Doing some kinds of research is fun; other times, not so much. I’m not big into researching places to stay so I let my husband do it. And lucky for me, he actually likes to.
Not ones to play it by ear, we typically book our accommodations ahead of time. He’ll scour the Internet for reviews and ratings and photos – whatever he can find – so that he feels he’s making a good decision when booking a hotel or bed & breakfast. The biggest challenge, as always, is finding a good balance between cost, location & amenities.
In Lake Como Tristan chose Villa Tres Jolie in Trezzone, at the far north end of the lake. It’s definitely a bit out of the way, but we had a rental car so it didn’t really matter to us.
Our room was spacious – more than we needed, really – but it was the views out of these nearly floor-to-ceiling doors that was the best part.
I loved sitting out on our balcony planning the next day, or just chillin’ overlooking the lake.
Come breakfast time, most people would make their way to the outside deck. I could totally wake up to that view every morning.
They had a pretty simple breakfast spread – cereal, some pastries, coffee & tea. You know I went for the good stuff – I can’t resist a good croissant in the morning (and they were yummy! :).
The owners also had two furry doggy friends, Dido & Judy. Without fail during every meal they’d visit each table looking for any scraps that might happen to fall their way. This particular morning one plopped herself down and just stared. It was pretty funny.
So here’s the “hot” tub at the side of the B&B. It was kind of a weird one, though. I didn’t go in because it wasn’t actually heated. Tristan used it, but he said it was just a big barrel with no seats so you had to kind of squat down in it.
If you come to Lake Como you really need to make sure you’re not too busy sightseeing and forget to take some time to relax. These chairs just beckon to you and after a long day walking around it’s nice to plop down and sink right in.
When we got to Italy in the afternoon, we’d already been traveling for a long time (we had flights from Jamaica > Newark > Munich > Milan). So for our first night in Italy we opted to have the dinner prepared for us at the B&B (for an additional charge). It included an appetizer, pasta dish, dessert & a drink.
The appetizer/salad was so delicious. The bruschetta (at the top in the photos below) was so flavorful and tasty I could’ve eaten just that. The salad was yummy too.
But I need to say a word about the pasta. If it looks to you like it’s just noodles & a bit of red sauce, you’re right. It was really disappointing how bland and uninspired it was. (We decided to give them another chance at the pasta on a different night – the menu changes daily – but the pasta had what could really only be canned tuna fish in it. It did not taste good).
The desserts, which I don’t have any photos of, were really good. So it’s really just the pasta that fell flat.
To Stay or Not to Stay
I’d recommend it. We really enjoyed our time at Villa Tres Jolie. The views are superb, the rooms are clean and spacious & the bathrooms are all en suite. The owners were friendly and served (other than the pasta) delicious food. The location was a bit far off, but it wasn’t too much of a problem with a car.
Something else to note is that when we visited in late July/early August, it was pretty warm. Our rooms would heat up during the day which means that at night, it was really hot. But there was no air conditioning to cool it off and you couldn’t open the doors because there were no screens and the mosquitoes were brutal in the evening. So needless to say we didn’t sleep super well because it was so hot. This may or may not have changed since our visit so you might want to check with them first if A/C is important to you.
Here’s a link to their website: villatresjolie.com
And here’s a map of where they’re located:
What’s your favorite place to stay in Lake Como? Where do you think the best location would be?