Grand Hotel Villa D'Este, Cernobbio
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I would spend a month by this lakefrom Trombino
"from A TripAdvisor Member
Other than that, it was a pretty good hotel, nice breakfast, but not of Four Seasons-caliber service that we were expecting, given the prices and otherwise nice reviews.
Positively Magicalfrom Amymow
One of the best hotels in the worldfrom gwillis
Absolutely wonderful stay!from A TripAdvisor Member
Worth all five starsfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Don't listen to the complaints about service, it was very good. You may get better service at the Ritz in Atlanta, or any number of new properties that just opened, but how often do you get to sleep in a four hundred year old villa?
Nice enough, but not worth the money.from Brownbreadnbutter
We had read mixed reviews of the place, some fabulous, others [particularly on this site] distinctly concerning, so we did go into it with our eyes wide open, but decided to proceed as we felt confident that at the prices we were being charged, and for what was described as a "Junior Suite Exclusive" [the most expensive available during our stay] we would not be disappointed.
In fact we were disappointed. We were put into the attic, although we did have a lake view, provided that we stood up to look out of the window !!! Not a great start, and our room was hardly more than a room with a very small sofa and two undersize arm chairs.
On the upside the bed was very comfortable indeed with really beautiful linen. The bathroom was well equipped but it's small size was characterised by the fact that the shower had to make do with a curtain rather than a door, which, as they do, clung to the skin when showering, very 3 star there.
Breakfast is very good indeed, and the location of the restaurant, in good weather, on the lakeside, superb.
The staff were, for the most part, helpful, although I found the Concierge desk most intimidating.
A real cause of complaint was the complete absence of information about the hotel itself and also it's surroundings. For example, no menus for any of the restaurants were available in the room, and one might have thought that it would also be helpful to include ferry timetables' in the room too, but, presumably this isn't done to discourage independent travelling and to encourage one to partake of the Hotel's own trip to Bellagio at an astonishing 85 euros per person.
At the prices charged this should have been up to the standard of the Villa San Michele, but it wasn't a patch.
Best thing? Definitely the slow [public] ferry to Bellagio and back.
We had a lovely trip because the lake is so beautiful. I think that next time we might be tempted to try The Grand Hotel at Tremezzo, which looks superb from the water and, of course, looks out over Bellagio itself.
t be....from A TripAdvisor Member
We needn't have worried. The staff really looked after us, and took the worries of our baggage away. I really don't understand the negative reviews here, nor for that matter the positive reviews of the hotel we stayed in the second part of our week long stay in Italy that was absolutely dreadful.
I don't need to say anything about how magical the Villa D'Este is as a destination, but the service does need commenting on. Although it was perhaps not as super attentive as some may be used to, and we have expericed (say the Sandy Lane or St Geran), I found it cheery, honest and helpful. We found that everyone had a smile for us, and gave the impression of doing their best. Best of all, contrary to our fears, none was rude at all.
The breakfast was good, and well organised, but the evening menu was a little limited. However, the quality of the evening food was very good, and the food was very enjoyable. Don't be put off by the formaility/need for a jacket and tie, it is not that stuffy, and we relished the chance of dressing up a little.
In summary, if you want something a little different from a beach holiday, and don't mind the cost, then the Villa D'Este is a great place to spend some time.
Once in a lifetimefrom A TripAdvisor Member
Top Local Tips for Cernobbio
Community garden Take a few minutes to visit the gardens in the small valley directly opposite the Villa d'Este. Free to enter (there is a pot for voluntary donations) this beautiful spot was reclaimed from a former rubbish dump by local activists who have created a mini Arcadia that's actually nicer and better maintained than the famous Villa d'Este gardens. And leave a few Euros behind you.
Lugano Save the hassle and go to Lugano or Morcote - absolute haven! Stay at Swiss Diamond.
Places to eat Navidano: fine dining: really good food and service (in Como); Gato Nero: casual: fun setting and amazing view-
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- Address: Via Regina 40 - Cernobbio - 22012 - Italy
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