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 is my second time in this hotel and they never fail short of delivering an excellent service.
I have to give special recognition to Sofia and Fanny who made my stay extra special for the second time they went above and beyond. The hotel is lucky to have them.
This place is simply amazing. The staff is so incredibly friendly. The hotel and design is sleek, modern and beautiful. Only 30 rooms so it never feels crowded. The average stay here seems to be 1 or 2 nights......we stayed for 5 and it wasn’t enough. The ultimate in relaxation. The infinity pool is marvelous right on the lake. Our room, the corner suite, had a sliding door that basically was the whole wall. The rooms are comparable to a 5 star resort anywhere in the world.
The restaurant is amazing. Seriously. So good.
Rent the Jetto 1 boat. Jetto 2 looks cool but you will get really wet!!!! I don’t know how to drive a boat so I was a bit nervous but it was no problem.
The SPA staff was great and my wife and I really enjoyed our massages.
We did a wine tasting with somm for the restaurant which was super fun.
We had the hotel arrange a car to pick us up at the airport and did not rent a car. The hotel will drive you to Como in a boat or you can take a cab if you need to go to town. I don’t recommend leaving the property!!!!
I have been to the Sereno several times, and find it a unique experience, far closer to staying in a friend's glamourous private villa than staying in one of the more traditional hotels that you can find on Lake Como.
The hotel is set at the end of a narrow road in the small village of Torno, and is a modern oasis set directly on the water. The hotel itself was designed by Patricia Urquiola and features floor to ceiling glass throughout, overlooking the pool and lake.
The public areas are quite stylish and feature natural stones and materials local to the region, as well as two of Patrick Blanc's famous vertical gardens. Furnishings throughout are designed by Urquiola for companies such as B&B Italia and Moroso.
The rooms feel more like stylish apartments than standard guest rooms. The bathrooms are a tour de force, and probably the best on Lake Como. The large expanse of glass makes you feel like you are on a boat, and not in a hotel.
All of this is very nice, but what really makes the Sereno stand out is the hospitable service. From the valets who seem to magically know that you are coming, to the barman who prepares the welcome drink, the attitude is welcoming and relaxing without being at all stuffy. Vincent Spieler, the manager, takes a keen interest in the guests, and makes going to the Sereno feel like you are going to a friend's summer cocktail party in the most glamourous house in the world.