Grand Hotel Cadenabbia

  • Lake Como, Italy, Cadenabbia

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As the name would suggest, the Grand Hotel Cadenabbia is one of the oldest and finest hotels in the area. Rich in history, many illustrious guests have enjoyed the service and facilities of the hotel, including Queen Victoria. A former palace, the hotel has retained much of its original design including the Edwardian lake facing facade and grand foyer with its marble pillars and arched walkways. Situated on the waterfront of Cadenabbia, you are just 400 meters away from the ferry port and being able to reach one of the many other great nearby resorts such as Bellagio

Just down the road from the hotel you will find the stunning Villa Carlotta. Here you can pay to walk around the magnificent botanical park, all of which is accessible to those with walking difficulties, just the odd path sloping upwards. You can also visit the museum with exhibits across two floors. A fascinating way to spend your day and right on your doorstep.

The quiet charm of the surrounding area ensures a relaxing stay. Our favorite spot was out on the rooftop terrace. Sitting back sipping on a cocktail while the sun falls over the mountains on the other side of the lake, a very memorable experience indeed and definitely a place to snap a few shots with the camera. At the back of the hotel you also have an outdoor pool in a nice little secluded location, surrounded by gardens and overlooked by the Grignetta Mountians.

The hotel’s restaurant has a lake view terrace where you can enjoy your evening a four-course dinner. Live music is provided on the terrace throughout the week between 9pm and 11pm including fabulous jazz bands and string quartets. Guest rooms at the hotel are traditional in style and many have panoramic views over the stunning crystalline waters of Lake Como.

Transfer time: approx. 2 hours by coach.

Added value

Honeymoon & Anniversary Offer: Free bottle of sparkling wine

  • No. of rooms: 192
  • No. of buildings: 1
  • No. of floors: 5
  • Official rating: 4

Local Fees and Taxes

Local resort tax payable locally.


Standard Rooms are in a traditional style with double or twin beds, air conditioning, TV, wifi, minibar, safe, hairdryer and bath with overhead shower. They enjoy views over the gardens and can sleep up to four people. Rooms with a lake view and lake view & balcony are available for a supplement.

Junior Suites can sleep up to three people and have fantastic lake views from the spacious balcony.

Single Rooms are available with garden or lake views.

  • Lift accessible: Yes
  • Lift serves all floors: Yes
  • Access ramp: No

In a sheltered lakeside position on the western shores of Lake Como, Cadenabbia is a super spot for a lakes and mountain holiday - with Mount Crocione behind you, you can look across the lake for wonderful views of the headland village of Bellagio and the Dolomite mountain range beyond. It has been a popular health resort with the British since Victorian times – indeed Queen Victoria herself chose to holiday in Cadenabbia and one of the country’s first Anglican churches was built here in 1891. Other notable heads of state who have sojourned here including Nicholas II, Kaiser Guglielmo II and Pope Pio XI; Mary Shelley wrote about Cadenabbia as long ago as 1844, and a few years later Guiseppe Verdi composed Traviata in the peace and quiet of Villa Ricordo (Villa Margherita). Between the 17th and 19th centuries many other villas were built here and nearby including Villa Collina, Villa Giuseppina and Villa Norella.


St. Moritz & the Bernina Express (full day)

Leave Lake Como and travel by coach into the majestic Val Valtellina, stopping for coffee in the small town of Tirano, before boarding the magnificent Bernina Express. This spectacular journey then travels past glaciers and over dramatic gorges before arriving in St. Moritz. You’ll have some free time to explore and enjoy a spot of lunch (payable locally) in this picturesque town. The return to Lake Como by coach is just as scenic and follows the road through the Maloja pass, stopping in the historic town of Chiavenna where you’ll find cobbled streets and local boutiques.

Departs: Mondays and Wednesdays from mid May to mid September

Price: £57pp.

Milan (full day)

Enjoy a full day excursion visiting the fashion capital of Italy. An expert guide with show you Milan’s highlights starting with Sforzesco Castle, which was once considered one of Europe’s greatest fortresses. Your excursions continues by coach where you’ll enjoy a full commentary by your guide as you drive around the city. Once you reach La Scala, Milan’s famous opera house, you’ll continue by foot through the historic centre to see the Duomo and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele – the world’s first shopping mall! The afternoon is at leisure for you to explore and maybe do a spot of shopping.

