We spent 5 nights here after Christmas in 2008 and had a fantastic experience. Having booked at very short notice, and having initally looked for somewhere in Milan, we were absolutely delighted with the hotel and particularly the restaurant.
We had booked a room with 2 double beds, but on arrival were offered a double and a twin which were much more comfortable. The building is very old and full of charm and history. The ground floor is the restaurant, and although I think we were largely the only guests staying in the hotel, each night it filled up with locals and Italians who appreciated its wonderful cuisine. In fact, on New Year's Eve, there was a gala dinner which attracted over 200 guests (held in the function suite on the top floor) and families had come from as far afield as Milan and Lugano on the strength of previous visits.
The food was absolutely wonderful. The staff gave us lots of time and advice, and tweaked dishes for our children's palatte. Breakfast was a delight and kept us going till well past lunchtime! Each morning the owner gave us travel advice / local history to help us plan our day and consequently we spent four lovely days driving around the towns and villages of the lakes. We also took the train into Milan to visit the cathedral which was well worth the effort - especially climbing up to walk on the roof.
I could not recommend this hotel highly enough for an authentic Italian experience and a relaxing, food-filled trip.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An ancient post house, is situated in Cantello, an italian/Suisse border town near Varese and a quater of an hour away from Lugano and Como and a hour of Milan.Its interesting geographinc position places this establishment between natural green parks and the blues of numerous lakes in the Alpine Foothills : Lakes Lugano and Como , Varese and Maggiore :not only greenery but also intertaiment fun parks , swimmingpools, golf-clubs ,popular sales outlets ans shopping malls.And for art lovers local area offers interesting cultural sites such als Castelseprio , Castiglione Olona and Sacro Monte and the villas and gardens of Varese and its province.It's ideal for a little break before setting out for italian destinations of world interest as well as beinga crossroads of flavors . Culture and scenic beauty typical of the region which the Albergo Madonnina invites you to enjoy to through its special offer ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Madonnina Albergo Ristorante Cantello, Italy - Province Of Varese