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
What a stunning place, along with a stunning view! Our room was fantastic. All the amenities you can imagine. Very accommodating staff, with excellent restaurant recommendations and great help in arranging transportation around the lake. We will defiantly go back and also go to their other property le Sereno in Saint-Barthelemy.
I previously had stayed at some of the old “grande dame” hotels of Lake Como, so was looking forward to experiencing this new property. Upon arrival, you just know this is a very special place. Your car is whisked away to an underground garage, and you are escorted over a bridge to the main hotel, past an infinity-edge pool which appears to spill into the lake. The views from every angle of this property are breathtaking. Due to the small number of rooms, it never feels crowded, and it’s so quiet you can hear the waves lapping up against the sea wall. The lobby is exquisite, and our suite was modern, spacious, and well-appointed. The bathroom was huge, with a large, walk-in shower, and a free-standing tub. We had our own private balcony (as does each suite), with direct views of the lake and the mountains. The spa was excellent, as well. The location is in between Como & Bellagio, which both are short (& exhilarating!) drives along narrow & winding mountain roads. We felt so relaxed while staying here— we really did not want to leave. We can’t wait to return here again, and spend more time...
We stayed at the hotel in early October and the staff all around was exceptional and quite helpful. The location is beautiful with lovely views of the lake. What we liked best: the helpfulness of the staff when arranging dinners, transportation and activities. They made a point to let us know that it was not necessary to use the water taxis ( 110 euro each way) and provided helpful details about the lake ferry. (We used both) The breakfast every morning was delicious and the service was always impeccable. The rooms are very nice with A+ features. We would definitely return. The only disappointment was the restaurant which we ( and other Americans agreed) was too fussy for our tastes. We love good simple food excellently prepared and fortunately this is very easy to find in Italy.
This place. Absolutely stunning architecture. Right on the lake, our balcony overlooked Lake Como. The rooms are spacious , and we would simply open the large glass doors and watch the world go by. Staff was spot on for all requests. We rented one of their boats for a half day and did a personal tour of the lake... highly recommend. Weather was perfect. Cool in the mornings, warm enough in the afternoon to lay by the pool. Fitness center is small, so if you really want a workout you won’t accomplish it here. Spa is small as well, but the hot tub is tucked into a part of the old historic walls that support the hotel.
Would go back definitely. It’s one of our all time favorite places we have visited.
Probably the most stylish hotel in the most beautiful location ever. Stunning contemporary design, excellent attentive service and fine food and wine - what more could you want? Highly recommended if you are looking for a luxury break.