All About Lake Como Cheap Hotels
Lake Como is generally not cheap, nor are Italian hotels in general with the rise of the Euro! Most people will pay on average 150 EUR a night for a hotel right on the lake with first class service. The high season in Lake Como lasts from April to October and prices are highest in the summer months of June and July which also gets the most tourists.
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However, this does not mean that budget hotels do not exist. In fact, many Italians have decided to convert their homes into mini-hotels, or bed and breakfasts offering cheap rates to visitors who may be interested. So you can do budget Italian travel in style! Also, in the north you can find agriturismos which are farm holiday houses, offering quiet, rural environments for their guests at attractive prices. See bbplanet.it to search for them.
English is sometimes not spoken at many of these Lake Como cheap hotels so communication may be a little difficult. Here are some phrases you should know to help you book a room:
Avete una camera disponibile? (Do you have a room available?)
Quanti costa una camera per notte? (How much is one room per night)
Camera doppia, camera singola (double room, single room)
Although the exteriors or interiors of these cheap Lake Como hotels may be very shabby, sometimes the rooms aren’t so bad at all. If all you’re looking for is a small, basic room with little or no amenities, then it may be all you need.
For students and backpackers, there are two hostels in Lake Como which only have rooms with shared beds ideal for groups. The Villa Olmo near Como (Via Bellinzona 2, +39-031-573800) and the La Primula near Menaggio (Via 4 Novembre 106, +39-0344-32356) which offers beautiful views of the lake and great cuisine. Although not necessary for the Lake Como region, do check out Hostelling International for more information about how to become a member as it can come in handy while traveling in Italy or other European countries.
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Don’t let the title Lake Como Cheap Hotels fool you! In Lake Como ‘cheap’ does not mean bad quality. In fact, there is a very large selection of cheap accommodation if you are willing to forego having to stay at the more popular resorts such as Bellagio or Varenna.
For example, the northern towns have a large selection of agriturismi or ‘farm hotels’, which are located in very rural locations, outside of already small towns such as Dongo or Gravedona. They not only feature quality rooms, but also have in-house restaurants which make your food using ingredients found in their very own gardens. This can make for quite a sumptuous stay. You’ll need a car though, as many of these Lake Como accommodations are hard to get to using public transportation.
Lake Como Cheap Hotels – Hostels
There are two hostels offered in Lake Como. Both are located on the western ends of the lake. The La Primula Youth Hostel in Menaggio is certainly the most popular, another being the Villa Olmo located near the town of Como.
Hostels in Lake Como are actually located in very desirable locations. In fact, both hostels offer some impressive views of the lake, rivalled by many 3-4 star hotels. However, naturally there will be many amenities missing normally found in hotels. Amenities which may help you choose a hotel over a hostel are free of charge breakfast, free Wi-Fi, an exercise-room and pool, plus a restaurant about the premises. If the above mentioned are important to you, then a hostel may not be the best choice.
Tips For Staying at Lake Como Cheap Hotels
While generally not a problem at Lake Como hostels, you can take the following pieces of advice for Italian hotels in general.
**Be sure to review your room before unpacking your suitcase!**
For example, is your room mold and mildew free? Are common bathroom fixtures in proper working order? Do you have an adequate number of towels? Allow the person at the front end desk know to enable them to enable you to sort it out or provide you with a better room should you quickly note any problems.
Also, know your check-with time in advance. Many people forget to check after they will be able to access their rooms. They reach the hotel but discover that their room isn’t ready yet. Therefore, when you anticipate arriving early, call your accommodation upfront and discover if it is easy to sign in early.
It will far easier to acquire a decent room rate if you book throughout the off season. This is basically the highest time for rates. Instead, try to travel throughout the off season when there are several vacancies. Your odds of getting quite a lot boosts exponentially.Staying at Lake Como “cheap” hotels doesn’t need to be a nightmare; finding the right hostel for you may be as simple as following the advice within the article above.
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