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“Lovely staff”
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Hotel Orso Bruno
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Carate Urio
Certificate of Excellence
Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
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“Lovely staff”
Reviewed October 27, 2012

The staff were lovely. It was our honeymoon and I just mentioned it when I arrived and Antonia brought out a bottle of sparkling for our dinner. Great spot too- really easy to get to the other areas. Only downside was our room smelt of bleach when we arrived. Do your own research on the ferries. They run much more frequently than the hotel staff made us believe as there are lots of different timetables. Great view from the room and good view of the lake.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 15, 2012

Great family hotel in a fabulous location for visiting the Lake Como region (although there are probably no real bad places to stay in the Lake Como area). The hotel is run by a young couple that will try there best to help you with everything. They have recently taken over the hotel and are very accommodating. The rooms are not the largest around (common in the area though) but who wants to be spending their time inside a hotel room when you are in Lake Como?? Breakfast is served in the hotel bar from where you can see the lake. A nice restaurant in the hotel is also available for dinner in the evenings (another is located across the street). A bonus is the ferry terminal across the street with scheduled ferries that will stop all over Lake Como and its beautiful towns. Be sure to rent a boat to go explore the lake - you will not regret it!! Thanks again to the lovely hosts - we will be back some day. (P.S. George Clooney fans - his house is 2 km down the road.)

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 24, 2012

We chose this hotel for a romantic getaway after seeing the website and tripadvisor comments. Our overall impression is unfortunately mitigated and we wouldn't return.
- the location of Carate Urio is ideal and the boat and bus station right in front of the hotel are as perfect as it can be.
- the owners really are very friendly, multilingual and helpful as per other comments
- our room was very clean. Our shower was miniscule despite the bathroom being big enough for a larger one). However, it was totally devoid of soul or anything remotely romantic - furniture brand new but it would be more suitable for some big hotel chain
- we have never seen such a tiny tv anywhere and had only 2 channels
- the bar on the street level is nice, good atmosphere and it is also where the breakfast is served
- breakfast itself is a pretty soulless affair too, nothing special, all industrial jams etc, and no enticing croissants as per website photo.
- the restaurant upstairs has a lovely view & informal trattoria atmosphere. We thought the pizzas were great until I swallowed a slimy mushroom & realized it could only have come from a can. That is just unforgiveable in my opinion so we didn't have other meals there. Neighbouring table's seafood pasta looked great but we didn't want to give it a try the next evening.
- Carate Urio doesn't have a lakeside area and walks around the area are impossible, the only place being the narrow lakeside road which is fairly dangerous and not quite suitable.
To sum up - if you're looking for a practical, quite spot on the lake, Orso Bruno is fine, but we wouldn't recommend it for a honeymoon.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 17, 2012

It would have been very easy to rely on its location to sell it, but this is a beautifully run hotel. and we could not have found more caring hosts in Antonia and Samuele. It felt as if we had known them for years.

The rooms and the public areas were attractive and immaculate. The service was second to none and nothing was too much trouble.

Their restaurant and terrace 'Il filo d'olio' is lovely and the friendly service couldn't be faulted. The menu was extensive, the food superb, and the price extremely reasonable. The young chef is doing a great job!

The only thing that was missing was air-conditioning, but I know they're hoping to sort that out very soon. For the most part, it didn't impact on us at all..

To be honest, I'd quite like to keep this place to myself, so I won't say much more. Be back very soon!

Room Tip: The room we had was to the side of the hotel, but we still overlooked the lake!
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 14, 2012

We spent the last three nights of our honeymoon at the Hotel Orso Bruno and are so glad we did! As others have stated, the couple who runs the place could not be nicer or more accommodating. The hotel was extremely clean and our room had a balcony overlooking the lake. We had dinner in the hotel's restaurant 2 of our 3 nights in Carate Urio and thought it to be some of the best food we had on our entire 2 week trip. If you want to explore Lake Como but are looking for a quiet and relaxing place to do so from, I can't recommend this hotel and the town of Carate Urio highly enough. Both the ferry boat and local bus have stops literally right out the front door of the hotel, so getting around the lake (even if you didn't want to drive your own vehicle) could not be easier. Also, this place is exactly one hour by car from the Malpensa airport in Milan and makes a fine place to spend your last night in Italy, even if you have a relatively early flight out the next day (ours was 10:30 a.m. and we had no problem getting to the airport, returning car, etc in plenty of time).

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 13, 2012

We just found ourselves in this small very clean family run hotel .Antonia and Samuele her Husband could not do enough for us. The rest of the staff followed their example and this produced an extremely friendly atmosphere. The big bedroom with shower was comfortable and we had a great view of the lake from the balcony.The resturant was busy the food was good,the local fish was delicious and with their own pizza oven was very popular. The local people came to the cafe every morning for their coffee which is always a good sign. We were lucky to be able to stay an extra couple of days. The ferry port is opposite and took us on the lake. We highly rate this hotel and location.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Bruxelles
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Reviewed June 20, 2012

A very nice and comfortable hotel. Rooms and bathrooms are big and bright with a wonderful view on the lake. The young owners are extremely friendly and helpful.
The location is ideal as it is in a calm and characteristic town along the lake but very well-connected, a dock with frequent boats to visit the area is just in front of the hotel.
We already look forward to going back and taste the simple and tasty dishes on the terrace of “Il filo d’olio” (the restaurant of the hotel).

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Hotel Orso Bruno
Address: Via Regina Vecchia 45, 22010 Carate Urio, Italy (Formerly Piccolo Hotel Orso Bruno)
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Location: Italy > Lombardy > Lake Como > Carate Urio
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Carate Urio
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Orso Bruno 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
L'albergo lo scoprite dopo infinite curve dagli scorci sempre diversi ed emozionanti, arrivate accostando comodamente l’auto sul piazzale di fronte e scendendo vi accorgete dell’incantevole posizione di questo piccolo albergo che si specchia orgogliosamente nel lago ed è avvolto dal rassicurante abbraccio delle montagne. Se arrivate di mattina il colore predominante è azzurro dalle sfumature d’oro, il tramonto invece è rosa.Ad accogliervi troverete sempre noi e sempre un sorriso e dopo un celere check in potrete andare direttamente in camera o rilassarvi un attimo nel nostro bar o nel nostro salottino sbirciando attraverso le vetrate l’animata quotidianità che si svolge al di fuori. Dicono che non ci sia panorama più affascinante del lago visto dal lago e per i nostri clienti più curiosi l’imbarco della navigazione proprio di fronte l’albergo sarà un’ irrinunciabile comodità per una gita in battello. ... more   less 
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