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About Lake Como

Zooming out of the tunnel on the train from Milan, Lake Como is laid out in front of you in all her spectacular beauty. Beauty based not solely on natural assets - the pristine waters, the mountainous backdrop, the sprinkling of small islands - but also on the charm of the little towns surrounding it, many of which host the best places to stay in Lake Como.

A lot of these towns are unspoiled by the area's popularity and many of the well dressed locals seem to prefer things to remain the same. In fact one of the charms of Lake Como is that despite all the visitors it receives, it still feels like a working region, rather than a tourist trap. The locals are friendly, not pushy.

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What not to Miss

  • Lake Como's shoreline is dotted with pretty towns, including exquisite Bellagio, Laglio, Tremezzo and Menaggio, quiet old fishing village, Varenna, and centre of the region, Como and its close neighbour Cernobbio.
  • Lecco is Lake Como's other major town, but there are plenty of smaller hamlets worth considering if you're looking for lovely places to stay in Lake Como. We'd recommend you check out Blevio and Lezzeno.

Como: Capital of the Region

As well as its beautiful location, Como is also known for its Duomo, one of the best examples you can find of Gothic Renaissance Fusion, and for being the silk capital of the world.

One of the highlights of any trip to Lake Como has to be a boat trip. Most ferry you between Bellagio, Varenna, Menaggio and Cadenabbia.

Bellagio: Pure, Beautiful Glamour

Known as a hotspot for wealthy folks, Bellagio's glamour is so famous that it can be a bit overrun near the quay. But if you venture upwards, on the street which is all steps. you'll still find the old appeal.

Varenna: Traditional Fishing Village

It's not impossible to do Lake Como on a budget, and Varenna is one of the best places to stay in Lake Como if you're watching your wallet.

The best places to stay on Lake Como

For Traditional luxury

  • If you're looking for ultimate luxury and relaxation in a truly glorious setting, the Casta Diva Resort and Spa is one of the best. Naturally it's five stars and the two restaurants are excellent. It also has a wonderful floating swimming pool and a subterranean spa hewn into the rock of the shoreline.
  • 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.
  • 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. One of the pools actually floats on the lake!
  • The 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!
  • Relais Regina Teodolinda is a six suite villa with breathtaking scenery all around. The charming accommodation oozes rustic-chic, whilst the property is surrounded by lovely gardens and boasts an outdoor pool.

For lakeside Location

  • If you want to be right on the lake, take a look at the Villa d'Este. Villa d'Este is one of the more traditional five stars, the kind with grand state rooms, chandeliers, heavy fabrics, private balconies and private boats. So if you want classic Lake Como grandeur and glamour, this will be perfect.
  • 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.
  • Owned by the same family for four generations, the Albergo Olivedo is a ten room townhouse hotel right on the lake. With rooms starting from less than £100 a night it's also a good choice if you're on a budget
  • 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.
  • Varenna’s Hotel du Lac is also lakeside. Here you'll find sixteen comfortable rooms, some with balconies, and a shaded dining area overlooking the water.

Most Romantic

  • 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 the two restaurants are excellent. But it also has a wonderful floating swimming pool and a subterranean spa hewn into the rock of the shoreline.
  • 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.
  • Casa Contrada Bella has just three chic rooms with stylish interiors and two with small kitchenettes. It's perfect for a romantic break with no kids allowed and is just steps away from Varenna's bars and restaurants.

For families

  • Albergo Milano is a one of our picks for families. As well as 13 double rooms and one triple, they also have three apartments within the hotel, so there's plenty of choice. But in addition to the practical features it's also quite charming! Set amongst the whitewashed town it's got wonderful views from its very good restaurant.
  • Set in a lovely location surrounded by flower-filled gardens in Varenna, Casa Del Portico offers five simple but comfortable rooms as well as an apartment. A scenic stay in a top spot.

Best B&Bs

  • The Nest on the Lake in Lezzeno is right by the lake with beautiful views from the five elegant rooms and self-catering apartments. Some of the rooms have four poster beds and private terraces, plus there’s a lovely sun deck and you can rent bikes and canoes.
  • Alpe del Lupo has three chic bedrooms off the beaten track in Blessagno. The decor is traditional, but the furniture quite modern, plus there’s a huge communal dining room and lounge - both with large fireplaces. So this is a great one to take over if you’re travelling in a small, adults-only group.
  • The Convento Sant'Antonio B&B is a converted convent just steps away from the Duomo in the hear of old Como. There are just three bedrooms/suites, decorated with fine antiques in amongst period features.
  • The B&B Vista Lago is a quiet spot in the hills above the lake, so it’s the perfect place to escape to. There are just three rooms, each of them spacious and modern with its own sun terrace and panoramic lake views. It’s for adults only.
  • Sightly off the beaten track you'll discover the delights of the Locanda Osteria Marascia. Situated in a quiet village just back from the lake 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. Rooms start from just €80 per night B&B.
  • The 3-room Alpe Del Lupo is a chic stay, combining modern Italian furnishings with traditional interior features. It's ideal for groups as you can take the whole place to yourselves, whilst there's also plenty to do in the surrounding area.

