Forget all the bad reviews you have read before.
There are some home truths. Some rooms are very small so book a Lake Front with balcony. If you can't stand being with predominantly elderly Brits -stay away and if eating in a crowded dining room isn't for you - ditto. On the plus side the staff are very efficient and food plentiful and varied. Free drinks are local so not great quality but since free you can ignore that.
The location is superb and the views better. Take time to cruise the lake on a 10 Euro a day ticket and also walk up to the village with it's little bar and Churches. The terrace and pool are very nice too.
A stunning Hotel for the money and value through and through - even the entertainment isn't as bad as they say but watching tipsy middle class, elderly English ladies dancing is a hoot.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Britannia Excelsior is set on the shores of Lake Como and is a former 19th-century inn. The beautiful guest rooms are tastefully decorated with luxury fabrics and antique furniture. The hotel boasts four bars four restaurants and two swimming pools open seasonally.RnrnJust 50 metres from the Cadenabbia landing dock, the Britannia Excelsior offers free parking and beautiful views of Bellagio. RnrnThe centre of Griante is a 10 minutes' walk away. Free public parking is available near the swimming pool. All rooms at the Britannia Excelsior Hotel are equipped with satellite TV and private bathroom with shower and hairdryer. Some rooms overlook the lake and some even have a balcony. RnrnFree Wi-Fi is available in the public areas and breakfast is a continental-style buffet available daily in the main restaurant. Both the buffet-style restaurant and the a la carte, lakeside restaurant specialise in classic Italian and international cuisine. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Britannia Excelsior Hotel
- Hotel Britannia Excelsior Cadenabbia
- Grand Hotel Britannia Excelsior Lake Como/Cadenabbia Di Griante, Italy