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…
All staff members we encountered were highly professional and multilingual.
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.
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.