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Bellagio: Hotel Centrale

Salita Plinio 7

Reviewed by: weasel from TX, review #2398

When: September 2008

Great location, reasonable rates, friendly owners. {3 stars}

Front entrance and courtyard, photo by

Our room (101 - I believe it is the largest) was 125/night. This included a nice continental breakfast in the hotel's lovely breakfast room each morning. We spent five nights here in late September 2008. I believe our room had air conditioning; we were very comfortable.

The Centrale is located about a half a block off the main street in Bellagio. It is up a fairly steep flight of steps. The hotel does not have direct views of the lake, however we had a nice terrace off of our room which had a "between building" view of Lake Como.

One of the best things about the Hotel Centrale is its owner, Giacomo. He is very warm and helpful. His two sons work with him at the hotel and are usually serving in the breakfast room in the mornings, while Giacomo mans the front desk.

One enters the hotel through a lush, beautiful courtyard. There is also a rooftop terrace available for guests.

Our room was large, nicely furnished (above average for a 3-star hotel, I thought) and clean. It had a modern, if small, bathroom. We were pleased with the maid service which was prompt and efficient each day. We had free Internet access in our room, and though I had neglected to bring an ethernet cable, Giacomo loaned me one.

On the day of our departure, we had to catch a very early ferry (6:45), well before the appointed breakfast hours of 8:30-10:30. Giacomo very kindly left a breakfast tray with pastries, juices and a little coffee maker on our bed the night before. This was an unexpected gesture on his part that we very much appreciated as we had tight connections with the train in Como and would not have had an opportunity to purchase breakfast until we arrived at Malpensa.

We would gladly stay at the Hotel Centrale again should we be fortunate enough to return to Bellagio!

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