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cheap reasonable hotel in bellagio and milano(near cathedral a safe bet?)

Old Nov 17th, 2004, 08:43 AM
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cheap reasonable hotel in bellagio and milano(near cathedral a safe bet?)

hi folks
seems i asked the question in the title.a cheap but reasonable hotel in varenna/bellagio and one in milano(is it better to stay near the cathedral)...
much appreciated.cheers
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Old Nov 17th, 2004, 09:05 AM
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We stayed at Hotel Milano in May and loved it. Would stay there again in a heart beat. The cost was good and the service wonderful. The view of the lake was priceless. Their web site is www.varenna.net (I could not open it today) and it is very informative. e-mail is [email protected]. We took the train from Milan to Varenna. Then took a ferry to Bellagio for the day! Enjoy your trip it is a beautiful area of Italy.
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Old Nov 17th, 2004, 01:47 PM
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Not cheap, but not expensive: BELVEDERE HOTEL in Bellagio. Nice place. Breakfast was included. We were there in 99 and would use this place again.
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Old Nov 18th, 2004, 09:23 AM
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IMHO the best "cheap" hotel in Bellagio is La Pergola. For around E100 you'll get one of the best views anywhere.Try and get one with a terrace.
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Old Nov 23rd, 2004, 03:36 AM
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the only hotel in bellagio which is located on the lake is the albergo metropole - its double rooms with balconies overhang the lake and the scenery is spectacular. whilst the hotel is closed for the winter it reopens in mid march - in the meantime please view the website which i found to be very informative (includes a useful f.a.q. page plus virtual tour) in Milan i suggest you stay at the hotel manin if you want to be near the the cathedral but still in a reasonably priced hotel (the hotel cristallo near the station is much cheaper but 4 stops from the cathedral)
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Old Nov 23rd, 2004, 04:31 AM
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La Pergola,although just over the hill from bellagio, is right on the lake and about half the price of albergo metropole (a nice hotel though).
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Old Nov 23rd, 2004, 05:52 AM
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Agree with La Pergola being the best bet for a pleasant, inexpensive hotel in Bellagio and yes, it is right on the lake but not on the same part where the ferries land. It's a little quieter near La Pergola (not that Bellagio is really noisy anywhere).
However, by paying cash, I was able to get a lovely lake-view room at the Florence Hotel for not much more than I would have paid at La Pergola and the Florence is definitely a nicer hotel.
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Old Nov 23rd, 2004, 09:07 AM
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I agree that I'd stay at Florence Hotel for the same price, but I believe their rooms are no nicer (or bigger)than the one I had.
The only reason I wouldn't choose LaPergola (assuming I want to keep my prices down)is if I couldn't get one the rooms with terraces (not the hewer rooms) and if I was returning during a heat wave.
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Old Nov 23rd, 2004, 10:10 AM
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We stayed in the Hotel Gritti in Milan. We thought it was good value for the location, 5 minutes walk from the Duomo. The staff were very helpful also. However the rooms are small and the bathroom is mega small. We had no problems as this was our expectation but it might be a problem to some.
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Old Apr 21st, 2005, 02:55 PM
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B Tilke, you wrote that you got a better deal at the Florence Hotel by paying cash. I didn't know that this would represent a savings. Can you tell me what the difference was between credit card and cash payment? Does the hotel advertise this, or did you just know to inquire? Also, why was the Florence definitely better? Thanks.
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Old Apr 21st, 2005, 03:14 PM
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Il Perlo Panorama. The panoramic photo of Lake Como is taken from its terrace:

http://www.ofoto.com/I.jsp?c=j4n04qu...6&x=0&y=eqqjaa

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Old Apr 21st, 2005, 05:26 PM
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The discount for cash is 8%. I believe it's noted on their web site or perhaps they told me in an email. It's also noted when you check in.
Re Pergola, I didn't stay there, but from the pictures of the rooms I saw and from what I could tell about the hotel when I stopped in to get some information, I still believe the Florence is a much better hotel. My room certainly was nicer than any I saw pictured at Pergola.
However, one thing to keep in mind about the Florence is that it doesn't have air conditioning. I didn't need it in May 2004 and I doubt if we'll need it in late Sept./early Oct 2005, but for a mid summer stay, I would like to have it. I stayed in a hotel in June 2003 in Lugano with no AC, during the infamous heat wave, and no thanks, not an experience I'd want to repeat.
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Old Apr 21st, 2005, 06:03 PM
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In Bellagio, check out Residence La Limonera. www.residencelalimonera.com

These are apartment accommodations in an excellent location in the middle of Bellagio. Very spacious, nice views, garden area, rates from 60 euros for a studio in low season to 130 euros for a 4-person apartment in high season.
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mister_e originally posted this in November 2004 so I'm not sure whether he'll still be looking for a response.

FWIW we stayed in the Metropole over the first weekend in April & paid 130E per night (low season rate) for a double room with a large private terrace right on (and I mean right on) the lake. Rooms have AC, although this wasn't required when we were there. The view was just fantastic & if (or I should say, when ) we go back we would love to have the same room again.

Here's a link to my (still unfinished) trip report if anyone is interested;

http://www.fodors.com/forums/pgMessa...en_name=JJBhoy

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