The Best Hotels Near Lake Como, Italy

With sparkling waters and world-class scenery and dining, Lake Como is one of the top destinations in Italy for good reason
With sparkling waters and world-class scenery and dining, Lake Como is one of the top destinations in Italy for good reason | © Alpineguide / Alamy Stock Photo
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19 August 2021

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.

Grand Hotel Tremezzo

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Grand is exactly right – this decadent pile on the western shores of the lake is pure old-school glamour. Behind its butter-pale exterior are rooms decorated with gilded headboards and sultry fabrics, where Juliet balconies overlook the waters. The restaurant terrace, with its candlelit dining tables facing blue views, serves up delicious dishes such as saffron risotto laced with gold leaf. And the spa? Let’s just say it’s unmissable, with its glassy infinity pool, serene lounge and marbled hammam.
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Il Sereno

4.5/5 (2 Reviews)

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.

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Villa D’Este

Boutique Hotel, Spa Hotel, Hotel, Villa
4.3/5 (15 Reviews)
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If you want to be near the action, but not quite in it, Villa D’Este is a great bet, set on a serene stretch of lakefront just 15 minutes’ drive from Como city. Among the many draws, apart from the locale, is the elegant, time-warped pontoon pool: a spectacular lozenge of blue that actually floats on the surface of the lake. Step into this historic hotel – once a royal residence – and you have ageless beauty as far as you can see, from the chandeliers to the flowers lining the lobby.
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Nest on the Lake

Hotel, Bed and Breakfast
Price Drop
Now from $203 per night

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.

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Boutique Hotel
4.7/5 (71 Reviews)
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Price Drop
Now from $226 per night

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.

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  • Domus Plinii

    Boutique Hotel, Resort
    4.5/5 (23 Reviews)

    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.

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    Hotel Olivedo

    Independent Hotel
    4.2/5 (288 Reviews)
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    Price Drop
    Now from $162 per night

    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.

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    Villa Mojana di Limonata

    Boutique Hotel, Villa
    5/5 (26 Reviews)
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    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.

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    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.

    These recommendations were updated on August 19, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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