Grand Hotel Menaggio
Travel Blogs from Menaggio
Robert surprised Rosemarie by sneaking out of bed and slipping downstairs to bring a pot of coffee crema back to the room. We placed our comfy chairs by our open picture window and sipped our coffees while gazing at the stunning vista. We were amazed to see snow on the peaks of the Alps! We had been to Lake Como in the past, but always to the town …
Today, we are very sad -- especially Rosemarie who dreads endings and good-byes. Not only of we leave the beautiful Costa del Sol and our incredible condo on the sea, we also leave Spain, our home for the past two months (with a holiday in Portugal). Rosemarie got up early to listen to the waves and crickets one last time before watching our last …
... us to see everything including the 50 piece orchestra who were as interesting to watch as the production itself. At times there must have been over 200 actors on stage and there were at least 7 or 8 horses that made their appearance. I couldn’t help but wonder if the horses were stabled in the old lions’ dens and if they could still smell or sense them anymore. It certainly didn’t seem like they were upset by anything. It was such a large ...
... one of the best tables in the house. The setting was just perfect to celebrate the occassion and a bottle Veuve Clicquot to start was just right. A shared plate of melon and proscuitto followed by roast veal for Julie and fillet mignon for Richard, then they presented us with a plate with some small desserts on which they had written in chocolate "Buon Anniversario". On the walk back to our room we lashed out and had a single cone gettato to finish. Just a perfecto evening.
... Ok, the bell chimes twenty four times each day, some of these seemingly random, but we discover the church was built in the thirteen hundreds, nearly as old as the unassuming little grey church nearby that just happens to be two centuries older than its larger neighbour. That sort of sums up Varenna. Other places on Lake Como shout out "hey – George Clooney lives here" or “This spot was used in a James Bond movie” but Varenna just sits quietly and ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Grand Hotel Menaggio
A great Hotel
This is an excellent Hotel which my wife and I have stayed at 4 times in the last 6 years.It is in a wonderful location, tremendous views across the lake and right beside the boat& ferry stop. We have always found the rooms to be of a high standard, the staff attentive and helpful, the food, at breakfast and in the evening, of a good standard. It does back on to the main road but if you have a front facing room this is no problem at all. Yes, the parking is limited and the roads are twisty, but this is Lake Como, one of the most beautiful and scenic lakes in all of Italy (possibly the world) - not a replica in the middles of Las Vegas. When in Rome (or Italy) etc. etc...
Bellagio, just across the lake from Menaggio, is a great place to visit but I would not want to stay there. There are few hotels, it is pricey, and murder to get in and out of other than by boat/foot.
I must say I have found these Hotel reviews of some value but it does seem that there are so many people in search of perfection and in my experience there is no such thing - Hotels have problems, as we all do in our own homes - it seems to me it's how they deal with them which is the sign of a truly good Hotel. On this criteria the Grand Hotel is a great Hotel !!
It was the fourth time we visited this hotel but we already made our reservation for this summer! It's so lovely afther a year hard work to relax in this hotel. With a friendly staff, delicious food, a romantic dinner place and last but not least a great view on the Como lake! See you soon!! The Spaans family, Holland.
Good value but...
We stayed 3 nights in mid September at the hotel and enjoyed it for the most part but feel the hotel could easily improve things. First of all the location is great. We had a deluxe lake view room for around 300 Euros so the view was incredible. The room was spacious although the bathroom had very little counter space. Difficult for couples and frankly, who else would be staying at this hotel? Also, our double bed was, in fact, two twin beds pushed together with a double sheet over it. This was a BIG disappointment for a hotel that advertises itself as a luxury hotel. The breakfast was nice and ample choices of hot and cold selections but we passed on the restaurant for dinner and judging from some of the other reviews, we made the correct decision. The doorman gave us a great suggestion, however, and that was Pizzeria del Lugano. A five minute walk from the hotel and it was great! The pool is beautiful and since we were there somewhat late in the season, we had no problem finding a space although we only swam in the morning berfore breakfast. We loved Menaggio and the location of the hotel, next to the ferry stop, made getting to other towns on the lake very easy. In general, although it could use a face lift, we enjoyed our stay at the Grand Hotel Menaggio because of the the wonderful view. A similar room at the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni in Bellagio would have been WAY more and since we were out most of the day and for dinner, the other disappointments (other than the bed) did not really bother us.
The Grand Hotel
We stayed at the Grand Hotel in Menaggio in August. The hotel Entrance was nice and the staff are all very friendly and helpfull. The two main criticisms that we had were (1) The breakfasts were very very boring and repetative for a 4 Star Hotel. It was Cheese, Cheese, and More Cheese, with one selection of cold meat (The Same Choice Every Day) and (2) We had paid extra for a room with a Balcony And Lake view. The view form the Balcony was beautifull but the room itself was vey bland indeed for a 4 Star Hotel. The Entrance, Bar, Restuarant may have been 4 Star but not the bedrooms. We rated our room 3 Star only. We have stayed in far better 4 Star Hotels In Italy. I suppose it had 4 Star rating for its position in front of the lake and its Pool,
Nice hotel But....
