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Albergo Ristorante Meridiana
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Bellano
Certificate of Excellence
Belmont, California
Level 6 Contributor
116 reviews
30 hotel reviews
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“Beautiful view in a peaceful spot”
Reviewed 26 June 2014

Based on past reviews by others, we chose room 7 and are happy we did. While only a small room with a high tub that is hard to climb in and out of (for the half shower), having a private deck that is literally on the edge of Lake Como, with a view across the upper lake toward snow-capped peaks in Switzerland, was priceless. Unfortunately, the couple on the adjacent private deck (with a privacy wall in-between), for room 8, smoked a lot and that chased us inside on a few occasions. We did not have the sound issues that some other reviewers have mentioned, which I suspect is because we were in room 7 rather than elsewhere. No matter what room you are in, everyone gets to enjoy the spectacular views and peaceful setting from the dining area, with both inside (big glass windows) and outside (garden) choices. We ate in the hotel's restaurant all three nights (plus three free breakfasts) and the food served ranged from good to great. Piera, the owner-manager, is so gracious; she took care of some special needs of ours, including going out and getting soy milk for our breakfast cereal. This is a great place to go to relax. We will return.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 May 2014

We visited Lake Como over three days in April, staying at Meridiana for two nights. I've read other reviews that state more picturesque locations on Como than Bellano, but I can't comment on that. We went to Milan one day, and the other days that we expected to tour the area, we encountered rain and so our touring was curtailed. I can speak for the hotel however, and I recommend it highly. Family owned, warm and gracious, they take great pride in making their guests as comfortable as possible. We stayed in Rm. 8 which I think is the largest out of the nine rooms - we were three adults and were comfortable in a cozy, welcoming room. We had two sets of French doors opening up to a wrap-around terrace right on the lake. The views of the alps are breathtaking and the sound of water right outside the doors lulls you to sleep. The restaurant is everything that you see in the reviews. An unexpected surprise, everything was unique and delicious. How convenient to step out of your room and walk a few feet to a gourmet meal. Breakfast was plentiful and varied. Eggs and pancakes were prepared to order. I was actually asked whether I wanted my scrambled eggs cooked for 3, 4 or 5 minutes which was a refreshing change from the usually soft scrambled eggs so common in Europe. We were very happy with our stay and would visit again.

Room Tip: If more than 2 people, ask for room 8.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 December 2013

We had stayed here before and this time found it just as good as before. Room right by the edge of the lake, lots of well-appointed public spaces both inside and out, and the staff are so helpful. This time we had been robbed on our way out of Turin and they arranged for us to go the police station in Bellano on the following day, and the young lady of the house was there with me for nearly two hours, interpreting and being very helpful. Couldn't have managed without her. You probably won't have been robbed, but it shows how helpful they are. Incidentally don't forget to have a look at the town of Bellano (just a few minutes' walk away): very interesting narrow streets running up the hillside.

Room Tip: I think they're all on the lake edge, on the ground floor, and I think all have balconies. The...
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 October 2013

We stayed at The Meridana Hotel for a week at the beginning of October 2013.
The Hotel is located within an easily walkable distance from Bellano and has wonderful views up and down Lake Como. Indeed many of the bedrooms, public rooms and garden make the best of this view.
We had a lovely 'large' corner room (No.8) with spare sofa bed, which was infact quite small by European standards and which would have been cramped had the sofa bed been used. We we had a disturbed night's sleep on 3 of the 6 nights we stayed due to noise from the adjoining room (Water system, moving around and conversation). The room had a small veranda with table and chairs and a hospitality tray. The tray was placed on a small shelf above the sofabed as there was insufficient table space elsewhere in the room. Had the kettle been used, as was expected, in this position there was a real risk that boiling water would end up on whoever was sitting on the sofa below. There was only sufficient milk for 2 drinks. The bed linen and towels were changed daily and bathroom and bedroom lightly cleaned, but it needed a thorough clean and dust.
The breakfast was a nice spread of fresh meats, pastries, cheese, juice etc and we were offered a boiled or scrambled egg each morning - this never changed. Pancakes and bacon were often left on two warming plates, but we always found that these were cold as the heaters had extinguished.
Staff were excellent and very friendly.
Price - Euro 75 pppn for summer - Euro 70 pppn 1st Oct onwards. We had 2 hours of sunshine in the week we stayed, so couldn't make use of the hotel garden or veranda and some of Bellano and the tourist services had closed for winter, so we felt that the Hotel was very overpriced considering we stayed during the low season and given the hotel facilities.

