Hotel Belvedere Bellagio
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The weather cleared overnight to a glorious morning with not a cloud in the sky, making it a great day to cross the lake. We decided to visit Menaggio, which seems to be another fairly popular town on Lake Como. It sits on the western side of the lake about 7kms across the lake from Bellagio, and the crossing is via Varenna just to the north and …
As this is the 'pit stop for this leg of the amazing trip', in the words of the Amazing Race, we don't have any places to go or people to see, so we can relax. This is truly a place where you can unwind and it's easy to fit into the local Italian culture while exploring the shops and restaurants in this little town. But first, we have deal with …
Last night we experienced the first rain during our trip, which rolled in with a thunderstorm and heavy downpour that woke us around 2am. The kids however were so tired from the first 12 days of our trip, that they slept through almost 12 hours until 9am. Light rain persisted for much of the morning, and the cloud cover over the mountains made the …
A series of new and exciting experiences today, starting the day after a hearty breakfast at our hotel in Milan. This is one of the newest and cleanest hotels we have stayed at so far, and is just across the road from Milano Centrale station. As checkout was 12noon, we could afford the time to explore Milan after breakfast, so we caught the metro …
'I am hungry!' were Nikki's first words when she awoke this morning and after several reminders, Chris finally acquiesced and we left the apartment to 'hunt and gather'. The first caffetteria we arrived at only served coffee and patisseries, and not the bruschetta that Nikki had pictured in her mind. We were finally rewarded at the bottom of the …
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Belvedere Bellagio
The two bedroom apartment on the top floor of the separate building couldn't get much better, with the flights of stairs to keep you fit. The features of the hotel, including its outdoor pool and sundeck, together with the library and ambience of the mountain air is something that would be hard to beat. The team lead by Laura is so accommodating, and we were looked after well at the pool by Oscar who really delights in getting to know the kids. Well worth the nerve racking drive from Milan via Lecco, and along the lake. We celebrated a birthday here, and the hotel staff left flowers when they found out. Nothin's too much trouble for the staff.
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It is set in an amazing location with wonderful lake views. The staff are very helpful and friendly. We stayed in the apartment which was spacious and well appointed.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Belvedere Bellagio
Beautiful location, but worth the money?
My wife and I stayed here in late June for two nights. Our first impression of the hotel came when we sat on the patio to drink some wine while our room was being readied. With the pink table cloths, brass window decorations, outdated decorating, tuxedoed waiter, and tour bus that was parked outside, we felt like we were in a Hyatt in Florida. The average age of the guests here was at least 55.
Our room was great -- it had its own private lawn with outstanding views. The bathroom was huge, but only had a tub -- no shower. And, old plumbing pipes and fixtures were left in the wall from a previous remodel. We came back one night to find a gigantic black spider crawling above our bed on the 12-14 ft. ceiling. Ugh.
The pool is nice, situated below the hotel's main floor between the lake and the hotel. We spent a full day by the pool and were very comfortable.
The walk to Bellagio's shopping and restaurant area is less than five minutes.
Overall, we felt like we had overpaid for our stay at this aging, big hotel. Bellagio wasn't our cup of tea, either. It just didn't feel like Italy -- more like any tourist trap of a water town in Anytown, America.
I chose The Belvedere after reading reviews on this web sight and was even more impressed after experiencing the hotel. We had a terrace with the most spectacular view I have ever seen. The room was small but very tastefully decorated. The Belvedere has the perfect location, just outside the main town area. It's a easy walk and in a very quiet location. Perfect!
Rooms with sensational views
This is a very aptly named hotel. We stayed here for two nights in late June 2004 in a two room suite with our daughters and found the place to be ideal in all respects. Our room overlooked the lake and had the most incredible scenery I've ever seen. The girls room overlooking the road was very nice too, but you should ask for a lake view.
The restaurant was excellent and the staff very attentive. The location was a short walk to town giving the hotel much larger grounds than surrounding propeties. The pool was very nice. The hotel arranged a trip for us by boat to Villa Balbianello which my family thought was a special highlight of our Italia vacation.
On any vacation including northern italy, we would recommend flying into Milano and taking the short drive to Hotel Belvedere to unwind before taking in the heavy doses of culture in Venice, Florence, and Rome.
Excellent hotels and views - beware of air conditioning in the old wing
We just stayed at The Belvedere hotel in Bellagio, the hotel staff and location was excellent. It's located 5 minutes from the town and you can easily walk there both ways. It has a lot of charm and the people really like the visitors.
The breakfast was great, the oom was okay. We were in a room not in the main tower that I believe does not have the updated air conditioning that the rooms in the new hotel does.
I discovered this by asking other guests, they told me that the tower rooms have air conditioning with a digital sensor. Thought you should know.
Definitely worth the money
The views form this hotel are amongst the best that I have seen. The accomodations were excellent as well as the hotel restaurant. The service and the views at the restaurant were great, so you have to try it at least once. There are other restaurants in town worth exploring. The reasons this hotel doesn't get an excellent rating from me, is that the location is just outside the downtown area. Like most northern Italian towns there isn't many flat areas. The walk to town is a piece of cake (downhill). The walk can be tough for some on the way back. The other reason is give me a shower I can move in not a tub, but this is Italy.
We had expected good views and a comfortable place, but this was beyond expectations. Gorgeous setting. Some rooms have balconies, others have grassy patios (with lounge chairs). Very comfortable. The meals were excellent. The location was better than in the center of town, quiet and just a short walk to shopping. Be sure to request a lake view, rather than the "garden" view for quiet...a busy road goes by the hotel. Will certainly return!
Found this on the net, really beautiful old hotel, attentive staff, best hotel within its price range in its fantastic location. One of The Guardian Top 50 Hotels in the world. If you can afford it have a superior room, good size, opens onto huge terrace overlooking the lake.
Really stylish, clean and all attention to detail is here. Would go again (have been to lakes 12 times and think its a gem of a hotel)
I am so glad to see these other excellent reviews for the Hotel Belvedere. I stayed there in May 2000 and loved it. They had the most phenomenal breakfast. Dinner was great, too! And the view was incredible.
My wife and I have been to beautiful Bellagio three times now and are going back in 2004. It is by far our favorite place in Europe. We have always stayed at the Belvedere and would highly recommend it to anyone.
It's a charming place operated by a very friendly staff. The lake views are incredible! We are always in awe of the beauty that surrounds us there. Another thing we love is the location, it is a lovely, short walk from the center of the village, so it is very quiet. They serve a lovely breakfast and the lunch and dinners are delicious. If you are going to Bellagio, may I suggest you reward yourself with a stay at the Belvedere!
We stayed at the Belvedere in September, 2003. What an incredible view!
We stayed on the 3rd floor w/ a shared terrace and were awed by the experience!! The staff is very helpful and friendly and made us fell welcome.
The location is great, short walk to town. The restaraunt was excellent. We highly recommend the hotel Belvedere and look forward to a return stay soon.