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Grand Hotel Menaggio
Ranked #2 of 10 Hotels in Menaggio
Reviewed 14 August 2014

Everything about this hotel is location. When you enter through the front door the view is of a lovely lobby area, the outdoor swimming pool, Lake Como and the mountains beyond. Fabulous! The rooms are very dated. There is a particular problem in some rooms in relation to plugs. Not all plugs are European standard. They are a legacy Italian standard and not all European adaptors work. Bear this in mind if you have chargeable electronic equipment.Our room had a shower (no bath) and it was very dated and dark but it worked adequately. Room had a TV, no coffee making facilities, had a hair dryer. Bed was comfortable. Room was very clean and a reasonable size, and had air conditioning. All staff were very friendly and professional. Breakfast was fine with a reasonable choice. Evening meals were excellent, though please note they charge for water. The view from the restaurant of Lake Como makes visiting the restaurant a joy. Hotel is located close to the lake front and very near the town centre, making for beautiful post dinner strolls! We did not notice any noise from the very nearby Ferryport. Overall a very nice hotel to spend a few days in but it could do with investment in the bedrooms.

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Reviewed 6 August 2014

The location could not be better, right next to the ferry terminal where half a dozen different boats do various trips or crossings around the lake. One will take you quickly to Como itself. Also, the car ferry crosses the lake from there. Our balcony looked onto the concourse so we could watch all the activity which, by the way stops overnight. We found the hotel good in nearly every way - staff willing to please, clean everywhere, comfortable with a good sized swimming pool. It did not seem too busy during our visit in July, which perhaps explains why there weren't many sun beds available, but we generally found a place to sit in the afternoons after our trips out. Wifi was available, but needed a new code each day, and was variable in strength and speed. I am sure they could do better in this area. Sitting outside in the morning sunshine for breakfast is something we only dream of in UK and here we enjoyed plenty of choices; fresh fruit, cereals, cheeses, rolls, pastry and scrambled eggs with bacon. The staff were extremely helpful and made our dinner each evening another delight to look forward to.

Room Tip: Ask for a Lake View. It was wonderful to look out at the stunning scenery each day.
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2  Thank mikea4167
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Reviewed 2 August 2014

The Grand Hotel Menaggio is situated immediately on Lake Como with its stunning scenery. As with most Lake Como hotels, its furnishings are quaint, old fashioned Italian charm.

The hotel has 3 floors and the better rooms are those overlooking the lake. Rooms on the 2nd and 3rd floor have the best views as the 1st floor is slightly obscured by trees (although this did not bother us).

Rooms do vary in size and furnishings and the bathrooms differ; some have a bath with shower attachment whilst others a walk-in shower.

We were in Room 115 which is overlooking the lake and has a small terrace. Our bathroom was very very small but did have a walk-in shower. Room 114 looked slightly larger with a bigger bathroom but had a bath (also has a small terrace).

Be aware when paying extra for a balcony that some are simply Juliet-style.

Rooms have excellent air conditioning, safe, well stocked mini bar, flatscreen TV (only English channel is BBC World News), hairdryer (on bathroom wall), large 6ft bed (made of 2 singles), free WiFi.

The hotel has two restaurants, one for the use of those on HB whilst the second is A La Carte (this has a more extensive menu and those on HB receive a €20 credit per person). Contrary to feedback below, I found the waiting staff (and those throughout the hotel) to be extremely pleasant and helpful.

Breakfast is completely self-service and a fairly basic continental offering; the only hot being scrambled egg and bacon. Coffee varied daily from drinkable to something with a consistency of hot treacle.

Lunch is served in the main restaurant - 3 courses or light meals/snacks are available.

Dinner is waiter service. Four small courses which are a hit or miss - pick wisely and you can have a very pleasant meal. There is a huge wine list.

The hotel's bar opens 10am till late and serves toasted sandwiches. Beer is Peroni or Becks and there is a long list of cocktails.

Immediately to the right (front facing) of the hotel is a Ferry Service. This operates throughout the day and the boats/tannoy can be heard from the poolside and rooms on the far right. It did not bother us but could be deemed a nuisance to others.

The pool whilst not enormous, is sufficient for this small hotel, but there are not enough sunbeds for the number of guests. Pool towels are provided together with a towel bag and replaced daily. The hotel has its own launch pad so if you are brave enough you are able to swim quite easily in the lake.

It is just 10 mins max to walk into town where there are plenty of bars, restaurants and shops. Friday is market night and the town square and promenade are filled with stalls.

The average age of guest at this hotel seems to be in the 60-70's age bracket. Evening entertainment was provided on just 3 nights during our week's stay, and was very simple background music/singer.

We had booked this holiday via Riviera and were extremely well looked after from start to finish by the tour guide (Marina). The trips to St. Moritz, Bellagio and the Villa Balbianello being the highlight. Be aware that some trips start very early and range from 7.15am to 9.45am.

