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“Discovered a jewel on the Lake”

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Hotel Plinio Au Lac
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Laglio
Certificate of Excellence
Spring Lake, New Jersey
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16 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Discovered a jewel on the Lake”
Reviewed 10 June 2010

My wife and I discovered Hotel Plinio au Lac on the recommendation of another hotel in the area that was fully booked. On returning home we checked with trip advisor to see how other people liked our pleasant discovery. I don't know what hotel the negative respondents were talking about as we found the hotel to be terrific. There was no smoke or musty smell, everything was immaculately clean, and the furniture was fine. Our room was large and very comfortable and looked out over the Lake. Wow!!! Breakfast was very good with a nice selection. They even made my wife decaf coffee. The location is on the west bank of Lake Como about halfway between Como and Menaggio with easy ferry access to Bellaggio and the other towns.The staff, especially Donatella, was very helpful and offered very good dining suggestions and info on the area. We originally were going to stay one night but wound up staying three nights.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Chicago, Illinois
1 review
Reviewed 5 September 2009

This is a charming and quaint hotel with a beautiful view of both mountains and lake. The staff/owners were warm and gracious as well as always helpful. The food/breakfast was served in a lovely dining area and was most tasty. The location is accessible to many different towns in the Como area. And, the bus service in addition to the boat/ferry were picturesque and fun.

  • Stayed May 2006, travelled with friends
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Bristol
2 reviews
Reviewed 4 September 2009

Having just returned from this hotel we can truly say that we have had an amazing experience. The hotel was just as we had wanted it to be - a family run, friendly and comfortable hotel where Donatella and all the staff could not do enough for us.

Our room and en-suite were cleaned to such a high standard daily and it was a pleasure to return each day and walk in to see it looking so clean and tidy.

The breakfast was great and our favourites were always provided for us - thank you Donatella :-)

We will certainly return again and again and will most certainly be recommending this hotel to our friends and family.

The hotel was charming and had a wonderful energy of peace and tranquillity - this was always supported by such charming and friendly, helpful staff who were always on hand to help by finding us drivers, other restaurants if required and even other hotels when we moved area.

A truly wonderful time spent at the Hotel Plinio and our heartfelt thanks to all who worked so hard to make our stay so great.

Sonia and Yazmin

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled with family
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Sittingbourne, United Kingdom
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50 reviews
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Reviewed 3 November 2008

Walked in after long tiring journey. Parking immediately outside, not always easy on Lake Como. Saw it had 4 stars & thought should be good. Menu in window looked attractive.

However room very small. noticeably musty smell. Furnishings shabby. The bed was described as king-size but didn't look it.

Had pre-dinner drink in lounge/bar. Furniture again shabby with some wear. Went to go into restaurant to find it was not open to guests. Had we known we had to drive elsewhere for dinner, we would not have stayed there.

On return, strong smell of cigarette smoke in ground floor area.

In our room, could hear conversation of other guests in nearby rooms.

In morning, noticed three dust cobwebs in bathroom, and stains in bathroom cabinet. Also rust around shower screen and crack in shower door. We didn't use shower but stronger musty smell from it. Hair dryer plugged into a socket marked "for electric shavers only"

Breakfast standard but not nearly as good as 4* we stayed in the following night.

I feel this is possibly the worst hotel I have stayed in. On the same holiday we stayed in 3 & 4 * hotels in the Province of Bergamo. Both of these were so much better than the Plinio. It is difficult to imagine how it holds 4 stars

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  • Disliked — Smell
  • Stayed October 2008, travelled as a couple
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Thank deekay99
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CT
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21 reviews
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Reviewed 27 June 2008

This is a nice, basic hotel with a great view of Lake Como. The room was small (like most Euro hotels), simply furnished with comfortable beds. The bathroom was huge and very clean. Our room had a nice lake view (as do all rooms) which provided a nice breeze through the opened window (no air conditioning). Breakfast was basic (cereal, meats, cheeses, croissants, coffee, milk, juice) and was a nice way to start the day. There was no internet (wired or wireless) but there was parking right outside the hotel. The front desk staff (owner?) was very nice and helpful answering many of our travel questions. This is not a 4 star hotel, but it is a good place to stay to get a good nights rest.

The location was terrific - right down the street from George Clooney's estate with a couple of restaurants within a few minutes walk. The town of Laglio is quite charming with narrow streets lined with old, beautiful villas. Definitely worth a stop if you're driving through Italy.

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  • Disliked — No internet!
  • Stayed June 2008, travelled with family
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Chicago
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 21 May 2008

This is a wonderful little hotel which has the best location on Lake Como! It's close to the larger town of Como with its shops, silk industry tours and restaurants, Cernobbiio with its little boutiques
and Laglio which is itself a slice of Italian life!

The hotel has character--offering hospitality, clean/updated rooms--and there is a view of the lake from each and every room!

Plus the dining room has some of the best regional cuisine I've tasted!

I definitely recommend this sweet hotel. I've told all my friends in the US, too.

It's affordable, fun and gives a person a real taste of Italy!

  • Liked — The warmth and hospitality and the great food
  • Disliked — size of room's tv
  • Stayed March 2008, travelled solo
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Reviewed 2 August 2005

Its okay if you dont want a clean smelling hotel. Its scruffy smelly and quite frankly looks like something seedy and not at all what you expect particularly as the photos on the web look quitenice. In my opinion it is not a four star more a 1 star for one night stops when you are so desperate you dont want to sleep in the car. The Posta up the road in Moltrassio is a three star and is superb. Somthing should be done about the star rating as this is really misleading and dissapointing

Stayed July 2005, travelled on business
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Property: Hotel Plinio Au Lac
Address: Via Regina 101, 22010 Laglio, Italy
Region: Italy > Lombardy > Lake Como > Laglio
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Laglio
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Plinio Au Lac 3*
Number of rooms: 15
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