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Hotel Fioroni, Lake Como, Italy

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Lake Como, also known as Lario, is the third largest Italian lake after Lake Garda and Lake Maggiore. The lake is located at the foot of the Alps, and shaped like an upside-down Y. At the bottom of the south-west branch lies the city of Como. We stayed in Carate-Urio, which is an authentic and idyllic postcard Italian village.    

In this review, Petra and I will share with you our experiences of our lakeside hotel in Carate Urio which is situated about 10km from Como and ten minutes’ walk from Villa Oleandra, George Clooney’s private residence.

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The entrance of Hotel Fioroni

Overview of Hotel Fioroni

When you think about a traditional, family-run, Italian hotel, Hotel Fioroni in Carate Urio immediately comes to mind for most people who know the Fioroni family and Lake Como area well.The owner, Giuseppe, grew up with restauranteur parents and learnt the art of managing and entertaining guests from them.

The style and character of the hotel is authentic Italian with a touch of old school-classic ambience. The hotel is situated right of the water’s edge of Lake Como.

It has a small but very cosy and inviting restaurant that provides the most spectacular views over the lake.

There is direct lake access(with steps) from the hotel for swimming.

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An informal outside restaurant with Lake Como views, Italy

Where is Hotel Fioroni located?

As explained previously, hotel Fioroni is conveniently located directly on the water’s edge of Lake Como. The picturesque village of Cernobbio is within 6km of the hotel. The city centre of Como is only 12km away.

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The road view of the hotel
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The side view of the hotel
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The steps leading to the lake for a quick swim next to the hotel
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The lounge area of the hotel
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Night views of the hotel's restaurant with lake views
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There are great photo opportunities right next to the hotel
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There are great photo opportunities right next to the hotel
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Experience Italy the authentic way

Who would enjoy this hotel?

The hotel is ideal for anyone looking for a modest and authentic Italian experience. More mature travellers would find this hotel particularly enjoyable due to its relaxed atmosphere without the pretentious bells and whistles.  

The Rooms

There are ten room consisting of three types: standard, comfort and panorama rooms. We stayed in room 5 which is a comfort room on the second floor of the hotel (this is a historical hotel with no lift). Interesting, this was the originally room in which Giuseppe was born.

Some rooms have balconies with fabulous lake views. Our room had two double doors which opened with fabulous lake views (no balcony).  It had a very small, closed bathroom with shower and single vanity. This shower gets the award for the smallest shower we’ve ever had in a hotel. Our room had a seating area for two and a fan, basic amenities in the bathroom, strong free Wi-Fi and a flat screen TV.

Having a European Travelbuddy has its advantages. After inspecting our room, I looked quite disappointed at Petra and said: “we will not be able to sleep late tomorrow” pointing to the thin white curtains hanging on either side of the windows. 

She looked curious and starred at the windows too. “Why is that?” She giggled. She then started folding the shutters closed in front of the windows. Apparently, shutters are normal in most European countries. 

This again shows how our worlds are sometimes very different.

Unfortunately, there was not sufficient plug points in the room to charge all our equipment and we had to ask for an Italian power adapter. 

Nevertheless, the fabulous views and hospitality we experienced from this family made up for some of the small shortcoming of the room.

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Our room (number 5) with lake views
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Room 6 in hotel Fiorini also has spectacular lake views

The Facilities

Giuseppe, the owner, plays the piano in the communal lounge in the evenings. He enjoys entertaining the guests with his quirky jokes and Italian charm.  

There is excellent Wi-Fi throughout the premises. The hotel provides parking close by. The restaurant offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 

The continental buffet breakfast consisted of basic meats and cheeses, croissants, marble cake; fruits and yogurts. 

The dinner menu is unique every night and consists of the chef’s specials.

What we most enjoyed about the hotel

We loved waking up to the views of the lake from our bedroom and the hospitality of the Fioroni family and staff. 

