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 the second year in row that we celebrate our anniversary by having lunch and a massage in the SPA at the Sereno. We were both very impressed by the excellence of the hotel, restaurant and SPA. It has been impossible to find the smallest flaw, and we pondered on the many reasons to applaud the managing of this amazing place. Many compliments, keep up the good work!
I have stayed at around 48 Leading hotels around the world (many in Italy) and have to say that this place was among the top 5 because of the overall experience. For me the ultimate experience is when a hotel never fails when it comes to the soft service. When each and every member of the staff are highly educated/trained for the job and when none of them fails. That is very uncommon, after experiencing so many Leading properties. Except the ones I've stayed at I have also visited many Leading hotels for Michelinstar meals or afternoon tea for example. That is why I am Leaders club Aurelian member.
This property has alot more to offer than excellent soft service. You will definetly not be dissapointed with the beautiful, spacious suites and their unique, gorgeous design. The complimentary minibar (which includes tea that you even will not find at many afternoon teas!), the "small" gifts, the beautiful pool and cabanas. All the green areas and beautiful citrus trees. All the views!
Top 3 breakfast goes to Il Sereno! Not only the service was excellent but also the food was out of this world. Get ready for one of the absolutely best a lacarte breakfasts ever. You can have the whole meny if you like or have the stomach for it (complimentary).
From arrival until departure....everything was EXCELLENT.
It is a real treat to stay here. the people working at this property are truly special. right from the moment you step into this magnificent property each and every person you meet shall leave an impression and shall go all out to make you feel special.
we had a corner suite which overlooked beautiful lake como and the hotel pool. the rooms and the entire hotel has some amazing furniture which are a treat to use.
we used the spa extensively over two days and were very pleased with the treatments.
Breakfast which is complimentary is served in their signature restaurant and is something not be missed. again the men and women serving you go about their job immaculately.
Also we rented their motorboats on two days. First time we had the experience of riding a motorboat on our own and the experience is something very special.
perfect place to unwind for a few days.
Very remote so if that’s your thing. They overprice everything...example in minibar is Chopin vodka 1/2 bottle for 50 euro. The property is lovely and staff very nice but not what you might expect for top price. Breakfast is very good but not anything you want is included but it should be. We had the corner suite which had a fabulous view but for $1400/night (which we don’t mind paying if it’s worth it) was not worth it. If you just want to chill this is the place. We’re more on the go so not perfect for us.
I was looking forward to staying at II Sereno due to all the positive reviews, and believe me it lives up to all the rave reviews! It started the moment we drove up to the hotel. The minute we got out of our car, you see the beauty of this property -- both the location and the property. Then the service kicked-in. Top notch service throughout. We arrived very early from our international flight and the staff was so accommodating to us. Gave us drinks and food on the beautiful terrace while we waited for our room. They also rushed readying our room (within 30 minutes) so we could check in early. And then the room .... wow the design and view is unbelievable. We had a room facing the water with a large terrace. This is a must! And they thought of the little things -- for example snacks and a bottle of sparkling wine were waiting for us in the room. The room was so gorgeous we didn't want to leave, especially sitting on the terrace listening to the water lap up on the shore. We finally decided to leave the room and we rented one of the property's self drive boat. This is another must! We went out for 2 hours on our own and explored Lake Como -- the only way to see the area. And lastly, the food - breakfast and dinner was amazing. A highlight for me was the risotto. Still thinking about it. All I can say is if staying in Como, must stay at II Sereno, top 10 hotel in the world for me.