Hotel Excelsior Splendide
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How has this hotel rated in the past?
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.