Travel Blogs from Bellagio
Today we were heading from Lake Maggiore to Lake Como.
Along the road, we stopped at two towns: Locarno (Lake Maggiore) and Como (Lake Como).
Our overnight stay today would be at Hotel Silvio in Bellagio.
A special dinner reservation had made at Mistral of Villa Serbelloni. The restaurant has a great view of Lake Como and its …
... glory of ENGLAND. All the children really appreciated our company, even if at times I felt like throwing up on them, I still kept it down. Lunchtime was a real treat with an Italian/English menu • pasta with cheesiness • fish n chips - fish fingery shapes and a few chips • something else I can't remember But generally, it was a lovely surprise and all the kids just loved watching us eat our food. LETS ...
... night we had a few drinks at a small little bar and watched the Roma-Bologna, then went back to the terrace for some wine which was nice. I fell in love with Como because of it's location and beautiful nature that surrounded it, so I am going to rank it #2 on the list of cities I saw on this trip. The next morning (Sunday) we took a bus to Vals. Read my next post to hear about my time at Peter Zumthor's Thermal baths!
... on for the whole 2 hours. Yes, for and extra 2 hours of a 6.5 hour redeye, the cabin looked like broad daylight. My light-sensitive children were not going to sleep. I was not a happy mama.
C kept laying down on the floor and saying "night night," but just couldn't settle. It was a little heartbreaking and a lot exhausting.
Finally the lights went out, and C made it down. D, however, did not. He was perfectly content to keep watching movies ...
... minutes for a table! The pizzas were delicious in the end or I would of had a word to the manager! For our dessert they bought out some liquors which both of us couldn't handle especially the vodka that had a cobra and scorpion in the bottle! After lunch being in a duty free area and my sunnies paint starting to peel I decided to look around for some nice big dark glasses. This tuned into an adventure as a lot of shops were closed over the lunch period ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Silvio Bellagio
We (3 couples) spent two nights in the Silvio and wished we had booked to stay longer. This is a family run hotel and has a warm and friendly atmosphere. Our flight had been delayed & we arrived after midnight when the hotel desk was closed for the night. We had been given instructions for just such an eventuality and found our rooms as instructed.
Loved the view!
Just got back from a couple of days at the Sylvio in Bellagio. We had a car so the hill up from town was not a problem, and they had ample parking. Our little balcony made the room and view lovely - very clean. Did not find our host as forthcoming as others, she was rather standoffish but nonetheless efficient and reasonably friendly. We were the only guests in the hotel while we were there, and found the food quite nice but not amazing. My favourite touch was the huge open fireplace in the lobby, cosy and inviting. I would stay there again if we returned.
We stayed a few nights at Hotel Silvio in May 2003... and were generally happy with the visit. The location on the lakeside gave great views from the large dining room windows.... I couldn't see the lake from my bedroom on the side of the building unless I leaned out of the window, but if you had a lakeside room it would be great.
The view from our small balcony was the most memorable aspect of our 2 night stay at Hotel Silvio in August 2004. Otherwise our room was plain, but adequate (fan, no ac). Bathroom was OK. The restaurant at Silvio was quite good and, like our room, offered a grand view of the lake. Reasonable prices. We ate dinner outdoors in a relaxed and charming atmosphere. Breakfast was served indoors. We arrived by boat from Como and walked from Bellagio center. That was a big mistake. It's an uphill walk on a narrow street. Take a cab from town if you arrive there with luggage. Without luggage, its a pleasant enough 10-15 minute stroll. Departing, we took a bus that stopped right in front of the hotel and went directly to the Como train station. We found the hosts and staff to be polite and helpful when asked for help, but we did not find them to be as forthcoming as some of the other reviewers. At 90 Euros per night (including a 5 percent cash discount), the Silvio is a good value. Overall, we were comfortable and happy with our stay.
My brother and I stayed with our partners in August 2004. Hotel was good value but not outstanding and is just about worthy of appearing in Michelin. The reason for reporting is to make you aware of our suspicions some reviews are not genuine.
My mother and I spent 4 nights at this lovely albergo. Elena is truly an exceptional hostess. We were greeted by name every morning and enjoyed a wonderful breakfast in a room with a stunning view of the lake. Elena was helpful with directions, sites to see, and even helped us book our pension in Vernazza by calling the owner to confirm our reservation. The spotlessly clean room was small, but the balcony and view more than made up for it. The dinners were fantastic--an absolute must! Fresh pasta with the best tomatoe sauce I have ever tasted. Fresh fish caught by Christian, who speaks beautiful English, but will help you with your Italian if you like. He recommended an excellent Brunello red wine that turned out to be my favorite. The Hotel Silvio sits up above the town of Bellagio and is about a 20 minute walk to the center. Bring a flash light if you plan to take the footpath at night. There is a bus that picks up right in front if you prefer not to walk. You can also take a path that drops you right in front of the Melzi Gardens. Elena and her wonderful family made our stay in Bellagio one we will never forget. Don't miss this opportunity to experience true Italian hospitality at its best!
We spent 2 nights at Hotel Silvio in September 2004 with 2 other couples. The rooms were small, with only adequate room for luggage. The bathrooms were small and the floors could have used a little more cleaning. But the views were fantastic, the terraces were delightful for sipping wine (which you could purchase from the bar at the hotel) and watching the view, the restaurant was excellent and the breakfast was adequate. You could even request eggs prepared for breakfast for a small extra fee. The common areas were very comfortable and spacious. Mostly, though, the host, Elena, and her brother, Christian, were totally delightful and so very helpful. Their English was very good. The hotel is a short stroll from the center of Bellagio. We would definitely stay at this hotel again.
You couldn't want for more!
We have just returned from a two week stay at the Hotel Silvio and i can honestly say it was the most relaxing holiday in the most beautiful of surroundings with the best hosts you could want.
Elena and her family work so hard and are so helpful and the food is truley scrumptious.
They realy do catch the fish they serve.
Our favourite pasta was the one with walnut sauce
What a host!!!
Basically just wanted to state that the original review is spot on for this particular hotel. The host is Elena is exceptional, and on more than one occasion was happy to taxi our guests down to Bellagio town centre with no charge. Nor would she accept anything later on. The rooms were kept clean and tidy, with the sheets promptly changed at 11am. Fabulous views from all sides of the hotel and the balcony is very much worth it. The hotel's restaurant is award winning. This hotel may often be overlooked as it sits a little higher up the mountain (about 10 mins up a reasonably steep hill but well worth it!!!) that some others, but please don't, Elena and her family will make you feel like your just at home. Thank you for a wonderful holiday.
If you are looking for a place to stay in Lake Como, we would highly recommend Hotel Silvio. The same family has run this hotel for 4 generations. They continue to take pride in running the hotel and ensuring that their guests have an enjoyable, relaxing stay. When we arrived, we had trouble locating a taxi. Upon calling Elena, she cheerfully said that she would come pick us up. Our room was very clean and comfortable. The bathroom was also very clean, with a hairdryer and a phenomenal shower! We had a balcony with a view of a church and the lake. We stayed for four nights and dined at the Hotel three of those nights (although we wish we would have dined all 4 at Silvio). Christian (part of the family) catches the fish himself every night. He then works in the restaurant for dinner, his suggestions on entrees and pairing of wines should be taken! The hotel is about a 15 - 30 min walk, depending on how fast you walk, from town.