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“Quiet, clean and cool” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Lizard Hotel
Ranked #20 of 32 Hotels in Como
Midlands
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Quiet, clean and cool”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2010

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.

Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2009

We stayed for two days at the beginning of our week-long bike trip in the lakes area, and then again for a night at the end of the trip. This involved storing luggage, and safely storing a rental tandem after it was dropped off for us, and after we left, to await pickup. In each case, the front desk was a model of helpfulness (with good multilingual fluency). They not only did what we asked, they spontaneously made several very helpful suggestions about how to handle the bike hand-off.

We were in two different rooms. At the start of the trip, we had a room that looked out on the hillside and over the adjacent historic buildings. It was light and airy. Not huge, but fine by european standards, and intelligently organized. It looked quite recently refurbished, in a fairly minimalist, simple, but well-built way (nice wood, good quality sheets). The minibar was so quiet that I opened it to check if it was plugged in.

The room at the end of the trip was on a lower floor (nice for tired cyclists!) with a larger bathroom (ditto). Perhaps not as recently redone, and a bit less light and airy, but we felt they did a great job matching us with what we really needed.

The restaurant deserves its own mention. About a third of the menu or more is derived from a cookbook / manuscript by a 15th century master chef. It also features other local specialties like pizzochieri (buckwheat/wholewheat semolina noodles with various veggies, potatoes, and some serious butter and cheese). There's nothing nouveau about the menu, and we loved it that way. Little touches like a historic mustard that incorporates ground almonds (and, I suspect, verjus)--and knowing that it was "composed" in the 1400's--that's special. The wine list and bar also seemed particularly extensive. The headwaiter is fluently welcoming, funny and occasionally sarcastic in a many languages.

Overall, There's pleasant light, airiness, and the cul-de-sac is really very quiet for being so well-situated close to several large autoroutes. It is possible to walk to and from the main train station if your bags are light (allow 20 minutes at a good clip).

As for amenities, the fitness center has a considerable selection of weights and machines for a small hotel (not that we used them). I believe pets are allowed, because one of the other guests had a dog, but there was nothing "doggy" about either of our rooms. (I'd have noticed quickly, due to allergies). Some people might prefer to be closer to the lakeshore, and pay accordingly, thus the "location" rating. The wireless internet worked well, and was free. Breakfasts were good, and nicely presented.

Larius was perfect for what we wanted, and we would very gladly return.

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Manchester
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2008

Just returned from a week in Como staying at the Hotel Larius. The hotel is located on a side street in a residential part of the new town about 20 minutes walk from the Lake. It appears to have been newly refurbished. Rooms are extremely clean but basic. Unfortunately the air conditioning was switched off which made for an uncomfortable night's sleep. Lack of air conditioning would, however,be absolutely unbearable in the hot summer months of July and August. My request for an extra pillow was declined on the grounds that the hotel was full and no spare was available. A situation which was not remedied over the course of the week. Breakfast was barely adequate; mainly consisting of croissant, bread (sometimes stale), jam, ham and cheese. Juice and coffee was served via a machine. Extras like internet access and the gym are subject to an additional charge. The hotel also has a restaurant which we did not try during our stay.

  • Liked — Cleanliness
  • Disliked — Air conditioning switched off
  • Stayed June 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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168 reviews
123 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2007

A quick overnight stay. The hotel is not within the old town, which is about a 10 minute walk away. It has car parking, which is a plus (as parking is quite difficult in Como). It is set off a side road, so not the best arrival experience. This position however is very quiet, allowing a good night's rest. What the hotel lacks in character, it makes up for in facilities and cleanliness. Certainly a good option if you a looking for a bed for the night, but you are best to head into town for more life.

  • Liked — Cleanliness
  • Disliked — Lack of character - no buzz in the restaurant & bar
  • Stayed July 2007, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank Globaladventure
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hull yorkshire
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2007

John and I spent 8 days at the Larius in September last year. The room was comfortable, a decent size, plenty of storage and spotlessly clean. The food was brilliant, the restaurant manager had a wonderful sense of humour and his recommendations, both of food and wine could not be faulted.
The hotel was situated away from the lake side, but the walk was pleasant, and helped counteract the effects of the wonderful food.
We travelled by motorbike and undercover parking was provided, this was visible from our room. The staff were friendly and welcoming.
the hotel's restaurant is traditional in style the rest of the building has a very modern interior.
would I recommend this hotel you bet i would.

Stayed September 2005
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London
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25 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2006

We stayed at the hotel Larius for 3 nights. Overall the hotel was fine.

Plus points were that the rooms were very clean, the hotel is fairly new, fixtures and fittings in good condition, sufficient parking available (a big plus in italy!), and friendly & helpful staff.

Also... there are two supermarkets within easy walking distance, very handy if you want to stock up on water etc.

The walk to the city walls is probably about 10 minutes, probably about another 10 minutes to the waterfront.

Not so good points are the airconditioning being switched off at night - the weather was pretty hot so we went from being a good temperature to very hot overnight, then cool when the aircon came back on again. The internet is expensive - 1 euro for 5 minutes - I didn't use it so I can't say whether it was any good. They have a small gym - not sure if it is charged for - if it's important to you make sure you ask beforehand (I think its 10 euros).

Breakfasts were ok but not great. I was a bit disappointed that the coffee was from a nescafe machine, and the juice was under par.

My impression is that the staff are committed to making the venture a success, but the owners have stretched themselves to the limit to fund the venture, and money is very very tight.

If you are passing by como for a few days, and you're looking for a mid-range hotel, then this could be a good place to look at.

  • Stayed July 2006, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Princeton, NJ
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2006

Hotel Larius is located in a largely residential area that is a distance from the downtown area. The hotel is unremarkable, although the restaurant chef takes pride in creating an enjoyable dining experience. The rooms are expected with the exception of air conditioning. Specifically, the hotel has a policy of turning off the air conditioning each night from 11 pm to 7 am regardless of temperature. We stayed there during a hot week in July and the room temperature during the middle of the night was simply unbearable. The hotel owner refused to modify his air conditioning policy or provide a refund.

  • Liked — Dinner
  • Disliked — Rooms were much too warm during the night as there was no air conditioning
  • Tips/Secrets — Best to stay there when it is not hot outside
  • Stayed July 2006
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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1 Thank Frisky_1961
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Property: Lizard Hotel
Address: Via Anzani 12/C | Como, 22100, Como, Italy (Formerly Hotel Larius)
Region: Italy > Lombardy > Lake Como > Como
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #20 of 32 Hotels in Como
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Lizard Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 19
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

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