Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni
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... and rather like an English seaside town, except that the shops sell foccacias and pizza. Our hotel is half a block from the beach but most of the stoney beach areas require you to pay to get in. You can hire a deck chair too, if you pay. We walked to the "old" town but didn't explore very much more. John picked up a paninni for dinner and sat on the balcony and ate it. What a rough life we lead! We have a tour guide and tour of Cinque Terre tomorrow. Let's hope the sea isn't too ...
... buying things just to get it to work!) We bought some fresh looking pastry at a local shop and some fresh fruit back at the market and ate our lunch on a seat overlooking the lake. Once again, very picturesque. It is good to practice our Italian. Next we took the ferry back to Moltraio via Torno and wished we could have goth off at Torno too but our ticket would not allow it. Back at Moltrasio, we decided to go to a local cafe and ...
... s probably the residual Grappa from last night - Ha! The 5 min cab ride to my Verona hotel was jaw dropping, churches, ancient walls, arches and streets so tiny you would think they were for pedestrians only. Nothing prepared me for the hotel and the arena just steps away from the front door. A roman arena in the city's largest square with restaurants, cafés, bars and high end stores. Leave it to the Italians to put L Vuitton, Channel, Dolce Gabana ...
Up early, had breakfast and met our tour guide at about 9am. It was raining so we took a brolley each and opted for raincoats. We had a quick chat about where we would go and fortunately what the guide suggested was what we wanted to do. So we were driven to the old town of Como first - about 15 minutes away by car. The old part of the city is walled on three sides as the people of Milan and Como were not keen on each other. Of course the unwalled side of the city is the lake. ...
... Each corner and alcove was unique with tombs of cardinals past, tapestries, marble alters, statues, gold inlayed reliefs, stained glass windows and tributes to saints that I never heard of. Being the lapsed Catholic that I claim to be it's humbling to see these works of art and the depth of century's old devotion and faith. And as the rain let up I headed out to the other areas of worship, the higher ...
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Just excellent! We been there 3 times in 2003 and we are coming back ASAP! If you really want to relax, without having always somebody behind your back to 'torture' you with questions and to be there when you need - this is the place. The stuff is very friendly, everywhere in the hotel (massage, the spa, swimming pool..), there was always somebody to open a door for our dog, because they were afraid that he can get hurt in the revolving door. The rooms are calm and the bathrooms spacious and bright. We travel very often all over Europe (at least 2-3 times per month) and stay always in 4-5 star hotels, but still Villa Serbelloni is our favorite place to relax. They remember us every time (including the New Year's card), when we come and we feel so much as at home.
An absolutely brilliant Hotel. A little shabby aroung the edges but nothing like as bad as what has been said here. Stayed there three times and loved every minute of it. Brilliant Location. Brilliant service and food. Best travels i have ever had
We've been to Bellagio several times and normally stay at the hotel next door, but this time, we splurged on the Villa Serbelloni for my wife's 40th birthday. They gave us bad directions to the hotel, put us in a far side corner room that had been billed as a lake front room (at a lake front price!), spilled coffee on me and then complained about having to launder the clothes on which they spilled the coffee. To top it off, they managed to lose my rented car for 2 days! They literally could not find the keys, intimated that I'd lost them, and finally agreed to sort out the problem and get us a taxi ride to the airport.
We stayed here in October 2003, and we were very disappointed with this 5 star hotel. The view was glorious, but the room and bathroom were not to our satisfaction. We actually decided to leave this hotel and check in the Hotel Florence next door. We would not stay here again.
We recently stayed 4 nights at the Villa Serbelloni and it was the most disappointing experience we've ever had with a so-called "luxury" hotel. The room was shabby; our hot water stopped twice (we're talking dry taps here); our bathrobes were worn and torn; the pathetic classical trio in the lounge used a synthesizer and played Sound of Music medleys and other "crowd pleasers"; the food was average and absurdly overpriced; the staff were completely apathetic to the guests (except for the concierge staff who were always very helpful). For those who don't travel often, especially in the luxury category, you may think it's fine. For those who know what a real luxury hotel is like, you'll wish you had stayed elsewhere. If you must stay here, two suggestions: Avoid room 102 as it is extremely noisy, and don't waste your money in the restaurant as there are some excellent restaurants within a 5 minute walk.
When my favorite hotel on Lake Como (Grand Hotel Tremezzo) was booked for part of our stay, we booked here with high expectations given the reputation of the place and the recent photos in the Oct 2003 issue of Architectural Digest. It's easy to imagine the titled and the aristocratic of the 19th century here but that is it's ONLY charm.
Beautiful Villa Serbelloni
The Hotel Villa Serbelloni is all that a person could want in a 5* property. Beautiful, great food, terrific location in Bellagio.
Breakfast buffet is fabulous, with great breads and crispy bacon. Pool is unheated, and surprisingly cold, but very nice to lounge around. Ice creams available poolside. Sandy beach area for lounging as well. View is beautiful.
THe most gorgeous ever
THis hotel was even more special than Villa D'este in Lake COMO. This is a must stay, especially for the value of other hotels in the area.
There is a lot of touring you can do from the area. and the hotel is very very maginicent. Rooms are immaculately clean and brand new everything.
This is one of my all time favorites in Europe!
Watch Out for Dinner
Our first clue that something was wrong was when we walked in the fancy dining room of the Villa Serbelloni around 8:30pm and there were only 3 other couples. The waiter suggested a glass of "welcome champagne" (forgot the name) and I said yes without asking the price. It turned out to be 25Euro per glass. Several minutes later it was "we have several specials tonight ..." so I selected the T-Bone special - again - I didn't ask the price. It turned out that the T-Bone special was for two people at 3x the price for a Filet, but the waiter didn't say a word as he then took my wife's order for salade, then pasta. The dinner was very nice but the total was well over 150E for two. The "Restorantis" around town are much more fun at 1/3rd the price.
A beautiful lakeside retreat. Waterfront dining is so romantic, lakeside pool complete with food and beverage serevice. The Alps in the background. Ah, to be back again in Bellagio!