Hotel du Lac
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel du Lac Bellagio
Very nice old hotel right on the water with beautiful views
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel du Lac Bellagio
My 16 year old son & I spent the first week of September in Bellagio. The hotel is in a great location - our view of the lake was incredible. The room was quite large (room 3), the bathroom typical for Italy. The hotel offers a half pension option so that breakfast and dinner are included; considering the prices and quality of the dinner, a very good deal. However, since my son is still a bit picky we opted out and tried several restaurants in town. The breakfast buffet was ample, but not what most Americans are used to; however, we were able to get bacon most mornings and waffles on a few. I would absolutely stay here again as the hotel staff was always friendly, courteous and helpful.
We stayed at the Du Lac in Bellagio on Lake Como in early September, the location is fantastic right on the lake with beautiful views. You do, however need to request a lake room when you book.
Amenities were very good and the room very comfortable. The whole experience could be improved however with the breakfast. Staff in the breakfast room were not at all welcoming and certainly need to be given some skills training in that area. The breakfast itself was ordinary to say the least, given the prices charged per night. Bacon on only one morning of our stay, curdly scrambled eggs. There was a egg cooker for "cook your own" boiled eggs but this was not very effective and unless boiled for 10 minutes they were inedible. The burnt waffles which turned up each morning looked like they were kept for many days and put out each morning!!! Very disappointing - and we were not the only guests disappointed. When we return to Bellagio we will be staying elsewhere - we did have quite a long conversation with guests of the Du Lac's sister property, the Bellagio Hotel, and they mentioned that the breakfast there was also not very appetising.
Italy at its best
We had a week at the Hotel Du Lac from June 9 2004
A really homely Hotel in the best location in Bellagio
A Lake view is a must so pay the extra. The lower floors are still not renovated but comfortable.
Food was great and the service good, once you worked out how to handle the dinning staff.
From Belliago you can easily move around the lake by ferry visting many other towns. In about 1.5 hours you can be in Lagano Switzerland using both ferry and bus.
This is a great place to unwind and relax
Charming; good view, food and service
We stayed 2 nights in early April 2004 for our anniversary and it was our favorite of the 5 hotels we stayed in on Lake Como and Switzerland.
Small and personable with great view of the lake, dock and promenade.
Perfect location for those traveling by ferry like us. Good food and service at dinner on second floor restaurant overlooking lake which can be included with room rate at reasonable price. Very nice young staff people and manager who speak good English. Recommend Room 12 with large French windows, rose and white decor and balcony for two. Nice bar and sidewalk cafe good for happy hour and people watching. Close to shops and a large villa hotel where you can walk over after dinner to hear beautiful music by trio of violinist, piano and bass player.
We stayed on our honeymoon in 2001 and liked its faded charm. Great view from large windows and small balcony. Our room had great wing-back chairs to sit in and enjoy the view while relaxing or reading. Good value with air conditioning that others lack in Bellagio in the same price range. Downsides include average bathrooms with no shower curtains and the fact that rooms were very in need of paint. Read elsewhere that they may have updated the rooms since we stayed there.
Also some noise during the day from the ferry, but not a problem at night. Summary good combination of price, location, and features but a bit faded.
We stayed at the Hotel du Lac for our wedding anniversary. It wasn;t the cheapest but compared to ther hotels in Bellagio I would stay it was a good deal. it was clean, the staff were very helpful (we even managed to get breakfast in our room when we had to leave before the normal serving times). The room was fairly basic but hey your not there for the room are you? I would recommend this place.
We stayed at the Hotel Du Lac in the fall of 2003 because of the location and because we read the reviews about the friendly staff. The location was great, but the staff not so friendly. We paid for a lake view and did have a nice view. The proprietress seemed to be interested in a British tour that was there and could not be bothered with us. She ignored our question about a restaurant recommendation especially because we were not taking meals there. One of the young girls on the staff was rude. The young, hardworking, gentleman who was the manager was the most helpful member of the staff. The room was clean, but rather drab, and the furniture had seen better days. Our room needed a facelift. With no curtain on the tub it was difficult to take a shower.
Six nights in Hotel du Lac !
We, a group of four girls stayed in the hotel for six nights in October. My friend and I shared a twin room located on the top floor with lake view and a balcony at Euro 190 per night. The room has been newly decorated in a blue/green refreshing colour, very spacious and nicely furnished and the toilet was pleasant although the balcony did not face the lake direct and we had only limited view of the lake.
There was a large terrace on the same floor directly facing the lake with lovely view. My two other friends occupied a single room each at Euro 95 and Euro 105 (facing lake with nice view) respectively. These rooms were not rennovated and looked dated. We were told that refurbishment would take place during the winter months. The dining room was large but also needed redecoration; the state of decoration and atmosphere was not conducive for us to have our meals there; we had a very nice lunch at their associated Sporting Club though. The reception staff were very helpful. On the whole we enjoyed our stay in the hotel.
Quaint Charm in Beautiful Bellagio
Stayed at du Lac for three nights in September, 2003. Being the last stop on a whirwild two and a half week honeymoon, we were prepared for total R&R in quiet Bellagio. The lobby of the hotel had as much charm as its exterior and arched entry way. The hotel still uses traditional hotel keys (on an inexplicably heavy keychain) which would otherwise have been a burden, yet fit right in with the quaint / old world charm of the hotel and Bellagio itself.
The rooms are very plainly yet comfortably outfitted. The decor is very much like staying at "Grandmas House", with lots of white and floral prints, with a large armoir for a closet. We did not have a direct lake view however our room faced a side street with a very nice balcony that overlooked the famed staircase streets in Bellagio with a view out to the lake (albeit not a direct one) The breakfast buffet was just OK (with sporadic quality on certain items). The flipside is the amazing views afforded of the lake from the eating area of the hotel.
Although the hotel does not have a pool on site, guests are granted free access to the Bellagio Sporting Club (which is owned by the hotel). About 3/4 of a mile away (accessible via free hotel shuttle or via a very nice walk through Bellagio) it has a very nice pool, tennis courts, bar, restaurant and locker room facilities.
A very good value and excellent location directly across from boat landing.
Room with a view
The hotel is beautifully situated right on the lake in Bellagio. The hotel facade is charming and elegant and caught our eye from the boat before we even landed in Bellagio. Our room was a standard double (we paid around $130) and it was the the best room we stayed in all of Italy for that price range. It was large with a balcony and gorgeous views. The inclusive breakfast was great with poached eggs and the other usual amenities. The eating area has a spectacular view as well. We also had dinner there which was reasonably priced and delicious. There is no pool, but it otherwise lovely with a rooftop overlook of Lake Como.
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