addressed the street and not the lake.
On the floor that we stayed on, elevator didn't reach room level and we need to carried the luggage up few stairs. No hustle but just note it. Breakfast was good. We sat on the terrace with Como lake view

Room Tip: If you want to add money to room price ask for lake view
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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11 reviews
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Reviewed 18 September 2013

Mixed feelings... The two young women on reception were fantastic when we arrived. Very accommodating and helpful. The concierge, a young guy, who seemed to the concierge, cleaner and repairman was also ever-helpful and smiling. The elderly couple who ran the hotel made it difficult to feel welcome.... They made every customer feel as if we were causing them inconvenience by our presence, and all staff had to ask their permission every time we requested something.
That being said.... The hotel is very basic, it has not been renovated in a long time. Breakfast is basic, but the dinner we had there was very good, and the wait staff were helpful and pleasant. The views across the lake is also very good.

Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2013

expect basic and you wont be disappointed,The hotel is tired and in need of a refurb,dont expect a cooked breakfast because there isnt one, the only good thing about the evening meal was that it was hot,packet soup, instant mash and over cooked meat and fish were order of the day, one evening main course was scrambled egg with sprouts both good in their own right but I have never had them together. The rooms are basic with out of dated furiture , no english TV, and no fridge in the room.
The matriarch who runs this family hotel does not take criticism gladly ,God forbib you ask for anything, she should not be in the service industry her negative attitude seeps into every aspect of this well placed hotel even the staff come across as terrified of displeasing her.
The only saving grace of this hotel is that is on the lake with excellent views.

Room Tip: dont go there
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Bellavista
Address: Via Quattro Novembre 21, 22017 Menaggio, Italy
Region: Italy > Lombardy > Lake Como > Menaggio
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 10 Hotels in Menaggio
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Bellavista 3*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the centre of Menaggio, directly on the lakeside, Hotel Bellavista enjoys a magnificent panorama across the heart of Lake Como. The view of Bellagio is amazing, unique, because we have the best position in the center of the lake.The spacious veranda of the "Ristorante del Porto", the solarium with swimming pool and the terrace enable guests to relax to the full in a wonderful setting. Just 150 m from the ferry boat and water bus landing stage and 50 m from the bus stop. The hotel offers comfortable rooms all with satellite TV and safe. Tea room, bar, free WIFI in the whole hotel, lift, garage, car park, private mooring for motorboats. 18-Hole golf course 2 km. Away (Menaggio & Cadenabbia Golf Club) with special arrangements for Hotel guests. ... more   less 
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Hotel Bellavista Menaggio, Lake Como

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