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Bellagio: Silvio Hotel and Restaurant

via Carcano 12, Phone: 031.950.322

Reviewed by: l&w from TN, review #1335

When: September 2006

Bad choice! Out of the way location, uncomfortable beds, inhospitable owners.

Hotel Silvio is located on the outskirts of Bellagio on Lake Como. Their website says it is in walking distance to the town of Bellagio but what they don't tell you about is the long and steep road with no shoulder on which to safely walk!

Also, if you look at the website you get the feeling it is directly on the water, but it is quite a distance back with many houses, roads, and buildings in front blocking a lot of the view.

The rooms, as well as the hotel, were very rundown and dingy. The beds were rock hard and only slightly softer than the pillows! I promise I have never felt a harder or heavier pillow! It became comical because it was almost too heavy to lift! My husband and I got so tickled about our lead pillows until he suggested maybe they were so heavy because there were 50 years of mites in them! I didn't sleep well after that!

We had such a horrible night's sleep that we considered just paying for the next night and checking out and finding another hotel. We asked if they would at least discount the room if we were not actually going to stay there and they would not. You'd think they would at least offer to take the price of the breakfast off!

The breakfast was not anything to get excited about, either. We also found the owners to be not friendly and rather rude and abrupt. We were having trouble with our Italian cell phone and asked if they would listen to the message on it and tell us what it said. She just said no.

With all the other nice choices of places to stay on Lake Como I highly suggest passing this one by. It was three stars and 100 a night.

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