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Lake Como offers miles of beautiful shoreline dotted with pretty villages and towns, but Como is the beautiful, prosperous regional centre. Como’s old town, with the remnants of its 12th Century walls, is a wonderful place for an evening amble. It’s also where you’ll find many of the main attractions, best cafes to stop and watch the world go by in, and some of the best places to stay in Como.
If your idea of the best places to stay in Como involves lake views, then have a look up the hills as well, where there are some lovely B&Bs perched overlooking the lake.
Como is a lot older than it looks: much of it was destroyed and rebuilt in the 12th Century, but there’s been a city here for a lot longer. The Gothic Duomo, the beautiful clover-like Basilica di San Fedele with its three naves and three apses, and some of the churches survived the destruction by the Milanese, but many of the villas, piazzas and palazzos were built later on the back of the city’s wealth as a centre of the silk trade. And it’s certainly worth seeking out some of the grander villas, the Villa Olmo for example, is a wonderful neoclassical landmark right by the water with wonderful gardens. It’s also worth visiting the silk museum, the Museo della Seta.
And of course you’re probably here to for the lake! And all the remarkable towns and villages huddling on its shores, the spectacular wooded hills and miles and miles of picturesque walking tracks around it. Explore on foot, by boat, by car or public transport. Sail, uncover history or beauty, pit yourself against the nearby mountains or just relax by the water’s edge. This is a truly remarkable region.
Just don't forget how busy this will be during the peak summer months. So if you want to guarantee a room in one of the best places to stay in Como in July or August, get organised and book well ahead!
For Como’s Old Town
- The Convento Sant’Antonio B&B has been beautifully converted from an old monastery, into a three suite B&B. The decor is period, with some nice antiques, though there are smart, modern bathrooms. Perfectly positioned just steps from the Duomo.
For lake views
- La Canarina B&B is a charming bed and breakfast in the heart of Como with just two simple, airy bedrooms overlooking a beautiful private garden just 200metres from the lake. The decor is classical, with wooden floorboards and antique wrought iron beds.
- The B&B Vista Lago is a quiet B&B just up the hill from Como. As the name suggests, the lake views are panoramic, and especially enjoyable when viewed from your own private sun terrace. There are just three rooms in the B&B, and it’s ideal for a romantic break. No children.
The best value places to stay in Como
- The Como Luxury Rooms are just two modern bedrooms in an ideal base in the heart of Como’s old town. Simplicity and comfort for around £80 per night.
Still not sure which is the best place to stay in Como for you?
Best Hotels in Como
B&B Vista Lago 3 rooms from £122Como
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.Local exploring - You can hire bikes or cars at the property, so it's an ideal base for exploring further afieldGreat walks - On the edge of Parco Regionale Spina Verde di Como, with fantastic walking on the doorstepSights nearby - Just outside Como and easy access to the best local sights.Views - All rooms have a private terrace with panoramic lake views
La Canarina B&B 2 rooms from £83Como
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.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 lakeSights nearby - Como Cathedral is just minutes away
Como Luxury Rooms 2 rooms from £79Lake 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.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
Convento Sant'Antonio B&B 3 rooms from £123Como
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.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 ComoFull of character
Taverna Bleu 15 rooms from £101Lake Como
The 3 star Taverna Bleu enjoys a fantastic location on the shore of Lake Como. It offers light-filled and spacious rooms decorated in a traditional manner, some come with private balconies. Be sure to dine at their fabulous restaurant specialising in local cuisine. A peaceful and charming stay!Great walks - Go explore one of the unforgettable mountainous hiking trails-a great way to fully appreciate the area's natural beautySights nearby - The Swiss-Miniatur amusement park and the Funicolare Como-Brunate cable car are both only a short drive away,Fishing - If you fancy a relaxing afternoon in the sun then pack a lunch and head to a quiet spot for a bit of fishingOutstanding location