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Zooming out of the tunnel on the train from Milan, Lake Como is laid out in front of you in all her spectacular beauty. Beauty based not solely on natural assets - the pristine waters, the mountainous backdrop, the sprinkling of small islands - but also on the charm of the little towns surrounding it, many of which host the best places to stay in Lake Como.

A lot of these towns are unspoiled by the area's popularity, and many of the well dressed locals seem to prefer things to remain the same. In fact one of the charms of Lake Como is that despite all the visitors it receives, it still feels like a working region, rather than a tourist trap. And locals are friendly, not pushy.

Lake Como's shoreline is dotted with pretty towns, including exquisite Bellagio and Menaggio, quiet old fishing village, Varenna, and centre of the region, Como. Lecco is Lake Como's other major town, but there are plenty of smaller hamlets worth considering if you're looking for the best places to stay in Lake Como. For those who maybe think that they'd prefer to book an apartment or villa, then click here to access our online booking partner,

Como: Capital of the Region

As well as its beautiful location, Como is also known for its Duomo, one of the best examples you can find of Gothic Renaissance Fusion, and for being the silk capital of the world.

One of the highlights of any trip to Lake Como has to be a boat trip. Most ferry you between Bellagio, Varenna, Menaggio and Cadenabbia.

Bellagio: Pure, Beautiful Glamour

Known as a hotspot for wealthy folks, Bellagio's glamour is so famous that it can be a bit overrun near the quay. But if you venture upwards, on the street which is all steps. you'll still find the old appeal.

Varenna: Traditional Fishing Village

It's not impossible to do Lake Como on a budget, and Varenna is one of the best places to stay in Lake Como if you're watching your wallet.

Best places to stay in Lake Como

For five star luxury

  • If you're looking for ultimate luxury and relaxation in a truly glorious setting, the Casta Diva Resort and Spa is one of the best places to stay in Lake Como. Naturally it's five stars, and its two restaurants are excellent. But it also has a wonderful floating swimming pool, and a subterranean spa hewn into the rock of the shoreline.

For lakeside situation

  • If you want to be right on the lake, take a look at the Villa d'Este. Villa d'Este is one of the more traditional five stars, the kind with grand state rooms, chandeliers, heavy fabrics, private balconies and private boats. So if you want classic Lake Como grandeur and glamour, this will be perfect.
  • Owned by the same family for four generations, the Albergo Olivedo is a ten room townhouse hotel right on the lake. With rooms starting from less than £100 a night it's also a good choice if you're on a budget

For great value

  • For sheer elegance, one of the best places to stay in Lake Como is Hotel Florence. Bellagio is sophisticated as well as 'A-List Preferred', and even though this is far from one of Bellagio's top priced hotels (doubles start from only €145 per night), it still offers a gourmet restaurant, and an excellent spa. And private balconies from which to absorb every inch of the glorious view that you can.

For families

  • Albergo Milano is a one of our picks for families. As well as 13 double rooms and one triple, they also have three apartments within the hotel, so there's plenty of choice. But in addition to the practical features it's also quite charming! Set amongst the whitewashed town it's got wonderful views from its very good restaurant.

For holiday villas or apartments

  • For a wide selection of holiday villas or apartments all round Lake Como, our online booking partner, is the place to go.

Still not sure where to stay? Browse though our list of all the best places to stay in Lake Como, or call, or email, one of our gurus for advice. Alternatively widen the net and check out our recommendations in Lake Garda or Lake Maggiore.

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  • Locanda Osteria Marascia

    Calolziocorte, Lake Como

    Located in a quiet village just a short drive from Lake Como. This traditional hotel has a charming rustic chic feel with exposed beams, stone walls and antiques galore. The fantastic cellar restaurant serves home-made Italian dishes - the host's recipes have been perfected over five generations!

    5 rooms from $90
    Value chic  -  With doubles from just €80 per night including breakfast, these smart rooms are excellent value
    Local exploring  -  Great location for exploring the Italian Lakes
    Great walks  -  Parco Regionale di Montevecchia e della Valle del Curone. There are good routes for all abilities
    Sights nearby  -  Spend a day in Milan
  • Hotel Villa Simplicitas

    San Fedele Intelvi, Lake Como

    Nestled in the hills above Lake Como and Lake Lugano, this charming unpretentious country house offers simple, unfussy bedrooms with gorgeous garden views. Relax in the lounge or play a game of billiards. The restaurant serves Italian dishes out on the veranda. A laid-back retreat.

