What We Love
- Dating back to the 16th century, the hotel has, over the years, added everything from formal gardens to fake fortifications
- Celebrity-spotting is a good way to while away the time between spa treatments
- Old-school service provided by staff, many who’ve worked here for decades
What To Know
- Boats (and captains) are available for hire to cruise the lake
- Free WiFi
- There are eight tennis courts on the grounds
You won’t find Italian Renaissance style more grand than this 16th-century Tivoli palace, whose immaculate, fountain-filled garden was so influential to future European garden design that it has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. What was built as a summer home for Cardinal Tolomeo Gallio in 1568 has become, through the ages, a playground for European royalty and the most discerning of guests. Stately staircases, extra-wide hallways, enormous flower arrangements, and a carefully curated selection of original paintings and sculptures all add to the allure. The terrace is the favored spot by guests for sipping evening aperitifs while gazing across the lake to the opposite hillside. The more casual sundeck is best for lunch.
Bed and Bath
Each of the 152 rooms is individually decorated with covetable antiques, marble bathrooms, and oil paintings. The covetable upper-floor rooms have better lake views, though even standard rooms look out onto the impressive Renaissance courtyard. Heavy striped curtains complement the pastel wallpaper and silk brocade, while touches like tassels, velvet, gilt, polished wood lend each room a rich, sumptuous feel.
Swimming in the lake comes at a close second to Villa d’Este’s iconic floating pool, built on a pontoon that sits out on the water. The pool, which is surrounded by wooden decking and rows of signature blue-cushioned sun lounges, also has a Jacuzzi built into the middle – an ideal place from which to observe the activity on the lake. In the winter, check out the heated indoor pool instead. The hotel bar has live music and is generally full in the evenings, full of post-spa guests just returned from a massage or facial after a day of sun worshipping.
In the Area
Lake Como itself is a celeb magnet, favored by the likes of George Clooney, Bono, Brangelina, and Versace. Because it’s just an hour’s drive from Milan, it’s possible to spend a day shopping in the city and still get back in time for a quick dip and pre-dinner cocktail at the villa’s Terrace Bar. From Como, there are numerous walking and hiking excursions with views over the lake; ask the concierge to help you choose one. There are also a number of golf clubs nearby, most of which admit non-members.
How to Get There
This is a fabulous villa hotel situated on Lake Como.
The building is well maintained as are the immaculate manicured gardens.
Bedroom well equipped and spacious.
Restaurants are very good with great service.
The hotel is well positioned to walk to restaurants in the local town, and for the ferries to Como and Bellagio.
I would have rated this hotel above 5 star if trip advisor allowed.
Exceptional place: the view, the calm, the service, the pool, all is amazing. The perfect place to relax, to disconnect, to refuel...
The team is friendly, warm and welcoming!
An experience to repeat :)
Less than one hour drive from Milan, this is one of our most favourite hotels set on Lake Como. Photos and reviews will not do justice to this magnificent hotel, the level of service, decor, restaurants are flawless. Two weddings took place during our stay and it was great to see how beautifully the hotel kept the balance between normal patrons, the wedding party and their guests. A fantastic experience.
We were invited to a wedding in Como. We reserved a room in Villa d’este because it was listed in the invitation and very famous. The staff was incredibly polite. The view was spectacular. They used nice linen sheets in the rooms. They answered our question very politely and friendly. Breakfast buffet was extremely rich. We had one dinner in one of their casual restaurant. Which was very convenient for us because we were very tired and we didn’t want to dress. The only misunderstanding was the confirmation email about their rate. Apparently while they were confirming for two nights, they were giving us the one night rate. Our understanding was the total amount of the two nights .They had to be more clear. It was a very good experienced.
We stopped by for three days at Lake Como. The venue / scenery at the Villa is just spectacular and breathe taking and the Villa represents a “lost world” where you just can feel the long tradition and heritage. The premises are still surprisingly fresh and in tip top conditions given the historical / traditional decorations and lay-out of the hotel. The sports facilities are very good and modern - I’m quite picky but very satisfied with both the equipment and related service. The Villa has clearly high ambitions with their restaurants, but we just felt that the formal dinner (with jacket and tie) is just to formal and stiff to match the holiday mood - but this is just a personal reflection. The two casual restaurants keep a high quality with modern and local raw material approach and seemed more fit for our state of mind.
This is the place to relax, enjoy the micro climate and just reflect upon and enjoy a long tradition of luxury hotels experience. The concept of the elderly Italian concierge(s) taking arrogance and self-esteem to new hights can either irritate you or then you can just smile and a think about “a lost world”:)