We spent a month in Italy during July and went to many fantastic places, our last stop was the Grand Hotel Menaggio. getting there from Como is hard work and takes about an hour on the small winding roads.
Parking at the hotel is dire, thats if you can find somewhere, however it doesnt cost anything..
Reception booked us in and gave us the room key, 'its on the 3rd floor', when we asked about the cases we were told for goodness sake theres a lift you know...err right...seeing as most of the guests were in their 60s and Im just a bit younger I must look realy fit...anyway..
The room was lovely, get a sea view!!
6am we woke to a petrol hedge trimmer and lawnmower, the contract gardeners took all day to do the hedges etc, so much for a relaxing day!
The evening meal was a disgrace, undercooked, small, cold meals...would have eaten better in McDonalds. Picked an overpriced wine at about 30 Euros but it wasnt available...in fact the only bottles available were the cheap awful stuff and the 70 Euros +, so much for 4 star..
The restaurant staff were overstretched, well in that the young kids serving were rushing around almost chucking plates on the table when the older members of staff stood around, plates were removed even though other people at the table were still eating..
swimming pool is lovely, if you want a decent place to lay out bribe one of the men with 20 Euros and he will put towels over the chairs you want first thing in the morning..
Its next to the ferry station and is lovely to see the boats going up and down the lake, my advice is take a boat to Bellagio, beautiful town (wish we had stayed there instead). Must say we didnt enjoy the stay as service was non existant and food was gross, 3 days was more than enough.
Delighted by this hotel-extremely friendly and helpful staff who genuinely seemed determined to ensure that everybody had a pleasant stay. The lounge and terrace areas were spacious and welcoming and the quality of the meals (especially breakfast) was commendable.
The highlight, though, has to be the location of the building-so near to the lake, the ferry point and the village itself. Very convenient, picturesque and memorable.
We came to Lake Como for our 1st wedding Anniversary and feel in love with the lakes. We picked up a car from the airport and drove up to the hotel - free parking outside the hotel. Ferry came in very useful and we used the information centre in the town to obtain guides and further maps.
The 4 course meal in the evening was excellent with a good choice of wine but our bill at the end of the week was quite a shock!!
Our room looked over the lake and was just beautiful.
The other guests were mainly over 60.
Wonderful Hotel with Great Location and Views!
My family just returned from a trip to Europe that included 5 nights on Lake Como at the Grand Hotel Menaggio. The hotel was conveniently located on the lake next to the ferry dock and a short walk to the main piazza in Menaggio. The hotel and its gardens were simply beautiful. Our room was exactly as requested - a nonsmoking, triple room with a lakeview terrace balcony. The room had air conditioning which was nice since the temperatures and humidity fluctuated during our stay. The room (no. 316)was in great condition and included a tiled bathroom with a jacuzzi tub.
We thought the included breakfast was outstanding. Each day there was a wonderful selection of eggs, bacon, sausages, fresh fruit, juices, breads, wonderful cheeses, and coffee. The buffet also included breakfast cereals, yogurt, and danish. The best part of this was the terrific view of the lake and beautifully landscaped grounds.
On our first night we had dinner at the hotel. The menu was varied and offered a number of fish and beef entrees. Although one of our most expensive meals during our trip, the service and food were outstanding.
While we visited Bellagio, Varenna, and Como, we thought that Menaggio was our favorite town on the lake. It wasn't as touristy as the other locations which meant that there were fewer people to bump into. The location on Lake Como also affords quick, easy access to the other major sites and towns to visit.
The service and staff at the Grand Hotel Menaggio were wonderful. The housekeeping staff did a great job of anticipating when we would leave during the day and would have our room cleaned extremely well. At night there was turndown service. The hotel provided towels to the swimming pool in a nice bag in the bathroom. Each night during the turndown service, the housekeeping staff would replace the pool towels (and any other towels) with fresh ones.
The pool was a good size for the number of guests staying at the hotel. It was kept immaculately clean and consisted of fresh water - no chemicals could be detected. Around the pool were comfortable chaise lounges with cushions. It was particularly nice because there were a few umbrellas and a number of trees that provided shady areas throughout the grounds. One can imagine the exceptional views afforded to guests who lounged near the pool area.
I highly recommend the Grand Hotel Menaggio. It helped make the Lake Como area one of our favorite destinations.
Grand views from the Grand
Ask for a room with a balcony and lake view and enjoy the fabulous views of Belaggio. The food is good the pool is small but a great location. . The lift broke down when we first arrived and was not fixed for a couple of days but we could use the service lift. .We went with my father who is 87 and the staff were very patient with him. Not cheap but very nice quality.
We had a wonderful holiday here. It is situated right on the lake front and next to the ferry landing stage from where you can go pretty well anywhere on Lake Como. We had a nice room at the back overlooking the lake and the swimming pool/terrace but rooms at the front may suffer from traffic noise from the road. The 4 course table d'hote dinners were excellent. The hotel is not in the centre of Menaggio but only 5 minutes walk away.