    16 rooms from $109
    Country Escape  -  Surrounded by Italy's rolling hills this is a quintessentially bucolic experience
    Hideaway  -  A simple yet secluded escape
    Sailing  -  Sailing available on Lake Como
    Sights nearby  -  A short drive to Lake Como
  • Como Luxury Rooms

    Lake Como

    A boutique guest house with sleek modern bedrooms decorated in cool grey colours. An ideal base in the heart of Como Old Town - plenty to explore on the doorstep. Breakfast can be enjoyed in one of the many cafes on the street and coffee is provided in the room. Simplicity at its finest.

    2 rooms from $101
    Local exploring  -  Great location in the heart of Como Old Town - ideal for exploring on foot, or easy access to the lake and its boats.
    Value chic  -  This sleek property has two rooms with prices starting from just €90 per night including breakfast.
    Great walks  -  Ride the Funicolare to scenic walking routes
  • La Canarina B&B


    A charming bed and breakfast in the heart of Como. Bedrooms are simple and airy with natural wooden floorboards and antique wrought iron beds, all overlooking a beautiful private garden. A good location to explore Como on foot with plenty to see from the doorstep and just 200m from the lake.

    2 rooms from $107
    Local exploring  -  Located in the centre of Como, you're ideally placed to explore on foot.
    Value chic  -  Beautiful rooms from just €95 per night B&B.
    Great walks  -  Travel up the Funicular and enjoy walks for all abilities overlooking the lake
    Sights nearby  -  Como Cathedral is just minutes away
  • Alpe del Lupo

    Blessagno, Lake Como

    A chic off the beaten track B&B with three stylish bedrooms that combine modern Italian furniture with traditional interior features. Plus there's a large communal dining room and relaxing lounge both with large fire places - perfect for groups. Lots of activities nearby and excellent value too.

    3 rooms from $112
    Groups  -  With just three rooms, take over the whole property and make the place your own!
    Hideaway  -  A beautiful off the beaten track location
    Sights nearby  -  Hosts have local knowledge
    Restrictions on children  -  Adults only
  • Relais La California

    Nibionno, Lombardy

    A renovated private estate set amid 5 hectares of beautiful landscaped gardens and parkland, offering guests outdoor pool, modern restaurant, wellness centre plus pitch & putt golf area. Rooms are elegant and comfortable with stunning views. A country hideaway with easy access to Lake Como.

    20 rooms from $137
    Golf  -  Putting green and pitching area for improving your golf on site and local golf courses
    Other Activities  -  In the park there is a small area where you can play bowls.
    Great walks  -  Take a morning walk along the Botanic path
    Sailing  -  Hotel can advise on local sailing schools
  • Albergo Olivedo


    Gorgeous townhouse hotel on Lake Como. Charmingly traditional bedrooms have stone floors, pastel walls, and private balconies. Magnificent views from every room and authentic Italian food. Laid back, family friendly.

    10 rooms from $123
    Views  -  Great views over Lake Como
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
  • Nest on the Lake


    An adorable lakeside B&B with rooms and self-catering apartments. Elegant bedrooms have four poster beds and private terraces. Lovely sun deck and bikes and canoes to rent. Great value for families, groups or couples.

    5 rooms from $123
    Views  -  Wonderful views over Lake Como
    Value chic
    Sights nearby  -  Some of Como's most spectacular villas are very close by
    Kayaking  -  Rent one of the B&B's canoes
  • Casa Contrada Bella


    A small guest house with three charming bedrooms - wrought iron bed heads, exposed wooden beams, exposed stone wall. Two with a small kitchenette and one with a balcony. Restaurants within walking distance and the beach is just steps away. A great value base for exploring the area.

    3 rooms from $146
    Value chic  -  Stylish rooms which start from just €130 per night.
    Sights nearby  -  Situated in the historical centre of Varenna. 14th Century Church - Chiesa di San Giorgio is very close by
    Great walks  -  Plenty of good walking routes in the area whether you want a gentle stroll or energertic hike.
    Sailing  -  Sail on the lake
  • Casa del Portico

    Mezzegra, Lake Como

    Casa del Portico is a charming B&B with gorgeous flower filled gardens in a quiet spot. Simple yet stylish and comfortable rooms blend traditional and modern features and offer lovely lake views. And there's an apartment for independent sorts! Great value in a prime location for exploring Lake Como.

