Charming lakeside villages, mountainside villas, and old-world palazzos are just a few of the alluring characteristics that make Lake Como such an idyllic destination. Below, we’ve highlighted three incredible hotels to stay at during your next trip to the area.
5 Stars | Website | Milan Malpensa
90 | 3 swimming pools; Beachfront; Spa | 5
Villa Monastero; Villa Fogazzaro; Villa Carlotta
One of the most elegant places of accommodation on Lake Como, the Grand Hotel Tremezzo has been welcoming a regal and elite crowd since its opening in 1910. The well-bred, art-nouveau palace exudes “la dolce vita” with in-house ambrosial La Terazza restaurant, nourishing T spa (many are fond of the Turkish cleansing ritual), as well as unparalleled views of the Gringe Mountains and the lakeside village of Bellagio. Guests who love to peruse outside will adore the hotel’s lush gardens, which span five acres.
5 Stars | Website | Malpensa Airport
152 | 1 swimming pool; Spa; Fitness center | 3
Templo Voltiano; Villa Bernasconi; Basilica of Saint Abundius
Villa d’Este is an iconic, renaissance-era palace on Lake Como’s shores, where it has been an Italian staple since its beginning as a private summer residence in 1568. Whether it’s the sumptuous hallways with grand staircases and Murano chandeliers; or the baroque-style statues throughout the hotel’s verdant garden; or even its private, palatial rooms adorned with silks, paintings, and antiques, Villa d’Este is full of history at every corner. For those who love a beautiful sunset dinner, resident restaurant, Il Platano, offers fine dining on a grand terrace with a view of the lake.
4 Stars | Website | Varese-Venegono Airport
12 | 1 swimming pool; Spa; Pet friendly | 1
Piazza Cavour Como; Villa Balbianello; Broletto
With tasteful pink exteriors giving way to 19-century interiors, Relais Villa Vittoria is a private boutique hotels perched right against Lake Como’s waterfront. The 12-key stay boasts elegantly designed guest rooms and suites: Lake View Suites are decorated in neutral-toned furnishings, queen-sized canopy beds, and lake-facing balconies; Attic with Lake View guest rooms are spacious with high white-wooden ceilings dressed in a variety of wall shades from cherry pink to ivory; Romantic Rooms are classically styled with antique furnishings such as crystal flower chandeliers and light window drapes giving way to lake views from personal balconies.
5 Stars | Website | Varese-Venegono Airport
30 | 1 swimming pool; Spa; Bar | 1
Broletto; Piazza Cavour Como; Volta Temple
Designed by award-winning Spanish architect, Patricia Urquiloa, Il Sereno Hotel is one of Lake Como’s most luxe hotels. Within the 30 guest rooms and suites, plush furnishings and floor to ceiling windows offer sweeping lake views (opt for a room with one of their deluxe bathrooms, where you can take advantage of the rain shower and freestanding bathtub overlooking the lake). Influenced by the surrounding natural landscape, traditional Venetian Terrazzo, Travertine stone, and walnut-wooded trappings decorate every space in the hotel.
5 Stars | Website | Milan Malpensa
24 | 1 swimming pool; Spa; Fitness center | 1
Volta Temple; Piazza Cavour Como; Broletto
Passalacqua is a stylish stay that epitomizes “La Dolce Vita.” Classic furnishings such as velvet couches, vintage suitcase storage trunks, and mid-century Italian rococo headboards dress the opulent guest rooms and suites. Its rich history of hosting illustrious public figures of the past — including English prime minister Winston Churchill, French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, and Sicillian opera composer Vincenzo Bellini — adds another dimension to this hotel’s elegance.
5 Stars | Website | Orio Al Serio International Airport
13 | 1 swimming pool; Beachfront; Pet friendly | 1
Gravedona Beach; Villa Monastero; Villa Carlotta
Contemporary design makes Casa Olea Hotel an upscale, refined new stay set on the bank of Lake Como. The 13 guest rooms and suites feature brushed concrete walls, sleek hardwood floors, and floor-to-ceiling windows allowing sunlight to spill into the space. When it’s time to admire the lake views even more, the hotel’s sparkling blue-tourmaline colored outdoor pool is the ultimate glittering touch to this ultramodern stay.
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