Britannia Excelsior  3 stars

Via Regina, Cadenabbia, Italy, 22011  show mapSave
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The charming Britannia Excelsior is a 3-star hotel in Cadenabbia offering a rooftop terrace, a cocktail lounge and a library.

Setting next to a port provides an easy access to Villa Balbianello, Villa Melzi Gardens and Menaggio. Guests will get to Varese in 45 minutes by car.

30 minutes by car from Lugano airport.


All 195 soundproof guestrooms feature direct dial phone, a closet, central heating, satellite TV and a work desk. Most of the rooms overlook Lake Como enticing guests to enjoy this spectacular view. Guests can make use of private bathrooms with a shower, a bathtub and a hairdryer available in all guestrooms.


A complimentary breakfast is served at the restaurant from 8:00 to 9:00. At the lakeside restaurant guests can enjoy international cuisine. Complimentary drinks are offered in the pool bar.


Aside from concierge service, an ironing service and a pick-up service, guests can also make use of a garage, a barber shop and a beauty salon.


Guests can choose from golf and sailing available on the premises.


Wireless internet is available in public areas and is free of charge.

Guest Parking

Free Public hotel parking is possible on site.

Number of rooms   197.

City Center Cadenabbia - 3700 ft
Airports Lugano (LUG) - 15.7 mi, Orio al Serio (BGY) - 32.1 mi
Restaurants Lido di Cadenabbia (cuisine: Italian) - 2100 ft, Trattoria del Prato (cuisine: Italian) - 2100 ft
Beaches Al Puunt-Snack Beach Bar - 1900 ft
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  • Safe deposit box
  • Currency exchange
  • Elevator
  • Concierge desk
  • Storage space
  • 24-Hour Front Desk
  • Front desk
  • Newspapers/magazines
  • Barber/beauty Shop
  • Vending Machines
  • Tour desk
  • Designated smoking area
  • Maid Service
  • Shops/commercial Services
  • Laundry
Dining facilities
  • Bar/lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Cocktail lounge
Business facilities
  • Fax/photocopying
Leisure and relaxation facilities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Golf
  • Rooftop terrace
  • Sun terrace
  • Library
Room view
  • Lake view
Room facilities
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Air conditioning
  • Heating
  • Ironing facilities
  • In-room safe
  • Terrace
  • Ceiling fan
  • Dressing area
Living Area
  • Sitting area
  • Private bathroom
  • Sofa bed
  • AM/FM alarm clock
Room decor
  • Soundproofed windows



from  3 pm


until  11 am

Children and extra beds
  • All children under the age of 6 may stay free of charge when using existing bedding. 
  • All children under the age of 2 may stay for free in a crib. 
  • Maximum capacity of extra beds in a room is 2. 

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Britannia Excelsior Classic Double Room Double Room with Balcony (Lake view)
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Bed type: Double Bed or Two Single Beds
View: Lake view
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Britannia Excelsior Triple Room Double Room with Balcony (Lake view)
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Britannia Excelsior Deluxe Double Room Double Room with Balcony (Lake view)
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Bed type: Double Bed or Twin Beds or Two Single Beds
View: Lake view
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    View: Lake view
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      What's nearby

      Popular areas
      • City Center
        2.4 mi

      Local Attractions

      • La Punta Spartivento
        1.4 mi
      • i Giardini di Villa Melzi
        1.6 mi
        Lungolario Manzoni, Bellagio
      • Menaggio
        1.5 mi
      • Lido di Menaggio
        1.8 mi
        Via Roma, 11, Menaggio
      • Boats 2 Rent
        2.3 mi
        Contrada dei Sarti, Varenna

      Near the hotel

      • Al Puunt-Snack Beach Bar
        1900 ft
        Localita Ponte dei Ronconi, Griante
      • Wallfahrtskirche San Martino
        2500 ft
      • Villa Carlotta
        4800 ft
        Via Regina, 2, Tremezzo

      Restaurants Nearby

      • Lido di Cadenabbia

        Cuisine: Italian

        2100 ft
        Via Regina 8
      • Trattoria del Prato

        76% likes this, based on 70 reviews
        Cuisine: Italian

        2100 ft
        Via Giuseppe Mazzini 3

        Phone: 0344 40312

      • Ristorante Belle Isole

        75% likes this, based on 53 reviews
        Cuisine: Italian

        3000 ft
        Via Regina,25

        Phone: 034441003

      • La Fagurida

        60% likes this, based on 102 reviews
        Cuisine: Italian

        3100 ft
        Via Rogaro, 17

        Phone: +39 0344 40676

      Britannia Excelsior Reviews

      Guest reviews are submitted by our customers after their stay at Britannia Excelsior

      Average guest rating

      out of 10
      Very good
      Based on 717 reviews

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      Individual guest reviews

      • Older travelers

        Catered to older tour groups. dining room and Bar area had no appeal.Mass production of food. If you were not with a tour group there was no place to enjoy a quiet drink or dinner

        No Bar area for guests other than a tour group. There was little selection for dinner.