    4 rooms from $146
    Local exploring  -  Great location for exploring the southern end of Lake Como
    Hideaway  -  A lovely spot, slightly off the beaten track.
    Great walks  -  The Greenway or the Larian Mountain routes
    Sights nearby  -  Visit local Private Villas and Gardens
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
  • Albergo Milano


    Charming lakeside hotel. An enchanting setting on Lake Como, various rooms, triples and apartments, with white washed walls and private balconies. Very good restaurant and spectacular views from the terrace. A great choice for families, groups and romantic breaks.

    14 rooms from $146
    Sit-out Terrace  -  Fabulous restaurant terrace over Lake Como.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
  • B&B Vista Lago


    This quiet B&B, set in the hills above Lake Como offers guests spacious, modern bedrooms, each with a private sun terrace and panoramic lake views. With just three rooms and no kids allowed, it is ideal for a romantic break or as a base for exploring the surrounding area.

    3 rooms from $156
    Local exploring  -  You can hire bikes or cars at the property, so it's an ideal base for exploring further afield
    Great walks  -  On the edge of Parco Regionale Spina Verde di Como, with fantastic walking on the doorstep
    Sights nearby  -  Just outside Como and easy access to the best local sights.
    Views  -  All rooms have a private terrace with panoramic lake views
  • Convento Sant'Antonio B&B


    A quaint bed and breakfast situated in an old convent in the heart of Como. There are three unique guest suites stylishly decorated with fine antique furniture, period features and smart modern bathrooms. Warm, homely hospitality with good local knowledge and tips for day excursions and activities.

    3 rooms from $157
    Local exploring  -  The B&B enjoys a fabulous location in the heart of Como's old town and just steps from the Duomo.
    Great walks  -  There are lots of good hiking routes in the area for all abilities.
    Sailing  -  Enjoy a day sailing on Lake Como
    Full of character
  • Casa Sull'Albero

    Malgrate, Lake Como

    Set in a scenic garden of tall trees with panoramic views of Lake Como. This modern villa has chic, contemporary bedrooms with floor to ceiling windows decorated in a minimalist style. Guests are invited to treat this as their home - come and go as they please and enjoy the honesty kitchen.

    12 rooms from $159
    Back to Nature  -  Floor to ceiling glass walls bring the outside - inside
    Total relaxation  -  Surrounded by parkland with lake views
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
  • Casa Santo Stefano


    Casa Santo Stefano is an elegant, adults only guest house decorated in modern style with four chic guest rooms. Each has a small private lounge area and some have balconies with lake views. Unwind by the pool after a day exploring the surrounding area, and help yourself to the honesty bar!

    4 rooms from $172
    Views  -  Stunning views over Lake Como
    Sights nearby  -  The small town of Cernobbio
    Great walks  -  Parco Spina Verde di Como
    Restrictions on children  -  Adults only property
  • Villa Flori


    An unbeatable setting on the water's edge of Lake Como. A beautiful hotel with fabulous facilities. Contemporary chic rooms and suites, some with enormous balconies overhanging the lake. Al fresco dining, delicious Italian cuisine, spa and pool. La Dolce Vita!

    52 rooms from $197
    Romantic  -  A fairytale setting and rooms to match!
    Views  -  Stunning views over the lake.
    Romantic Break
  • Hotel Florence


    Stunning hotel on the shore of Lake Como. Interior design mimics its Florentine namesake in its elegance and combinations of colour. Sumptuous suites with private balconies, gourmet restaurant, spa and spectacular views. A very romantic and sophisticated spot.

    27 rooms from $174
    Views  -  Breathtaking views over Lake Como
    Romantic Break
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Recommended by  -  CN Traveller
  • Relais Villa Vittoria


    Utterly romantic hotel on the edge of Lake Como. Spectacular views, delicately sumptuous rooms, excellent restaurant and terraces, and plenty to do on the lake. Honeymooners would be in heaven!

    11 rooms from $179
    Views  -  Breathtaking views over Lake Como
    Romantic Break
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, CN Traveller
  • Hotel du Lac

    Varenna (Lake Como)

    A charming lakeside hotel with 16 comfortable air-conditioned bedrooms - some with lake views and private balconies. The hotel has a peaceful terrace overlooking the lake with a lovely shaded dining area. A family run property and the number one spot to explore the local area.

    16 rooms from $196
    Romantic Break  -  Draw back the curtains in the morning for unforgettable views of Lake Como
    Back to Nature  -  Hills, lakes and stunning countryside on your doorstep
    Sights nearby  -  Spend the day exploring nearby Verona
    Great walks  -  Enjoy walking in the nearby hills
  • C Hotel & Spa

    Cassago Brianza, Lake Como

    Decorated in a modern style C Hotel focuses on elegant minimalism. Bedrooms have floor to ceiling windows, chic stone tiling and the latest technology. Guests can enjoy the spa, swimming pool and gym. The restaurant menu combines contemporary flavours with traditional Italian cuisine.

