We stayed at Hotel Larius in Como for 3 nights in early July.
Our double room was comfortable, clean and basic (though If I'm being picky, there was too much furniture for the size of room and the colour scheme was horrid!). The bathroom was a decent size, had a bath and shower with hot water at all times.
Now - air-conditioning …
Despite the fact you can't control the air-con in your room, the hotel are more than willing to switch it on for you - including at night. I'd been a bit concerned they wouldn't do this having read other reviews where people had had problems but I can confirm we had a nice, cool room at all times - very important when it's 39 degrees outside!
Breakfast is included but, to be honest, it's not up to much. The croissants are very sweet (doused in icing sugar), the bread is dry and the coffee is instant - very disappointing for Italy. Still, there are plenty of caffes serving excellent coffee in the Old Town, so I'd suggest start the day with fruit juice and cereal at the hotel then head out for a cappuccino and pastry on Piazza San Fedele.
The hotel's about a 10 minute walk from the Old Town and 20 minutes from the lake so could seem a bit out of the way if you have kids or don't like walking.
We ate at the hotel restaurant on our last night and it was great - despite the fact the outside seating area is pretty much in the car park, it's screened-off with plants and the tables were beautifully decked out in tablecloths, fresh flowers, candles and silver cutlery. It was a shame the local wine wasn't available but that's just a small gripe really as the food was very good and the restaurant manager friendly and amusing.
It's not luxurious and it's not in the heart of Como but Hotel Larius is quiet, clean and cool. I'd stay there again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lizard Hotel is a modern hotel, proceeds in 2004 the renovation of an old mill, able to offer a pleasant stay in a warm and cozy. Located in the old quarters of the charming town of Como in the city center, a few steps from the historic center and the shopping area, full of boutiques of the best Italian designers, The hotel is housed in a young and dynamic context, suitable for every need. Le camere, equipped with every comfort and furnished with style and sophistication, combined with the magical setting of a charming Como, Lizard Hotel make the right choice for a stay of culture and relaxation. The common areas have been manufactured to the highest standards of functionality. Covetto restaurant,il bar, a fitness center with gym, sauna and turkish bath, Internet point and ample parking complete the facilities of the hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Larius Hotel Como
- Lizard Hotel Como, Italy - Lake Como