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“Very convenient location” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Barchetta Excelsior
Ranked #4 of 33 Hotels in Como
Certificate of Excellence
Haifa
Level Contributor
41 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Very convenient location”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2013

This is a modern hotel right in Piazza Cavour on the lakeside. It is very well located at the edge of the old city and across from the boat landing for the boats up the lake. It is a modern hotel, with adequately sized rooms. Very clean. The breakfast buffet was good and even had soy milk which my husband needs. The real plus, besides the location, was the staff which was warm and extremely friendly. They readily answered our every question and were always ready to help. We had to get from Como to Malpensa airport near Milan (no direct transportation) and they looked up the schedules for us with no problem. The hotel is within walking distance of everything, the boat landing (1 minute), the train station (5 minutes on the clock), the Duomo, old town. I would definitely recommend it.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank S K
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Sydney
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40 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2013

My wife and I stayed for 4 nights at this hotel with unbeatable location. We had a lake view room on the 5th floor. Just beautiful. Loved the renovated rooms and the breakfast was great with lots of variety. Definitely worth the money to get a better room.

Room Tip: High floor Lake View
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank OZMIK
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South Africa
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79 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2013

There is only one problem with this hotel , so let me get it out of the way first . They insist on charging a fortune for WiFi when most hotels now offer it as a standard feature for free . They dont even offer it free in public areas as some hotels do . So we just refused to pay , and were somewhat inconvenienced . So here is my first tip for travellers ..... just walk out of the hotel into the main square and log on to Como Wireless which is free , and works reasonably well .

The hotel is in a great location about 300 metres from the train station Como Nord Lago , so its easy to just walk along the lakeside if you are arriving by train . We were arriving from Milan Malpensa airport , and we would normally have hired a car . But this time we took the train from inside the airport , changed at Saronno and got into Como in 1hr 15min .... and we didn't have the problem and cost of car parking .

The hotel staff were all very pleasant and helpful throughout our stay , and the reception staff got us checked in quickly and gave us maps and advice on everything we needed .

We booked a Standard Double room and requested an upper floor to avoid street noise , and we were given a lovely room on the 6th floor at the rear of the hotel with a view out over the rooftops of Como town centre . The room was everything we wanted .... spacious , in good condition , clean , a few English TV Channels , great bed ..... just no WiFi ! The bed was so comfortable and the room so quiet that we slept without any interruptions every night .

The public areas in the hotel have all been recently upgraded , so everything is new . The breakfast room on the 1st floor has a good view over the square and Lake Como , and breakfast was excellent every day with plenty of food to choose from . We ate in the Dining Room one night , and also had a very enjoyable meal with top service .

The top attraction is a slow boat trip on Lake Como up to Bellagio departing around 9am , and back in the afternoon . Wandering around the streets of old Como town is also fun with lots of variety . The funicular train up to the top of the view points over Como is a bit over rated as the views are limited . There is an enjoyable walk along the West side of Lake Como where there are many historical lake side properties to see up close .

Most of the restaurants in Como are quite expensive . We had an enjoyable meal in a restaurant called Cibooh which is down a side street . Its fairly new and very well decorated inside . If you want to eat outside maybe try some of the open air restaurants along the East side of the Lake between the train station and the funicular .

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Gordon R
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New Forest National Park Hampshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

The location is fantastic and the cleanliness of the rooms faultless (clean linen every day) but for a refurbished room we still had shower curtains which wrapped themselves around you at every opportunity and difficult to adjust water temperatures for the shower (without getting scalded or frozen when switching on and off). Costly Wi-Fi for a hotel of this standard is rather disappointing in 2013!

Room Tip: Lake view is a must
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank SMH666
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Level Contributor
73 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2013

Nice hotel, great rooms, pleasant people, good breakfast, views to die for (take a room with lakeview!) and situated in an excellent location to enjoy Como as much as possible.
Parking less convenient in a parking garage 300 metres further on and what the hell were they thinking when they came up with the wifiprices? 4,50 for half an hour???
Luckily I have spent lots of night at hotels in Italy where wifi is free or at a small charge, but this was really insane.
Otherwise however I would recommend this hotel for its rooms and location.

Room Tip: Take a lake view room
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Rodnet
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gmpalaceComo, Direttore at Hotel Barchetta Excelsior, responded to this review, July 25, 2013
Dear Guest,
thank you for your review. I am very pleased to know you enjoyed your stay at the Barchetta Excelsior and your compliments regarding our services are greatly appreciated. Parking facilities are now closer as we have recently re-opened our renovated private garage on the premises of our sister Hotel Palace located just 100 mt away. The wi-fi system is provided by an outsourced company and therefore subject to charges. However, we are working on a project that hopefully will lead to free wi-fi in the coming future.
Hoping to welcome you back to Como in the future,
Very best regards,
Robert Webber
general manager
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San Jose, California
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2013

Our room was good sized and very clean. The breakfast room was large with great views of the lake and the breakfast had good variety. It's tricky to get to because of all the one way streets, but parking was easy at their sister hotel.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank mxl408
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Haifa District, Israel
Level Contributor
18 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2013

we stayed in this hotel last august and i must say i wasen't let down.
the service is very good, room was big and clean, breakfast was great plenty of choice for everyone,the staff was very friendly and helpful' the hotel location is excellent right in the center of the city with great view of the lake.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Nadim Z
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Additional Information about Hotel Barchetta Excelsior

Property: Hotel Barchetta Excelsior
Address: Piazza Camillo Benso Conte di Cavour 1, 22100, Como, Italy
Location: Italy > Lombardy > Lake Como > Como
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 33 Hotels in Como
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Barchetta Excelsior 4*
Number of rooms: 84
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At the Hotel Barchetta Excelsior you are surrounded by beauty: the villas with their gardens, art exhibitions, silk outlets, boutiques, romantic boat trips, renowned golf clubs. The only hotel in Como with over 50 rooms facing the lake offering a breathtaking view of one of the world's most beautiful sceneries. The hotel is located a few steps from the Cathedral and from the city center and close to the shopping area. Every single moment you spend in Como will be unique and unforgettable. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Barchetta Excelsior Como
Barchetta Excelsior Hotel Como
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