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Silvia Pisci
Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni
Via Roma, 1, 22021 Bellagio CO
24th September 2015

The guest list of Bellagio’s only five star deluxe hotel reads like the pages of a celeb magazine: Winston Churchill, Roosevelt, J. F. Kennedy all stayed here, as did artistic legend Van Gogh and actor Al Pacino. Last but not least, the dreamy George Clooney is a regular face at the dinner table.
A former private villa, it was converted into a hotel in 1850. The interior maintains its original Art Deco style – with Murano chandeliers, wooden and marble walls and floors, frescoed ceilings and old paintings. The hotel is closed from September to April: during these months minor restoration and conservation works are carried out. The hotel is open April to October.
RASK joined the list of star guests…

Location
Grand Hotel Villa Serbellini is set in Bellagio, on Lake Como, approximately one and a half hours from Milano Malpensa airport. There are plenty of trendy boutiques in the village, and the hotel has direct access to the lake’s shores. Private transfers from Como can be organized by taxi or private motorboat.
Who stays?
Couples on honeymoon/romantic getaway... This is not the ideal hotel for modern, dynamic travellers...
Style and Character
Although the charm of this place is timeless (the history of the palace, its lush gardens, the peaceful atmosphere and the gorgeous views to Lake Como), the classic style of rooms and facilities may result a bit too old-fashioned to the modern travellers.
Service
The majority of front desk and concierge staff have worked there for 20 years. The younger staff members work at the restaurants, spa and pool, dressed in elegant uniforms. Each of the tables scattered outside the main structure (in the gardens, at the pool bar…) has a service bell – guaranteeing quick service anywhere around the property.
All staff members we encountered were highly professional and multilingual.
Rooms and Suites
There are 95 rooms in total, including 18 Junior Suites (known as Executive rooms) and 4 Senior suites. No two rooms are identical, although all maintain the original Neoclassical style, featuring authentic furniture, marble or wood floors and wonderful chandeliers. The first and second floor rooms have very high ceilings, while the more recently constructed third floor enjoys spectacular views of Lake Como.
We stayed in room 54, a Junior Suite on the ground floor, with a lake view.
All started well when we opened the door to a strawberry and champagne gift left in the suite. The room was very spacious with a wonderful view, but not ideal for those who love their privacy. The décor was elegant, but not over the top.
The bathroom has a shower and bath, complete with stylish “Stella” taps and fittings, although we had to wait a little while for hot water. The beds are very comfortable. RASK slept well, but noticed that the beds are very high and short - not good if you’re taller than 175 cm!
“Which Room To Choose?”
All suites have lake views and/or a balcony, but the Senior Suite has direct access from the garden – a popular choice (and currently booked up throughout August). RASK also recommends room 54, where we stayed. This ground floor Junior Suite was spacious and had a lakeside view.
Food and Drink
Breakfast was served in sumptuous surroundings – although the quality could be better considering this is a 5 star luxury hotel – typical breakfast fare such as freshly squeezed juice and omelettes came at extra cost.
Later on, guests can dine at the Michelin starred Mistral restaurant, set on a veranda which offers a stunning view of the lake. This was a truly unique experience we highly recommend!
The wonderful live classic music playing during dinner was also extremely enjoyable.
Looking for something more informal? La Goletta is open 11am to 11pm everyday. The menu focuses on local specialities, including fish from the lake, cooked in Italian style. The bar next to the pool serves sandwiches, snacks, cocktails and ice cream all day long.
Features, Wellness, and Amenities
The hotel features indoor and outdoor pools, a Spa and four treatment rooms. There’s also a private man-made “beach”: a space on the shore of the lake with sand, umbrellas, deck chairs, changing rooms and showers. Other assets include a spacious and well-equipped fitness centre, two tennis courts and a private dock to depart for private excursions on the lake.
Verdict
If you’re looking for a romantic and relaxing retreat in a breathtakingly beautiful part of Italy, the Grand Hotel Villa Serbellini is for you. A bit “old classic” for RASK’s usual taste, but it’s all part of the charm.