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Where we stayed

Gravedona Accommodation
  • View from Hotel LauroHotel Lauro
    Via Tagliaferri, 12
    22015 Gravedona (Como)
    Phone 0344 85255
    Fax 0344 343512
    95 Euro incl. BF

    The Hotel Hotel Lauro is a small and friendly, family-operated hotel in the center of Gravedona. It's just a short footwalk of about 2-3 minutes to the lake. Our room was large, comfortable (with air condition), and clean. The view was nice, but not spectacular (see image above), and the bathroom was modern and stylish. The breakfast was very good for an Italian hotel. Definitely a plus is the parking lot in front of the hotel. Also their restaurant is very good (see below).

    So, when looking for an accommodation at the Lago di Como, we certainly would book this hotel again.

    The Zanzig.com Rating: **** (very good)

    More information: zanzig.com/f/35.htm

 

Restaurants
  • Ristorante Pizzeria Lauro
    Via Tagliaferri, 12
    Gravedona (Como)
    Phone 0344 89070

    The "Hotel Lauro" also runs a restaurant with a "patio" which is right next to the parking lot. Upon first glance, this does not look like the perfect place for a dinner in Gravedona. But don't be fooled: Their local food is very good, including the pizza, and the staff was extremely friendly, always in a good mood, and they did not get tired explaining their dishes to us. This lack of hectic and stress was very positive and added to the overall positive experience.

    The Zanzig.com Rating: **** (very good)

  • Ristorante Ca di Matt
    Via Castello, 6
    Gravedona (Como)
    Phone 0344 85640

    Hidden in one of the small streets of Gravedona you will find this very nice restaurant. It has a genuine Italian touch, but its main feature certainly is the roof-top terrace in the backyard of the house. They serve a good range of local food with matching wines. We enjoyed our dinner on a warm summer evening, and it was unforgettable. As space is limited, you should reserve your table beforehand.

    The Zanzig.com Rating: **** (very good)

  • Pizzeria Trattoria Garbatona
    Viale Stampa, 13
    Gravedona (Como)
    Phone 0344 854730

    Situated in the heart of Gravedona, slightly detached from the main road with nice a view across the small harbour, this restaurant attracts many guests. It is always a good sign when the "locals" also dine in a restaurant, and this is the case with the Garbatona. The food was very good, and the staff was friendly. During high season we recommend a reservation to avoid the long queue of guests waiting outside.

    The Zanzig.com Rating: **** (very good)

Como Accommodation
  • View from Il Vecchio Borgo in ComoIl Vecchio Borgo Relais
    Piazza Matteotti 1
    (ang. Via Foscolo, 2)
    Como
    Phone 031 304522
    90 Euro incl. BF

    The "Il Vecchio Borgo Relais" is a small hotel situated within walking distance to the city center of Como with all the attractions. It is just a few steps to the lake and to the Funicolare train that takes you to Brunate with beautiful views across the lake. We had a small room (#102) to the side (Via Foscolo), facing the central bus station. This was not a problem, thanks to the soundproof windows. The room was clean, the staff was friendly and helpful, the breakfast was good.

    The Zanzig.com Rating: *** (good)

    More information: www.ilvecchioborgorelais.com

 

Restaurant
  • Il Vecchio Borgo
    Piazza Matteotti, 1
    Como
    Phone 031 304522

    The Zanzig.com Rating: *** (good)

Hotels we noticed (but we did not stay here)

Tremezzo Accommodation
  • Grand Hotel TremezzoGrand Hotel Tremezzo
    Via Provinciale Regina, 8
    22019 Tremezzo (Como)
    Phone 0344 42491

    Lago di Como is known for their stylish Victorian hotels that make you feel welcome from the very first second of your stay. The "Grand Hotel Tremezzo" certainly belongs into this category. It is a first class hotel that sits directly at Lake Como. They have three swimming pools, one directly in the lake (!), one in the garden, and one indoor pool. Needless to say, you should only consider a room with lake view as this must be an incredible experience: Being woken up by the sun that enters your room right above the lake.

    More information: zanzig.com/f/36.htm

Menaggio Accommodation
  • Hotel du Lac MenaggioHotel du Lac
    Via Mazzini, 27
    22017 Menaggio (Como)
    Phone 0344 35281
    Fax 0344 344724

    The "Hotel du Lac" is one of those hotels were we really like to stay: family-run, not too large, situated close to the town center, just steps away from restaurants and shops, with clean and somewhat stylish rooms, but not too fancy. This hotel seems to have it all, and it is located in the beautiful town of Menaggio. We would certainly consider this hotel for a stay at Lake Como.

    More information: zanzig.com/f/37.htm

 

  • Grand Hotel VictoriaGrand Hotel Victoria
    Via Benedetto Castelli 9/13
    22017 Menaggio (Como)
    Phone 0344 32003
    Fax 0344 32992

    The "Grand Hotel Victoria" in Menaggio is situated at the lake, separated only by a quiet street and the beautiful promenade from the lake. It is just a few steps away from the town center with restaurants and shops. Most lake-side rooms offer beautiful views across the lake. With its 55 rooms it is a medium sized house. The official four-star-rating underlines the overall positive impression from this attractive hotel.

