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“Beautiful and Peaceful” 5 of 5 stars
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Villa Regina Teodolinda
Via Vecchia Regina, 58, 22010 Laglio, Italy (Formerly Relais Regina Teodolinda)   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #2 of 5 Laglio B&B and Inns
Gorham ME
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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“Beautiful and Peaceful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2011

My wife and I found this spot on trip advisor and couldn't have been happier. The location is stunning and the quarters were magnificient! It's hard to find a "perfect romantic inn" but this is pretty darn close. We really had a hard time leaving.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    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 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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English first
long island, ny
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2011

This beautiful villa directly on the water in Laglio provides a perfect setting for relaxation and, as a base point for exploring other towns aorund the Lake. It is a far cry from the busyness of Bellaggio. There are basically 2 villas that comprise the Hotel- both next to one another. We stayed in the original villa, which was very lovely, but not as convenient to the few services available at this hotel. The room itself was truly a suite, with 3 rooms and a bathroom. It had beautiful old world charm, and a very comfortable bed. The room looked directly out over the Lake, and the view is unsurpassable. However, the terrace restaurant, pool, spa area, and enoteca were all located in the more recently renovated villa, which, although accessible, was a little inconvenient.
This hotel is really more of a B & B experience. Although the owner, Daniela, was present upon our arrival, I did not see her again throught our stay. There was a lovely young woman who checked us in, and gave us a map, and quick review of the area, but otherwise there was not much service available. We were served a lovely lunch on the terrace when we arrived, but no one told us about the beautiful enoteca downstairs, until the last night of our 3 night stay. Although I requested a massage early one morning for later that evening, they were unable to procure a masseuse. When relaxing at the pool, no one came by to offer a drink, snack, or anything, other than a towel. When we had to leave early at the end of our stay, to catch an early plane out of Milan, we were told that breakfast would be brought to our room- that never happened. So- overall, I think the Regina leaves a lot to be desired as far as service is concerned. However, in it's defense, the Hotel does have magnificent grounds, the location couldn't be better, and we did have a lovely stay.

Room Tip: Be sure to request a lake view room.
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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seattle
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49 reviews 49 reviews
41 hotel reviews
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2011

You can't ask for a more breathtaking view - mountains, Lake Como...stunning. The hotel itself is nice. Our room was clean & quiet (we got the Honeymoon Suite) and generally well maintained. They don't give you any instructions on how to use the jets in the tub, so ask (the buttons are near the sink, outside the bathroom. Unmarked). The bathrooms could use a little updating - our toilet seat was falling off and there was some water damage on the counter. But everything was clean and worked well. No Wifi in room (ask for a cord) but available downstairs. Breakfast is very basic (boil your own eggs, cereal, yogurt, that sort of thing). There's a spa where you can book massages and stuff (we didn't). No gym, but two swimming pools, and, oh, yes, that lake! Very nice staff. Highly recommended :)

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Miami, Florida
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2011

The owner , Daniela, was incredibly helpful and welcoming. Her staff was attentive. Our room was perfectly decorated and full of old world charm. The complimentary breakfast was hearty and delicious. The Inn has been beautifully restored and has stunning views of Lake Como.

  • Stayed March 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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Ashford, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2011

Intersting experiance.....we had a great time with the people we were with and attended a gorgeous wedding with fabulous outside catering and wonderful staff to serve us,but the hotel lacked warmth from the owner and most of her staff found english far from easy or maybe they found the english people irratating regardless of how polite we were.One waiter stood out from the rest maybe he should be front of house.
The pool staff struggled to cope with more than one order at a time and had no extra support .

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2011

Our experience of Regina Teodolinda couldn’t contrast more starkly with the previous review which is strange as our stays overlapped! We have visited many charming places and hotels over the years, particularly prior to starting a family, and this one combines many key features that put it high up on the list.

It’s on the road because it’s by the lake – a location for which Hollywood stars pay top dollar. Sounds of birdlife and views of distant hillside towns across the lapping water create an untrammelled tranquillity, despite the weather, which in our case was best described as mischievous.

The staff could not have been more helpful from responding to e-mail requests for making bookings in local restaurants to arranging the Prosecco in our room on arrival. The wedding was discussed in one of these communications and mitigated by an offer of a meal in the neighbouring hotel. Three staff members met us on our (forewarned) arrival despite the imminent appearance of the aforementioned wedding party. In the event, it was hard to stray away from our spacious and airy front room overlooking the lake, as we enjoyed the sounds of the wedding until evening before heading off for dinner.