Room Tip: Room 8 is considered to be a 'larger' room and has wonderful views up an down Lake Como. It...
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 October 2013

First, the proprietor and staff of the hotel are darling and highly competent. I thought the dinner menu was quite good and reasonably priced. The room & bathroom were spotless. The single best feature of the hotel is rooms right on the water--leave the window open at night and hear the waves lapping 10M from your window.

The rose, though, does have its thorns--Bellano is less picturesque than Varenna & Lenno and felt a bit like the business end of the things. Perhaps 'real' locals live in Bellano, perhaps it's the only town with locals--this might be a better feature in highest season rather than mid-October when I visited. But in shoulder season those towns didn't seem overly crowded and Bellano felt like the poor cousin to these more glamorous spots. The lake at Bellano is less awe inspiring than farther down at Varenna.

On the particulars of the hotel: the pillows were very thin, the morning coffee thinner, the cold cuts a bit tired - though eggs were prepared nicely. The decor was a bit too homey and a tad dour for my taste e.g. painted plaster singing angel candle holders festooning the hallways and burgundy table clothes in the dining room. Also, there was a short-looped sound track that played Muzak'd classical music in the dining room at breakfast and dinner to the point where I'd heard so much of the '70s pop version of Orff's Carmina Burana and my old friend Ludwig Van that it all felt as queer as a clockwork orange.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 October 2013

Was recommended to stay here by friends who raved about it and the food - they were correct !

Its a must if in the area, great room on the lakes edge with a balcony and superb views. The food is as good as any I have eaten in Italy, very fresh and good value. The family owners take greta price in the property and their guests, planning to return for a long stay next time.

Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 8 October 2013

We needed a hotel for one night en route to the italian alps after flying into Milan. Bellano was just far enough to get out of Milan and make sure we could rest before a week of bike riding.
I came across Hotel Meridiana on trip advisor before we arrived and the reviews all said it was great, but it looked like the hotel didnt have availability. I decided to contact them directly and they were prompt in responding that they did have one small room left. We took it.
When we arrived my husband and I were so delighted, Piera and her staff were absolutely wonderful, from arranging a breakfast for us on arrival and getting our room ready quickly. Even though I was told it was a small room, it was big enough for a couple of nights and the quality of the hotel is very good. Comfortable bed, great bath, but the best thing is our french doors opened right out onto Lake Como. We decided to eat in the hotel restaurant and it was a great choice. Secluded, outdoors overlooking the lake, with lanterns and wonderful food/wine. I wished we could have stayed there longer. A truly magical place that started our holiday off brilliantly. Thanks Piera and your family you have a fabulous getaway that you so kindly share with others! Will definitely stay there again.

Room Tip: Dont be put off by Small room, it has a good sized bed, it just doesnt have a couch/extra chairs etc...
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Albergo Ristorante Meridiana
Address: Via Carlo Alberto 22, 23822 Bellano, Italy
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Region: Italy > Lombardy > Lake Como > Bellano
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Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Bellano
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Albergo Ristorante Meridiana 3*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Meridiana occupies part of a villa directly overlooking Lake Como and has its own independent entrance surrounded by the greenery of weeping willows and cypress trees. Hotel Meridiana offers you all kind of comfort including a very nice restaurant. All the rooms, each with its own lake-view terrace, have air-conditioning, a refrigerator-bar, a private safe and internet connection. Guests can go sight-seeing or visit the nearby cities, rich in art and history, or practice some of the many sports this area offers, ski, mountain-biking, trekking, sailing, windsurfing, kite-surfing. ... more   less 
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