The best part about staying right on the water’s edge is being able to watch the boats cruise up and down the lake.

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Giuseppe playing the piano in the lounge area
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Spectacular lake views from our breakfast table
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The travel buddies with Giuseppe's daugher Elisa

The staff

The staff is what makes this hotel so unique and worth a visit. Giuseppe’s grandfather started this hotel back in 1928. Giuseppe and his wife took over the hotel in the early 1980s. Currently, Giuseppe and his beautiful, young daughter Elisa run the hotel. They both speak several languages including German, Italian, French and English and together they have perfected the art of making guests feel welcome and appreciated. Interestingly, Guiseppe’s brother, Danilo, owned a pasta factory in Cape Town, South Africa, that supplied to some of the most well-known hotels including the Mount Nelson.

Dining options

As this is a small, family run hotel, there are not many staff employed and you often have the honour of being served by Mr. Giuseppe himself. For this reason, food options in the restaurant may be limited but it is served with the greatest care and hospitality. The people that visit the hotel (including us) cannot get enough of the host and often mostly visit the hotel to enjoy Giuseppe’s company. There are many other great restaurants within walking distance of the hotel.

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The most beautiful dinner setting
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Freshly baked croissants and other cakes for breakfast
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The breakfast spread at hotel Fiorini
Petra war schon mehrere Male am Comer See. Ihrer Erfahrung nach ist die beste Reisezeit von April bis Juni und September. Dann ist das Wetter gut und es ist weniger überlaufen. Die Monate, die man unbedingt meiden sollte, sind Juli und August.
The dinning room of the hotel
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Our verdict of hotel Fioroni

The review is intended to assist you to plan a trip to Hotel Fioroni on Lake Como. We enjoyed this hotel for its warm Italian hospitality, and awesome location. We loved our comfortable bed with spectacular lake-side views. The views at night in the lake restaurant is something that you must experience for yourself.

Pro Tip

Petra has been to Lake Como several time. In her experience the best time to go is from April to June and September. The weather is great then and it is less crowed. The months that must be avoided is July and August.

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The entrance of Hotel Fioroni

Best Features

  • Lake Como views from the restaurant and rooms
  • Great location, near many quant villages and city centre of Lake Como
  • Charming and service-orientated stafs

Nearby town

  • Lake Como, 6km
  • Villa Balbianello, 15km

Value for money

Hotel Fioroni offers good value for money considering the hotel is situated on the water’s edge of Lake Como. A panorama room starts from 110€ or R1800 per night including breakfast (during June) and a comfort lake room is 120€ or R2000 per night including breakfast. A standard lake room is 105€ or R1750 per night per room. Many of the grand hotels around Lake Como is separated by the road and often the hotels are not on the water’s edge but only the hotel’s restaurants. This is not the case with hotel Fioroni.  

Our reviews are a true reflection of our experiences during our stay at the establishment. This allow us to comply to strong ethical practices to ensure our reviews are fair and trustworthy. We only do reviews of establishments that we have personally visited. This was not a hosted review.

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About Author

As a freelance travel journalist and seasoned business professional, Bernie van der Linde has made it her mission to explore the world's most unique and luxurious destinations. With a PhD in business studies from the University of South Africa, Bernie has channeled her passion for travel, web design, and writing into founding the travel blog Travel Buddies Lifestyle. Here, she shares her adventures alongside her best friend and travel business partner, Petra, who seamlessly translate and compile articles relevant to their German and European audience.

Bernie's love for exploring new places has taken her to some of the world's most exotic locations. Whether gazing out at the glittering skyline of Dubai or enjoying the tranquillity of a private beach in Mauritius, Bernie is always looking for unique experiences that will inspire and entice her readers to travel.

Through her thoughtful writing and unparalleled passion for travel, Bernie van der Linde has made a name for herself in the world of travel writing. Her knack for uncovering hidden gems and sharing her experiences with her readers has made her a trusted source of inspiration for those looking to explore the world in style.

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