We stayed here for one night so we could explore Como before getting the boat to Menaggio for the remainder of our trip.
From Milan Malpensa airport we caught the airport express train and changed at Saronno for the train to Como Lago Nord. This station is on the east side of Como and just a couple of minutes' walk to Hotel Quarcino (slightly uphill at the end).. So the location of this hotel was ideal. It's also very close to the good selection of lakeside restaurants on the Lungo Lario Trieste, good for the Brunate funicular - highly recommended! - and only 5 or 6 minutes walk from the boat terminal.
The hotel is inexpensive for Como, run by some very pleasant people - they all had good or adequate English except for one elderly gentleman who was charming nonetheless. Everything was spotlessly clean. The reception area and breakfast room were very attractive. Our room was very plain - another reviewer has accurately described it as 'monastic' - but we had everything we needed there. The bathroom was a good size. The bells? Yes, they were right outside the window and extremely loud, but we were already awake at 7.30 a.m. and found them entertaining rather than annoying. Breakfast was adequate. We didn't have a car, but we noticed the secure parking at the side of the hotel.
Any downsides? Very thin towels, and quite hard pillows. But we can thoroughly recommend this hotel for at least a short stay, particularly for anyone who plans to arrive at Como Lago Nord station.
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- Also Known As:
- Quarcino Hotel Como
- Hotel Quarcino Como, Italy - Lake Como