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Hotel Excelsior Splendide

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Traveling with my mom, we stayed in the Hotel Excelsior for only two nights, but we were very tempted to extend our stay for an additional two nights because the whole experience refreshing and inviting. The hotel itself is very vintage and grand, with a beautiful staircase and lobby entrance. The restaurant serves wonderful meals at set times throughout the day, open to outside guests as well and the outdoor area accommodates even more to family dining. We opted for the lakefront balcony room and it was worth it. To sit on the balcony with a glass of water, wine or Italian beer and watch the sunset and the people walking by... it’s breathtaking. The only downside was the bedsheets and the bathroom are a bit out of date but such minor things can be changed. I cannot wait to come back and stay longer next time.

This hotel is set in the most perfect location in the most perfect setting on lake como, the staff were very friendly and the room was perfectly clean and comfortable, we had use of a safe in the room and it had a perfectly equipped bathroom with hairdryer, the breakfast was ok very basic but had just enough choice to keep us going, the swimming pool is not heated but in October we didn’t go there to swim. The boats dock right outside of the hotel and you can have an ice cream whilst you wait for your boat to arrive, over all we had a fantastic family weekend away on lake como it is a beautiful place to go.

Lovely room at front of hotel looking over the lake. Stunning views. Ideally located for boat trips and local eateries. Bellagio is a beautiful place and we had lovely weather. October temperature in low to mid twenties suited us nicely. The hotel is old style and we loved sweeping staircases and coloured windows. Staff pleasant and helpful. Good WiFi throughout the hotel.

This is a beautifully restored old world hotel. It was clean and spacious. It carries a 3* rating but with a few minor changes could become a 4* easily. Firstly, please do something about the shower. Like most European hotels it was a bath that doubled as a shower. But it really wasn’t because the hand held shower spray was just that. Nowhere to attach it to and because the flex is too rigid, more open than not the floor had a shower. Secondly no fridge. It does get a bit noisy due to the ferry but the convenience is worth it. Finally the breakfast. It was rather limited. No big deal for what we were paying. But the coffee was probably the worst I have ever had, anywhere. And a note on the staff. Very friendly and welcoming. Oh and we were on the third floor and the lift could access our floor and that meant luggage up and down stairs. I noted from other reviews that it had been a problem for some weeks

We booked this hotel based wanting a well located hotel which serves breakfast, has wifi and lake front views. We found the last available room (someone had cancelled) in Bellagio at our price range at Hotel Splendide (booking over 3 months ahead for last weekend in Sept). We were not disappointed, as it was also a good value for the money especially considering Bellagio is the pearl of Lago dI Como. Our room was a good size and had high ceilings, 2 twin beds pushed together as a king and a lovely balcony on the 2nd floor overlooking the hustle and bustle of lake front Bellagio. Having lived in cities we are not as sensitive to noise as others, but with the windows closed at night it basically muted most sounds, however I liked the sound of ferries in and out of ports and restaurant hustle and bustle so was never an issue. Also there was an optional full metal screen that came down over the window for those who like total dark. While the bed mattress wasn't up to Marriott type standards it was ok for 7 nights. Bathrooms were very clean, a small shower and the basics provided shampoo and shower gel in packets and small soaps. Breakfast was a pleasant surprise, a large cheerful dining room with everything from eggs and bacon to all the typical cereals, fruits, yogurts and sweet offerings at many Italian hotel breakfasts. They had several machines for cappuccino, espresso, etc that actually made decent coffee. We were there end of September and due to a cold snap and gray days, we were not able to enjoy the pool area which extended up the hill behind the hotel pleasantly terraced at different levels with lounges and sitting areas strewn about which would be wonderful in sunny and warmer weather. The hotel staff were very attentive and pleasant both at the desk and in the main dining room, my husband speaks fluent Italian and mine is so so, so communication is rarely an issue for us. The only drawback was the wifi tended to be spotty on the 2nd floor (2 bars) and actually went out for a day hotel wide. We really used the web a lot to plan our activities each day, between extensive ferry systems and villas to visit, restaurants to try, as a foreigner wifi is pretty important. For the most part it worked ok. I would actually give this hotel a 4.5 based on our experience.