For great value

  • For sheer elegance, one of the best places to stay is Hotel Florence. Bellagio is sophisticated as well as 'A-List Preferred' even though this is far from one of Bellagio's top priced hotels (doubles start from only £130 per night), it still offers a gourmet restaurant, an excellent spa and private balconies from which to absorb every inch of the glorious view that you can.
  • For a similar room rate, one might also stay in the Relais Villa Vittoria, in Laglio. A wonderfully romantic hotel right on the edge of the lake. As well as beautiful views, this hotel has 11 delicately sumptuous rooms, an excellent restaurant and peaceful terraces overlooking the lake. Perfect for honeymooners.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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Travel Information

  • Milan’s Malpensa airport is just south of Como, about 45minutes drive away, and a good hub for major airlines, From the airport it’s possible to get a train down to Como Lago, which is close to the ferry and bus terminals you’ll need to go on to other towns and villages. If the connections are better for you, Milan Linate airport is about an hour and 20minutes away, as is Milan Bergamo. You can also arrive via Switzerland
  • If you want to hire a car - which we highly recommend if you’re staying on Lake Como and want to see more than just one town - we recommend you visit our online partner Rentalcars
  • Lake Como is beautiful all year round. The most popular time of year to visit is summer. The weather in July and August is idyllic. Though there’s really little wrong with the weather between March and November. In winter the snow is beautiful and desirable if you want to head up to Switzerland and the alps?

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  • Como Luxury Rooms 2 rooms from £79

    Lake 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
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  • La Canarina B&B 2 rooms from £83

    Como

    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 lake
    Sights nearby  -  Como Cathedral is just minutes away
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  • Alpe del Lupo 3 rooms from £88

    Blessagno, Lake Como

    A chic off the beaten track B&B with three stylish bedrooms that combine modern Italian furniture with traditional interior features. Plus there's a large communal dining room and relaxing lounge both with large fire places - perfect for groups. Lots of activities nearby and excellent value too.

    Groups  -  With just three rooms, take over the whole property and make the place your own!
    Hideaway  -  A beautiful off the beaten track location
    Sights nearby  -  Hosts have local knowledge
    Restrictions on children  -  Adults only
    Check prices
  • Villa Lario 5 rooms from £333

    Pognana Lario, Lake Como

    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

    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
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  • Taverna Bleu 15 rooms from £101

    Lake 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 beauty
    Sights 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 fishing
    Outstanding location
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  • Hotel Villa Simplicitas 16 rooms from £70

    San Fedele Intelvi, Lake Como

    Nestled in the hills above Lake Como and Lake Lugano, this charming unpretentious country house offers simple, unfussy bedrooms with gorgeous garden views. Relax in the lounge or play a game of billiards. The restaurant serves Italian dishes out on the veranda. A laid-back retreat.

    Country Escape  -  Surrounded by Italy's rolling hills this is a quintessentially bucolic experience
    Hideaway  -  A simple yet secluded escape
    Sailing  -  Sailing available on Lake Como
    Sights nearby  -  A short drive to Lake Como
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  • Como Luxury Rooms 2 rooms from £79

    Lake 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
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  • La Canarina B&B 2 rooms from £83

    Como

    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 lake
    Sights nearby  -  Como Cathedral is just minutes away
    Check prices

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  • Alpe del Lupo 3 rooms from £88

    Blessagno, Lake Como

    A chic off the beaten track B&B with three stylish bedrooms that combine modern Italian furniture with traditional interior features. Plus there's a large communal dining room and relaxing lounge both with large fire places - perfect for groups. Lots of activities nearby and excellent value too.

    Groups  -  With just three rooms, take over the whole property and make the place your own!
    Hideaway  -  A beautiful off the beaten track location
    Sights nearby  -  Hosts have local knowledge
    Restrictions on children  -  Adults only
    Check prices
  • Villa Lario 5 rooms from £333

    Pognana Lario, Lake Como

    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

    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
    Check prices
  • Taverna Bleu 15 rooms from £101

    Lake 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 beauty
    Sights 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 fishing
    Outstanding location
    Check prices
  • Hotel Villa Simplicitas 16 rooms from £70

    San Fedele Intelvi, Lake Como

    Nestled in the hills above Lake Como and Lake Lugano, this charming unpretentious country house offers simple, unfussy bedrooms with gorgeous garden views. Relax in the lounge or play a game of billiards. The restaurant serves Italian dishes out on the veranda. A laid-back retreat.

    Country Escape  -  Surrounded by Italy's rolling hills this is a quintessentially bucolic experience
    Hideaway  -  A simple yet secluded escape
    Sailing  -  Sailing available on Lake Como
    Sights nearby  -  A short drive to Lake Como
    Check prices