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6 thousand toll booths later we exit at Como the city and drive along the lake towards Bellagio. What a gorgeous drive, reminds me of Lake Tahoe in a way, but is scattered with red roofed buildings in clusters along the cliffs and the shore. We arrive in hopes of a free room at a rec of RS, Hotel Centrale. We are in luck again! Such a cute little …
... on their tour of the champagne region. Delicious! We had dinner at the hotel restaurant which had tables outside by the lake. The meal was as delicious as the champagne had been. The next morning the weather was changeable. In fact there was an enormous thunderstorm which cracked right above us and sent us jumping in fright it was so loud. The rain came down in buckets but it was amazing to watch the clouds shrouding the mountains and then lifting and later ...
... 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.
... hundred people has a station, and has a regular ferry service to Bellagio. We could base ourselves in Varenna, and then catch the ferry somewhere else.
Well, that was the plan. What we didn’t count on was falling for the charms of our accidental home. This place is amazing. Yes, we have tired legs from climbing up and down the narrow cobbled walkways that connect the houses to the lake, and yes, we’ll have to find a better way to get our ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Centrale Bellagio
If you stay in Bellagio and don't want to spring for the lake-front resort stay, this is your place. Such friendly hosts, a clean room with a view, and bargain-priced (for Bellagio, anyway). Nothing bad to stay about Hotel Centrale, it was wonderful all they way around.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Centrale Bellagio
Worth a long detour
I found this hotel by chance. My business took me to the Lecco area and I decided to make a detour to Bellagio. I found the hotel very charming and the owners just wonderful. This isn't just a hotel: it's a place where you can truly make yourself at home.
Can only agree with the other reviews
I can only agree with wat was written in the earlier reviews - originally we had wanted to book in Metropole, but that was already closed for the winter season. Based on the good reviews on this site, we ended up in Centrale, and we certainly didn't regret it: we had a nice room on the 3rd floor with some view on the lake - price/quality I would say certainly (****), very nice breakfast with lots of choice and very friendly staff. We would certainly consider going back for our next holidays in the region.
A fantastic Hotel with such friendly owners and staff. They really care about their guests - so rare these days. They mainly get new visitors by word of mouth and that tells you everything. The rooms are small but clean and have character (larger folks may find it a little difficult in the quite small shower room). The hotel has a quality feel about it and is very Italian. There is an elevator. A nice garden at the front.
The hotel is located on a narrow pendestrian pathway which leads from the top of Bellagio to the Lake. This could make it tricky for those with walking difficulties.
We had a view of the Lake from the room (if you stuck your head out of the window - but a clear view nevertheless).
You can drive close to the Hotel and park in a small car park near the Church to unload bags - but it is tricky as you have to drive down the pedestrian pathways. Parking is best on street and there are spaces depending on when you arrive. Prepare to walk with your cases though.
Plenty of local bars close by and even Premiership football live on TV in the Sports Bar near the Church.
There did not seem to be any travel agent links so try direct at ---- Euro 110 per night including breakfast.
Would definately stay again.
Highlight of my two week trip to Italy
I recently got married in Mennagio and my wedding party stayed in the Hotel Centrale during that time. The owners of the hotels went out of thier way on many occasions to make us feel truly at home. We forgot to get the flowers for my wife and so they drove us to the local florist and helped us pick out a bouquet. They called ahead for restaurant reservations for us and even aranged a table for 8 in a popular restaurant that doesn't normally take reservations. Most importantly when it started pooring down rain on our way to the wedding hall they provided the entire group with umbrellas and even a raincoat to cover my wife's dress so it would not get wet. The weather eventually cleared up and my appreciation for thier kindness will not fade. They even had a bottle of bubbly and a bowl of strawberries waiting for us when we got back. The rooms are charming and bright and you can not beat the location. Be prepared for the walk up the long flight of stairs from the ferry dock, but believe me it will be worth all of your efforts in the end. Other hotels may have the views but Centrale has the most caring staff and attracts the kind of friendly people who will make your stay in Bellagio memorable. Highly recommended.
Superb Service and Truly Cozy
We spent eight days of our honeymoon in and around Lake Como and we cannot forget Hotel Centrale. We found it on a whim; we already had lodgings in Varenna, but we found Hotel Centrale so much more charming and honeymoon-worthy. The owner treated us like family and the rooms we super clean, yet cozy. The price was extremely reasonable, and yet it felt nothing like other "budget" hotels that we have learned to be afraid of. As regards to value, it can't be beat!
A Home Away from Home
This hotel was wonderful. It was exceptionally clean with air conditioning and nice bathroom. We had a room on the third floor with a view of the lake. Giacomo and his family were warm and hospitable. We truly enjoyed our time here and our talks with Giacomo. He recommended wonderful restaurants and happily answered all of our questions. We hope to return again soon. For 100 Euro a night, you can't beat it!
Charming family hotel in Bellagio
We recently stayed at Hotel Centrale in Bellagio. It is in a very central location (hence the name!) but more importantly is a charming family-run place. We were welcomed by Giacomo and his family and he was very happy to suggest where to eat and also wanting to know if we were happy if we went to the places that he recommended. (We were). Our room was clean, quiet and had a partial view of Lake Como (what more can you want?). There was also air conditioning and tv which is less important to us but nice to have. Giacomo said the top floor rooms are even better but unfortunately were booked out. We enjoyed breakfast each morning in the lovely breakfast room with fab views of the Lake. Breakfast was very substantial with fantastic coffee. The hotel also has a beautiful courtyard garden. If you enjoy staying in charming family hotels I highly recommend this place.
Charm with a great price! :-)
This family owned hotel had a ton of old world charm with a touch of newness that made our stay in Bellagio a wonderful experience. From the neatness of the rooms to the expansive breakfast buffet, our hosts made sure our stay was a delightful one. We look forward to making a return visit soon!
Don't pass this place by!
We cannot say enough to express the wonderful time we had while staying here. The warmth, the kindness, the incredible service straight from the heart was uncomparable to any place we've stayed. Giacamo and his beautiful family made us feel right at home in their immaculate accomodations. The breakfast and never ending cappucino cups were most comforting. Giacamo gave us plenty of time and history along with local recommendations. We would recommend this place to anyone, and look forward to a return visit to see our "new friends".
George and Kim Wilson
This was a wonderful experience. The hotel is family owned and newly renovated, right in the heart of Bellagio. The room was cozy and while nothing fancy, was spotless and comfortable. It was old world with a bit of the new (satellite TV) The service, provided by the owner and his family, was humane. On top of everything else, there was a great breakfast and cappucino every morning. And for the price it cannot be beat. We would gladly go back.