        • Average rating
      • Older travelers

        Its position on Lake Como although parking was difficult at times.

        Most of the staff were rude, there were exceptions. The hotel is run-down. It is advertised as being in Menaggio but isn't. We were told on arrival Menaggio was a 5 to 10 minute walk away, that is rubbish.

        • Average rating
      • Group of friends

        Very nice hotel, recently refurbed, comfy beds, clean room and fantastic view. Very centrally located for bars / restaurants and ferry crossing to bellagio.

        would be better if you didn't have to wear a swimming cap for going in the pool, food wasn't brilliant.

        • Average rating
      • Older travelers

        Location, Hotel Staff and facilities

        Breakfast was terrible. Poor food presentation; For a high class hotel, the presentation was awful

        • Average rating
      • Single

        The lobby was nice and big. The hotel was certainly grand in its day. My room had a good size balcony and lovely view. The staff were friendly. There are a lot of tour groups, so, the lobby was always filled with happy, friendly, people in the evenings. Made for a fun atmosphere.

        My room did not contain any of the standard amenities (e.g. shampoo,water glasses). Breakfast was chaotic and not good (mass production for all the tour groups), so, for the money, I wasn't impressed. I also needed internet access and discovered that I could only get access from the ground floor lobby. I left after two nights, just not the right fit for me.

        • Average rating
      • Older travelers

        The location of the hotel on the lake and staff were great. Highly recommend

        The breakfast content and presentation were awful. It was worse than a college dorm and equal with a prison setting. Display was not up to par with a Hotel such as this one

        • Average rating
      • Group of friends

        Excellent position at the lake with great view from the front rooms. Nicely decorated and clean rooms, good interior spaces.

        Room did not provide shampoos. Also, most staff besides receptionist do not speak English...Probably typical Italian but at least they should give it a try...Receptionist received the money during check out and she did not even say "thank you for the stay"!

        • Average rating
      • Older travelers

        Room was on 5th floor with a balcony overlooking the lake and across to Ballagio. It was spectacular.

        We were unaware that it was a significant stop for tour groups. The dinner catered for these groups. We paid 15 euro with drinks included for dinner. You get quantity but not quality. Shame to waste the beauty of the region with this type of dinner (unless you want low cost).

        • Average rating
      • Couple

        Great value, nice view, rooms were quiet and easy to catch the ferry to Bellagio.

        Meals were elsewhere. The hotel caters for large bus groups, so you have to contend with that. Just eat elsewhere and avoid the crowd, great if you have a car, parking was easy.

        • Average rating
      • Family with children

        Very helpful staff. Wonderful location on Lake Como and close to other quaint towns on the lake such as Bellagio. Close to ferry. We had a very large room with view onto the lake--excellent value. Loved the complimentary coffee and hot chocolate in the evening on the veranda.

        Floor was a little dusty in our room.

        • Average rating
      • Group of friends

        wonderful lake view from the window. clean and big room/bathroom. great water pressure on the shower. new and big flat screen TV. quite beautiful inside of the building. next to the ferry port, convenient.

        quality of the breakfast was poor. all juices were diluted too much that taste almost like a water. they turn off the light while we were still eating breakfast.(because it was 10am and breakfast is till 10am...) we were perhaps unlucky to be woken up by (we thought it was) a false fire alarm at 5am, went on and off for 3 times, but the hotel staff didn't know why it went was kind of scary and annoying experience.

        • Average rating
      • Group of friends

        Nice, clean well decorated room with good sized balcony. Stunning lake view and handy location for the ferry.

        Before booking, it is essential to check that there wont be 6 coachloads of rampaging teenagers also booked in to the hotel as it totally spoiled the experience. The noise until 4.00am was unbearable.

        • Average rating
      • Older travelers

        great location. great building and room was very large with a view of the lake.

        very large groups while we were there so don't expect quiet and peaceful.

        • Average rating
      • Older travelers

        The staff was excellant and extremely helpful. They gave us a free upgrade to an upper lakeview room and our fifth floor vantage point gave us an excellant view of Lake Como and Bellagio. Even though our room was right off the stairs we heard virtually no noise from outside of the room. The dining facilites were very nice and there was a good variety of cuisine to choose from.

        • Average rating
      • Family with children

        The staff was great. The location was excellent. Very good value for money.

        Room service does not exist. They rarely answer the phone and never bring to your room what they said that they will.

        • Average rating
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