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Grand Hotel Cadenabbia

  • Lake Como, Italy, Cadenabbia

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Nestled between the dramatic Grignetta Mountains and the warm, azure waters of Lake Como, the Grand Hotel Cadenabbia is the epitome of traditional Italian grandeur. A former palace, the hotel has retained much of its original design including the Edwardian lake facing facade and awe inspiring foyer with its marble pillars, arched walkways and alabaster statues. Situated in the waterfront village of Griante, the towns of Bellagio and Varenna are just a short trip on the ferry which can be reached from the port just meters from the hotel. The quiet charm of the surrounding area means you'll be spoiled for choice when it comes to dining and drinking, or you can choose to stay at the hotel where you'll find four bars and restaurants including the fine dining establishment Al Chiaro di Luna which is the perfect spot for a romantic moonlit meal.

The roof terrace and outdoor pool offer a secluded location for rest and relaxation with luscious gardens and the Grignetta watching over you. Live music is provided on the terrace throughout the week between 9pm and 11pm including fabulous jazz bands and string quartets. The stunning Villa Carlotta is just next door and offers an incredible day out with its archives of fine art and vast botanical gardens.

Bedrooms are traditional in style and many have panoramic views over the stunning crystalline waters of Lake Como.

Added value

Honeymoon & Anniversary Offer: Free bottle of sparkling wine


  • No. of rooms: 192
  • No. of buildings: 1
  • No. of floors: 5
  • No. of interconnecting rooms: 0
  • Annex:
  • Official rating: 4

Standard room with garden view - sleeps 2-4 

Spacious rooms with a simple yet stylish design, these standard rooms offer either a double bed or two singles with space for extra beds if needed. Rooms also have garden view and feature WiFi throughout, satellite TV, telephone, minibar, electronic safe, hairdryer, complimentary toiletries and en suite bathroom with bath or shower.                  These rooms are also available for sole occupancy with supplement.

Standard room with lake view - sleeps 2-4

Bright and airy rooms with a simple and stylish design, these standard rooms offer either a double bed or two singles with space for extra beds if needed. Rooms have a lakefront view and feature WiFi throughout, satellite TV, telephone, minibar, electronic safe, hairdryer, complimentary toiletries and en suite bathroom with bath or shower.    These rooms are also available for sole occupancy with supplement.

Lake view room with Juliet balcony or terrace - sleeps 2-4

These elegantly decorated and tasteful rooms offer either a double bed or two singles with space for extra beds if needed. Rooms have spectacular lake views and balconies or terrace along with WiFi throughout, satellite TV, telephone, minibar, electronic safe, hairdryer, complimentary toiletries and en suite bathroom with bath or shower.

Junior Suite with lake view and terrace - sleeps 2-3

Grand and deluxe double rooms with terrace and lakefront views. Boasting antique chandeliers and large bathtub or shower, these comfortable rooms are available with an extra bed when requested. The Junior Suite also offers WiFi throughout, satellite TV, telephone, minibar, electronic safe, hairdryer, complimentary toiletries, fluffy bathrobes and slippers.


  • Lift accessible: Yes
  • Lift serves all floors: Yes
  • No. of steps into property: 1
  • Access ramp: No


Bars and Restaurants

Al Chiaro di Luna is located on a beautiful outdoor terrace on the lake front. The accomplished chef Ivan serves dishes from a carefully designed a la carte menu featuring squid ink risotto and grilled swordfish with a carefully selected wine list to accompany your meal. Please note this service is payable locally and open in high season only. 

Restaurant Le Serre is an elegant and bright indoor dining room which is home to the breakfast service each morning, offering a vast continental selection and hot options. In the evening, guests staying on half board will be service a choice of three starters, three mains and an appetiser and dessert buffet. 

Grand Hotel Cadenabbia Rooftop Bar with panoramic views of the lake and Grignetta mountains, the rooftop bar at the Grand Hotel Cadenabbia is a wonderful place to spend the afternoon or indeed a pre-dinner apperitivo of Aperol Spritz or a Hugo. Small plates and antipasti are also available from the bar from midday until 14.00. Local charges apply. 

Board basis options available

  • Half Board

This property caters for the following special dietary requirements

  • Diabetics - Insulin can be stored
  • Gluten Free
  • Vegans
  • Vegetarians


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.

Things to do in resort

  • Use the ferries to explore the lake
  • 18 hole golf course at Menaggio
  • Hiking around Monte Grona (above Menaggio)
  • Mountain biking trails around lake
  • Trips to well-known Villas of Balbianello (Lenno), Carlotta (Tremezzo) and Monastero (Varenna)
  • Como Town - 30 minutes away by hydrofoil

Location in resort
  • Longitude: 9.234695
  • Latitude: 45.991595

For more information on travel and transport visit our Cadenabbia page



We offer a range of guided excursions to help you make the most of your holiday. 

Special Excursion Packages
Pre-book any of the excursion packages below, and SAVE up to £20
Milan + Bergamo + St. Moritz £125 : Booking Code: A
Milan + Bergamo + Stresa and Orta £126 : Booking Code: B
Milan + St Moritz + Stresa and Orta £129 : Booking Code: C


St. Moritz £51, full day, Monday

This full day excursion to St Moritz includes the famous Bernina Express train from Poschiavo and takes you through breathtaking scenery.By coach we take you up the northern arm of the lake, and into the majestic Val Valtellina, one of the great valleys of the eastern Alps and producer of the area’s splendid wines, meats and cheeses. Our first stop, for coffee, is at the small town of Tirano with its notable cathedral.

We then proceed to Poschiavo for the highlight of the day: a spectacular ride on the Bernina Express, past glaciers, over dramatic gorges and viaducts, as far as Diavolezza, covering the highest part of the journey which climbs the steepest gradients in the world (of up to 70%) without the use of cog wheels.

