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Grand Hotel Cadenabbia

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Lovel old building but inside the rooms were very modern. The restaurant was lovely and the staff very friendly. Couldn't fault the food. Fantastic views over lake como. Very handy for the water taxi.

The four star rating belies that this hotel is superior to some luxury hotels I have stayed in across the globe. We fell in love with everything. The old world grandeur is still in evidence in the late 19th century lobby and the sweeping staircases. We asked for a lake view and could not have been more delighted. The room and bathroom have a breathtaking 180 degree terrace view of Lake Como, taking in Lenno and Bellagio. Breakfasts on the top floor were delectable - not to mention that starting your day staring at the mesmerising view of Lake Como is without compare. The piece de resistance though is, undoubtedly, the terrace - with 240 degree views across Lake Como. If this were a painting, you would question that it was sketched from reality. Probably the best place on earth!

Ask for lake view, but make sure this has a balcony to sit on. Beautiful old Hotel in a great position. Talking to over holiday makers our hotel seemed the best for style, food drinks etc (apart from the Grand). Our room was quite small but comfortable, bathroom had great extras but not great shower. Good restaurant with good veggie choice. Drinks even water was very pricey. Staff were friendly and helpful, would return again.

Stayed in October 2017 as part of a Tour group. Hotel obviously used by many tour companies and the staff are expert at serving large numbers of (older) guests efficiently and in a friendly way. Some reports here had given me concerns but they soon vanished. Large breakfast buffet with elements of French, Dutch and German food with the inevitable cooked section for the Brits and cake for the Italians. Enjoyed the Prosecco too. Evening meal antipasto was fabulous. Around 50 dishes to choose from with some different each night. Two types of pasta with different sauces every night, this was served al dente which might not suit everyone. Choice of 3 main courses with a fish option every night. These portions were not as small as some reviewers had stated but were of "restaurant size" rather than "home size". Anyway you had to leave space for the dessert buffet. On one night there were 15 different tarts and then the crème caramel (perfection) and tiramisu and so many others it was difficult just to choose a few. Nobody in our group left the table hungry. We paid extra for a Lake view and the room was smaller than those of our friends with garden views. However sitting on the balcony watching the world go by was worth the extra. Hotel was exceptionally clean, especially in the public areas. Towels and bed linen changed regularly. Reception staff insisted on bar bills being checked before payment but they were all accurate. Not much to do around hotel especially at the end of the season but that was OK. A good choice for a pleasant relaxing stay if you are confident enough to use local transportation. Used the ferries (easy) but didn't have time for the local bus.

I promised this review when we stayed with the hotel in September '16, but lazy and careless as I am , I'm only getting around to it now. The Travel Department did, as it usually does, and provided us with their usual high standard trip. this is not a review of the T.D. but rather ,of the hotel. First impressions were of a magnificent 19th century Villa, enhanced by a colonnaded frontage, the entrance led into a majestic marble floored lobby and open lounge. The reception staff were most welcoming and helpful, a standard maintained throughout our stay. We were dispatched to our bedrooms without undue delay, elevators, or lifts to us poor souls, led us to our floor and we were delighted to find that our room overlooked the hotel front, the lake edge was a roadway away, and, from our balcony we had a splendid view of the lake and all traffic, both on the roadway beneath us, and on the lake itself. Bedroom itself, yes, a little old-fashioned, but who cares, they were clean, regularly serviced and very comfortable, with the most beautiful view of the lake. The Restaurant; fantastic views from a roof-top site. a small open area leading into the larger dining area. My wife, whom I have not mentioned heretofore, and I, tried to arrive in time to procure a table in the former, where we were able to see all the comings and going., Self service for the Antipasti, Main course orders taken at the table and served 'con panache', and self service for any afters. Short of a five star restaurant, a very civilised way of dining helped by a very civilised staff. Aperitifs served al fresco on a terrace adjacent to the bar. All in all a triumph for the travel Dept. and a major triumph for the Grand Hotel. A few small shops next door to the hotel, and 0a couple of very pleasant Tavernas close by to enhance the evening stroll. Public Transport at the door, including a small train-like local transport which stops at all the small villages along it's lake front route. What more could you want? Check the website and prove me wrong. We are going back!

Our tour started off in Lake Como at this hotel and it was beautiful upon entering. The lobby and views are amazing! The rooms are a little older but not bad just considered old fashioned as previous guests comments. Our room was very large with great patio overlooking the water. The plus of the water view was the view the con was the noise of the traffic especially at night. But waking up to that view was amazing! The staff was very nice and accommodating and the hotel facilities were very nice. The restaurant was located on the top floor with even more amazing views!!!! And loved the evening on the rooftop having a aperitif or wine and listening to the entertainment a great time!

The splendour of the past is captured in the public areas of the hotel, however the room I got receives the distinction of being the smallest room I have ever stayed in! The dining room has splendid vies across the lake and at the wonderful town of Bellagio, the bar/lounge is also a great place to spend some time with friends. The food is plentiful, not always super but always good. The major downside was the size of my room (which I paid a single supplement, for a single room?) and the fact that it is located on a busy road.

We arrived at Cadenabbia by ferry from Como which is the best way to arrive. The ferry trip was fabulous and uncrowded on a beautiful day. The Grand Hotel is in between two ferry wharfs, Cadenabbia and Villa Carlotta, so you are fine to get off the ferry at either wharf. The lakefront side of the hotel is impressive and so is the foyer. From the foyer to the room with luggage was a hassle as there are only 3 small lifts and for a large hotel this is not sufficient. Our room was neat but small and disappointingly at the rear of the building. Our view was of the neighbors houses. The bed was quite hard too but we slept well both nights as there was no street noise. We eat dinner the first night in the hotel restaurant which has a great ambiance and wonderful view over the lake to Bellagio. Food however was very poor. The pasta was cold, hard and inedible. Fish was not good either. Breakfast both mornings was only a little better. On the plus side the location of the hotel is fabulous and the hotel staff are very nice.

We were put in a Garden room after asking for a room suitable for my mother using a wheelchair, the view overlooked the roofs of garages not a garden so asked to be moved we wanted a Lakeside room with balcony and for extra money they gave us one for rest of our stay. Lady on reception very helpful. Food very good and masses of it. Shame we got told of for taking our breakfast to eat on the bus at 6am by lady. All the male waiters were nice. My 89 yearly mother wanted to go back after fond memories with my deceased Dad making me there in 1960 on holiday. Nice trip. Taxis expensive Buses good.

We enjoyed a fabulous week at this hotel at which a young Queen Victoria is reputed to have stayed in the past.It is situated on the busy main road beside the lake but with such magnificent views and comfort the traffic becomes irrelevant.The entrance hall is elegant and imposing and contrary to some negative reviews the staff were extremely pleasant and helpful.Similarly,we found the restaurant food to be of a high standard and four courses were usually too much for us.Again restaurant staff were very good,friendly and special mention to the delightful Nicoletta who particularly looked after us there.I used the swimming pool which is at the rear of the building in the garden as a result of which it attracts the odd leaf or two but it was perfectly acceptable and clean otherwise.We were lucky with the allocation of a junior suite which gave us plenty of room space and fortunately the sun also shone!

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66% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 1082 reviews