The 10 Best Hotels on Lake Como for Foodies

The quintessential Lake Como holiday involves choosing a beautiful lakeside town in which to stay, then jetting about on the lake’s ferries, water taxis, or private boats or private hotel boats, to other towns, where you poke around the main sights, churches, villas, boutiques and of course cafes and restaurants. And there are plenty to choose from. When considering how to qualify as one of the 10 best hotels on Lake Como for foodies, our Gurus have prioritised keeping you comfortable and close to beautiful views of the lake at all times, while also keeping you close to an excellent restaurant, or preferably several.

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Some of the best hotels on Lake Como for foodies have their own Michelin starred restaurants, while some just offer exceptionally good examples of the local Italian fare. Expect to see the lake’s indigenous perch to pop up in risottos and pastas in most decent local restaurants, expect traditional Lombard dishes like casseoula - pork and savoy cabbage - and buseca - tripe - and plenty of polenta. You'll also find local wines in both red and white.

For a traditional hotel

Grand Hotel Tremezzo

  • The supremely elegant Grand Hotel Tremezzo has 89 rooms right on the water’s edge with beautifully understated interiors. Plus there are huge sun terraces, peaceful parklands, and an excellent spa. Not to mention the fine dining restaurant, whose menus are overseen by the Modern Italian Cuisine supremo Gualtiero Marchesi.

For romance

Casta Diva Resort and Spa

  • If you're looking for ultimate luxury and relaxation in a truly glorious setting, the Casta Diva Resort and Spa is perfect. Naturally it's five stars, but it also has a wonderful floating swimming pool, and a subterranean spa hewn into the rock of the shoreline. The restaurant comes highly recommended and serves gourmet Italian cuisine with a modern twist. Plus it boasts a gorgeous terrace overlooking the lake for a romantic diner-a-deux!
  • The Villa Flori is right on the water’s edge at Cernobbio, a truly unbeatable setting. Plus some of the 52 contemporary chic rooms and suites have enormous balconies which hang out over the lake. Their restaurant offers alfresco dining from a delicious Italian menu, plus there’s a lovely pool and spa.

For sheer luxury

 Il Sereno

  • Il Sereno, in Torno on the banks of Lake Como, offers luxurious designer suites with breathtaking lake views. Sit out on the terrace, which also enjoys these incredible view, and enjoy exquisite modern Italian cuisine from the restaurant.
  • Cernobbio's Villa d'Este is supremely luxurious and romantic, and gloriously un-modern, although it does have every modern amenity you could want for. The bedrooms, suites and villas, all 154 of them, have oil paintings, expensive fabrics, high ceilings, enormous balconies, lake views etc., there's a spa, an exceptional restaurant, pool, golf, private boat to take onto the lake etc. It's rather like stepping into the shoes of royalty.

For great value

Locanda Osteria Marascia

  • Sightly off the beaten track you'll discover the delights of the Locanda Osteria Marascia. It's in a quiet village just back from the lake and the five rooms offers beautiful rustic chic interiors with oodles of original features. The fantastic cellar restaurant offers authentic Italian cuisine that has been honed over the years - the restaurant has been in the same family for five generations. And rooms start from just €80 per night B&B.
  • For romance, great value and an excellent wine list, try the Relais Villa Vittoria in Laglio, a wonderfully romantic hotel right on the edge of the lake. As well as an excellent restaurant, this hotel has 11 charming rooms, wonderful views, and terraces overlooking the lake. Perfect for honeymooners, and rooms start from around £140 per night.
  • The Albergo Milano in Varenna is a charming hotel in an enchanting lakeside setting. There are a collection of 14 rooms, and apartments, with whitewashed walls and private balconies. There’s also a fabulous restaurant with spectacular lake views. And the rooms start from around £110 per night.

Still not sure which of our Guru’s recommendations for the 10 best hotels on Lake Como for foodies might be perfect for you?

