Sparkling waters with gliding boats; waterside restaurants turning out elegant fish dishes; postcard-perfect towns sprinkled with villas – Lake Como is one of the top destinations in Italy for a reason, combining world-class scenery with outdoor fun and sophisticated dining. However you spend your days, you’ll need a fabulous base. And we’re here to help, with our pick of the best hotels near Lake Como – bookable on Culture Trip.
The striking modern facade – all wood, glass and steel – is a notable contrast to the prevailing style of the historic villas and palazzos of Como. But it blends beautifully with the surroundings thanks to thoughtful design, including a giant living green wall and sturdy stone foundations (once a boat house, now a spa). The 30 contemporary suites are just as stylish, with wrap-around lake views and hip furnishings. Dine at the superb restaurant on lake fish with rice or aubergine millefeuille.
Lake Como isn’t only about lavish stays that drain the bank balance. This friendly B&B, right on the water, has an old-world vibe, with simple decor and kitchenette-equipped apartments. A slap-up breakfast is included, and you can save your pennies further by pulling together your own dinners, such as ribbons of pasta topped with local lake fish. Bicycles and canoes are ready for hire if you would like to set out and explore beyond your private balcony.
With such an intimate atmosphere – there are only 13 rooms here – you’d be forgiven for thinking Filario was your own exclusive Lake Como pad. Cocooned in your contemporary room, all calming sage greens and blond woods, you have prime views. Head to the waterside restaurant for a gourmet pizza and some creamy gelato. Then grab a seat at a lakefront cabana, framed by floaty fabrics, and sip wine all afternoon, as boats putter across the blue waters.
The shell is 18th-century – and a point of interest in cutesy Faggeto Lario – but the dozen suites are very now, with their geometric-print wallpaper, retro furniture and stainless steel kitchenettes. Make the most of the waters on your doorstep and spend a morning jet-skiing, wakeboarding, wakesurfing, waterskiing or kneeboarding. Or take it easy on a guided boat trip, to get an introduction to the grand local villas and picturesque villages.
Owned by the same family for four generations, this popular art deco-style pad immerses you in the opulence of classic Como. Rooms radiate golden hues; lounges are lined with old framed paintings; and the restaurant presents local dishes as well as a delicious, decadent breakfast buffet. Sound out the friendly owners for great insider tips, whether you’re after towns to explore or a cosy restaurant where you can enjoy a lazy lunch.
What a location! Villa Mojana di Limonata is just a five-minute drive from pretty Bellagio, one of the most popular towns on Lake Como, with its rows of photogenic buildings and terraced gardens. Villa Mojana di Limonata seduces with its contemporary rooms (there are just six, and each is unique). Sunny terrace breakfasts and a well-stocked wine cellar seal the deal. A petite pool overlooks the lake and green hills beyond – the ideal place to relax and sip cocktails on loungers.
As well as the gorgeous views, Italy is famous for its authentic cuisine, so check out the best restaurants near Lake Como. Also try the best wine the region has to offer in the most scenic bars in the area.