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Reviewed 11 June 2015

Not a hotel, not a restaurant (anymore or just on demand for larger parties), not a B&B, just sweet staff for welcome, great breakfast and goodbyes. This is a wonderful 3-room big ‘home’ with stunning views and peace and quiet with a thrilling road for access. So book the 3 rooms with friends or family and enjoy all the terraces and the crotto with local wines and fridge. A small kitchen area would be handy so bring your own (camping) kitchenware not minding to do the washing-up in your bathroom. There is a great restaurant at 5 minutes walk.

  • Stayed: June 2015, travelled as a couple
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Thank AmsterdamParispr
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Reviewed 3 June 2015

Probably the most unusual hotel I've stayed in. It only has 3 rooms and at night the staff leave and lock the gates so you need a key to get back in and out. The hotel is quite isolated and is located 3/4 the way up a steep hill near Gittano. It is also quite difficult to find as the road it's on is extremely narrow with hairpin turns throughout. You just hope someone is not coming the other way because the only place to pass is on the hairpins. Still it has an amazing view of Lake Como which makes it all worthwhile. The rooms are large but basic. Free water, soft drinks and biscuits are provided in the rooms. The TV had about 100 channels but not one in English. The bed wasn't that comfortable as it had 2 singles joined together. Wi-fi is free and the reception was fair. The breakfast selection was ok but nothing fancy. Coffee was to order though and was good quality. The hotel also runs a restaurant and cooking classes during the busy season but they were not available when I was there.
There is a very good Italian restaurant called Il Caminetto a 5 minute walk up the road worth checking out if you don't want to drive to a nearby town. I ate there twice and the food and service was excellent and inexpensive.
The hotel is about 3kms from Varenna where you can get a ferry to Bellagio and other towns of Lake Como. I walked there but I seriously wouldn't advise it. Once you get to the bottom of the hill you have to walk about 2kms on the lake road with no footpath. Some of it is through dark tunnels where cars are flying past. It's actually quite dangerous. Either drive to Varenna or take a taxi.
Even though I enjoyed my stay at this hotel I'd probably book a stay in Varenna next time where there's a little more choice of activities and restaurants.

  • Stayed: May 2015, travelled on business
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Thank Hunstow
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Reviewed 15 June 2014

Crotto Di Gittana was, by far, our favourite place on our honeymoon. Amazing to have the entire villa to ourselves for our first night, as we were the only couple there, and there are only three rooms! The views are SPECTACULAR, and you are away and protected from the noise of the small towns. The rooms and wonderful, spacious, and our room (the Brown room) had a floor to ceiling window, which we kept open, even during the rains!

Do yourself a favour and get here now. NOT TO BE MISSED!

Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
2  Thank Sean C
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Reviewed 14 June 2014

What a gem! Coming up a very tight road you start to wonder if you've made a mistake. But the view from the car park looks amazing, then the view one level up on the terrace is even better and the welcome from staff is warm. And finally when you step in to your room you realise that you've just walked into one of those places that you'll remember forever. This is how my new husband and I felt as we encountered the different layers of Crotto di Gittana!

Our room is spacious and luxurious, so very clean. The sheets are high quality and the bathroom is superb (shower only). A huge bed, ample storage, free mini bar with drinks and snacks (amazing!) and free internet are also features. However it is the view from the Juliet balcony that really took our breath away. What a view. We slept with the doors open and listened to the church bells and birds as we woke to that view!!!

Breakfast was all set up when we came down in the morning- it's also included in the price. The bread and pastries were fresh and delicious- the best I've had since coming to Europe! Also included was yoghurt, fruit, juice, preserves, meat and cheese.

There is also a little three hundred year old Crotto (like a cellar) with a seating area and wine and snacks for purchase. It's beautifully cool for the hot afternoons!

We happened to be the only guest during our stay, so for an incredible price we had a private villa! What a treat. We can not believe what we've found here- if I could, I would stay forever!

Thank you to the staff of Crotto di Gittana- we will return!

Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
1  Thank Andylee321
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Reviewed 14 September 2013

If we were assessing the view alone, this restaurant would easily warrant 6 out of 5, having one of the best, indeed, superb views over Lake Como. Unfortunately, Mother Nature was unable to help with the quality of the reception, the service, or the food. We were greeted by two sniggering teenage girls who had to 'check with the Manager' for any question we asked. The manager himself appeared to be a surly, mute, figure, slumped in a corner - unable even to register our presence. The service was very poor and the food, which for the price, should have been spectacular, was equally so (a lamb dish was practically inedible). If you want a view, and don't particularly care about the food or service, come here. Otherwise, save your £100 plus, and spend it somewhere where the view may not be so spectacular, but the staff seem to appreciate your custom.

Stayed: July 2013
4  Thank David M
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