The 10 Best Hotels on Lake Como for Foodies

  • Grand Hotel Tremezzo Tremezzo 89 rooms from £521

    Spa breaks  -  T-spa specialises in anti-stress and rebalancing treatments, all custom-designed with ESPA
    Outstanding location  -  Set right on Lake Como and commanding spectacular views, this property is hard to beat
    Foodies  -  Dine in the superb La Terrazza which serves traditional gourmet Italian fare
    Views  -  Wonderful views of Bellagio and the Grigne mountains
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    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Kiwi Collection

    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. See More

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  • Villa Flori Cernobbio 53 rooms from £188

    Cycling  -  Bike storage is provided and guests can either take an easy amble around the lake or head into the mountains
    Elegant  -  Beautifully mixing original stuccoes, floral frescoes and wooden floors alongside chic contemporary touches
    Foodies  -  Ristorante Raimondi offers excellent Italian al fresco dining
    Romantic  -  A fairytale setting and rooms to match!

    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 and spa. La Dolce Vita! See More

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  • Albergo Milano Varenna 14 rooms from £130

    Charming  -  Pick this property for a tradional stay, the oldest part of the building dates back to the 17th century
    Families  -  With 3 apartments sleeping up to 5 people, this is a great choice for families or small groups
    Owner managed  -  The friendly owners, Bettina and Egidio, often greet their guests personally
    Lakeside  -  Take the short stroll down to the lake and go for a swim
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    Recommended by  -  Sawdays

    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. See More

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  • Mandarin Oriental, Lake Como Blevio 73 rooms from £607

    Elegant  -  A grand 19th century villa decorated with that signiture Asian style of the Mandarin Oriental group
    Families  -  Interconnecting rooms make this a great choice for those travelling with children
    Total relaxation  -  With a glorious spa and quiet location this is a place to come and truly unwind
    Hotel boats for hire  -  Take a cruise across the lake on one of the property's boats
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    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Small Luxury Hotels

    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. See More

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  • Villa d'Este Cernobbio 152 rooms from £599

    Garden  -  Set amid 25 acres of park including manicured gardens which feature magnificent fountains, grand terraces, and trimmed topiary
    Foodies  -  The restaurant is a smart affair (there's a dress code). It served impeccible Italian fine-dining
    Active Holiday  -  There's plenty to keep everyone busy here from trekking to SUP or tennis
    Elegant  -  Complete with glittering chandeliers and traditional art works
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    Recommended by  -  CN Traveller, Tablet

    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. See More

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  • Il Sereno Torno 30 rooms from £651

    Honeymoons  -  This slice of paradise is the ideal spot for that extra special honeymoon. A pampering hotel in an unforgettable location.
    Romantic Break  -  Stunning accommodation, beautiful views and exquisite cuisine make Il Sereno a great destination for a romantic break
    Foodies  -  Michelin star chef Andrea Berton is in charge of Il Sereno's menu- guaranteed to please!
    Great walks  -  Head along the banks of the lakes or if you're feeling more adventurous then tackle the many mountain hikes all around the area
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    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith

    Situated in Torno on the banks of Lake Como, Il Sereno offers luxurious designer suites boasting breathtaking views. Sit out on the terrace enjoying exquisite modern Italian cuisine from the restaurant! Head off on a boat tour and explore the area. An enchanting and romantic spot. See More

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  • Relais Villa Vittoria Laglio 11 rooms from £182

    Weddings  -  Receptions and intimate marriages are regularly held here and can cater for up to 68 seated guests
    Total relaxation  -  Spend days lounging in the infinity pool overlooking the lake and mountains or unwind in the spa
    Local exploring  -  Just a short paddle from the village of Laglio
    Views  -  Breathtaking views over Lake Como
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    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, CN Traveller

    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! See More

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  • Locanda Osteria Marascia Calolziocorte (Lake Como) 5 rooms from £74

    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
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    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! See More

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Written by Kat Parr Mackintosh

posted Wednesday, 1st September 2021