There are many reasons to stay at this hotel - the wonderful friendly staff - Franco, Lydia, Antonella - everyone going out of their way to help you; the incredibly clean rooms and constant attention to detail in public areas; the fun family-style table-side serving of dinner (although the food was average, at best); the great free wireless connection; or many another positive amenity....but even if it the hotel had none of these - there is one thing that makes it simply the best Lake Como has to offer- and worth staying at - absolutely beating the Grand Hotel Tremezzo down the hill and every higher-starred hotel in Bellagio or up the road that sits along the water- and that is - THE VIEW. There are many grand views from lakeside hotels on Lake Como, but it is our belief that none compare to Hotel Rusall because of the much higher vantage point, and specific location. The downside is you can't really walk or hike to town easily, you are high up in a residential area that really requires a car, and with no other businesses around.... but its a 2 min drive down to Tremezzo, and the view is out of this world., and worth the isolation. The sense of peace and beauty you get sitting on the balconies here is amazing (and lake-view rooms are worth more than they charge, don't even think of getting anything but a lakeside room). We have had many a great view in cities around thr world as well as through Italy. Few compare to this view. It feels panoramic - magical in each direction - whether looking directly onto Bellagio and Varenna straight ahead, and down to Villa Balbianello in Lenno on the right side ( BTW, Barbianello is far superior to Villa Carlotta - do yourself a favor and take a boat there!). You see the mid-lake island, and large expanses of water and mountains in each direction - no photo has really done justice to the views from this hotel because you see only one shot, in one direction. The grass terrace with beautiful flowers and majestic tree are also one-of-a-kind. We had little desire to leave the terrace, or the hotel. There are few places on earth, or in Italy that compare to this spot of land for a view. The rooms and rest of the hotel are OK - nothing too exiting - basic, and small, but clean. The mattresses are firm - but the double beds are 'full size" based on US measurements - not even "Queen" - (maybe a French bed?) so some folks may find them too small for two people- be aware of this issue if you are sensitive to bed sizes. The bathroom was good size, and with plenty of water pressure and hot water. But none of the details pertaining to the room really mattered to us. Go for the view. The rest of the positive aspects to the hotel are just a bonus and the negatives easily ignored. This spot is a piece of heaven on earth.
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- Also Known As:
- Rusall Hotel Tremezzo
- Hotel Rusall Tremezzina, Lake Como