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
Villa d’Este and the Grand Hotel Tremezzo are beautiful historic hotels on Lake Como with beautiful grounds and views. And while historic both could benefit from an aesthetic refresh. In contrast to this, Il Sereno stands out as a modern alternative to these hotels. Not necessarily better but definitely different. Because of it’s modern aesthetic and smaller number of room compared to the other two hotels, this hotel may appeal more to couples looking for intimacy, privacy, and an exceptional personalized experience. Cuisine at Berton al Lago was absolutely delicious, both for dinner and breakfast, with attentive and professional service to match. The service was notable even against a high standard. Also in a hotel that places so much emphasis on the visual and gustatory experience, it would be fitting if the also tailored the olfactory experiment with flowers or scents, for example. There were a couple little things like slow elevators and patchy WiFi that you wouldn’t expect for a property of this caliber.
We came to il Sereno with high expectations, since we have read about this new property in various travel magazines. We are happy to say that their service, the hotel, and the cuisine exceeded our expectations. A must stay in Lake Como!!
My stay at the Sereno Lago di Como has been a dream. The hotel is architecturaly gorgeous, decorated in a cosy, calm and elegant way by the designer Patricia Urquiola. The staff are great, a special mention to Vincent Spieler who welcomed us perfectly. He made us feel very special. Vincent understood us, he recommended amazing places to visit, he organized a private tour in a villa on the lake, that was magical. Again thank you Vincent and your staff for making this trip unique, we loved the water activities, our kids had the best time.
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....