Stayed here 20-27 July 2013 and booked through Inghams Lakes and Mountains. Inghams were great and their Reps were very helpful and thoroughly knowledgeable of the area. Full marks to them.
Hotel - Large reception with lots of comfortable chairs and sofas and lots of paintings to admire. Because the bar and restaurant were on the 5th and 6th floors there was no reason to hang around the reception area except to gain access to Wi-Fi which wouldn't work anywhere else. Surely something could be done about this.
Room - Our room was fairly large and with hindsight we should have paid the extra for a balcony. Having said that we didn't come to Lake Como to sit on the balcony, so no real problem. Bed was large and comfortable with extra pillows, so all fine there. Tv was small with only BBC World News and CNN News in English. Good job there was no important news that week so we didn't miss much. The bathroom was disappointing - large enough, but no separate shower. More shower in the bath than shower over the bath. Hand held shower not good enough these days. Plenty of hangers and drawer space with small fridge and safe.
Dining Room and Meals - nice dining room with fantastic views with those "wedding-type" chair covers with big bows at the back. Nice but un-necessary. Breakfast was very good, self-service with all the usual fruit, yoghurts, cereals and the standard toast machine which is always hard to control. I avoided the bacon which I was told was very salty (would need twice as much water to drink during the day) and not advisable in the very hot weather we enjoyed all week. Dinner was OK with the "main" course the weakest link. Antipasti,starters and sweet were great but the main courses were at best OK. Wine list excellent but cheapest bottle was 21 Euros with water 4 Euros. That made it an expensive week - well you have to have wine with dinner! We kept a stash in our room (bought in the local mini- mart) for extra drinks later. Beer in the bar was the standard for the whole area - 5 Euros for a BirraMedia (0.4L). Fantastic views from both the dining room and bar with terraces overlooking the lake.
Staff - generally great, always helpful and plenty of them.
Facilities - small pool fine for late PM swim to cool off. Usual problem every morning with some selfish people going down early every morning and leaving towels on sun beds. Turns out they were English people but that doesn't surprise me. Karaoke one night in bar and pianist who looked a bit like Rene (without Renata) another night. He managed to whip up a mean sing-song(!!?) until the wee small hours (11.00pm I believe, not sure, didn't stay). Apart from that early nights were the usual.
Location- centrally located for ferries to many other places in the central Como area. Veranna was particularly interesting with narrow streets and lakeside bars and restaurants. Bellagio excellent too but Menaggio a disappointment. Villa Carlotta next door has magnificent gardens and shouldn't be missed. I also recommend the trip to St. Moritz on the Bernina Railway. Stunning views from the train but St. Moritz is just a flashy resort full of designer shops (very boring). Definitely a case of the journey's the thing with the destination unimportant. Best combined coach and train trip ever. Brian (yes he is Italian) was a fantastic knowledgable and witty guide.
Summary - we went to a 3 star hotel in Lake Garda a few years ago and this hotel is streets ahead of it, so by Italian standards deserves its 4 stars. People will always find reasons to complain, usually to do with the standard of meals provided. My view is if you want British style meals then have your holiday in Britain. All in all I would recommend The Grand Hotel Cadenabbia as a very good holiday hotel.
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Hotel Cadenabbia Di Griante
- Grand Cadenabbia Hotel
- Grand Hotel Cadenabbia Lake Como/Cadenabbia Di Griante, Italy