Last month I took a much needed vacation to northern Italy thanks mostly in part to bargain basement fare that I found from New York to Milan for $220 round-trip. Our trip included 3 days visiting Lake Como (of George Clooney fame) in northern Italy, 3 days in Cinque Terre along the Mediterranean Coast in two days in Milan.
Not wanting to have hotel costs eat into my savings, I looked for ways to use point redemption's for my accommodations. The Clarion Collection Hotel Griso in the picturesque town of Lecco was my choice as a base for exploring Lake Como. This hotel was a bargain at 10,000 choice points per night. Choice privileges routinely runs promotions where two stays can earn you 8,000 points. Considering that most of Choice's domestic properties are very budget friendly, you can easily earn several thousand points by taking short trips.
Cost: My booking was made with points for 10,000 points/night. Booking was for a large superior room. Out of pocket cost for this room would be around 180 euro/night. The cheapest rooms are around 95 euros/night. All rates include breakfast.
Location: Hotel is located in Lecco across a bridge and a short walk from the city center and main train station. Lecco is a very picturesque town and the views of Lake Como from the hotel and other spots around town are hard to beat. Lecco was easily accessible from Milan. Direct trains run from both Milan Centrale (45 minute trip) and Porta Garibaldi (1hr trip) stations. Cost is around 5 euros each way. Hotel is about 1 mile from the train station. A pretty easy walk but it might be a bit far for people with lots of luggage. From lecco there are seasonal ferries which go to other towns along the lake.
|Lecco and Lake Como|
|View from our room|
|View from our table|
|Bread and Pastries|
|View from breakfast|