Our first holiday in the Italian Lakes. Traveled here from Gargnano on Garda on 03 June after 6 nights there at a small family run Albergo. Although that was three star, the likenesses ended there. The Belvedere is undoubtedly a luxury hotel, particularly if you have one of the rooms with a large balcony, sunbeds and table, chairs. You could also have a patio version of the same. We were offered both, the patio style having a larger bedroom. We chose the balcony (room 106) because of the brilliant views. However a rota was needed to get dressed or changed as the room was really too small. But our choice. I think the hotel has 64 rooms, some face inland and others North, Our's was obviously facing East so no sun PM, but the grounds and pool area, sun deck, make this a redundant issue. The staff were very efficient and spoke very good English which made my attempts with poor Italian of no purpose, but to me that is part of the fun of being on holiday. I suppose that is why we do not really like this type of hotel. Too impersonal, too expensive, too interested in their own convenience? Why do I say that? A big minus for us is that Breakfast and dinner al fresco is a no no. Yes on a beautiful position with lovely sunshine you are cooped up in the dinning room. OK, windows spotless and they do open a door!
Why? Well ostensibly because there are rooms beneath the dining terrace and I suppose they worry that chatter of diners would be a problem. However, my view is that most guests would like to dine al fresco including those in those rooms. I think there are logistic reasons involved and that they are not prepared to change. Several guests other than us were heard to request breakfast outside, but no joy.
When we booked by email, we were offered "a candle lit dinner for two" in the terrace restaurant for Eu 65 ea. A trifle costly, but should be something special no. That's right-no. Actually, it was no more than a normal a la carte meal in the restaurant along with twenty odd other couples with tables for two by the windows overlooking the lake. We made sure we paid for what we had-not the price quoted! However, the meal was truly excellent and the best one of the holiday from the food and wine viewpoint. Not al fresco though!
Breakfasts the 5 mornings there were OK, but not up to our Albergo on lake Garda. Two mornings the scrambled eggs were decidedly luke-warm to cold (pointed out to maitre'D). Croissants were only the Italian type with sweet fillings. Limited choice of fruit juices.
As said, staff very efficient and doing a god job, but for us this hotel is overpriced, too impersonal and like many hotels wherever you may be. It happens to be in a lovely village on Lake Como-and knows it!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Perfect for relaxing vacations, the Hotel Belvedere offers all you need to rejuvenate body and soul. Nothing better than a peaceful holiday by Lake Como at Hotel Belvedere in Bellagio to get away from it all.Also known as the pearl of Lake Como, Bellagio is located at the tip of a peninsula which divides the lake in two arms and faces the Alps across the lake. Such a unique position has been making Bellagio a famous holiday destination since the Roman times.The panoramic restaurant and terrace of Hotel Belvedere offer stunning views of Lake Como. Additionally, the hotel features a luxuriant garden and a wellness treatment center, including an outdoor heated swimming pool, a large spa tub, a fully equipped fitness room, a Turkish bath, a sauna and much more to provide guests with a relaxing holiday in Bellagio. The hotel also offers manicures and pedicures, body scrubs, body treatments, aromatherapy treatments, massages and facial treatments. Reservations are required for massages and spa treatments. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Belvedere Bellagio Italy - Lake Como