We spent three nights/four days here in Sept 2012 and really enjoyed it. The plus points are the owners were friendly and accommodating, the swimming pool was clean and pretty although owing to the weather we never made it in, breakfast was limited but absolutely fine as continental ones go and its up a short steep walk from the ferry dock. The room had a large double bed and was spacious and clean although the shower was on the small side. There was a tv with limited english channels but hey, its not a holiday unless you watch a classic film in spanish.
The cons are that there are only one or two restaurants in the area nearby, they are nice and well priced but choice is limited if you arent going to venture out. Which leads to the second negative point ; Gravedona is quite a long way out from the "main" hamlets like Menaggio or Bellagio where all the amazing restaurants and bars are. Its only about 15 mins on the fast ferry but they do not run past about 8 in the evening so if you want to make it back to the hotel you need a very early dinner! To get to Gravedona from Como we could only get the slow ferry which took about four or five hours - valuable time when youre on a short break.
Having said that, it was fine as base for exploring all day and the hamlets are beautiful. The food and wine are incredible and relatively cheap. Just a couple of ferry stops from Gravedona is Dongo where you can hire a reasonably priced boat for an hour (£70) to zip about and swim in the lake.
My biggest tip is to look online at the ferry timetable BEFORE booking somewhere to stay!
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