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“Great location, lovely service nice people, accommodations a mixed bag” 3 of 5 stars
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Hotel Centrale
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Salita Plinio 7, 22021 Bellagio, Italy   |  
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Ranked #2 of 17 Hotels in Bellagio
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“Great location, lovely service nice people, accommodations a mixed bag”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2011

Hotel Centrale in Bellagio is a tough hotel to critique. The location in the heart of the old town is convenient and close to a number of good restaurants and shops, and the boat ferry is just at the bottom of the steps on Salita Plinio. The 64 cobblestone steps can be a problem for travelers with luggage, but we were lucky that Michaeli Borelli, one of the sons of the proprietor, was there when we called, and he came down to help us with the luggage. The Borelli family are kind and hospitable and helpful. You feel like you are staying in your Nonna's house when you are their guests. They provide free continental breakfast and a free computer for guest use...all much appreciated. Our room was spacious and air conditioned, but you should know going in that the bathrooms are tiny, and do not have wash cloths or a full line of toiletries. I brought our own supplies from home, so this was not a major issue for us. The hair dryer had no power, and our hair dryer from home would not work, even with the converters and adapters we had, but the hotel can provide a powerful hair dryer upon request, which was a lifesaver. The beds consist of a mattress on a hard platform and thin bedding...a hard sleep for sure. The antique furniture is charming, and this hotel did have drawer space, which many European hotels do not have. The bad news is that the drawers didn't slide in and out very well. Despite its imperfections, this is a serviceable boutique hotel, and the price is reasonable in a pricey town. You like your hosts so much that you tend to overlook some of the hotel's weaknesses, but it's better if you know what to expect.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2011

Nice family run place. Clean, and other than a walk up To the hotel, conviently located. Beds were nicely dressed, but not very comfortable. Price was certainly fair for what was provided and owners were very responsive.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2011

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this hotel. The family/owners were really nice, friendly & helpful people. The hotel is in the centre of Bellagio with lots of restaurants/cafe close by. Our room was on the 2nd floor & overlooked a garden plus we could see the mountains and lake. It was a quiet, good sized older style room with a small bathroom & free internet. Breakfast was good - even included a delicious homemade cake! This hotel was good value. We recommend this hotel and would stay here again.

Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2011

This was my third visit to Bellagio over the past 38 years.My husband and I stayed here last week and thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this small family run hotel. The management were most helpful in trying to find us a free parking spot soon after we arrived late in the day. The internet connection in our room , which was most important to my husband, was excellent, the breakfast was good, the airconditioning was the quietest I have ever experienced and our room had a wonderful large outdoor area with table and chairs and a view of the lake.In my opinion this hotel is in a better position than those on the front facing the lake as the hot afternoon sun is a problem in the summer. The bathroom has a good shower, preferable to the shower over the bath offered in many other hotels. The owner and his 2 sons were always charming and helpful and we will definitely stay there again.

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2011 via mobile

Stayed at hotel centrale in august for 6 nights with OH. We have stayed in bellagio before on three occasions, stayin at the belverdere and the metropole. To be honest if this had been our first visit to bellagio and the centrale our first hotel i probably would have thought it was the bees knees, but after having an apartment with superb views at both our previous stays, it was quite hard to compare the three. We had a ground floor room with small terrace and partial view. The room was classical italian decor/furnished and spotlessly clean with small en suite and french doors to terrace and additional french doors/balcony over one of the numourous small alleyways which snake through bellagios beautiful streetways. The room was perfect and checkin was quick and friendly. To find the hotel park off road near the new Lido or on the hill before coming into town and walk towards hotel du lac on the front. At the end of hotel du lac head up the cobble steps (there was 65 steps) and on your left you will find the gateway to hotel centrale.
Its the perfect choice if you want to be in the midst of the beauty of this gorgeous italian town.
We were supposed to be stayin at the metropole but a chamge of holiday dates meant we were left hoteless. Hotel centrale had such good reviews i decided to book. We werent disapointed. It was alot cheaper than other hotels and to be honest the rooms are on par with its bigger contenders! The hotel is family run and are very helpful and friendly.
My only gripe was the breakfast. Beautiful coffee... But quite a small continetal choice. It was ok for a short stay, bread rolls, crossiants, ham, cheese etc but after 6 daysi really dont think ill b able to face a cheese and ham roll again. Even some toast or some boiled eggs would have been nice, but seeing as im pregnant my tastes are alot fussier than usual, so it is a very very small gripe and certainly not the worst breakfast ive ever had.
Theres so much to do in bellagio its really a superb base for seeing lake como (hence why its taken us 4 visits and we've still not seen it all) thd boats are fantastic and dont miss out in visiting villa balbionia in leno (james bond casino royale filmed here) it was absolutly breathtaking.
There are hundreds of places to eat and drink in bellagio but i must mention la punta which is in a secluded spot on the very tip of bellagio, if you walk up past villla serbontoni (5 star hotel) its down the roadway on your left.
The highlight of our culinery experience though was actually at the bistro to the right directly outside hotel centrale. Forma & gusto ristro. The owners were superb and the food.. Just amazing homemade italian! Just delivious! Being a tiramasu expert,,,, please try theirs!!!!
Anyway, would we return to hotel centrale? We would... But the metropole would be my first choice only for the full on view... But value for money while still experiencing bellagio at its best? Centrale wins hands down! Thank you hotel crntrale for your warmth and welcoming stay!

  • Stayed August 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Fayetteville, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2011

We just got back from vacation and would like to tell you that Hotel Centrale was an excellent place to stay in Bellagio. It was convenient to bus and train and ferry. It was clean, the rooms were nice and the bathrooms also very clean. Breakfast was wonderful. The staff was very helpful and always kind. Thanks for taking good care of us Marchello, Mikki and Dad!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2011

We stayed at the Hotel Centrale for seven nights in July. The position is excellent with lots of good restaurants in close proximity. We had a ground floor room with a terrace, which was a pleasant place to sit out with a view of the lake. Our room was of a good size and nicely furnished with free internet connection. We could hear some noise, but that is to be expected from a old building. The room was cleaned every day to a high standard.
Breakfast was a selection of croissants, pastries, fruit, bread and cereal with excellent coffee.
The owner, Giacomo and his sons were very welcoming and helpful and were happy to offer information about the local area. He recommended an good walk to the church of San Martino from which the views were breathtaking.
We loved Bellagio and the Hotel Centrale was an excellent base from which to explore the town and the local area. The hotel is excellent value compared to other hotels in the town and we would recommned it highly.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Salita Plinio 7, 22021 Bellagio, Italy
Location: Italy > Lombardy > Lake Como > Bellagio
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Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Bellagio
#6 Family Hotel in Bellagio
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Centrale 3*
Number of rooms: 17
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Centrale Hotel Bellagio
Hotel Centrale Bellagio, Italy - Lake Como

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