Vista Palazzo Lago di Como
What We Love
- The rooftop library
- Wooden walk-in closets in every guest room
- Seaplane tours of Lake Como, bookable through the hotel concierge
- En-suite Mediterranean dinners whipped up by a personal chef
What To Know
- The spacious Corner Suite has its own Turkish bath
- The property is open year-round, unusual for this part of Italy
- Breakfast is complimentary
- Each room here offers lake views
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Room Service
Former aristocratic retreat turned Como’s first five-star property, with an emphasis on fine Italian craftsmanship
It wasn’t until 2018 that a high-end hotel finally graced the idyllic, villa-ringed shores of Lake Como. The Lario Hotels Group, a fourth-generation family-owned portfolio with a boutique-ish bend, had an exceptionally tough act to execute when they opted to overhaul one of the township’s most beloved 19th-century manses. The result is most definitely a grande dame in the making: each of the nine renovated rooms and suites wows with jewel-toned drapes from 40-year-old local design house Dedar, Minotti mahogany woodwork, and five types of Italian marble. There’s an air of exclusivity in every ornate crevice here (you’re in a storied palazzo, after all): the hotel’s guests-only rooftop, complete with 300-degree water views and its own infinity bar and restaurant, serves reimagined local standbys like fried spaghetti and steak Rossini, while off-site offerings include high-end adventures like a personal shopping session in Milan and Riva speedboat excursions on the lake.
In the Area
Conveniently located on Piazza Cavour, Como’s central square (just a five-minute walk from the main train station), this property is within easy reach of the township’s many festivals, concerts, and markets. (The Christmas fair, held every December, is especially noteworthy for its array of fancy food vendors.) Explore the area’s forested hills and meandering shoreline on foot, or on a bicycle, courtesy of the hotel. Also worth a visit: the Silk Museum, which unspools the history of a region that supplies 75% of Europe’s silk, and San Fedele, the city’s very first cathedral with exquisitely frescoed ceilings and walls.
How to Get There
All the positive reviews are spot on. At first, when I saw so many positive reviews, I thought they might have been shills, but I must say, I was VERY impressed with this property, It is in the best location of Como, right on the square and across the street from the lake. The entire staff, front desk personnel ans restaurant staff and housekeeping folks could not have been more helpful, polite and professional. The room (corner junior suite) was beautiful. Everything in the hotel is first class, they did not skimp on anything. That is what customers want, and we are willing to pay for it if the hotel delivers. They did so inn spades. This place rivals some of the best hotels in Paris or Florence or NYC......only better because they truly make you feel welcome and like they appreciate you being at their hotel. We were so impressed, we want to find out what other properties are owned by Lario Hotel Group as we will definitely try their other properties.
Everyone has heard about the Ritz Carlton experience where their saying is that their employees "are ladies and gentleman serving ladies and gentleman", Well I must say that the Lario Hotels Group must have come from that culture.....and then improved on it. Thank you for a wonderful experience. (I know this may sound like a paid advertisement, or I am a shill for the hotel, but read the other 150+ reviews I have done on TripAdvisor and you will know that this is real.)
I cannot possibly describe our fabulous stay at Vista Palazzo Lago di Como. We have stayed at a variety of very wonderful hotels as we have traveled over 70 countries. I would say that this is our number one stay in all aspects-room and its amenities, staff, atmosphere, location, service-all were absolutely extraordinary! We cannot wait to return and give this hotel and its staff our highest recommendation.
Everything about our stay was wonderful, the rooms were comfortable and very clean and the overall presentation of the hotel was faultless. The staff are an asset, every person was very helpful and nothing was too much trouble. Lovely views from the roof garden, and very centrally located. I would absolutely return
We concluded our week long visit in Italy by staying one night in the Vista Palazzo property - for us, we made the right decision. Though there are many possible lodging options for Como, the Vista provides a very spacious bedroom suite, a wonderful bar/restaurant, and a location close to the ferry piers / restaurants. The hotel staff is warm & friendly and they make you feel welcome. Parking is provided in a nearby garage and valet service is very prompt. I cant say enough about the room - from the room furnishings to the view looking out over Lake Como - it was wonderful experience.
Stylish boutique hotel - newly renovated - in great location: in the city of Como and directly on the lake. Walking distance to cathedral, city walls, squares and boat docks.
Charming front desk people (Irene & Giuseppe) to recommend and organise restaurants, garden visits and arrange boat tours - very welcoming!
We upgraded to a suite overlooking the lake - spacious, colourful and immaculate - and enjoyed the restaurant both for breakfasts and a dinner.