Departs: Tuesdays from mid May to mid September

Price: £52pp.

Lake Orta & Stresa

Lake Orta is one of Italy’s prettiest lakes and oozes romance. Its picturesque cobbled streets are too narrow for cars, which makes it a pleasure to wander around as you discover local shops, charming cafes and lovely lake views. When you’ve had enough time to explore, the tour continues to Lake Maggiore and the lakefront resort of Stresa. A private boat will take you across the lake to the Borromean Islands where you can visit the botanical gardens of Isola Bella.

Departs: Fridays from mid May to mid September

Price: £57pp. Entrance fee to Isola Bella is payable locally.

Villa Balbienello (half day)

No visit to Lake Como would be complete without seeing it’s most beautiful villas and spectacular gardens. Built at the end of the 18th century, the villa now belongs to the FIA, Italy’s version of the National Trust. Wander through the villa and admire exquisitely-furnished interiors and a vast art collection. The manicured gardens are a delight to walk through and you can enjoy stunning lake views from many spots in the garden.

Departs: Sundays from mid May to mid September

Price: £48. 

Piona Abbey & Wine Tasting (approx. 6 hours)

The impressive Piona Abbey sits at the peninsula of Olgiasca and enjoys fantastic views over the lake. Spend some time enjoying these and the lovely, peaceful atmosphere of the Abbey, which is still inhabited by Cistercian Monks. In the afternoon you’ll a tasting of two local wines in a historic wine cellar.

Departs: Thursday from mid May to mid September

Price: £50pp.

Como & Lake Lugano (full day)

Start your day in the charming town of Como where you can admire its lakefront piazza and stunning cathedral. Continue by coach to Lugano, one of Switzerland's most elegant towns. Visit the wonderful Via Nassa and the square of Riforma with their striking buildings and exclusive shops or choose to spend time in the town's pretty park.

Departs: Fridays from mid May to mid September

Price: £55pp.

Bergamo (full day)

Bergamo has been described as the open air museum in the world. Birthpace of opera writer Gaetano Donizetti, this small city is brimming with history. Medieval towers look out over cobbled streets and charming piazzas, and there are wonderful views at every turn. You’ll begin your day here with some free time to explore before meeting an expert city guide for an interesting walking tour of Bergamo.

Departs: Thursdays from May to October

Price: €60pp. Please note that this excursion is only bookable locally in resort (subject to minimum numbers).


Please note that we act at all times as a selling agent for our suppliers. All excursions require minimum numbers to run and are subject to change. Some excursions may not be available to pre-book in low season but may be available to book locally subject to numbers. Prices will be confirmed at the time of booking. See terms & conditions.


Restaurants & Bars

Le Serre offers Italian and international cuisine in a light and airy setting, with large windows overlooking the lake. Guests on half board will eat dinner here and have a choice between three starters and three main courses each evening, with a large buffet of appetisers and desserts.

Al Chiaro di Luna is an ideal setting for a romantic dinner, with a large terrace looking out over Lake Como.

The bar is a welcoming place to enjoy a drink throughout the day whilst taking in views of the lake from the terrace.


The heated outdoor pool with jacuzzi provides a lovely spot within the verdant gardens to sit back and relax.

General Facilities

  • Free wifi
  • Frequent live music evenings  
  • Gym
  • Free parking



A freshly-prepared breakfast includes breads, yogurts, cereals, fruits and pastries. Hot choices are also available.

Dinner consists of four courses. You'll have a choice of starters and main courses which will be served to your table, accompanied by a salad buffet.

After dinner enjoy a choice of deserts from the buffet.

Board basis options available

  • Half Board

This property caters for the following special dietary requirements

  • Diabetics - Insulin can be stored
  • Gluten Free
  • Vegans
  • Vegetarians
Location in resort
  • Longitude: 9.234695
  • Latitude: 45.991595
  • Location Description:
    • 400 meters to ferry port
    • Bus stop directly outside hotel

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Grand Hotel Cadenabbia
Cadenabbia, Lake Como,Half Board
07/10/2020 - 3 nights
4 adults
From London Gatwick
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