Room Tip: Rooms 115, 114 and 112 all have views of the lake and small terraces with table and chairs. Views o...
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4  Thank Shaz6160
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Reviewed 27 July 2014

Grand Hotel Menaggio is a mixed bag. In truth, it is not a grand hotel, but it does have a great location, and some charming staff.
Its position next to the ferry station is great, and gives access to all the principal towns and villages on the Lake. It is also convenient for the town, just three minutes or so away, offering a basic range of shops, bars and café/restaurants. Bellagio, a boat ride away, offers more choice.
Our Lake View room did have a sensational view, and it was roomy,with a large and comfortable bed, and efficient air conditioning. However, the bathroom was exceptionally poorly lit, and the shower feeble. Wifi was available in the room, but bandwidth and speed were poor. Most electrical sockets were of a special lighting configuration, and there was only one regular continental socket, for the minibar fridge. Charging multiple phones/tablets/computer could therefore be a problem, and involve unplugging the fridge (not a problem in our case as the fridge did not work!).
Breakfasts were fine, although not a great selection of fresh fruit. You could make tea, in a pot, with the Twinings tea bags they supplied.
The bar offered drinks in the garden overlooking the lake, but beers and wine were never properly cold, other drinks were insufficiently iced, in Campari sodas the soda was flat, and over several nights the ‘complimentary’ crisps were soft every time.
The main, Table D’hote restaurant has great positioning overlooking the lake, but in spite of the fancy French names on the menu, didn’t rise above home plain cooking, with an over-dependence on canned products. Service standards were mixed, and the whole experience was redolent of school dinners. We ate there only once.
There is also an A La Carte restaurant; if your package includes dinner, you will receive a €20 a night credit against your expenditure in this restaurant. It is presided over by an attentive but curiously unsmiling individual. This restaurant has an interesting menu, with better food and excellent wine, in a pleasant outdoor situation. However, if you visit there a second time, the menu is unchanged. Eventually we gave up on the hotel meals we had paid for and ate out.

Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 July 2014

This hotel is right in the lake and has a great pool also on the lake. There are rooms that are on the lake and some that are not so make sure you book a lake view as it is spectacular. The hotel is a 1 hour bus ride from the train station - you take the C10 bus and the hotel is located at the 1st Menaggio bus stop. Don't take a taxi as it could cost approx 100 euros. The hotel seems to attract an older crowd made up of predominantly English. The breakfast is a buffet of all things American and Italian. The rooms are a good size, bathroom is average size, overall the rooms are clean and tidy. The hotel is walking distance to the town centre and right next to the ferry stop. We would definitely stay here again.

Room Tip: Make sure you book a lake view room!
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1  Thank Melinda C
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Reviewed 20 July 2014

We stayed for a week, in a party of 8 in 4 rooms. The location of the hotel is very good, it has a garden on the lakeside and is next to the ferry dock. The rooms were all on the road side of the hotel-the standard rooms - they don't have balconies, and are fairly small. Rooms were well decorated , the only thing which was missing were shaver points. the air-con didnty work in one of the rooms but this was fixed on request. Downstairs the hotel has a bar and large seating area with sofas, and you can sit in the garden. there is a small pool which gets quite crowded.
I wouldn't particularly recommend the hotel for families with teenagers as most of the clientele are elderly couples.
Breakfast was fine, although nothing particularly great.
We had booked the half-board option- with hindsight this was a mistake as most of our party found that a four course meal was too much in the evening and it ties you down to being in the hotel in the evening. There are many good and cheap restaurants in Menaggio fairly near to the hotel in any event.The food was quite nice (except vegetables which were very overdone), although the menu was very similar every day. The hotel was good at catering for various food allergies and vegetarians. We were a bit shocked however to find that we were being charged 4 euros per (small) carafe of filtered tap water.
Staff were all good. Generally I would recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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1  Thank torabashiri
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Reviewed 12 July 2014

Lake Como certainly has the wow factor. The drive from Como to Menaggio to the hotel gave us breathtaking views. The hotel has a few steps down to the reception area can be difficult. If you cannot carry your bags by yourself as there was no-one to assist when we arrived. Reception area and lounge area looked out towards the pool and as very clean and comfortable. Bedrooms were equally clean and comfortable. Food in the restaurant was very good. Breakfast was the usual mixture of cooked and continental, self serve even for tea and coffee. Evening meals in the hotel were very good, all waiter service. Staff were friendly and polite. You can easily explore the lake area by water bus which is located right next door to the hotel. A €15 day pass allows you to visit Bellagio, Varenna, Villa Carlotta and the entire central lake area. If you visit Vareena be sure to take the walk to the castle at the top of the hill. It is a steep walk, takes about 30 minutes but the view from the top is stunning, well worth it! We loved our stay at this hotel, very relaxing after our trip around Italy. Would definitely return to this hotel.

Room Tip: Be sure to request a lake view,
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Address: Via Quattro Novembre 77, 22017 Menaggio, Italy
Region: Italy > Lombardy > Lake Como > Menaggio
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #2 of 10 Hotels in Menaggio
Price Range: £147 - £364 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Grand Hotel Menaggio 4*
Number of rooms: 90
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