The 8 Best Luxury Hotels on Lake Como

The hotels along Lake Como’s beautiful, pristine shores are known for traditional luxury. Many are family run and have been for generations, and have a certain dignified ambience which reflects their position within such a spectacular vista. This sunny, peaceful spot has been the holiday destination of choice of literary figures and aristocratic characters since people started travelling for pleasure, and some of the best luxury hotels on Lake Como have been here since the beginning.

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Our Gurus share a sympathy with the tradition of the place, with the aristocratic villas and their beautiful gardens, and the traditional grand hotels with their pillars and plush decor, but their list of the 8 best luxury hotels on Lake Como does include a few more modern offerings - if that’s your preference.

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The 8 Best Luxury Hotels on Lake Como

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The Villa d'Este is an opulent, 152 room hotel right on the water’s edge at Cernobbio. The decor is almost regal, with rooms, suites and villas decorated in rich fabrics, and with luxurious features like private balconies and chandeliers. There’s an excellent pool and spa, plus the hotel has its own private boats.

Villa d'Este

If you're looking for ultimate luxury and relaxation in a truly glorious setting, the Casta Diva Resort and Spa in Lake Como is perfect. 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.

The Best Luxury Hotels on Lake Como for Traditional Luxury

With views across to Bellagio, the supremely elegant Grand Hotel Tremezzo has 89 rooms right on the water’s edge, and five stars worth of beautifully understated interiors. Plus generous sun terraces, an excellent restaurant and spa and parklands surrounding the hotel. And one of the pools actually floats on the lake!

Grand Hotel Tremezzo

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.

Set just above Bellagio, with stunning lake views, the Hotel Belvedere is peaceful retreat which has been run by one family for five generations. The elegant bedrooms and apartments have parquet flooring and Italian furnishings. And guests can enjoy the secluded garden shaded by olive trees and the heated infinity pool with a view.

Hotel Belvedere

The Best Luxury Hotels on Lake Como - Contemporary Luxury

Villa Lario is an all suite luxury property on Lake Como's shores. Here you'll find classic Italianate architecture with thoroughly modern interiors. There's just five suites and an independent villa, plus a private jetty, stunning infinity pool and restaurant serving modern Italian cuisine. A seriously stylish choice!

Villa Lario

The Filario Hotel in Lezzeno is 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 traditional Italian fare.

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.

Il Sereno

Still not sure which of our Guru’s recommendations for the 8 best luxury hotels on Lake Como might be perfect for you?

The 8 Best Luxury Hotels on Lake Como

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Hotel Belvedere, Bellagio Bellagio 64 rooms from £200

    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.

    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. See More

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  • Filario Hotel Lezzeno 13 rooms from £278

    Total relaxation  -  With its private beach, infinity pool with a view, delicious Italian food and super stylish rooms, there's no need to move!
    Foodies  -  Authentic Italian cuisine served either in the stylish restaurant or on the terrace overlooking the lake
    Self catering to rent  -  The property features a range of one to three bedroom properties - ideal for families or small groups
    Lakeside  -  Lake Como - with private beach area

    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. 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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  • Villa Lario Pognana Lario, Lake Como 5 rooms from £330

    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

    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 See More

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  • Il Sereno Torno 30 rooms from £907

    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
    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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Written by Kat Parr Mackintosh

posted Tuesday, 26th March 2019