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 hotel is absolutely gorgeous in every way! The view, food, people, service, rooms, and design elements make this such a spectacular place fit for the stars! The staff treat everyone like royalty and are so educated on all things luxury! Lake como is so small, you wont really want to leave this amazingly designed hotel. ITs very serene and quite, and although it was full when we went we felt like it was always private and quiet. The views are breathtaking and there are so many places you can sit and enjoy the lake. Also be sure to book out your own boat as manytimes as you can to have the most exquisite time on the lake alone!
We travelled as a family to II Sereno, Lago di Como in June. We were not guests of the hotel and merely dropped by on boat to dine at the renowned ristorante berton to celebrate my husband's 30th birthday (we took the opportunity to check out the stunning architecture and view from the hotel as well). The team at the restaurant went the extra mile as I had informed them by email earlier on the surprise - not only were their response timely, they went above and beyond to prepare a beautiful balloon, desserts for the birthday boy, comfortable seating for our party with an infant and great fine dining food! When we requested for less sun exposure at the deck, the awnings were promptly pulled out as well. Thank you ! Thank you to the team once again for the warm hospitality and making a wonderful impression to last a lifetime, one of our most favourite part of Italy indeed!
I travel to Milan and the Como area regularly, but this was the first time visiting Il Sereno. The hotel is truly exquisite in every way. The service is impeccable, the design is so beautiful, and the restaurant is world class. I had the good fortune of being toured around the property by Mr. Vincent Spieler, who went out of his way to make us feel welcome and to personally show us around. The experience at Il Sereno is one of a kind, and Mr. Spieler and his hospitality was truly the icing on the cake. I recommend Il Sereno to any visitor that is looking for a beautiful and unique experience that rivals any other. 10 out of 10.