We stayed at Locanda Milano for 2 nights during a trip to Lake Como as part of a European touring holiday.
The hotel is situated in the village of Brunate, which is high on a hill above the lake. The road to Brunate rises out of Como town, and boy, do you go through some tight/steep turns to get to it! Once there however, you're rewarded with some spectacular scenery. It was very hot and muggy during our stay and the air quality was bad, resulting in slight murky views, but still worth seeing.
Everyone at the hotel seemed super-friendly, helping us up the stairs with our cases, showing us where things were, and our room was large and airy with a balcony (unusually) leading off from the bathroom.
The hotel is very conveniently situated about 3 minutes walk from the funicular railway which takes you down to (or up from) Como town. This is a must, as Brunate is a proper village, where people live, rather than a tourist attraction (well, maybe for the views of Como) - Como's where it's all at, really. It has a bustling feel, and you have to keep reminding yourself that you're not on an island, as the boats come and go from the quays.
We took the rapido service boat to Bellagio. This is a sort of jet-foil, similar to the flying dolphins in Greece. It takes about 50 minutes, but you have to sit inside the boat. We caught the traditional ferry for the return journey to Como. This takes about 2 hours, but you can sit in the sun on the deck or at the back of the boat and observe local life at the various stops and do some people-watching. Catching the boats is informal and easy. Just go to the ticket office at the pier, having decided where you want to go and they will tell you how much it costs and when the next boat leaves. Bellagio is by far the most touristy stop, but it's quite pretty. About 2 or 3 hours is enough to see it all and still have time to eat. Boats return to Como approximately every 2 hours.
We did eat at the Locanda Milano on our second night. We had the set 'tasting menu', which includes local food. We would suggest starving yourself for the whole of the day before attempting this, as the portions are huge. At the end of the second course, we were eyeing a very small dessert with great reluctance and wondering if it wasn't just a step too far!
All in all, we enjoyed our stay at this friendly hotel, bantering with the barman about the football (Euro 2012), and would recommend it to anyone who wants a clean, no-frills place to stay away from the crowds of Como town.
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- Also Known As:
- Locanda Milano 1873 Hotel Brunate
- Locanda Milano 1873 Como
- Locanda Milano 1873 Hotel Como
- Locanda Milano 1873 Brunate, Italy - Lake Como