My wife and I stayed for 9 nights for a holiday in Lake Como. We booked a Superior Lake View Room and on arrival were upgraded to one with a balcony. First floor room on top of the restaurant and the balcony extended beyond the available floor area so one could not look over as would be normal. Lake view was nice but somewhat obstructed by large trees growing in the hotel grounds in front of the room. The room opened onto the balcony through full length glass doors and wooden shutters and curtains.
Room servicing was very good. Pool towels were supplied and used towels changed during the evening turn down service.
Free Wifi was available and proved to be very good quality with very few "black spots" around.
The room was large with a big double bed, actually 2 singles together as is quite usual. Comfortable.
The bathroom was a good size with a full bath and bidet. There was no conventional shower - the bath had a retractable shower spray head which had to be handheld in use. Rather a strange arrangement really. The bath also had a jaccuzzi facility but this was out of order and not fixed during our stay. This is a black mark.
The hotel is on the lakeside and right next to the ferry terminal which is very convenient and we did not experience any annoying noise from this.
Usual flat screen TV with a somewhat restricted list of channels, only BBC world in english. Had to get the staff up to advise on channels as no info in the room.
There are 2 restaurants, one a la carte which we dined in twice to good effect. The other is table d'hote and mainly catering for the large number of tour guests staying on half board.
Hotel staff were good and helpful.
Room included buffet breakfast which became very familiar after 9 days! Hot scrambled egg/bacon and cold ham and cheese. Usual breads and fruit. Pretty basic. The coffee was quite awful and a big surprise for Italy. Very bitter. We gave up on this and got into a routine of having one at an adjacent cafe next to the ferry.
Do not forget the latest tax to be paid in cash on departure. 2 euro a head per day.
There is a good size pool surrounded by grounds with the usual sunbeds and 2 al fresco seating areas with tables and chairs. Quite a pleasant setup. The pool is unheated and temperature a steady 18 deg. OK once the initial plunge was over!
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