The 10 Best Hotels with a View on Lake Como

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Lake Como is an exceptional beauty. Her pristine waters sparkle under the alpine sunlight and a ring of green mountains rise up sharply and protectively around her, keeping things calm. She has a scattering of islands, and some of Italy’s most charming towns, and most luxurious fishing villages, nestled into her gentle bays. Lake Como’s unspoiled views are just one reason why one might want to spend as much of one’s leisure time here as possible. So our Guru’s guide to the 10 best hotels with a view on Lake Como is a great shortlist from where to chose the best place to stay on Lake Como.

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Lake Como’s shoreline is dotted with pretty towns, including the exquisite Bellagio and the wonderfully unspoiled fishing village of Varenna, but there are plenty of other hamlets to consider, and our Guru’s list of the 10 best hotels with a view on Lake Como offers suggestions from all around the lake’s edge.

The 10 Best Hotels with a View on Lake Como

The Best Luxury Hotels with a View on Lake Como

Bellagio’s opulent Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni is an elegant grand dame, with all the trappings of old fashioned luxury. Think doric columns, beautiful antiques, frescoed ceilings, grand sun terraces, spectacular lake views - of course - and a Michelin starred restaurant. They also have a private boat.

Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni

Or there’s the equally grand, but not quite as lavish, Grand Hotel Tremezzo with 89 elegant rooms right on the water’s edge. Five stars worth of beautifully understated interiors plus generous sun terraces, an excellent restaurant and spa and parklands surrounding the hotel. Plus, one of the pools actually floats on the lake!

The Best Lakeside Hotels with a View on Lake Como

If you want to be right on Lake Como, try the Villa d'Este, one of the more traditional five star hotels, the kind with grand state rooms, chandeliers, heavy fabrics, private balconies and private boats.

Like the Villa d’Este, Villa Flori is right on the water’s edge at Cernobbio. As well as the unbeatable setting, the Villa Flori has 52 contemporary chic rooms and suites, some with enormous balconies which hang out over the lake. Their restaurant offers alfresco dining from its Italian menu, plus there’s a lovely pool and spa.

villa flori

The Hotel Florence in charming Bellagio is a stunning hotel whose interiors mimic its Florentine namesake. It has just 27 lovely rooms and sumptuous suites, with private balconies and spectacular views - of course! There’s also a gourmet restaurant and a spa.

Or how about the Relais Regina Teodolinda in Laglio, which has gardens spreading right down to the water’s edge. There are just six suites, which have a relaxed, almost rustic charm with all the modern conveniences of course.

The Most Romantic Hotels with a View on Lake Como

Laglio is also where you’ll find the Relais Villa Vittoria, a wonderfully romantic hotel, also right on the edge of the lake. As well as beautiful views, this hotel has 11 gorgeous rooms, an excellent restaurant, and peaceful terraces overlooking the water.

relais villa vittoria

The Casta Diva Resort & Spa in tiny Blevio is a collection of lakeside villas with 73 magnificent rooms, a huge spa and two gourmet restaurants. The beautiful pool actually part floats on the lake itself and the subterranean spa is cut into the rock of the lakeside.

The Best Family Hotels with a View on Lake Como

The Albergo Milano in Varenna is a charming hotel in an enchanting lakeside setting. There are a collection of 14 rooms, including triples and apartments, all with whitewashed walls and private balconies. There’s also a lovely restaurant.

Albergo Milano

Lezzeno’s Nest on the Lake is a charming little lakeside B&B with five rooms and self-catering apartments. Bedrooms have four-poster beds and private terraces and there are lovely sun decks to share. They’ll also rent you a bike or a canoe. And all for under £100 per night.

The Best Value Hotels with a View on Lake Como

Owned by the same family for four generations, the Albergo Olivedo is a gorgeous ten room townhouse hotel right by the lake at Varenna. The decor is traditional, with stone floors, pastel walls and private balconies. Family friendly and laid back, the Albergo Olivedo also has a lovely little Italian restaurant. Rooms start from around £90 per night.

Albergo Olivedo

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

The 10 Best Hotels with a View on Lake Como

  • Hotel Florence Bellagio 27 rooms from £139

    Romantic Break  -  Cruise on the lake or stroll through the countryside before unwinding in the small spa, perfect activities for a romantic break
    Foodies  -  Dine on gourmet Italian dishes set on a pretty wisteria-shaded lakeside terrace
    Owner managed  -  The property has been in the same family for the past 100 years
    Views  -  Breathtaking views over Lake Como
    Recommended by  -  CN Traveller

    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. See More

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  • Villa d'Este Cernobbio 152 rooms from £512

    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
    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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  • Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni Bellagio 95 rooms from £226

    Opulent  -  A wonderfully opulent hotel and undoubtebly one of the lake's grandest
    Outstanding location  -  An enviable location, right on the lakefront in the heart of Bellagio
    Traditional  -  Expect marble columns, Murano chandeliers and frescoed ceilings
    Beach nearby  -  The property boasts its own private beach
    Recommended by  -  CN Traveller

    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. See More

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  • Grand Hotel Tremezzo Tremezzo 89 rooms from £250

    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
    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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  • Mandarin Oriental, Lake Como Blevio 73 rooms from £384

    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
    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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  • Relais Regina Teodolinda Laglio 6 rooms from £195

    Boutique  -  The interiors have a boutique feel with cool pastel interiors and a choice selection of antiques
    Local exploring  -  Situated in the village of Laglio, well placed to explore Lake Como and further afield
    Views  -  Experience extraordinary views of Lake Como from all the suites and gardens
    Families  -  All rooms sleep up to three and better yet children under 10 stay for free
    Recommended by  -  CN Traveller

    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. See More

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  • Relais Villa Vittoria Laglio 11 rooms from £165

    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
    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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  • 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 £165

    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
    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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  • Nest on the Lake Lezzeno 5 rooms from £95

    Hideaway  -  The lakeside property feels secluded and quiet, perfect to get away from it all
    Local exploring  -  Located an easy boat ride to Varenna and other attractions
    Views  -  Wonderful views over Lake Como
    Sights nearby  -  Some of Como's most spectacular villas are very close by

    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. See More

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  • Albergo Olivedo Varenna 10 rooms from £95

    Local exploring  -  Well located just 5 minutes from Varenna's pretty centre made up of winding cobbled streets
    Elegant  -  Traditional interiors see large sash windows, parquet flooring and antiques
    Sailing  -  Set on the Varenna jetty, this is a great base to explore the lake by boat
    Owner managed  -  Owned by the same family for four generations
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays

    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. See More

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Written by Kat Parr Mackintosh

posted Wednesday, 5th June 2019