The 10 Best Hotels with a View on Lake Como

Lake ComoFlickr user Jon Crel

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.

Lake ComoBecks via Flickr

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.

For a luxury hotel

Grand Hotel Tremezzo

  • 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!

For a lakeside stay

villa flori

  • 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.
  • 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.

For romance

relais villa vittoria

  • Laglio is 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.
  • 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.

For families

Albergo Milano

  • 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.
  • 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.

For great value

Albergo Olivedo

  • 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.

Still not sure?

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  • Or you could contact one of our friendly Gurus for personalised advice.
    • 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
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      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 £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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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
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      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 £134

      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
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      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, 1st September 2021