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Bed & Breakfast Ca Spiga
Ranked #1 of 6 Laglio B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Oxford
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Perfection!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2014

Our stay at Ca Spiga, 6th-8th June, was a special weekend away to celebrate our 25th Wedding Anniversary and was a real jewel of a find. From the moment we made contact, Alessandro was so caring and helpful, promptly answering all of our questions, assisting us with hiring a private speed boat and planning our travel itinerary.

Having flown into Milan from London, we followed Alessandro's timed and detailed directions, involving a train, the underground and two buses, with excellent connections. We only went wrong at the last minute, when we got off the local bus one stop too early in Laglio, but Alessandro (who was waiting for us at the intended bus stop) immediately rescued us in his car, full of smiles!

Ca Spiga itself is enchanting, set back from the main road and up a flight of cobblestone steps that lead you through a narrow passage way, past colourful cottages with overhanging balconies, and into a pretty courtyard. It felt as if we had stepped into a scene from a fairytale, with picturesque window boxes and terracotta pots brimming over with fresh flowers. The B&B is full of interesting historical pictures, furniture and artefacts, with gorgeous views over the lake. We were warmly welcomed with wine, fresh bread and meats from Alessandro's father's butcher shop and given a detailed map and tips on what to see and where to go whilst we were there. Alessandro made a reservation for us at Laglio's best restaurant, La Locanda del Cantiere, for that evening and had already bought our bus tickets for the next morning's trip to the village of Argegno (about 10 minutes drive), to pick up our boat.

Our room, the largest one, with en suite bathroom (Genziana), was beautiful and in keeping with the simplistic, rustic feel of the rest of the house. The sun streamed through not one, but two, large windows overlooking the lake and we also had a glass door leading out onto our own balcony, with a comfortable seating area (two cushioned, wicker chairs and small table). Below, there is a little courtyard and garden, with two reclining sun loungers, which you are free to use if you just want to "chill out" and share a bottle of wine (that you can buy directly from Alessandro's kitchen, helping yourself to glasses from his kitchen dresser, another sweet touch).

We spent our first afternoon walking along the tranquil "old" lakeside road from the charming hamlet of Laglio towards Cernobbio, admiring the views and breathing in the sweet smell of jasmine, which clings to every wall and doorway. We later found out that Alessandro has a few bikes at Ca Spiga, which would be ideal for travelling this route if you want to explore further.

Dinner at La Locanda del Cantiere was excellent, sitting at one of the outside tables on the terrace of this converted old boat house, mesmerized by the twinkling lights on the opposite, eastern shore as darkness enveloped the Lake. Despite some noise from the main road, our room at Ca Spiga was amazingly cool and quiet with the windows shut and we slept well both nights. For such an old house, the modern shower in the bathroom was superb!

Breakfast, as highlighted in many previous tripadvisor reviews, is an event in itself at Ca Spiga. There is so much to choose from (cereals, yoghurts, bread and croissants, fresh fruit, meats and cheeses) and it is very much a family affair, with lots of lively chat with Alessandro, his brother Andrea, and other friendly guests. Alessandro's cappuccino and freshly squeezed orange juice is better than any fancy hotel I've stayed in and everything is local and homemade. I can highly recommend the strawberry jam and freshly baked cake (a different one for each morning of our stay)!

Hiring a Quicksilver Active 535 Open for 8 hours on the Saturday was a wonderful way to explore the Lake and its stunning water front villas and villages all in one go. The owner of Centro Nautico Lario was most amiable and his rates very reasonable. We anchored and swam off the island, moored at Varenna for lunch and posed for the mandatory "selfie" photo outside Villa Balbianello (from the James Bond film, Casino Royale!), which is stunning.

On the morning of our departure, we met Alessandro's mother, another lovely, attractive member of the Motti family. Alessandro then very kindly drove us back into Como himself, as he was heading that way, and helped us purchase our train tickets in advance from the station. From there, he took us to meet his father in the town's Sunday market, as well as sample more of his delicious sausages!

After a pleasant afternoon in Como town, we reluctantly made our way back to the airport. Our stay at Ca Spiga was truly memorable - we only wish we could have stayed longer - and we hope to return with our three teenage children in the not too distant future. Three of Ca Spiga's rooms upstairs, with large, shared bathroom, would be ideal for our family - like a self contained apartment, but with the added benefit of a served, luxury breakfast!

