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“Full of old school charm & lovely service” 4 of 5 stars
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Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via Roma 1, 22021 Bellagio, Italy   |  
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Ranked #6 of 17 Hotels in Bellagio
Certificate of Excellence 2014
London, United Kingdom
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62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
“Full of old school charm & lovely service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

This is a lovely, luxurious, old school hotel in an ideal location in Bellagio. The service is friendly & attentive. We were upgraded to a spacious Junior Suite with excellent views. The room decor could use updating. (It looks either unfinished or that they took half the furnishings to put in other rooms). I would definitely expect better beds (twins shoved together) & showers (had to duck) in this price category.

The pool/beach is a real treat... amazing views. In addition, there are lovely gardens. Breakfast (included in some rates) is a nice continental buffet in a palatial & lovely room.

We didn't go with kids, but it seemed relatively kid friendly. In addition to the outdoor pool, there is a heated indoor pool with mini waterslide. There is also a small playground in the most gorgeous location I have ever seen for a playground. (no baby swings though) If my kids were with me, I definitely would have been out there with them enjoying a glass of prosecco!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ghvs, Manager at Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni, responded to this review, May 19, 2013
Thank you very much for your post and for the comments on the location and services.
When staying at the Hotel breakfast is always included and yes, we are children friendly.
I hope to see you this summer with the rest of the family.
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  • Location
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

Definitely a place to visit, even if you're not staying. Plenty of old school charm, but hotel still looks up to date. Dining rooms are nicely decorated & have murals on the ceilings. Truly awe inspiring.

As our car pulled up (arranged by the hotel), we were greeted by name by the concierge. Truly personalised & warm. A waiter brought us a half bottle of sparkling wine & strawberries upon check in. Nice touch.

Our lake view room was a little small but still very acceptable. Furniture is old & rustic but very clean, very suited to the hotel. Bathroom is nice & modern with separate shower & bath. Shower is again a little small; I suppose bigger sized people can use the bath tub. The only 2 gripes I have are that the double bed was actually 2 single beds pushed together, and wifi costs 7 Euros per device (per day I think). Really, for a property of this calibre, they should just bump up the price another 10 or 20 Euros & include wifi. At 412 Euros for our room, a couple of buck more wouldn't matter. Wifi reception was fair in the room, but in other places you can get disconnected. I suppose this isn't a place for the business traveler, so this shouldn't matter at all.

We had dinner at Mistral, their one Michelin star restaurant. Service is fantastic! Food quite decent (pricey too, as you'd expect, but one who dines here wouldn't complain). We spent over 300 Euros for 2 including a cheap bottle of wine.

Hotel has indoor & outdoor pools, nice gardens and is in the heart of Bellagio town (I think). Everything is within walking distance. Our only regret is that we didn't stay longer; we only spent a night here after 2 nights in Villa Principe Leopoldo in Lugano. Had we known what was waiting for us in Villa Serbelloni (and the terrible service in Villa Principe Leopoldo, a hotel of equal calibre & pricier), we would have spent all 3 nights in Bellagio instead.

We will definitely return!!!

Room Tip: Pay for a lake view room if you can afford it!
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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ghvs, Manager at Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni, responded to this review, May 19, 2013
Thank you for your post and for your positive comments about the service, restaurant and property.
Our Hotel opened back in 1873 and we are trying to preserve, for what is possible the old world charm.
As you say the bathrooms are modern with separate shower and the showers we use are the standard cm 90x90 which fit all the regular size people. Not all of our clients travel as a couple therefore rooms are equipped either with twin beds or king size beds, hence the need to push beds together.
Wifi antennas are positioned a bit everywhere. To improve the service more antennas are being added as needed.
I will pass on your comment about the service to our restaurant manager.
I look forward to seeing you soon in Bellagio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

Yes it is expensive but a wonderful experience. We stayed for three nights as part of an organised tour, so cannot comment on room prices (save that we paid to upgrade to a room with a lakeside view and were not disappointed).
Yes the rooms have "old" furniture in them - but what on earth is wrong with that? Our bedroom was huge, with a comfortable sofa and chair and wonderful views - despite the rain! The bed itself was most comfortable and we slept like a log in between pure linen sheets, not something at all common these days. We were not charged extra for morning coffee in bed. When perusing the bill I pointed out this and am not sure whether it was not chargeable per se, or whether they exercised a discretion not to rectify the omission.

