Paying the extra for a Lake view is the key to an enjoyable stay at this still quite elegant hotel. Booking - in was fast, courteous and we found the staff to be very friendly and helpful apart from the night porter who was both rude and unhelpful. The room safe was free but proved to be very temperamental - a bit like the night porter! Cases were taken down for us at the end of our stay but we had to haul them up at the start. The rooms were of a reasonable size, clean and comfortable. The television was tiny and only had BBC World News and CNN as english speaking channels. Take a good book with you. Bathroom shower was very small. The public areas were very elegant with ample seating and with painting and sculptural pieces scattered around. There was also a very large roof terrace which looks down onto the swimming pool area set in a well kept garden. Lift to the fourth floor and out through the bar area brings you on to the terrace. Pleasant bar but expensive. Foodwise, breakfast was a buffet with a large selection of cold meats, cheeses, cereals, fresh fruit, yoghurts, three or four different breads and a variety of pastries. The cooked selection, bacon, small sausage and a scrambled/omelette egg concoction which was nicer than it sounds. Good coffee, hot milk and a large selection of herbal, fruit and ordinary teas. Evening meal, buffet starter and desert with the pasta and main course served at your table. Service was friendly, efficient and if you dined early, never a problem with queuing. Around 7pm seemed to be a good time. Food was hot and of a good standard and the rooftop dinning room had good views over the lake to Bellagio. Wine starts at 20 euros, beer and water 4 euros. The road that runs along the lakeside was very busy and there was some noise from it but then every hotel that fronts onto the Lake has the same problem. Walking along the side of the Lake was very pleasant, however, the path does run out and you have to cross a very busy road fairly regularly. Very little in Cadennabia other than a few shops and cafes. It is geared for the more mature traveller but is a good centre to tour the surrounding area. There were some interesting but steep walks away from the busy road. Route suggestions, timetables, etc were available from the Information Office which is on the right of the hotel and along towards Tremezzo then on the left beside the ferry stop.The C!0 bus stops regularly at the door of the hotel and 6.40 euros return takes you down to Como which is a lovely old town with plenty to see and do. The funicular at 5.30 euros is an option with some nice walks at the summit. The views are all to the lefthand side when you are seated facing Como. An all day pass which allows you to use any boat around the Lake is a pleasant way to get around at 15 euros or 12 for pensioners. A relaxing friendly comfortable Hotel.
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