We recently spenta very enjoyable week at the Hotel Splendide(booked through Inghams).This is a family run hotel and it suited us down to the ground.We were made very welcome at the moment we arrived and we found the staff to be most cheerful,efficient and helpful at all times.The girls and ladies always had a smile on their faces and we had some good banter in the restaurant with the maitre d`hotel Luca and the other staff Salah,Walter and Frederico.Thanks!The breakfast was not "full English Breakfast" ((the fried bacon and scrambled egg was very tasty) but there was a very comprehensive array of items for a continental breakfast.There was always a good choice in the evening but we always started with the soup because it was truly delicious.The main course was a bit upmarket for us(being simple folk) but we always finished up with a great fruit salad.The room itself was absolutely fine and we loved sitting on the balcony(with refreshments of course!) watching the world go by-the lakefront situation near the ferry port provided interesting viewing.We had numerous outings by boat (and bus) and one organised tour to St Moritz. This was a wonderful holiday,our only complaint was the steepness of the streets away from the lakefront!! To all at the hotel MANY THANKS!

This is the 4th time I have stayed in this hotel. I was here this time with Arkansas Master Gardeners in September and it was wonderful as usual. Mary the Manager is a delight to work with. Not everyone had a room with a view and those who did not, Mary tried to give them the largest rooms possible. The hotel is right in the center of Bellagio, the rooms are large and the views spectacular. The hotel is so clean and refreshing . The garden and pool area which many people miss is a quiet oasis to escape from the crowds of day trippers. The breakfast is great. The service from the girls at reception to the breakfast people is excellent and they could not have been more helpful. My favourite rooms are on 4th floor. They were probably servants rooms in the days when the hotel was first built as they are tiny, but these rooms have a small balcony with a ledge which one can sit on and watch the lake , drink a glass of vino and simply take in the splendor of Lake Como. Great rooms if you are a single person, or even two people traveling together. Again, Mary, thank you for making our stay at Hotel Excelsior Splendide perfect. It you want 5 star, stay somewhere else, but if you want to capture the romance and ambience of other times, stay here.

The hotel is located right in the middle of Bellagio - in walking distance to everything, including just a few steps from the ferry dock. There are many restaurants from which to choose in town, as well as the hotel- which serves a nice breakfast. The rooms were good size - ours had a nice view of the rear garden. The more expense rooms face the lake. The front desk was helpful and friendly. The only issue is parking. The hotel does not have a parking garage - so guests much find street parking, which can be challenging during high season in the middle of the day. However, after dinner many spots open up. It was easy to buy and pay for parking on the street, which requires payment every 24 hours (I think). It was not terribily expensive - may be E15/day (i don't recall), which can be paid for by credit card.

Reviewing the resto-cafe: Amazing views from this place. Located on the lake front which gives you mesmerizing views. It has good food and very tasty ice cream. We enjoyed the food and the atmosphere. Service was of high quality as well.

We really loved the atmosphere in Bellagio. The excelsior splendide hotel we stayed in was great so central and the streets cobbled lanes exciting to see. Great shopping and loved having Aperol Spritz on waterfront- watching people go by. Ferry visits to mennagio/tremezza/Varenna. Easy and good to see. E15 each.

Via Lungo Lario Manzoni, 28 Bellagio CO

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to Villa Melzi
  • Free buffet breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining

Villa Melzi is within a 5-minute walk of Hotel Excelsior Splendide while other popular sites like Villa Carlotta are within a few miles (5 km). This 55-room, 3-star hotel has free breakfast along with conveniences like an outdoor pool and free in-room WiFi. It's on a lake and also a short walk from Bellagio Port and Villa Serbelloni.


Free buffet breakfast is included with your stay and awaits you each morning from 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM. Sit down for a leisurely bite to eat at the onsite restaurant, or enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge.


All 55 air-conditioned rooms feature safes and phones. Guests can expect to find satellite TV and stay connected with free WiFi. Bathrooms have hair dryers and bidets.

Property features

Guests of Hotel Excelsior Splendide enjoy an outdoor pool, free WiFi in public areas, and a seasonal outdoor pool. The 24-hour front desk has multilingual staff ready to help with luggage storage, and answer any questions about the area. Additional amenities include coffee/tea in a common area, a garden, and an ATM.

Room options

Double or Twin Room, Lake View

Full 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 3

Triple Room, Lake View

Full 1 | Twin 3 | Sleeps 3

Standard Triple Room

Twin 3 | Sleeps 3

Economy Double or Twin Room

Queen 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

59% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 554 reviews