The sublime C-Spa is home to thermal pools, a Turkish bath, waterfalls and a terrace with panoramic views of the Alps
The excellent restaurant focuses on locally harvested ingredients
Guests receive a 10 percent discount on purchases at the on-site pastry and chocolate shop
What To Know
Spa access costs an additional $25 per person, per hour
The spa is open until midnight, but it's available to only one guest or group (of up to eight) at a time, so reserve ahead
Free WiFi is available in the lobby but costs $13 per day in the guestrooms
The spartan design is cool but not necessarily intuitive; figure out lights, curtains, hot/cold water and other basics before the sun goes down
Parking on site
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Sleek designer digs with a luxe spa and locavore restaurant between Lake Como and Milan
Cool and contemporary. Walls, inside and out, are clad in smooth white travertine, and the cozy lobby showcases furniture by famous designers: a hanging egg-shaped chair and sofas by Ivano Redaelli, and sculptures by Kyoji Nagatani, a disciple of Arnaldo Pomodoro. The shelves are stacked with glossy books dedicated to design.
Bed and Bath
Three words: wood, stone, glass. Giant floor-to-ceiling windows offer views of the Italian Alps or the landscaped gardens, and a glass wall in the shower opens out to the bedroom. Quirky touches include a tiny TV tucked into the lower portion of the bathroom mirror, though figuring out how to get hot or cold water from the gleaming steel faucets takes patient finger and toe testing. The overall feel is hip, the antithesis of Italian Baroque. If your vision of luxury includes velvet, brocade tassels and plush rugs, you might want to stay elsewhere.
The restaurant, Materia Prima (translation: raw ingredients) dishes up locally grown fare such as pecorino flan with pear and onion grass, and ravioli stuffed with potato, porcini mushrooms and rosemary. Simple wood tables and muted lighting make the restaurant cozy and intimate without compromising the hotel’s design principles. The small first-floor spa is open until midnight; it has a Jacuzzi and closet-size Turkish baths, plus an outdoor cascade pool (weather permitting). The policy of allowing only one guest or group (of up to eight people) in at any given time results in a princely pampering experience. The adjacent café, pastry shop and chocolatier is a must: local wines and homemade marmalades, teas and fruit juices, as well as gourmet chocolates and award-winning pastries draw locals from across the region.