Does the above image look like a stock photo when you Google “Lake Como”? Well, guess what? If you stay at Il Perlo Panorama, this is YOUR view.
The best part is that no camera has a wide enough angle to get your entire view in, and photos could never do it true justice.
I stopped overnight in Como the previous night which broke up the journey, but it isn’t necessary to do that. I had just wanted to nip into Switzerland.
It is set back from the main town of Bellagio (if it weren’t the views would not be as they are) but the 15 minute walk in to town is pleasant and downhill. I would recommend a taxi back unless you fancy an uphill hike!
The hotel also offer a shuttle service to and from Bellagio a few times a day which is free for residents. You can also ask them at anytime to drop you off/come and get you for a fee. The drive takes around 5 minutes and begins/ends outside Ristorante Carillon in town. The van is sign written so you cannot miss it.
Upon arrival, owners Carlo and Piera will be on hand to welcome you at the modest reception building. It is at the centre of the photo above. Once checked in, you can sit on the terrace (dotted with white umbrellas in above photo) and enjoy a welcome drink, whilst soaking in your first sight of that unbeatable view. Carlo can even teach you how to order coffee like an Italian local.
I stayed in a Junior Suite Veranda. These are complete with huge bathroom including bidet, large comfortable double bed, wardrobe, drawers, sofa, TV, table and chairs, huge panoramic window with electric blinds and of course a veranda to sit out on and feel like royalty for the entirety of your stay.
The room is €120EUR per night, including breakfast. The hotel does offer specials and several types of package deals, these can be found on their website. The view from their “cheaper” rooms isn’t too shabby either, so they can accommodate for any budget. Some rooms are only mountain view though, so ensure it states “Lake View” when booking.
The continental breakfast is tasty and may be taken back to your room if you wish. Having said that, I didn’t have a full meal here as the restaurants in town and around the lake are too special to miss, so I can only vouch for breakfast at Il Perlo. On this note, staying at the Il Perlo gets you 10% discount at Far Out, La Grotta and Ristorante Carillon. They are all eateries in Bellagio town. Just mention where you are staying when ordering and the 10% will be deducted on your bill.
Il Perlo Panorama also rent bicycles and offer guided tours, both on foot and bike. They can also help with kayak/canoe rentals and other water sports on the lake. I would have tried these would I have stayed for longer.
This is classified as a 2* hotel. Having stayed in many 5* hotels, I think that is crazy. This is because the luxury is in the view here, not the facilities. This is a perfect example of how the star rating system can be flawed. I urge you to look past it.
The service at Il Perlo is second to none and you won’t feel an ounce of stress while you are there. I cannot recommend this hotel enough and it is in my top ten all time hotels. Book here today.
Hotel Il Perlo Panorama
Via Valassina 180
Phone: +39 031 950229