If you want to stay somewhere that is more of a treasured home than a house, away from the tourists, then Ca Spiga is definitely for you. Thank you, Alessandro, not only for your thoughtful parting gift, but for being the most genial, accommodating host and now a dear friend. We will miss your stories and wonderful sense of humour, but intend to stay in close touch. Come and visit us in Oxford one day!

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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

We visited Ca Spiga in late April 2014. We cannot recommend Alessandro's B&B highly enough. The view of the lake from our room/balcony was magnificent, the breakfast was spectacular, and Alessandro was a perfect host. He made us feel welcome and made sure that we had everything we needed -- including directing us to the best spots to visit around Lake Como, and advising us how not to get lost.

LOCATION: Ca Spiga is located about 25 minutes away by bus from Como, in a charming village of Laglio on the west side of the lake. It is well located to explore the surrounding area (Bellagio, Menaggio, Como, Cernobio, etc.), especially if you have a car or a bike. It's also nice to take a walk along the old road through the neighbouring villages.

THE HOUSE: You can immediately see the love and care Alessandro and his family have put in maintaining and running Ca Spiga. The decor is, like the Como area itself, picturesque. The rooms are very comfortable and clean and the bathroom is newly renovated. We slept very well while we were there. WiFi is provided.

BREAKFAST: You'll love it: fresh, local breads, meats, cheeses, honey; freshly squeezed juice and coffee; freshly baked pies; and Nutella! The kitchen is a great place to meet other guests and chat with them. If you enjoy the breakfast -- which you will -- make sure you visit Alessandro's parents' shop in Laglio, a five minute walk from Ca Spiga, where you can get all the local products.

We hope to go back there soon!

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Karlsruhe, Germany
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2014

Really nice little B&B close to lake como with fantastic view on the lake and the mountains.
The whole house is kept in the historic style with antique furnture, but with modern bathroom etc. All is very lovely and Allesandro is a perfect host!
The best thing is the breakfast: excellent local cheese and ham, fresh orange juce, coffee and even homemade cakes!
We would definitly like to come back!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2014

Everything was great about our stay at Ca'Spiga. And what a host Alessando Motti is!
I highly recommend his homemade cakes, they're the best!
Familia Motti is very warm and helpfull.

We really enjoyed our stay!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Kiryat Gat, Israel
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2014

We stayed in Ca Spiga for 2 nights and enjoyed it a lot. The house host Alessandro welcomed us when we came and explained us all about the B&B and places in lake Como we should visit.
The room was comfortable and clean, and the view from the window is breathtaking!
The breakfast was the best I ate. there was all kinds of cheeses and salami, fresh juice and bread. we dident wanted to leave! very recommended.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Cambridge
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2014

Very cute B & B with a wonderful kitchen for gathering at breakfast or later at night. It is best to arrive before dark because the walk from where the car is parked to the house covers some uneven cobbles. The house is part of a very charming hamlet. We had the big room down stairs and it had a lovely view of Lake Como. Not the best bed but the bathroom was very new with nice fitting. The little balcony had enough room to sit and enjoy the view. Thanks Alessandro for being such an accommodating and interesting host.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2013 via mobile

My girlfriend and I stayed there for one night, and is was perfect. At first, Alessandro the host welcomed us in the house, And gave us a tour in the apartment. The view from the room is unforgettable and the breeze you feel ther is magnificent. The breakfast was the best one we ate in Italy!, fresh orange juice, homemade salami, fresh fruits and much more.

  • Stayed September 2013
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Property: Bed & Breakfast Ca Spiga
Address: Via Torriggia Alta 10, 22010 Laglio, Italy
Region: Italy > Lombardy > Lake Como > Laglio
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Laglio
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ca Spiga Bed&Breakfast is in Laglio, just 15 km far from Como, in a picturesque scenario with a lovely view on the "romantic side" of lake Como.Its strategic location makes it ideal as a starting point to visit the most famous places of lake Como and the close Switzerland. Ca Spiga is the right solution for a relaxing stay in the typical atmosphere of a genuine lake Como countryhouse. ... more   less 
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