    More information: zanzig.com/f/39.htm

 

  • Grand Hotel MenaggioGrand Hotel Menaggio
    Via IV Novembre, 77
    22017 Menaggio (Como)
    Phone 0344 30640
    Fax 0344 30619

    The "Grand Hotel Menaggio" is another big old lady of Lake Como, situated directly at the Lake next to the ferry pier and only a few steps from the town center. The lake-side rooms offer beautiful views across the lake. Victorian charme spreads everywhere in this renovated house. At 94 rooms it is fairly large, but then again, the official four-star-rating indicates that they can cope with this number of guests easily.

    More information: zanzig.com/f/38.htm

Varenna Accommodation
  • Hotel Olivedo VarennaHotel Olivedo
    Piazza Martiri della Liberta, 14
    23829 Varenna (Lecco)
    Phone 0341 830115

    The "Hotel Olivedo" has been owned and operated by the same family for four generations by now. It has a prominent location in Varenna, right next to the ferry pier and only steps away from restaurants, shops, and the beautiful boardwalk promenade. It looks quite tall but it has just 10 rooms. The rooms are simple but cozy, and the views from the (lakeside) rooms are incredible.

    More information: zanzig.com/f/40.htm

 

  • Hotel du Lac VarennaHotel du Lac
    Via del Prestino, 11
    23829 Varenna (Lc)
    Phone 0341 830238
    Fax 0341 831081

    We found the "Hotel du Lac" in Varenna while walking through the southern part of the town. The hotel is situated directly at the lake (it even has its own boat pier!) in a quiet street without traffic. The house was built in 1823, and the renovations have tried to conserve the old charm right down to the details, the materials and the colours. It is just a few steps away from the Piazza San Giorgio with restaurants and shops. You can also park your car here.

    More information: www.albergodulac.com

Bellagio Accommodation

Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni

  • Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni
    Via Roma, 1
    22021 Bellagio (Como)
    Phone 031 950216
    Fax 031 951529

    When you approach Bellagio by boat, you just can not overlook this impressive hotel. It is located directly at the lake with private lake access, just steps away from the promenade with shops, restaurants, and the ferry pier. The house has an official 5-star rating with a long standing experience in tourism, and it has received top ratings from various international travel magazines as one of the leading hotels in Europe. And this is, we do not have any doubts about it, entirely true.

    More information: zanzig.com/f/41.htm

 

  • Hotel Suisse BellagioHotel Suisse
    Piazza Mazzini 8/10
    22021 Bellagio (Co)
    Phone 031 951755

    Finding an accommodation in Bellagio is not that difficult; finding an affordable accommodation is. When you want to stay in the town center of Bellagio, look no further. The "Hotel Suisse" is situated right at the beautiful Piazza Mazzini, where you will find many shops and restaurants. And then there is the promenade and the ferry pier. The hotel has an official 1-star rating and markets itself as accommodation with a good price/quality ratio. The rooms are simple and certainly nothing too fancy, but they look clean and OK. Rates are certainly not cheap but still a bargain considering the premium location of the house.

    More information: zanzig.com/f/42.htm

 

  • Residence La LimoneraResidence La Limonera
    Via Bellosio, 2
    22021 Bellagio (Co)
    Phone 031 952124
    Fax 031 6850006

    If you don't need a full blown hotel with breakfast and restaurant, then you might consider the "Residence La Limonera" for your stay in Bellagio. This house is situated close to the town center on an ancient lemon tree garden. It offers various room sizes at affordable rates, even during high season. Each room has kitchenette, TV, and air conditioning. Restaurants and shops are within walking distance; to the ferry pier and the promenade it is about 4-5 minutes by foot.

    More information: zanzig.com/f/43.htm

Carate Urio Accommodation

  • Albergo FioroniHotel Fioroni
    Piazza Minoletti, 1
    22010 Carate Urio (Como)
    Phone 031 400149
    Fax 031 400037

    The "Albergo Ristorante Fioroni" in the quiet village of Carate Urio has a prominent spot at the lake. The Fioronis run this house since 1928, and they have always focused on the quality of the accommodation. The hotel restaurant offers typical food of the Lario area, which is cooked from local resources and presented in the winter garden with awesome views across the lake. The rooms are simple yet clean, and you get the same stunning views of the lake (from the lakeside rooms). We liked this place so much that we think it deserves a recommendation.

    More information: www.hotelfioroni.it

*****
unmissable
You will definitely miss an outstanding experience if you don't do/book this. Will provide you good memories. Best value for money. Fantastic!
****
very good
Clearly above average quality. Will give you a very good experience. High value for money.
***
good
Average quality and still recommended. A good experience and good value for money. Nothing to complain about, and you will not be disappointed.
**
fair
Below average quality and/or low value for money, but still acceptable. You will want to consider other options, though.
*
poor
You will most likely be disappointed when booking this. Lowest value for money. Not recommended.
Prices mentioned on this page are room rates for 2 persons per night, dinner not included, breakfast (BF) as indicated. All prices correct as of June 2011.
Please note that we can not guarantee the correctness of these prices today.

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