    18 rooms from $201
    Spa breaks  -  There is a modern and spoiling spa for ultimate relaxation
    Country Escape  -  A totally chic hotel in a countryside setting
    Sights nearby  -  Lombardy boasts 7 World Heritage sites
    Sailing  -  Sail in nearby Lake Como
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
  • Relais Regina Teodolinda


    Situated on the very water's edge of Lake Como, this six suite villa enjoys breathtaking scenery. The suites manage to evoke the rustic charm and relaxed atmosphere once typical for holidaymakers of the past, while injecting the odd bit of modern spice with their furnishings. Sophisticated luxury.

    6 rooms from $252
    Views  -  Experience extraordinary views of Lake Como from all the suites and gardens
    Garden  -  Gorgeous gardens on the water's edge
    Romantic Break
    Recommended by  -  CN Traveller
  • Hotel Belvedere


    Set back on a gorgeous hillside, this peaceful retreat has been run by one family for five generations. Enjoy the secluded garden spots shaded by olive trees and the heated infinity pool with a view. Elegant bedrooms and apartments with parquet flooring and Italian furnishings. A beautiful spot.

    64 rooms from $259
    Views  -  From its elevated position above Bellagio, the Belvedere enjoys fabulous lake views.
    Local exploring  -  A great base for exploring Lake Como and the surrounding area.
    Spa  -  With Turkish Bath, sauna and comfort zone with stunning mountain views, plus wide range of beauty, body and massage treatments
    Sights nearby  -  Bellagio town centre is a 10-minute walk away.
  • Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni


    Opulent largesse and Five Star luxury at this elegant grand hotel. Bedrooms and suites have frescoed ceilings, Doric columns, and antique furniture. Michelin-run restaurant, spa, terraces, spectacular views of the lake, and a private boat to take you onto it. Romantic, pampering, historic.

    95 rooms from $293
    Romantic Break
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Recommended by  -  CN Traveller
  • Grand Hotel Tremezzo


    Five Star Luxury from a Grand Hotel on the water's edge of Lake Como. Elegant interiors are understated, rather than overly lavish. Glossy parquet floors, brightly coloured walls, a mixture of contemporary and Baroque furniture, spectacular views from terraces. Excellent restaurant, spa, parklands.

    89 rooms from $323
    Views  -  Wonderful views of Bellagio and the Grigne mountains
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    Romantic Break
    Total relaxation
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Kiwi Collection
  • Filario Hotel


    A super stylish design hotel with an outdoor infinity pool and private beach area on Lake Como. Bedrooms are decorated in cool earth tones with modern amenities and large showers. Restaurant with terrace overlooking the lake serves trad Italian fare. A chic spot in an excellent lakeside location.

    13 rooms from $359
    Great walks  -  Good walking routes
    Sailing  -  Sail on Lake Como
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
  • Villa Lario

    Pognana Lario, Lake Como

    Chic Italian architecture meets modern luxury. Elegant all suite accommodation (two corner suites with wrap around balconies), right on Lake Como's shore. Enjoy watersports from the private jetty or relax by the elegant infinity pool. A fine Italian restaurant and stylish lounge complete the picture

    5 rooms from $426
    Local exploring  -  Ideal luxury base for explore Lake Como and the surrounding area
    Views  -  Stunning views over Lake Como to the mountains beyond
    Great walks  -  There are great walks for all levels of fitness in the surrounding countryside
    Cooking classes  -  The chef runs cookery classes for hotel guests
  • Villa d'Este


    Romantic lakeside opulence without compromise. Almost regal bedrooms, suites, and villas have rich chintzy fabrics, chandeliers and private balconies. Spectacular lake views, excellent restaurant, pool and spa, and private boats. Magnificently special.

    152 rooms from $494
    Views  -  Stunning views over Lake Como
    Romantic Break
    Recommended by  -  CN Traveller, Tablet
  • Casta Diva Resort & Spa


    A Five Star luxury spa hotel on Lake Como. Sprawling villas house magnificent rooms, a huge spa, and two gourmet restaurants. The floating swimming pool extends into the lake. A great choice for total pampering and relaxation.

    73 rooms from $496
    Spa  -  Subterranean spa hewn from the lakeside rock
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Small Luxury Hotels
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