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“Good base to explore Lake Como”

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Grand Hotel Cadenabbia
Exeter, United Kingdom
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123 reviews
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“Good base to explore Lake Como”
Reviewed January 6, 2014

A large hotel - a little daunting at first. The staff were friendly and helpful and the bedroom very comfortable with a wonderful lakeview and balcony. The restaurant is something to behold - don't be put off by the size as the food is actually very good indeed.

Room Tip: Pay for a lakeview and balcony - it's worth it as the lake looks different every day and you won...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed December 28, 2013

On your first visit to the dining area, you are apt to be dismayed by the appearance of the food served buffet-style, but be assured that some of it is glorious. For instance, I have never asted more delicious pesto than was on offer one evening. The mushroom pasta, full of exquisitely tender mushrooms, was comparably wonderful, and I also much enjoyed the grilled monkfish. The hot vegetables are commonly overcooked to the point of unrecognizability, so it's prudent to stick with the cold ones -- the sliced aubergine and artichokes, for instance. The cold fusilli salad, laden with olives and artichokes and hot peppers, was also delicious. (I don;t eat land animals, and am unable to comment on the pork, lamb, and beef, except to say, as above, that they don't look terribly appetizing in the huge trays in which they're offered.)

The dining room itself is quite magnificent, with a very high, very ornate ceiling, and a fantastic chandelier. And the staff, as elsewhere in the hotel, are immensely charming, with the exception of those who dish up the food. The latter can be downright surly.

I have a couple of wee gripes. In the shower (in which, wonderfully, there's abundant very hot water), there's no little shelf on which to put soap. And the WiFi can be maddeningly inconsistent. Moreover, the hotel ought not to present the same musician/sjnger, performing exactly the same repertoire, every night. However much we enjoyed him the first night, we were pretty tired of him by the fourth.

I should note that if octogenarians from Yorkshire aren't your cup of tea, you might wish you'd chosen another hotel. I have never heard "were" substituted for "was" so many times over any for-day period in my life. :-)

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed November 18, 2013

We prepaid for three nights accommodationfor a wedding we were attending in early September. When we arrived, we were given a musty old room in the back basement which looked onto a sewer. When we complained, we were told that there was no manager on site and that no other rooms would be available until the next afternoon. It was shocking that such a room even existed, let alone offered to guests at a normal rate. We could hear the sewer water pouring down all night. The staff was super unfriendly and when we were given another room the next day, the AC did not work. If you enjoy spending $200 CAD a night to sleep in a sewer, then this is the right hotel for you.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Culver City, California
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51 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed November 14, 2013

This hotel was built in the 1920s and looks quite charming and beautiful. Despite some small wear and tear to the hotel, we were quite comfortable here. Our room was on the first floor (just above the lobby) and facing the lake. Our room had a very nice large patio where we could sit and enjoy the view. We ate our dinners out here when the weather was nice. We had a great time here. We really enjoyed the breakfasts up on the 5th floor. The food and service were just right. We would highly recommend staying here. Most of the guests are from tour groups, many of them from Ireland or England, so it was quite fun and interesting to meet them.

Room Tip: choose first floor triple room facing the lake. The patio is huge. You wont regret it.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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dublin
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6 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed November 10, 2013

just back from staying at this hotel - laws with travel dept and where last visitors to leave before it closed for winter. dinner each evening was very good. extensive salad buffet followed by second and third served at table and then desert buffet. breakfast was ok but could have done with fresh fruit juice rather than concentrated

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
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Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed November 5, 2013

Hotel was ideally located as very close to ferries and bus stops. The staff were really helpful and friendly. I had a room with a lake view and I feel it was worthwhile to pay the extra for this as it was lovely to look at the lake at different times of the day.

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
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Athlone, Ireland
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17 reviews
16 hotel reviews
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Reviewed November 2, 2013

Having just come back from a very enjoyable few days in the Lake Como district, I will add a few comments and impressions. We travelled with the travel Department our second trip with the same company. We have no complaints at all about the trip. We had just two organised outings, one to Milan and the other to San Moritz. Some thought there could have been more of these organised tours but for us it was lovely to have a few free days to potter around and find our own way. It is very easy to get around as there are so many forms of transport.

We stayed at the grand hotel cadinabbia. Some of the tour stayed in the other hotel in tremiso the Bazzoni. It’s about a 10 minute walk between the two. The cadinabbia is an ok hotel. Staff are ok, rooms clean but slightly jaded and dated. Food in the restaurant is fine but you do need a break after a few evenings. I cannot speak about the Bazzoni because we didn’t stay there, but we agreed that it is in a far better location with regard to little shops and restaurants and pizzerias than the Cadinabbia.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Grand Hotel Cadenabbia
Address: Via Regina 1, 22011 Cadenabbia di Griante, Italy
Location: Italy > Lombardy > Lake Como > Cadenabbia di Griante
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Cadenabbia di Griante
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Grand Hotel Cadenabbia 4*
Number of rooms: 188
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