Il Sereno Lago Di Como
What We Love
- The sleek yet soothing interiors decked out in gorgeous woods and artisan-made modern furnishings
- Dreamy views of the lake, historic hillside villages, and the Alps’ foothills
- An Infinity-edge pool that seems to spill into the lake
- Swooshing around Lake Como in the hotel’s custom motorboats, including the grand Vaporina del Lago, decorated by Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola
What To Know
- Milan’s Malpensa airport is 37 miles away
- The hotel is on Lake Como’s southeastern shore, in the town of Torno; the best way to get around the area is by boat
- During the off-season winter months, the destination is extremely sleepy
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
High-design Lake Como show-stopper with contemporary interiors by Patricia Urquiola, a lakeside restaurant, and an infinity pool
This intimate luxury hotel is a true departure from the area’s centuries-old villas dressed in antique furnishings—but not in a discordant way. In fact, the building’s stone, wood and glass facade has a serene look that harmonizes with its peaceful surroundings. Acclaimed Milan-based designer Patricia Urquiola hired local artisans to make bespoke showpieces throughout the property, including a sculptural walnut staircase in the lobby that appears to float mid-air. In the 30 lakefront suites, an understated palette allows the views to take center stage—yet it’s impossible not to dwell on those futuristic-looking reading chairs, round pendant lights hung from leather straps, and pillowed rope-and-metal loungers on each terrace. Award-winning chef Andrea Berton helms the restaurant, Berton al Lago, where regionally sourced ingredients like local freshwater fish, plus wines, cheeses, and meats from nearby Valtellina come together in delicately plated dishes. Another highlight: the vertical garden designed by eminent French botanist Patrick Blanc, whose nearly 2,000 different plants were inspired by the flowing movements of water.
In the Area
Lake Como was traditionally a playground for European nobles and statesmen—in other words, old money. While this idyllic Italian retreat became more democratic after George Clooney bought a villa here, it’s still an exclusive place where the social scene unfolds at private parties. Luckily, the city of Como (on the southwestern end of the lake) has a growing roster of dining and drinking options for both insiders and newcomers. At The Market Place, London-trained chef Davide Maci serves refined market-to-table dishes in a casual, inviting atmosphere. Nearby, Fresco Cocktail Shop showcases Italian fruits and liqueurs in signature drinks like Leonardo, made with Ferrari Perlè brut, mandarin, and pomegranate juices and drops of Lucano amaro. For a more formal experience, head to the Michelin-starred I Tigli in Theoria, a restaurant and lounge set in a small historic palazzo. Como’s 15th-century Renaissance-Gothic cathedral, right in the center of town, is not to be missed, as well as the region’s series of majestic villas open to visitors. Head to the utterly romantic Villa del Balbianello in Lenno, accessible by boat from Como, to see exuberant gardens of camellias, azaleas, roses, and citrus trees.
How to Get There
This hotel is situated at the end of the road, amazing location. Vincent Spieler is very attentive and professional. When he made reservations for us, it automatically puts us into the VIP status and we were treated very well when we arrived at our restaurants. The Sereno experience is surreal and not to be missed. Restaurant was amazing. Thank you Vincent for all the details, we are glad we met him, he made the difference. The owners should be proud of him and the rest of the staff and their attention to detail for the customer. We will definitely visit again, and again and again....
My wife and I, and another couple, arrived at our third stop in our extended stay in Italy at the spectacular Il Sereno Hotel, in Torno, on beautiful Lake Como. And yes, the only words to adequately describe this property, in every aspect, is spectacular. How spectacular you may ask? Well some may consider what I am about to say as blasphemous.... so .... FORGIVE ME FATHER FOR I AM ABOUT TO SIN..... Il Sereno is more spectacular than any AMAN I have ever stayed at. There, I said it. That’s how spectacular this hotel is. From the moment you arrive through the gate of the property, and step towards the moving glass entry door, you are awe struck. First, by the view. This hotel, unlike many others on Lake Como, is directly on the Lake, without a road in front of it. When you enter the hotel you feel as if your best friend, movie star, has invited you to his or her private, mid-century, modern villa for a weekend stay. The rooms that first greet you are filled with beautiful furnishings. A floating stairwell brings you down to the lake level with a stunning restaurant, infinity-edged pool, spa and gym, as well as a dock, with several boats owned by the Hotel. The dock also allows hotel guests to take a quick dive into the beautiful waters of Lake Como. Upstairs, our room is equally as chic. The bed faces the main attraction, the lake. More mid-century modern furnishings adorn the bedroom, and a large, movable wall of windows beckons the outside, in. The bathroom is incredible, with a rain shower.....great water pressure.... and Japanese style loo. We ate in the Michelin starred restaurant at the hotel, and consumed the best food of the trip. The amount of staff catering to each tables' needs was astounding. The staff moved seamlessly around the dining room like a well rehearsed dance. When the food arrived, a detailed description was given by the server, making the experience that much more interesting. Yes, a stay at Il Sereno is pricey, but if you have read my many reviews, you can trust when I tell you, this hotel is worth every Euro, and much, much more, While I still proudly proclaim that I am an "Aman-Junkie," I am now also a "Sereno-Junkie". I will not soon forget this beautiful hotel.
I just left this wonderful hotel after having spent a wonderful week.
I’ve been welcomed by Vincent Spieler whom impressed me by his professionalism and the way he made me feel in my element at my first step in this hotel.
Everything was perfect, from the decoration of my room, to the selection of the furniture of the common areas, up to the food prepared by the Chief.
The staff makes you feel unique and your privacy is highly respected.
I can’t wait to come back to renew this wonderful experience.