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“Old fashioned excellence” 4 of 5 stars
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Grand Hotel Cadenabbia
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via Regina, 1, 22011 Cadenabbia di Griante, Italy   |  
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West Yorks
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“Old fashioned excellence”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013 via mobile

We have just returned from the Grand Hotel where we enjoyed a family christening. The hotel itself reminds me of one of the old fashioned but elegant hotels you might find in Brighton except with the stunning Italian lakes as a back drop . The rooms were very nice with ours on two levels with a bathroom up stairs and bedroom down an a largish balcony commanding an amazing view over the lake and mountains in the distance . The hotel has a nice but smallish pool. The terrace is amazing with another mouth opening awesome view. The restaurant was also good with a lot of choices for breakfast and some delicious different Italian foods for the christening buffet which seemed never ending .Somewhere I would love to go back to.

Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

This hotel is way overated at FOUR star,the entrance looks very grand but sadly has never seen a hoover or duster in a very VERY long time ,cobwebs everwhere,although our room was clean but alas the air conditioning didn,t work and being on the end at the side very noisy too,but we did have a lake view (room 358). The dining room looked as if it was set for a wedding,very impersonal and the food was very repetitive and boring and very small portions unless of course you loaded up on the buffet antipasti and dessert which were the same every night,hence we stopped eating there. The swimming pool was difficult to get to fourth floor then across sundecking,down a spiral staircase onto a steep path through woodland and through a garden on the ground floor,not sure how often this was cleaned either,no changing facilities/showers or toilets. This hotel caters for very many coach tours and just did not justify the four star rating for cleanliness or food and is in need of a lot of TLC to bring it upto standard.

Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

stayed 3 nights at this hotel in july ,read some negative reviews but we had a very pleasant stay,loved the view from the top floor resteraunt .quiet rooms comfy bed will return.great location for the ferry boat across to bellagio which is a must visit town lots of nice little shops and resteraunts.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

The Hotel room was exactly as described and shown in the picture.

Lovely location. Easy access to the ferries. Wonderful view of Lake Como from the rooms. Major downside, no internet access in the rooms!

Room Tip: I recommend staying in any of the suites. The executive rooms are a bit small and choked
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

My wife and I stayed here in August 2013. It is a very pleasant hotel in a good location. The area is quiet and all the better for it, no hassle from anybody trying to sell you something and you can reach many beautiful places easily using local transport.
While the rooms are a little small our bathroom was fantastic, a good size with a really powerful shower, something I usually miss when we're away. We paid extra for a lake view with balcony. While the view is fantastic be aware that there is a main road between your balcony and the lake, so noise can be an issue. It didn't bother us but it may bother some people. In-room tea making facilities would have been nice for an hotel of this standard but that' just being a bit picky. The food was excellent. For those not used to travelling in Italy be aware that international cuisine can be hard to find, it's usually Italian or Italian! A special word for the staff who, from the cleaners, the reception staff and the dining room staff were all really conscientious and polite. We'll never forget the delightful terrace where pre-dinner drinks while watching the sun go down over the lake is simply fantastic.
This hotel was booked as part of a tour by Riviera travel (an excellent tour with a knowledgeable and helpful guide, Elizabeth) and we were delighted they chose it. I fully recommend it.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

On arrival one cannot but be impressed by the very large lobby area with fine furnishings and some nice art work. Location on Lake Como is superb. It was hughly disappointing when we arrived at our rooms to find that they were small and poorly furnished. A/C was very ineffective.
The dining room is excellent with great views of the lake and the alps and Bellagio across the way. Breakfast was more than adequate and the evening meal was very good. There was a very small swimming pool and no gym. The price of both wine and water were on the very high side.
Staff were very helpful and anxious to please. It is hard to sum up this hotel as it is a tale of contrasts. A friend was staying in a single room which was totally inadequate and claustrophobic.
To charge a single room supplement for such a room is totally unjust and tour operators should guard against this type of ripoff. Still overall a good experience.

Room Tip: It is hard to give advice because ther is a big variety of rooms but be on the lookout for the shoeb...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Los Altos, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

Yes, this hotel has lots of maintenance issues that could make it spectacular (see Hotel Tremezzo two doors down...same exact hotel, nicer finish >$1k/night). Instead we had a reasonable price with deck and view of the lake for much less than half the price. So the floor needed a new coat of varnish! oh well. The staff was great, the complementary Breakfast was super (and the dining room was perfectly decorated and maintained). One disappointment was the pool....but really, the lake is what you're there for. And the Dinner prices were extravagant...we didn't eat there.

Room Tip: We had the one on the second floor. Had Balcony and view of lake (room 206?).
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Grand Hotel Cadenabbia

Also Known As:
Grand Hotel Cadenabbia Di Griante
Grand Cadenabbia Hotel
Grand Hotel Cadenabbia Lake Como/Cadenabbia Di Griante, Italy
Address: Via Regina, 1, 22011 Cadenabbia di Griante, Italy
Location: Italy > Lombardy > Lake Como > Cadenabbia di Griante
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 hotels in Cadenabbia di Griante
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Grand Hotel Cadenabbia 4*
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