The Most Instagramable Hotels on Lake Como
With more people than ever consuming and posting social media content over the last year, there’s no doubt that our lives are becoming filled with a need to escape reality. On Instagram, the hashtags #lakecomo (1.4 million posts), #lagodicomo (1.1 million posts) and #comolake (957,000 posts) have almost 2.6 million posts in total at the time of writing.
Here are five of the most Instagramable hotels on Lake Como.
Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Tremezzo
Photo: Grand Hotel Tremezzo
The Grand Hotel Tremezzo celebrated their 110th birthday last year, having first opened their doors on July 10th 1910. They also won the prestigious Condé Nast Traveller’s Reader’s Choice Award for #1 Hotel in Italy in 2020.
It is not possible to walk into the hotel from street level. Instead, guests must take the elevator to reach the hotel reception. The decor is opulent and vibrant (especially the sitting room, which features gem-coloured sofas), whilst still maintaining its Belle Époque charm.
The hotel has its own beach and three pools, one of which is floating on the lake. The hotel is also home to a clay tennis court and a spa, and there is also a walking trail, the ‘Panoramic Trail’, located behind the hotel. The views from the top of the trail, where the hotel’s mascot Bobo the Bear sits, are spectacular and overlook Bellagio and the Grigne mountains.
Grand Hotel Victoria, Menaggio
Photo: R Collection Hotels – Grand Hotel Victoria
The Grand Hotel Victoria was renovated in 2019 and is one of Lake Como’s newest five-star hotels. The hotel contains 81 rooms: 34 of which are located in the older, historical wing which dates back to the 19th Century, whereas the remaining 47 rooms are located in the recently constructed “Il Palazzo” wing.
Although the hotel was originally built in the 19th Century as a neoclassical villa, the rooms and the furniture in the hotel’s communal spaces are modern and contemporary whilst still respecting the building’s heritage.
Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni, Bellagio
Photo: Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni
The Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni was opened as a hotel in 1873 and it is the only five-star hotel in Bellagio, where Lake Como’s two branches meet. Awarded #1 Best Resort in Italy and #3 Best Resort in Europe in Travel & Leisure’s World’s Best Awards in 2019, Villa Serbelloni is located on the lakefront and is just a short stroll away from Bellagio’s cobbled steps.
The hotel contains 95 rooms including 22 suites, a fitness club and spa, two pools and a private beach. One of its restaurants, Mistral Ristorante, is the holder of a Michelin star and is directed by chef Ettore Bocchia, specialising in Mediterranean cuisine.
Villa d’Este, Cernobbio
Photo: Villa d’Este
Villa d’Este was originally designed and built in the 16th Century by the architect Pellegrino Tibaldi for the Cardinal of Como, Tolomeo Gallio. After changing hands many times throughout its 450-year history, it was eventually purchased and turned into a hotel in 1873.
Offering 25-acres of magnificent gardens and authentic Renaissance architecture, Villa d’Este hosts the annual, exclusive retro automobile event Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. The hotel has long been loved by many celebrities, with Hollywood couple Emily Blunt and John Krasinski tying the knot there in 2010.
Il Sereno, Torno
Photo: Sereno Hotels – Il Sereno
Il Sereno opened in 2016 and is one of the newest hotels on Lake Como. Sitting atop a former arched stone boathouse, the hotel is located directly on the waterfront where it provides guests with panoramic views of the lake.
The hotel was designed by the renowned Spanish architect and designer Patricia Urquiola, which includes a Michelin-starred restaurant (Berton al Lago) inside the repurposed stone boathouse, a 60-foot freshwater infinity pool suspended over the lake, and three custom boats available for use by guests of the hotel.
The decor is modern and contemporary, and the foliage running down the side of the building helps the hotel to blend into its surroundings. The architecture of the building incorporates natural materials such as wood and stone, as well as allowing for natural light through floor-to-ceiling windows.
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