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Madonnina Albergo Ristorante
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Reviewed August 6, 2012

We stayed at this hotel for 3 days during July.
This is a family run 3-star hotel.


At first impression the hotel is not what you expect - the design is eclectic with a huge amount of mirrors scattered around - a bit scary.

Also, our GPS made us travel the long and complicated way to get to the hotel - and we thought it was "in the middle of nowhere".
We found out it was a 10-15 minute drive from lake Como (through Switzerland). Travel to Milan is a bit long 1-1.5 hours.
If you want to stay at a quiet town and willing to travel a bit to the lakes around then the location of this hotel is great.

The best thing about the hotel is the service. The owners are very polite and very eager to help with everything: from warm milk for our children, coffee and drinks upon arrival, a bottle of cold water after bedtime and tour advice - all without charge!

Breakfast was excellent and dinner at the hotel amazing - I suggest you take half board (and not B&B) when possible. Deserts are extraordinary.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Guy C
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Reviewed July 31, 2012

if you make a trip from the north to the south, this is the ideal place to spend some time.
Located about 100 kms south of the Gotthard, it is the perfect place to relax after a long trip.
Rooms are very charming an d classy, service of the owning family is excellent and very attentive.
The meals they serve are simply top class, and all this for a very reasonable price.
At good weather dinner is served on a nice outside terrace

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank peter w
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Reviewed July 16, 2012

If you like Motel One, if you like Ibis and Best Western: do not go to the Madonnina. It would be the wrong hotel. First of all, the Madonnina is not a classical hotel. And all previous comments are right – the enthusiastic ones, the positive ones and also some of the negative ones.

You should look at the Madonnina from a different point of view. As one of the last survivors of family-run Albergos full of charme, uniqueness, surprise and individuality. Some rooms and the two suites are breathtaking, some are ok, sometimes the service is marvelous and with attention to the detail, sometimes when it is too crowded you need Italian patience. And yes, some rooms are noisy.

But what is for sure: excellent fresh food, nice wines, personal service from the owners Carla and Roberto, the whole family being part of this chef-d'œuvre, storytelling trees in the park, the world’s most beautiful wisteria and the unconditional desire to make you feel at home.
For us – and we stayed in the Madonnina for the past 12 years once every year – it is one of the rare magic places full of inspiration and tranquility.

In gratitude and a presto
The friends of Madonnina, Inge & Timo

PS: Ask Roberto to show you around the place: the Orangerie, the new “ballroom”, the sundowner rooftop with the new swimming pool… Fantastic.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 13, 2012

We stopped overnight on the way to Tuscany. The hotel is a 15 minute drive from the motorway and the sat-nav took us straight there. The hotel was beautiful and our room was clean, cool and very comfortable with a very good bathroom. We had a very warm welcome and they provided an excellent lunch at short notice. Dinner,in the beautifully garden was really good - one of the best meals I have eaten in Italy. All the staff were very friendly and helpful. next time we will stay for longer - this hotel is a real gem

Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
Thank Frank692
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Reviewed April 11, 2012

The Madonnina is an old inn for changing horses on the way from Milan to Lugano and beyond. More than 200 years old, it is both well preserved and tastily renovated. Rooms were comfortable, bathrooms well equipped, and still tastefully reflecting centuries past. I would always go back for the ambianxe, and the helpful owners.

Stayed: April 2012
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