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Reviewed 13 August 2013

Villa Linda is a family run hotel. We stayed for two nights on our trip through Italy. Accommodation was good, but the air conditioning did not work so we were forced to keep the balcony doors open and found it very noisy due to the main lakeside road on which the hotel is situated. 20 minute walk into town either way, some of the road with no pavement. However, excellent evening restaurant (but breakfast poor). Ok if you can't get a hotel in town and need guarenteed parking.

Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
Thank Nettian
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Reviewed 6 July 2013

Our experience was the same as the review by Derbyshire_ girl_ 123. We'd initially booked the Britannia Hotel about half a mile west of Villa Linda but along with a bus load of other Brits we were dropped off at Villa Linda and given no explanation. We were unable to get anywhere with the staff at the Britannia who just said that the Villa Linda is where we will be spending our week and not at the place we'd booked. They have an agreement with the Villa Linda that guests can use the Britannia for food and the bar there (as it was classed as all inclusive). It didn't go down well with any of us and we complained every day but to no avail. The room we were given was on the first floor and faced Lake Como, had a small balcony and a couple of chairs, which was the only plus in this situation. The receptionists were pleasant enough but it was obvious that they had had to put up with every arrival complaining that this wasn't the hotel they'd booked! Anyway, given no choice we stayed. The room was not at all well decorated and the sheets were clean but were worn and had holes in! The whole place looked as if it could have done with a make-over. There were what seemed to be hundreds of large spiders on a myriad of webs out on the balcony above the doorway, which were seemingly nocturnal. They didn't do any harm but it wasn't a great sight for my wife who hates spiders. The food in the evening wasn't too bad, some of it was very nice but the menu was limited to about a dozen main courses and if you don't eat fish or sea food like me it becomes even more limited but the pastas were quite pleasant if nothing else. The drinks were inclusive but were all local brands so don't expect the main brands you would get in bigger hotels. The red wine was not of the best quality and neither was the beer. The family run Villa Linda has an aged matriarch (the owners mother I believe) who appears only during the mornings until about midday. She is not the friendliest of sorts, treating almost everyone with contempt and not exactly welcoming. If you can speak Italian you'll probably get treated a little better by her but I wouldn't bet on it. Each day there was a mini bus made available to take us back to the Britannia should we wish to use their facilities, have breakfast there or use their bar. We took advantage of this on the odd occasion just to have a change of environment. Breakfast at the Villa Linda was pretty basic and not something we looked forward to unlike the evening meals. We found ourselves going over to Bellagio or Varenna by ferry for meals during the day to make sure we had what we wanted. I wouldn't go back to or even recommend this hotel but the area and scenery around Lake Como are so spectacular it was almost worth the enduring the hotel problems and the below average hostelry experience. My advice is go there definitely but don't chose either of these hotels. You may find by choosing the opulent looking larger establishment, you will end up in the much smaller, less attractive "sister" hotel, in fact I'd guarantee it.

Room Tip: Choose one elsewhere.
  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 May 2013

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we spent a week at this hotel after being moved on from our previous hotel.

We were not impressed at all. Aside from two pleasant girl on the reception desk and in the restaurant, the service from the staff left a lot to be desired. Most did not speak much English at all and one lady in particular was surly and rude all week as if we were an imposition. The reception desk was unmanned for much of the day.

Our room was small and incredibly basic. This wouldn't have been so bad but it was also very dirty, as if it hadn't been cleaned for some time. The bathroom in particular was thick with dust and we felt compelled to buy cleaning products and clean it ourselves! The bedsheets had some disgusting stains on them which made us wonder if someone had been ill in the room recently. During the week, the beds were changed daily but the cleaner barely spent any time in our room and did not hoover at all. We had a room at the side of the hotel with a lake view, which overlooked the car park and the busy main road which runs outside the hotel.

The hotel is situated in Griante and is a considerable distance from the ferry terminals at Menaggio or Cadenabbia, which leaves it in a bit of a no-man's land for getting around as there are also no bus stops nearby. Thankfully there is a tourist train which picks up outside the hotel and will take you into Cadenabbia, Tremezzo or Lenno. It will also take you into Menaggio but the stop is the other side of a busy main road, which can be perilous to cross as they are no crossings nearby. When you disembark the train, you will also be dropped across this road from the hotel. The busy main road was not particularly noisy but did spoil the ambience somewhat.

The all-inclusive menu in the restaurant was very repetitive and had the same dishes all night. We enjoyed the pizza and the desserts that we tried but for the most part, it was not very exciting, especially considering that the restaurant is frequented by locals. I can only assume that there is a better menu on offer for them. Breakfast was not good - dry croissants, stale bread rolls and coffee that was getting more watery by the day.

There is no lounge area to speak of. The only tables are in the restaurant and bars area or outside, which is no good at mealtimes or when the weather is bad. We were not encouraged to sit anywhere in the hotel and were frequently herded off when the staff had had enough of our presence.

On the plus side, there is a computer that offers free Wi-Fi access for guests.

Given the out-of-the-way location and the lack of a lounge area, I would not recommend this hotel unless you have a car with you and can go out of the full day, only returning for mealtimes. We were made to feel most unwelcome, even for short periods while waiting for the tourist train (which only ran every 1.5 hours on average) to arrive.

Room Tip: The rooms on the first floor with a full lake view seemed much nicer than ours, which was on the second floor. These were allocated to two couples who had arrived at the hotel in the same circumstances as ourselves and were more spacious and much cleaner.
  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Derbyshire_Girl_123
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Reviewed 28 January 2013

We enjoyed a lovely stay at this hotel recently. Food was excellent with a good choice - great pizza. Our room overlooked the lake with a balcony where we sat in the sun, even in January! Friendly staff who spoke several languages. Well placed for the ferries to travel round the lake.

Room Tip: Rooms to the front overlook the lake.
  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Mogulski
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Reviewed 17 October 2012

This is my fourth visit to hotel villa linda. I found this hotel on one of my tours to north Itly more than 10 years ago.My last visit was at the end of September 2012. To my very great surprise, I found a neglected hotel with no good service at all. The rooms where uncleen, not enough soap in the shower and the towels where like sandpaper. ( Even for toalet paper I had to ask.....) The walls of my room ehere very damp and dirty.THe morning breakfast is very poor. THe only light was the good evening diner .

Room Tip: Go to this hotel only if you have no other choice. Ask for a room overlooking the lake. Remember - this hotel is a shelter for the Britania overbookiung....
  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank yaariran
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