Yes, it felt like we were staying at the bequest of Daniela and her family and re-assuring to share dining space with their own guests. The restaurant options in the neighbouring hotel are terrific: a terrace overlooking the lake or a picturesque cluster of tables in a stone exposed cellar with glass frontage, reminding us of a similar restaurant in Siena.

The hotel staff worked hard to ensure our stay met our expectations. We planned the following day’s travels, using lake transport, by pouring over the timetables with the help of the receptionist, Federica. The arrangements worked a treat. I find it hard to recognise the previous reviewer’s impressions.

The abundant breakfast included squeezing your own fresh oranges and boiling your own egg, in addition to the meats, cakes and cheeses typically offered on the continent. Yet all was conducted under the low key but careful attention of the staff. Cappuccino merited a second and the service, like the restaurant, was performed with that gentle restraint which entices us to Italy again and again.

It may be expensive but I understand from other reviews that off season prices can be negotiated. In the end, I am prepared to pay for charm and quality, especially when my time is short in a place that is a welcome relief from more impersonal, ‘corporate’ style destinations.

In essence, thanks to Daniela and her staff we had a lovely time. My advice would be to prepare your holiday, communicate well, relax in a lakeside room and enjoy.

Room Tip: Ask for a lake view!
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  • Stayed June 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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2011

Two girlfriends and I went to Lake Como during the first week of June 2011.

The good: Laglio, Cernobbio and the neighboring villages are beautiful. Very picturesque. The Regina Teodolinda sits RIGHT on Lake Como - the views are fabulous! In the last couple of weeks, the hotel's owner has opened a sister property, right next door. Both hotels have pools and the grounds are perfectly maintained. Each hotel has between six and 12 rooms I believe. The hotels are gorgeously decorated in a boutique-y, shabby chic, rustic sort of way. The suites (I believe that all of the rooms are actually suites) are very spacious and clean. Breakfast each morning is very good - eggs/croissants/cereals/cheeses/fruit, coffee, tea, juices, etc.

The bad: first, both hotels sit immediately ON the road. The roads in Lake Como area are extremely extremely narrow and traffic comes fast and furiously down the roads. People often beep their horns to alert drivers who may not see them coming (because the roads are so windy/curvy). So if your hotel bedroom faces the road, it is going to be very very loud. We had good-ish weather and liked sleeping with the hotel windows open. But with ear plugs. There is air con which seemed to work well too.

Second, it is really hard to describe the staff. The hotel is, at best, minimally staffed. Several days during our five night stay, there was no "front desk" staff available before 11 am or after 4 pm (really! and on a couple of days, no one worked at all).

The owner seems to have a big family. She communicated very well in English with us over email when we made our reservations. However, she never once acknowledged us during our stay even though she was present at least 50% of the time. Which was sort of awkward given there were sometimes only one other couple/group/person staying at the hotel. In fact, we never saw her working at the hotel. We saw her entertaining her large family many times throughout our stay. They were always at the pools, etc. We also saw them out at dinner in the village one night.

On the day that we arrived, only two hotel staff were working, and one of them grew increasingly inebriated as the day went on and she was entertaining the owner's family or her own friends.

The whole situation is really bizarre. In the mornings, we would see one person "working" breakfast, making coffee etc. We also observed a housekeeper/woman who cleaned the bedrooms. And then once in awhile, another woman would work a couple of hours a day in the office. But the owner seemed to just hang out with her family and do nothing.

RT does not have a restaurant at all though it does serve breakfast in the mornings on the patio overlooking the lake. The new sister property does have a restaurant. We had one very very mediocre lunch and then one fabulous dinner (but extremely expensive) during our stay. The restaurant and its small staff are friendly and gracious.

I mention all of this, because despite the good (and there was definitely some of it), the bad was so weird. We definitely felt like we were intruding by staying at someone's house. I should also say that there were a couple of weddings during the five nights we were there. Which is nice but again, b/c the property is so small, you may definitely feel like you are intruding.

I have no idea if the owner and her family live at either of the hotels but she and her family seemed to take full advantage of the properties, at the very least.

As for others' comments, I agree 100% - you absolutely need a car and the whole Lake Como area is very, very, quiet. Which is very nice if you are looking for some R and R! We spent a day in Milan which was great - an easy quick trip and one day driving over to Bellagio which was very challenging due to the very narrow winding roads - much easier to take the car ferry, which we did on the way back.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Villa Regina Teodolinda

Address: Via Vecchia Regina, 58, 22010 Laglio, Italy (Formerly Relais Regina Teodolinda)
Location: Italy > Lombardy > Lake Como > Laglio
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Laglio
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 6
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Also Known As:
Relais Regina Teodolinda Hotel Laglio
Villa Regina Teodolinda Lake Como/Laglio, Italy

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