The best Lake Como hotels

The best Lake Como hotels

Long considered the exclusive playground of the rich and famous, Lake Como has been a holiday mecca for royalty, aristocracy, and celebrities since the days of the Roman empire. Essteele's shortlist of Lake Como hotels is synonymous with luxury and style, entirely befitting of one the most beautiful destinations in the world.

Villa d'Este
Cernobbio, Italian Lakes, Italy
Perfectly situated on the foreshore of Italy's most glamorous lake, this lavish five-star palazzo has been feted by Travel & Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler, and Forbes Traveler thanks to its million dollar views and superior service. Originally built as a summer palace in the 16th century, it became the much-loved home of Princess Caroline, estranged wife of the future George IV until transformed into a hotel in 1873. Thankfully this grand residence has retained much of its old-world charm so beloved by the A-list clientele that frequent it.

Grand Hotel Tremezzo
Lake Como, Italian Lakes, Italy
Dating back to the 1900's, this once iconic palace now known as the Grand Hotel Tremezzo is ideally located to capture the breathtaking views of Bellagio and the spectacular Grigne mountains. The ornate period decor, gilded bed frames, Juliet balconies and terracotta tiled terraces are an ode to old world charm and glamour as are the staff in pillar-box hats and immaculate restaurant waiters sporting smartly pressed tuxedos. For a truly luxe experience, book the rooftop suite, which includes a living room, a bedroom with a king-size bed, a well-appointed bath, a walk-in closet, and a private terrace with a Jacuzzi.

Il Sereno
Lake Como, Italian Lakes, Italy
Award-winning designer, Patricia Urquiola has created a modern masterpiece that offers an innovative and contemporary alternative to the historic hotels lining Lake Como's pristine foreshore. Starting from 800 euros per night each suite features floor-to-ceiling windows with its own terrace plus access to a private beach and infinity pool. The lush gardens designed by acclaimed botanist Patrick Blanc are also a talking point.

Hotel Villa Flori
Lake Como, Italian Lakes, Italy
Built in the 19th century by the Marchese Raimondi and later the residence of a number of noble Lombardy families, the Hotel Villa Flori is considered one of the most historic landmarks in Lake Como. Transformed into a hotel in 1958, special touches include the original frescoes, stucco work and period furniture serving as a reminder of its stately past. All 52 rooms feature Art Nouveau furnishings and marble bathrooms, and most have lake views.

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