Travel Blogs from Bellagio
... 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 ...
Today was a rest day. MAfter a late breakfast at 9:30 we organised ourselves and decided to go to the next village for a look around. We took the ferry to Cernobbio via Torno so zigged across the lake then back again towards Como. As with anywhere on the lake, it was once again, very picturesque. As we alit, we noticed that there was a market in progress. What luck! It sounded a bit like Victoria Market of old with all the fresh fruit ...
... in the shadow of some the worlds most historic buildings. The cafés and restaurants filled early with people formally dressed for the opera. They actually have the opera in the Roman Arena. Great people watching from my table smack in front of it all. And then the skies opened and it hardly phased them at all. Plastic ponchos appeared out of no where over tuxedos and gowns and they just went about their business. I was actually thinking of trying to get ...
... Villa B Where lots of movies have been filmed. It's like a National Trust building now. We took lot of photos and will add them to the blog when we can transfer them from camera to blog. We arrived in Bellagio after lots of scenic views along the way and good commentary from our guide. As it was lunchtime, we visited a restaurant and John had some lovely carbonara spaghetti and was able to eat it without making a mess. Next a walk around Bellagio. Bellagio was really pretty ...
Plan A is scrapped due to rain. I had reserved a 19 ft center console with a little 40hp Suzuki to tool around the lake for the day and visit some of the small towns that cling on steep hillsides to the waterfront. However, it's pouring out and the forecast for the rest of the day is not looking promising. So it's off by ferry to the main town of Como. First stop is to get a rain jacket and an umbrella, More stuff ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Silvio Bellagio
Fantastic value a Gem in the Italian Lakes.
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.
The next morning we stepped out on our Balcony to see the the lake & went down to a Buffet Breakfast in the dining room, giving a panoramic view of Lake Como. Elena kindly advised us on the best things to do and where to get the Ferry etc.
In the evening we had our meal watching the sun go down over the lake sampling the excellent cuisine, particularly the fish which had been caught in the lake that day. The rooms are well decorated and clean. We would reccommend this hotel to our friends and will certainly stay there again.
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.
Away from the crowds
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.
Not sure about the other reviews... but I definitely remember having a menu available in the restaurant ... and the food was good (but no pizza).
Yes, we too walked uphill from the ferry stop to the hotel, which I wouldn't recommend with luggage, and there's no pavement in places... and taxi would only cost about 5-10 Euros. The same (10-15mins) walk without luggage was very pleasant though.
There's a bus stop right outside the hotel and we caught a bus to Como one day (scenic route, but scary road experience, and glad I wasn't driving).
A fabulous lake view
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.
Dissapointing - beware 'fake' reviews
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.
Location is awkward with natsy walk along narrow busy high walled road into Bellagio - to walk via lakeshore through Villa grounds costs €5 and closes 6pm. On the other hand it does have the benefit of being away from the parking problems/costs of the village centre.
We stayed half board and the evening meal was very basic being served in a back room with no explantion of the menu and minimal options. I suggest you stay room only & then you can dine in restuarant (or elsewhere).
English is poor and the staff seem unprepared to give you any time or attention, certinaly not drive you into town as some reviews state because they only appear to have a 2 seat Smartcar.
That is why we are very suspicious of the authenticity of the other reviewers of this hotel as we cannot understand how they came to their opinions about friendlyness and knowledge of the menu.
Beware the Como - Bellagio road is very difficult driving (and it takes a lot for me to say that!!). You may prefer to use the inexpensive car ferries to reach Bellagio.
Warm, friendly, charming--a truly special retreat
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.
Hidden Gem - Hotel Silvio
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.
All in all, we had a fabulous time and cannot wait to visit Hotel Silvio again!