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Jun 10th, 2001, 05:21 PM
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What hotels would you recommend on Lake Garda (town is open) and Bellagio on Lake Como? Also, what is the best way to make hotel reservations at these places?
 
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Jun 10th, 2001, 06:25 PM
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You will get many recommendations here about both locations. For Lake Como, I can recommend two ALTERNATIVES to Bellagio - - very easy access by ferry, and good choices at the mid-upper level (Grand Hotel Victoria, in Menaggio - - I can share first-hand experience on this one) - - or ultra-upper level, Villa d'Este in Cenobbio (I have visted there, and had dinner, but did not stay there).

The website http://www.karenbrown.com has (I think) several good choices for both locations.

E-mail and fax are excellent ways to make reservations, regardless of your choice(s).

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Rex
 
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Jun 11th, 2001, 07:31 AM
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You didn't specify your price range, but stayed at the Albergo Silvio on the edge of Bellagio and enjoyed it. The price was very reasonable and the room had a small balcony that overlooked the lake as well as a clean small bathroom. The restaurant served terrific, fresh seafood and pasta, as well as zabliogne to die for. The hotel's site is http://www.bellagiosilvio.com/home_en.html The accept reservations by email, phone, fax, or regular mail.

The Chicago Tribune ran an article on the Lake Como area in yesterday's Travel section. http://cgi.chicago.tribune.com/trave...090011,00.html The author stayed at the Villa d'Este that Rex mentioned. The rates ran (if I recall correctly) US$325-550 for a double. Unfortunately, the Web version leaves out the photos as well as the maps for orientation and the small bit on Lake Maggiore.

Many good posts on Lake Garda have popped up here recently, but I copied the following for future reference:

"Best location on Lago Di Garda??"
Author: Noel: I will be visiting Lago di Garda in August for 5 days and I am still undecided which place to stay. I will have my own transport and travelling with my family. your suggestions and experiences will be very much appreciated.

Author: Graziella: I do not know if this is the best location but it was a good location, specially with a family. It was in Garda, but not in Garda properly but 3 minutes up a hill by car over looking Garda.LocationAlbisano. We stayed also five days . We stayed in a Radisson SAS hotel, the location was great, great view, nice pool, they have only suites but are not expensive. Great , great breakfast included. ( Restaurante at night is more international than Italian ) but on the whole we enjoyed it very much.I would return there , Radisson SAS HOTEL TORRI del garda 39 045 629 6755 they offer different specials depending of day of week.

Author: Bob: The weather on Lago di Garda can be very different in Riva del Garda in the north than it is in Sirmione in the south (cooler in the north which can be a plus in August) so the location depends somewhat on what you want to do (e.g., swim or sightsee). I prefer the northern towns of Riva and Limone but there's no right answer because so many of the towns around the lake are so beautiful and different. I would recommend that you stay in a town that has ferry service so that it's easy to get around to the other towns on the lake (you can drive but traffic can be problematic during the tourist season). Hotel Europa in Riva is convenient for this purpose but parking may be a problem. Here are some web sites to do some research on the different towns: "http://www.gardainforma.com/english/homeng.htm" and "http://www.telmec.it/Home_uk.htm"

Author: s: Each city around the lake has its own flavor. Do not miss sirmione, located at south of the lake. Malchesine is a nice and cute town, located at center Esat side of the lake. Try Casa Katy (B&B), located up on the hill, overlooking town and the lake.

Author: Steve James: Like Bob my choice would be one of the northern towns. At the northern end the mountains rise straight up from the lake, - really dramatic scenery!

Both Riva and Limone are lovely. Riva is the larger of the two, and would be my choice.
 
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Jul 20th, 2001, 07:24 PM
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