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 by far the best hotel in como . It’s modern , has a amazing chef , romantic setting and comfortable rooms. I read the review on the person trying to visit the hotel without reservation and he is crazy to get upset . If you are a guest at this hotel you have the best security . You don’t want people just walking in . It’s a boutique place so seats are limited at the restaurant. If you have a reservation it’s another story .
The hotel also has two boats you can drive yourself ( without a license) to have a private drive on como . The pool is modern and relaxing , drinks were delicious . My husband and I stayed in the grand Lago room which had an insane view . Only complaint I have is that you hear thumping when people walk around , but I’m just sensitive to noise . Stay here and no where else .
Hanging over the lake, overlooking the panorama of Lago di Como. Position: outstanding. Building and design: Top of the league. We were all through delighted and agreed with the designer’s High intentions. Room: a functional and tasteful junior suite. Excellent. The bed, important to us, was top class. Service and Staff were all through meeting the ultra High expectations. (At least after a little bit of mixed Welcome and check-in...). Eating all meals in the hotel, also meeting the ultra High expectations! Il Sereno is definately positioning Itself at the top of the hotel league. We were really delighted.
We read about this property in Departures Magazine and the article and the hotel's website just don't give the property enough raves. It is absolutely the most gorgeous location on the Lake and every attention to detail has been captured. The contemporary design is perfection and the design team certainly knows how to make the best use out of space. The guest relations team were so attentive even prior to our arrival. Every staff member at this property is very warm, professional and inviting.
Every room is on the lake so you can't go wrong with any room you select, but the corner suite is what we booked and it was perfect. The simplicity of the room is the best way to capture the lovely views of Lake Como. All rooms have a lovely sized patio as well so all the rooms were designed to incorporate the patio into the space.
The restaurant is lovely and it just magically transforms itself all through the day - from breakfast - dinner.
This hotel really isn't suited for young kids - it is a contemporary, luxury, boutique property and having small babies frolic around in the pool without a diaper isn't what this property is about. There are rooms that are suited for families but for older kids. I would encourage the property to hopefully get that message across.
Absolutely recommend this property to couples.
We were on cloud nine right from the start of our stay at this new modern hotel overlooking "il lago di como".It just made this impression, you know, of excitement and a spark of wonder.We stayed in a wonderful "Grand Suite Lago".Right here,that's where we believed our place was with a direct eastward view of the Lago di Como.The wide terrace give us a chance to chill out and see the sunrise behind the mountain.
The Berton al Lago hotel restaurant was full of surprises.Interesting new star Michelin cooking like:
-The Lavaret(from the lake) meunière style and seaweeds.
-quail, almonds, turnip tops and molluscs.
We drink a Masseto 2010 from Toscana one of the best italian wine with the Amarone 1960 recioto della Valpolicella from Piemonte.
But,the perfection came with the desert:Fruit and vegetables minestrone and lemongrass.Un sacco di bravo to Raffaele Lenzi and his team.
I am in the luxury travel business myself and spend many days a year reviewing hotels. This one is perfection at every level. The design is remarkable, every detail delicately thought of. The food excellent, service brilliant apart from one rather otherwise waiter with bad energy but the rest of the team was delightful. The real disappointment was to find babies around the pool and in the Michelin star restaurant. Paying these rates, in this kind of ultra luxe property where there is not a toy in site or a kids club it was a total shock to have to endure whining babies and kids on video games with no headphones at the pool and in the restaurant. A private villa for families or a no kids under 16 policy would make this one of the best properties in the world. People coming to a place like this, do not expect to have to deal with other peoples kids. This ruined the entire experience for us. We could not escape them either. Nor the father on his cell phone talking with no volume control around the pool. Honestly the lack of manners of some people is just remarkable but the property should be managing these humans who have no clue.