If considering a trip to Lake Como, Bellagio is your ideal location - central to all the region and connected to most towns of interest by ferry. If desiring AFFORDABLE, quality hotel accommodations, Metropole is the best option. This European three-star hotel is ON THE LAKE. It is a modest, historical structure updated with most contemporary amenities. Perhaps its strongest attribute is the QUALITY CUSTOMER SERVICE provided by the staff, all fluent in English, at the reception desk. A hidden asset of this hotel is its DISNEY-trained attendant, Jasmine. A native of Bellagio, she easily answered the most challenging questions such as, please rank and prioritize Lake Como's villa gardens and Bellagio's local restaurants. The desk staff made our Bellagio visit memorable. Also, after visiting the towns best wine shop (literally 30 steps from the Metropole) spend your sunsets with your sweetheart on the roof of the hotel - fantastic views of the lake and distant Alps. At some future date, we intend to return!