I recently stayed at this hotel in beautiful Lake Como.
First off, the location is right across the street from the gorgeous lake, and it is very near to the wonderful streets of shops and the historical church. This makes it a good choice for those who want to be within walking distance from the sights and shops. There is an outdoor restaurant with lovely patio seating on the lake that is a nice choice for a light snack or meal which can be conveniently charged to the room. The rooms in the front have many pine trees blocking what would be a pristine view of the lake, so be warned, this might not be the place to stay if you want a perfect lakeview. The rooms are small with high ceilings and are definitely old. There was an odd musty or stale smell in the room, which might just be part of the ambience of staying in a historical building in Italy, but it was not quite the best scent to arrive at when you get back to your room. The key for the room is quite a trip, as it actually is a real key with a very HEAVY keyring attached. For those used to hotels with credit card keys, this experience will be unusual and surprising. You can leave the cumbersome key at the desk while you go out to see the sights and pick it up when you return. This was just an odd combo I had never seen before. Rooms include a bidet and toilet and a very oddly shaped shower. There is not much counterspace in the bathrooms. The towels were very thin and scratchy. The shampoo and soaps provided were very nice. The 3 elevators are extremely small and not good for anyone who has claustrophobic tendencies. The floors for the rooms are like a labrinyth, and it took some time to try to find the right path to take to get down the right hall to your room. The "first floor" is actually 2 flights upstairs from the main lobby. The rooms on the end, or the corner suites are the best. They offer balconies large enough to sit out on, more windows, a larger bathroom with a tub, and much more space. These room numbers are 120, 220, etc. Beware of rooms 221, 121, as they are the most small rooms there! I had room 222 which was small, but not as bad as 221, but not as large as 120. There was quite a bit of noise from partiers at a restuarant located nearby and the street traffic was a constant din in the room. The breakfast was held in a beautiful room with amazing faux paint and mural work and it overlooked the lake. The hotel restuarant was a 5 star dining experience and the food and service were superb. The staff were very friendly and helpful. There were no computers available to use. There is beautiful faux finish work throughout this hotel and it adds to the overall ambiance of the hotel in a very positive way. All in all, I think this hotel was fine to stay in, especially if you can get a larger corner room like 120 or 220, but there might be better choices there for a lake view and more modern rooms. Lake Como is beautiful and I highly recommend getting on a boat tour while you are there to take in the sights from that viewpoint.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Majestic and prestigious, the Palace Hotel faces the lakefront and perfectly combines the Liberty style of its main building "Plinius" with the classic lines of the "Pianella" wing; two styles, yet one soul defining the Palace and its history, making this property unique. The hotel features 94 rooms - the majority of which completely renovated - and common areas where the elegant atmosphere of the art deco blends with the modern facilities of the highest standards. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Palace Hotel Como, Italy - Lake Como