MOST LUXURIOUS HOTELS IN LAKE COMO
Lake Como has always been desirable. Though first celebrated during the Roman Empire, it was the fourteenth- and fifteenth-century aristocracy who crafted the iconic lakeside villas and dreamy palazzos that are still coveted today. Later, came the Hollywood royalty and celebrity designers, adding a sense of fashion to this sleepy-but-noble piece of paradise. And now, with the emergence of a slew of chic new hotels, Lago di Como has all but guaranteed itself a glamorous future. Ready to find out what all the fuss is about? From the legendary oldworld hotels to the buzzy bijou newcomers, here’s where to stay to live it up on Italy’s most lavish lake.
With youthful, modern appeal and an understated-but-cool aesthetic, Il Sereno ushers Lake Como into the modern era. The all-suite, contemporary resort also boasts a Michelin-starred restaurant, Ristorante Berton Al Lago, which surprisingly, is somewhat of a rarity in this exclusive area.
GRAND HOTEL TREMEZZO
Arguably Lake Como’s most prestigious hotel, the exclusive and family-owned Grand Hotel Tremezzo boasts over-the-top luxury that still feels comfortable and inviting. With five restaurants and bars, three pools, a chic spa, and gorgeous lake views of Bellagio, this swoon-worthy property will not disappoint. With remarkable service on top of the amenities, it’s no surprise that this hotel makes constant appearances on best-of lists.
VISTA PALAZZO LAGO DI COMO
The newest addition to the town of Como, VISTA Palazzo Lago di Como is defined by chic interiors and boutique stylishness. The property’s 18 bathrooms—lavishly covered in marble in peaceful hues like seafoam green and pale yellow—just may be the prettiest in all of Lake Como.
Picture Renaissance gardens, sweeping staircases suited for Disney princesses, and a pool that floats atop the lake and you’ll get Villa d’Este. Dating back to 1568, this property is considered one of Lake Como’s grande dame hotels and has the guest list to prove it.
MANDARIN ORIENTAL LAGO DI COMO
(Coming Spring 2019) - Set between a lush botanical garden and the lakefront, the nostalgically glitzy CastaDiva Resort is set for a spring rebrand and revamp, which will transform it into the Mandarin Oriental Lago di Como. The property will be an excellent complement to the nearby Mandarin Oriental Milan, one of the city’s most extraordinary and tasteful properties.
VILLA SOLA CABIATI
When a hotel just won’t suffice, the gorgeous and private Baroquestyle Villa Sola Cabiati should be booked immediately. Under the watchful management of Grand Hotel Tremezzo, this completely private villa is stocked with a full staff and endless luxuries for you and your eleven best friends.
Another member of the Sereno hotels group is Villa Pliniana, a sixteenth-century private estate sat lakeside on a whopping 18 acres. The palazzo comes with 18 bedrooms, dedicated staff, private boat dock and helicopter landing pad, and the kind of romantic interiors that will make your head spin. Recently, it played host to a Dolce & Gabbana fashion show after party.