Hotel Excelsior Splendide
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Had a great day today despite waking to cloud and rain. Today we took 4 trains and a boat unlike the 12 different trains and cable gondolas yesterday.Some fantastic scenery through Switzerland with many a majestic mountain and grand waterfalls spilling their winter harvest as they acquiesce to the seasonal changes and then there is the man made …
... the mountains again. Quite a show.
After lunch we pushed on to Verona where we had front row seats to watch a production of Carmen in the outdoor Roman amphitheatre. The location was fabulous and it was so nice to see the old ruin being put to such a beautiful use unlike the roman amphitheatre in Rome. We had dinner beforehand in the square opposite the amphitheatre and the weather was warm and balmy (not raining here thank goodness). The front row ...
... for 2 hours for lunch and not much else. We stopped for lunch at a cafe that had great views, good cheap food and cold beer and waited for the next ferry to take us to Villa Carlotta.
Princess Marianne of Nassau purchased the villa and gave it to her daughter, Carlotta, as a wedding present when she married Georg 11 of Saze-Meiningen. Unfortunately Carlotta died at the age of 23 and heartbroken Georg directed all of his energy and passion to botany and created ...
... Ok, the bell chimes twenty four times each day, some of these seemingly random, but we discover the church was built in the thirteen hundreds, nearly as old as the unassuming little grey church nearby that just happens to be two centuries older than its larger neighbour. That sort of sums up Varenna. Other places on Lake Como shout out "hey – George Clooney lives here" or “This spot was used in a James Bond movie” but Varenna just sits quietly and ...
We say farewell to Milan with a taxi to the Central Railway Station which is huge, try to purchase tickets from carne machine but it won't accept my credit card, luckily a nice gypsy woman just happened to be looking over my shoulder and offered to help and we get our tickets. Grazie mille, but she doesn't want my thanks as she has just come out of hospital and needs some money. She still had the bandage on her arm! Feeling sorry for her ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Excelsior Splendide Bellagio
This hotel carries old world charm with modern convenience and stunning views over lake. On the foreshore a two minute walk from ferry. Highly recommend.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Excelsior Splendide Bellagio
Went there on june... and found my satisfaction!!!!
The hotel is charming, and the staff is really helpful!!!
I had a room with a lake view, old style, and I found it gorgeus.
I completely disagree with the previous review, and I really don't understand such a disappointment. Our room was "old style" but it was so romantic... and the atmosphere... Magic!!!
Prices are very resonable and the staff is so friendly... I definitely agree with the tripadvisor user of San Francisco... I really felt like part of a family!
Could be lovely with much needed refurb
I was shocked at the shabbiness of the room and the decor gave me the creeps, peeling paint, the most faded bedcover I have ever seen, even tho I am sure the room was clean. A lake view couldnot have made up for my disappointment. Upon complaining that the room looked nothing like the website I was offered one of the newly decorated rooms. This was infinitely better, clean, modern and fresh. The hotel is faded grandeur and its such a pity that with a bit of work it could be restored to freshness and with even more work it could be restored to splendid. All public areas and gardens require much work. The staff were delightful and couldn't have been more helpful. Bellagio is a truly special lovely place I want to visit again.
Very helpful staff, beautiful view and location breakfast could be more varied.
I stayed there with my mother last year - June 2003 and Lorena and staff were more than very helpful. We had a lovely room overlooking the Lake, the views were beautiful.
The location and style of the hotel was amazing. It looks like a very posh and Grand type of hotel, the interior felt and looked very 4/5star, yet it was 3star which was incredible.
I only have 2 criticisms.
1. There was no air conditioning and it was very hot.
2. The buffet breakfast did not include hot food and the orange juice tasted weak.
However, apart from that we so enjoyed our stay that I have booked again for Aug., this time taking my husband and 18/21yr children plus my mum. They were very courteous to her and she was 80 then.
It was unfortunate they did not offer dinner on their verandah like they do at the Metropole.
Lastly their rates are very reasonable considering everything else.
A very pleasent stay !
We stayed 3 nights at this hotel. The food was good, the service was superb and the bottle of wine I got because they found out it was my bithday made this short stay to an unforgetteble experience. The noise that other subscribers are complaining about, we heardly noticed eventhough we stayed at a room with lake-view (ask for a room with lake-view!).
Spent four nights in the Hotel Excelsior Splendide. The staff was most helpful. The location could not have been better. I do not speak Italian and the staff guided me to shops, ferry rides, tours, and charming dining establishments. I felt like part of a family. I had to leave at 5:15 am to catch a flight from Milan and the night custodian helped me with my luggage and gave me clear directions. If you like a family atmosphere and old world charm stay at the Hotel Excelsior Splendide.
The Hotel Splendide had an air of faded elegance about it, but the rooms were spacious and comfortable and the location was wonderful. Our room was a corner room on an upper floor overlooking the ferry landing and the noise of the ferry was bothersome sometimes as were the motorbikes at night along the street. However, the view was "splendide" and we became accustomed to the noise. The breakfast was quite adequate and the dining room and service was good. The price was good for a three-star hotel in Bellagio. I would stay there again if we return to Lake Como.
Hot summer nights
We stayed here in July and loved the hotel and Bellagio. The hotel was very reasonable and the rooms are of a good stadard. We had a room with a lake view whihc at times was noisy being opposite the ferry terminal.
However the beautiful view and welcome lake breeze are adequate compensation - as the rooms are not air conditioned.
Thought it was satisfactory
We stayed at the Splendide for 2 weeks Aug/Sept 2003 and found it to our satisfaction. Having read the previous comments I agree there are probably better hotels in the area but at a price.
We had a room overlooking the Lake with fantastic views and although a little noisy soon got used to it. Most of the hotels will have some noise unless you book away from the front and endure a steep uphill walk.
The rooms were clean and the hotel service was excellent. The food was good and varied and the waiters were fine.
Bellagio is a very beautiful place but be prepared for steep walking when shopping but well worth it.
There are many boat services to get you around the lake and if you are there for a week or so it is well worth getting a "workers weekly" ticket which saves a lot of money as well as time queuing for tickets.
Enjoy your holiday and think that Bellagio is the ideal location to stay if you want to explore Lake Como.
Dave & Libby
Thanks to the outstanding review of Nicole and Bruce (Postcards from Europe) of 1997 we decided to visited Bellagio. All they wrote was so true. We stayed for 7 nights in hotel Excelsior Spendide. The room overlooking the lake was very good, the food was even better. The hotel management was very attentive. When they found out that my fellow traveller had her birthday, they offered us a bottle of prosecco! One night we had dinner at Ristorante Bilacus, which was outstanding. We had a wonderful holiday of "dolce far niente". The atmosphere was quiet and refined. Bellagio, please never change! Noorah.
Definitely not 'Splendide'
Don't stay at the Excelsior Splendide, there is much better nearby (see below).
The main part of the Splendide is very run down. The public areas don't inspire any confidence. The room I was expected to sleep in was grubby, the bathroom had a strange smell and the furniture was old and battered.
On complaining I was shown to a newly refurnished room in a wing of the hotel. The room was better but overlooked the ferry dock & you have to endure klaxons and cars driving off the metal ramp well into the evening.
How it is 3* is beyond me!
Try the Belvedere, it is 5 mins walk out of Bellagio with a great pool and some air-conditioning, or the Hotel du lac, which is fully air-conditioned and has a health club near the Belvedere incl. hotel shuttle bus.