4.5
Very Good 89 Reviews
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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

Amenities

  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet-friendly
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Overview

High-design Lake Como show-stopper with contemporary interiors by Patricia Urquiola, a lakeside restaurant, and an infinity pool

The Lowdown

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 googletag = window.googletag || false; if ( googletag ) { googletag.cmd.push(function() { var mapping = []; if ( 'undefined' != typeof window.stAdSizeMapping['product_detail_page'] ) { mapping = window.stAdSizeMapping['product_detail_page'].j; } googletagSlots['product_detail_page'] = googletag.defineSlot( '/5349/ta.Jetsetter.com/JS.Product_Details_Page', [], 'st-ad-2' ) .setTargeting( 'contentType', ["JS.Product_Details_Page"] ) .setTargeting( 'detail', ["176137"] ) .setTargeting( 'taId', ["10382443"] ) .setTargeting( 'rd', ["js"] ) .defineSizeMapping( mapping ) .addService( googletag.pubads() ); googletag.enableServices(); googletag.display( 'st-ad-2' ); }); } jQuery(document).on('refresh-div-st-ad-2', function() { googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.pubads().refresh([googletagSlots.product_detail_page]); }); });

How to Get There

Il Sereno Lago Di Como
Via Torrazza 10
Torno, 22020 Italy

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 89 Reviews
Beautiful Contemporary 5 Star hotel, stunning views!
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I spent 4 nights here for our recent anniversary!

The hotel and the grounds are stunning, the views are breathtaking and the food is defiantly Michelin star.

Well designed rooms with great facilities - super modern with a great location on the lake. Boat trip is a must and the spa offers some great treatments although it is quite small.

The staff in the restaurant were wonderful, extremely welcoming and knowledgeable, which matches the 5 star feel of the hotel. Sadly we can not say the same for the rest of the staff, the reception staff aren't quite up to 5 star standard - we experienced a couple of fire alarms during out stay - one around 2 am in the morning and the next during the day! The first alarm we were told to go back upstairs with no apology for getting woken up at 2am. The second time round all guests arrived to the lobby but were given no information or details as to what was going on from the staff who stood in front of us. I'm sure this is something they can work on and hopefully we will visit again.

A stunning boutique hotel on lake Como!
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A stunning location and property, possibly the most amazing property I have ever stayed at ... the hotel itself is beautiful, as is the location ... and the level of service is outstanding - flawless!

our room was beautiful with great view onto the lake, the bar staff were incredible and the pool area is stunning!

(if I could afford to) I would live there!!! :)

My only criticism is with the restaurant, while its a michelin starred kitchen, I found the
food rather uninspiring, and the many staff constantly rushed around the dining room, resulting in it feeling rather like dining in an airport or railway station cafeteria ... my memories of that are rather negative I'm afraid...

Great Hotel Property, Wonderful Staff!
Reviewed 1 month ago

My wife and I just stayed at il Sereno and we would recommend this property to anyone traveling to the Lake Como area. Nestled in the village of Torno, the hotel has everything one would want from a 5Star hotel. The staff and I mean everyone we worked with were exceptional ambassadors for Sereno. Ciara, Director of Hospitality, Goodwill and Events planning made every effort to accommodate all of our requests. The public transportation (water ferries) is an easy way to travel throughout the lake. We are so appreciative of everyone that works at the hotel.

Awesome, Amazing and Breathtaking
Reviewed 2 months ago

One of the most luxurious and beautiful hotels I have stayed in . The staff is excellent and extremely courteous . The view is breathtaking from the rooms as well as fm all sides of the hotel . Service and food is good too . Can’t wait to visit again .

Modern clean design. Breathtaking view. Excellent staff
Reviewed 2 months ago

We stayed at Il Sereno for five night in April during Salone del Mobile.

This was our seventh visit to Lake Como having previously predominantly stayed at Casta Diva and once at Grand Hotel Tremezzo.

This is a much needed addition to lake Como. The hotel is modern and fabulously design and at only 30 rooms feels very boutique and exclusive.

Staff are courteous and helpful and majority speak very good English. The only issues we had were around the pool area where it felt staff lacked some training. The overall positive and welcoming attitude of staff is great because the likes of Casta Diva and Villa de Este have a far more reserved and at time obnoxious service.

The rooms are large and include everything you would expect in a 5+ star hotel including all the little small things that make a difference such as complimentary minibar, no charge for in room breakfast, tea and coffee making facilities and great toiletries.

We had a lake view suite with a private balcony where we could have breakfast in our own privacy. Breakfast both in the room and at the restaurant was excellent. No buffet to choose from. Everything is delivered hot and fresh to the table and waitress walk around offering all sorts of extra 'specials' that come out of the kitchen.

We also used the Spa and the treatment was very well preformed.

We used the hotels custom made Riva boat and took it out ourselves to four beautiful hours cruising around the lake which was great.

Staff never made you feel like anything is too hard.

The only real issue area was the pool. Where the staff felt slightly inexperienced and there were no sun umbrellas which meant you had to sit in the direct sunlight or not at all. Other then that I couldn't fault anything except for the very patchy and unstable Wifi.