The surroundings are sumptuous, prices on the high side - especially in the bar, or for laundry, or if you eat in the ** Michelin restaurant with its "molecular cuisine". But we ate reasonably enough in the bistro downstairs on the menu du jour.

I don't like hotels charging for wi fi. They did here, but it was only 7 Euros for the length of the stay.

I don't understand comments about the surliness or lack of help from the staff - of whom there are legion. They were without exception happy, courteous and good at what they did.

So - one of the great old hotels doing the traditional things well. As long as you expect that you should be very happy here.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ghvs, Manager at Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni, responded to this review, May 19, 2013
Thank you for describing so well the logic of this historical hotel.
We do not pretend to be a design Hotel or a modern hotel. We are a traditional hotel with our own history and, fortunately, we still have a great number a people who appreciate history and art associated with the hotel good food and service.
Hope to see you soon in Bellagio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

My husband and I spent 3 nights at GHVS in mid april. We had a great experience. The hotel is older and very "grand", making it very charming. We had a lake view room with a small balcony where we sat to watch the sun go down over the mountains across the lake. The room was huge and beautiful, seemed to be recently redone. Breakfast was very good and served in a beautiful ballroom, a great way to start the day. The staff was very helpful. We overslept the first morning and were too late take the public water taxi (2 minutes from the hotel) to make our reservation for a tour at a Villa. The staff went into action, calling the Villa to explain our situation, then making several calls until they could find a private water taxi for us. Location in Bellagio is great, we were able to visit many towns around the lake and walk to all the sights in Bellagio. Late afternoon drinks on the terrace were expensive, but came with great snacks and a view that is beyond words. If you are lucky enough to visit Bellagio, a stay at GHVS is highly recommended.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ghvs, Manager at Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni, responded to this review, May 19, 2013
Thank you for visiting our property in April.
I am glad to hear that you had a pleasant stay and that you enjoyed both the Hotel and the services of our Concierge.
Thank you for recommending our Hotel.
Arrivederci !!!
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London, United Kingdom
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

This is the most beautiful hotel I have ever stayed at. Amazing find-de-siècle decors. Phantastic breakfast buffet in the ballroom. Phantastic location right at lake Como. Excellent restaurant. Hotels can hardly get any better.

Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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North Arlington, New Jersey, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013 via mobile

The hotel is located in a great area in the Lake Como region of bellagio. There was excellent shopping, restaurants and apertivo within walking distance. The hotel staff was amazing, but the concierge was one of the best I have dealt with.

The hotel can use some updating, but not too much or it will lose its charm! The rooms are a reasonable size and the bathrooms were large and very clean/new.

I would definitely recommend this hotel to friends.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ghvs, Manager at Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni, responded to this review, May 19, 2013
Thank you for your post.
Bellagio is a small town but with a lot to offer as far as shopping, restaurants and coffee shops is concerned, and all of this at arm’s length from the hotel.
I will pass your comments on to our Concierge team.
Arrivederci !!!
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Milwaukee, WI
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

Friends and I just left Serbelloni- and our experience was close to perfection. The location and facilities are beyond beautiful. Just as important, we found the staff warm and helpful. Restaurant staff were all engaging and added greatly to our positive impressions. Roberto, the concierge, was the best! He provided wonderful suggestions, helped with reservations and was always a joy to work with. Though more expensive than any of us usually consider, we have already discussed a return trip!!

Room Tip: Higher up are a bit nicer and if course water views are fabulous (thou more expensive).
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Via Roma 1, 22021 Bellagio, Italy
Location: Italy > Lombardy > Lake Como > Bellagio
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Bellagio
#4 Family Hotel in Bellagio
#7 Romantic Hotel in Bellagio
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni 5*
Number of rooms: 95
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni is one of the oldest and most elegant hotels in the Lake Como area and the only 5 star de-luxe hotel in Bellagio. From April to November the salons and the large lakeside garden offer guests the chance to enjoy a holiday far from the madding crowd and close to nature immersed in one of the most beautiful panoramas in the world.Lovers of peace and quiet can alternate the pleasure of a poolside drink with beauty treatments and programmers at Villa Serbelloni SPA, the hotel's own beauty farm. Or they can set off from the private dock for a motorboat trip to the historic gardens along the lake which, in Springtime, attract tourists from all over the world: especially for the wonderful flowering of the azaleas. ... more   less 
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Grand Hotel Serbelloni
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