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Hotel La Villa
Ranked #3 of 7 Hotels in Gravedona
Kilkenny, Ireland
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14 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Lovely hotel”
Reviewed September 5, 2010

I booked Hotel La Villa after reading trip advisor reviews and was really happy with my choice.We have just returned from a 5 night stay. The room was lovely and spacious with a view of the mountains and lake. Breakfast had a good choice, and i especially liked the real orange juice and fresh croissants. Also the salads on the lunch menu were really fresh and tasty. As was the fresh strawberries and ice cream!
Franco was great, always willing to help, nothing was too much trouble for him. I especially appreciated him making me a toasty at 10pm one evening as we were too exhausted to go out for food.
The swimming pool area is nice and relaxing, though be warned the pool is cold! But in saying that its really refreshing on a hot day.
I would recommend not walking on the main road outside the hotel as there are no paths and it is pretty dangerous, especially at night. Instead there is a lovely 5 minute walk to the lake front where the restaurants are.
All in all it was exactly what we were looking for, a place to chill out in comfortable surroundings with a friendly homely feel. And at an affordable price too.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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The English Midlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed July 10, 2010

After a day driving along the edge of Lake Como, we decided to stay overnight before pressing on into Switzerland.
The Hotel is located on the main road which starts to climb into the Alps and to be fair this was its failing in that the traffic is quite heavy for most of the evening but if it had not been on the main road we would not have found it!
The rooms are excellent, we had a large terrace with beautiful Lake and Mountain views.
Breakfast was excellent but Dinner was not served so we were directed to a marvellous place in the village.
The owner could not have been more helpful and the English Spoken helped us a lot!
We would return if in the area.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank Ian M
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Bridgend, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed June 3, 2009

Stayed at La Villa again this March with four colleagues from work. They are all in the UK tourism industry and keen to sample Italian hospitality and style. They anticipated a great deal and were not dissappointed. They are still taking about it and "When can we go back?" As usual, Franco was there to meet and welcome us and we took over the complete top floor of the hotel. Breakfast was superb as always and absolutely nothing went wrong with the hotel, welcome and accommodation. I was confident because I have stayed there a couple of times before, but was thrilled to see their faces when the saw their rooms. The walk down to the lakeside was also brilliant as was the hand made ice cream on the front. All in all a very beautiful hotel in a spectacular setting. Don't expect discos and noisy nightlife though. This one is for the discerning client who wants quality, relaxation, attention and reasonable price.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled with friends
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Thank Paolo5
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connecticut
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229 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
Reviewed September 20, 2008

Stayed here on the way to Bellagio...
the hotel is really super...large size rooms
nice beds with downy type comforters...
very nice all marble tile bathrooms
fantastic breakfast...they win on their croissants
and breakfast room is a glassed sun room
be sure to try and get a room with lakeview...not a bad walk
down some steps to the lakeside promenade
where Ca De Matt is a very good restaurant...
its a few streets down on the promenade ,believe
its Via Castello...its a short walk, just ask...its in an
ancient building...very nice food...
there is also a very good pizzeria a few streets the other way
which has an amazing indoor and outdoor dining area .
Being in the alps is a nice change...there is also
nice walks with alp views all around...the views
in Gravedona on this promenade are really the
best of Lake Como...without the crowds.
We arranged a taxi to the Lanterna Verde
which is an alpine restaurant which has amazing
views and food...this was a hilite of the trip as the drive
in the alps is wonderful...it is about an hour drive and is well
known.

  • Stayed September 2008
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2 Thank chiantiConnecticut
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Inverness Scotland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed October 10, 2007

On the recommendation of this website we booked the hotel for a five night break on a half board basis. The hotel was very clean and the food wasexcellent. The views from the window were wonderful. Gravedona is a little out of the way from the hub twns of Bellagio, Menaggio etc. but it is a nice cruise down the lake to get to them. On the plus side it was not nearly so touristy especially in September when we went. We got a great HB deal with wine and water included for 140 Euro per night for two people.

To conclude, if you want a relaxing stay in a very clean, above average 3 star hotel at a very good price, then you can't beat this hotel.

  • Liked — Food
  • Disliked — No Aircon
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank Dreamer54
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Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed September 8, 2007

Firstly note Hotel La Villa is in Gravedona, not Menaggio as listed in other reviews.

Was a little cautious booking this hotel with so few reviews, no candid photos and lack of affilliation with web booking agencies. However concerns vanished soon after arrival. Having requested a balcony/lake view we were allocated room 107, which as two balconies. One overlooking the pool / lake in one direction and the other overlooking the lake to the north east.

Three rooms on the 1st floor have a shared balcony terrace subdivided by some shrubbery in plant pots.

The room was spacious and clean though lack of air conditioning could be an issue on very hot nights. Fortunately the weather was on the bearable side of warm when we visited.

A well stocked (if slightly over priced) minibar is available and TV offers only CNN as the english language channel.

The en-suite has a shower only - no bath.

Hotel information and menus are in Italian and German only, perhaps a reflection on the proximity to the Swiss border. Mr Mallone does however speak good English if required..

Gravedona is one of very few villages on the west side of the Lake that doesn't have the main road running through its heart. Although the hotel is located on the lake side of the main road ( unlike many others) the noise is not overly obtrusive.

The small unheated pool is clean and well maintained.

Driving though many of the villages on the west side and seeing some of the other hotels we considered via TripAdvisor, I can recommend Hotel La Villa for its location if nothing else.

A short 2 min stroll down the hill and you are at the waterfront which has a small supermarket, a couple of fashion boutiques, a fishing tackle/toy shop, photo processing shop, 4-5 cafe bars, two estate agents and 3 good restaurants. Other shops are about 10 mins walk if you are prepared to brave the short sections of the (narrow in places) main road with no pavement.

There is not much else in the village so a car is essential if you want to visit elsewhere. The lake ferry service stops at Gravedona and will take you to Como or Lecco in about 1hr45mins for about €9 single.


To sum up, if you want a quiet holiday, waking up to stunning lake views in a clean, no frills hotel then this may be worth considering.

  • Liked — View from the bed!
  • Disliked — No air-con
  • Stayed August 2007
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tasmania
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed June 2, 2007

This family run hotel in Gravedona, Lake Como, Italy was wonderful. Clean, beautiful views from most rooms of the lake and mountains and very friendly and helpful owners. I would have to say it was the cleanest hotel I have ever stayed at. The breakfast was delicious and the owners were very helpful. One night we dined at the hotel in the evening and the meal was beautiful.

Would highly recommend this hotel to anyone and for only a 3 star it was unbelievable.

  • Stayed June 2007, traveled with friends
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Property: Hotel La Villa
Address: Via Regina Ponente 21, 22015, Gravedona, Italy
Location: Italy > Lombardy > Lake Como > Gravedona
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #3 of 7 Hotels in Gravedona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel La Villa 3*
Number of rooms: 15
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