Thank-you for the wonderful pictures and sharing a great experience of visiting the Lake Como area. Many have indicated this area and specifically, "The Bellagio", as "One of the most beautiful places on Earth"! While I have been there a number of times, I have not stayed at any of the "Expensive hotels" in the area. However, I would like to share some alternatives places to stay and see. (Note: there are no Marriott properties in the area).
First of all, I would recommend having a car, if you are comfortable driving in Europe. There is a lot to see in this area, and getting to Lake Como, can be very scenic!
Scenes like this reflect the entire drive from St. Moritz to Lake Como!
I have always driven from Zurich, across the Alps, and one time, took the train from Zurich to St. Moritz. From St. Moritz you can drive down the Alps on a fabulous drive to Italy. The first major town you will encounter is Chiavenna, Italy. Chiavenna, is a charming small town, you can walk thru, and it is NOT a tourist trap, but a place you can get a look at how Italians have lived for a long time.
The place I stay while in The Lake Como area is this place:
The Conradi, is a Best Western, and rates are very reasonable. I had six straight Christmas Dinners here, and the price was under $30 total for two, with the best pasta I ever had, and a large carafe, of local wine. You can walk thru town and enjoy inexpensive activity.
Lake Como is only about 10 miles away, and The Bellagio is a little further, but you can save a lot of money this way. Likewise, it's fun to visit small cities like Lecco and Como as well.
You can get to this area from Milan by train, but I have never done that. Lastly, I am sure you can take "Tours" from The Milan area as well.
If you have an experience in this area, would you share it with us?