It is then a short and scenic journey on to St Moritz itself, where you have free time to take in the stunning views over the crystal lake, explore and admire the shops and to have lunch.

Our descent, by coach, is no less dramatic. We take the unforgettable road down through the Maloja pass, with extraordinary vistas offered at every moment. The final stop is back in Italy, at the charming, historic town of Chiavenna, the ‘key’ of Italy, where you can explore the town’s attractive, cobbled streets and shops.

Bergamo £48, ¾ day, Thursday

The city of Bergamo Alta has been described as the prettiest open-air museum in the world . Birthplace of the opera writer, Gaetano Donizetti, this sophisticated and stunning small town contains no building newer than the seventeenth century. The cobbled streets contain medieval towers and wonderful views at every turn, and the main piazza is one of the most beautiful in all Italy.

We start our excursion from the picture-postcard, historic village of Varenna, on the eastern shore of Lake Como. Cost of ferry ticket to pick up point not included. (approx €8 return). We then travel by coach along the scenic eastern shore of the lake to the town of Lecco and on past mountain scenery to Bergamo.

You will then have free time for lunch and to explore the town. Bergamo is well known for its meats, cheeses, wines and specialities, both savoury and sweet. You may wish to make your way to a scenic viewing point or visit one of the excellent museums. Or you may simply wish to browse the smart shops and picturesque streets.

In the afternoon we join our expert city guide for an interesting and entertaining tour around some of the streets and monuments, including the church of Santa Maria Maggiore, one of the greatest churches in northern Italy, and the chapel of the great condottiere, Bartolomeo Colleoni, which adjoins it.

Milan £48, full day, Tuesday

Taking the panoramic road along Lake Como’s ‘arm of gold’, skirting past Como, we stop for a coffee-break outside Milan. En route you will receive general instructions about the city and a map, before starting the tour with an expert guide who will first take you around the extraordinary Renaissance Castello Sforzesco, one of Milan's great monuments which was once Europe's greatest fortress.

Then enjoy many of the sights, ancient and modern, from the comfort of the bus, with a full live commentary from our expert guide, until you arrive at La Scala, the world’s most famous opera house. You will then be treated to an entertaining and informative guided tour of the historic centre of Milan, making your way from La Scala through the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, to the Cathedral itself. The awe-inspiring Duomo, the third-largest in the world, has the largest stained glass of any cathedral and yet has an ethereal quality conjured up by the pink-veined Candoglia marble and the intricate details of its façade and roof.

Then you are free to enjoy the afternoon you wish. Whether you would like to take the chance to visit one of Milan’s renowned art galleries or museums, including La Scala Museum, sample the designer shops, department stores, enjoy the unrivaled views from the top of the Duomo, or simply enjoy exploring the elegant streets, or the lovely Brera district, full of charming bars, cafes and the site of the famous Brera Art gallery, you will find all these options within a few minutes’ walk.

Stresa and Lake Orta £52, full day, Friday

Lake Orta, only twelve kilometres in length, has been described as the most romantic of all the Italian lakes. It inspired Browning and captured Nietzsche's heart.

We first visit the lake’s enchanting town of Orta San Julio, set on a garden peninsular and overlooking the island of San Giulio. Orta’s streets are too narrow for cars so it makes exploring the cobbled streets a breeze, lined with shops, bars and restaurants and ancient buildings. All streets lead to the handsome Piazza Motta which offers a stunning views over to the island of San Giulio.

Lake Maggiore is a majestic, blue lake and the second largest of the Italian lakes, at 65 km in length. We visit Stresa, the ‘Pearl of Verbano, and Maggiore’s most beautiful town, at the foot of imposing Monte Mottarone, which has a cable-car running to its peak (4.920 ft). The town, which has a charming piazza and large number of shops and bars, hosts a famous series of concerts from the end of August to the end of September. The lakeside promenade is celebrated for its lush vegetation and flowers, including oleanders, mimosa and azaleas.

Included in the price of the tour, is a visit to the Isola Bella by private boat (entrance to the Palazzo Borromeo and its gardens at additional cost). The gardens were inspired by the ‘hanging gardens of Babylon’ and Count Borromeo fashioned them into the shape of a ship for his wife, Isabella, giving the island its name. The palace houses a fine collection of art.

BOOK LOCALLY | Prices are for guidance only.

  • Villas of Como £38, half day
  • Lugano and Como £43, full day


Sight Seeing Tour Bus (East Coast) 

This fantastic and locally run sight seeing tour is certainly not something to miss. This multi-lingual hop on/hop off bus service takes you from Piazza Garibaldi right up through Lecco to the colourful harbour town of Varenna, the stunning crystalline waters of the Orrido di Bellano gorge and the majestic Castello di Vezio. Tickets for the bus service can be bought at local offices and prices range from €20.00 per adult for a return all day ticket to €10.00 for an evening ticket returning at 11.45pm. 

There are also child tickets (ages 5-15 years) available starting at €10.00 with children under the age of 5 travelling for free.

Please note: We act at all times as selling agent for the suppliers of activities & excursions. See terms & conditions. Guests staying in Moltrasio need to book all excursions locally. Prices correct at time of publication and may vary up or down. 


Swimming Pools

The heated outdoor pool with Jacuzzi has been refurbished for summer 19 and provides a lovely spot within the verdant gardens to sit back and relax in the Cadenabbia sunshine. 

General Facilities

  • Rooftop bar
  • Frequent live music evenings  
  • Lift to all floors
  • Restaurant with beautiful lake views 
  • Gym 


Family Facilities

  • Babysitting (day)
  • Cots & linen
  • Highchairs in restaurant

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Cadenabbia, Lake Como,Half Board
28/10/2020 - 3 nights
4 adults
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