C-hotel & Spa
What We Love
- Daily breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
- The sublime C-Spa is home to thermal pools, a Turkish bath, waterfalls and a terrace with panoramic views of the Alps
- The excellent restaurant focuses on locally harvested ingredients
- Guests receive a 10 percent discount on purchases at the on-site pastry and chocolate shop
What To Know
- Spa access costs an additional $25 per person, per hour
- The spa is open until midnight, but it's available to only one guest or group (of up to eight) at a time, so reserve ahead
- Free WiFi is available in the lobby but costs $13 per day in the guestrooms
- The spartan design is cool but not necessarily intuitive; figure out lights, curtains, hot/cold water and other basics before the sun goes down
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Cool and contemporary. Walls, inside and out, are clad in smooth white travertine, and the cozy lobby showcases furniture by famous designers: a hanging egg-shaped chair and sofas by Ivano Redaelli, and sculptures by Kyoji Nagatani, a disciple of Arnaldo Pomodoro. The shelves are stacked with glossy books dedicated to design.
Bed and Bath
Three words: wood, stone, glass. Giant floor-to-ceiling windows offer views of the Italian Alps or the landscaped gardens, and a glass wall in the shower opens out to the bedroom. Quirky touches include a tiny TV tucked into the lower portion of the bathroom mirror, though figuring out how to get hot or cold water from the gleaming steel faucets takes patient finger and toe testing. The overall feel is hip, the antithesis of Italian Baroque. If your vision of luxury includes velvet, brocade tassels and plush rugs, you might want to stay elsewhere.
The restaurant, Materia Prima (translation: raw ingredients) dishes up locally grown fare such as pecorino flan with pear and onion grass, and ravioli stuffed with potato, porcini mushrooms and rosemary. Simple wood tables and muted lighting make the restaurant cozy and intimate without compromising the hotel’s design principles. The small first-floor spa is open until midnight; it has a Jacuzzi and closet-size Turkish baths, plus an outdoor cascade pool (weather permitting). The policy of allowing only one guest or group (of up to eight people) in at any given time results in a princely pampering experience. The adjacent café, pastry shop and chocolatier is a must: local wines and homemade marmalades, teas and fruit juices, as well as gourmet chocolates and award-winning pastries draw locals from across the region.
How to Get There
We used this wonderful hotel and spa as a landing pad for our 10 day trip. We booked the package with massage and dinner included.
The spa is simply amazing. We booked it as a couple and for the entire afternoon we were given exclusive access to the insanely large (30 meter sq) hot tub, steam room and outdoor waterfall shower.
We each separately got massages which were wonderful.
The rooms are very modern and I agree with another reviewer that the lack of hooks and places to put your things down while bathing was strange.
But I am saving the best for last, the food was amazing! The best risotto I ate the entire time in Italy. Simply fantastic. Overall it was one of the best hotel experiences I have ever had. Quick trip from there to Lake Como made it a perfect stopping point.
Many thanks C Hotel!
We booked the hotel because we read it has nice design and we were back on our way to milan. The design is nice but lacking the thought of functionality. The shawer has no place to put the shampoo and soap on so you have to put them on the floor. The room was too hot and we couldn't turn off the aircondition. We tried to open the window but we just had the noise of the engines of the aircondition under our window.
The service was good and so the breakfast.
We stayed three nights in room 207 which overlooks the lawn. I selected this hotel simply because it is one of the Design Hotels, and I appreciate interesting design and architecture. The hallways are sleek and sparse, as are the rooms. The color scheme is the same throughout the building-blonde sandstone (?) floors and bathroom walls, ceiling and walls a stark white. Of course one wall of your room is floor to ceiling windows, two of which open. Touch pad controlled lights and shades. The breakfast was fantastic.
I made the reservation on-line and received my confirmation which stated 1 adult. I immediately responded that the reservation was for TWO adults. When we checked in, I was informed that the room rate is the same, but because there were two of us, an extra charge for breakfast of 40 Euros would be applied. That ended up being 40 Euros a DAY, so we paid an extra 120 Euros for our room. ($50 for breakfast?)
Missing were some basic, functional features one typically finds in a hotel. For example, there were NO towel hooks or anywhere to hang a used towel. Bathroom counter space was minimal. Bathroom/vanity lighting was lacking, as was a decent mirror in the bathroom or hallway. No tissue or washcloths; okay, this is Italy. No chair. If you wanted to work at the desk you sat on a cube. The cool spa pool is extra and the outdoor pool is NOT a pool for swimming.
I found this hotel, like money during this trip, via the Starwood website. I found the pictures and website description intriguing. The hotel was everything and much more than what the website promised. Definitely one of the most stylish hotels I've ever been to, with impeccable taste inside and out. It is a tiny boutique hotel with only 18 rooms and the tiny little restaurant. You do feel accordingly during your stay: special, pampered and getting a lot of attention. The dining experience in the hotel was superb; we felt like we are being taken care of by a hosting family. Very professional and warm service overall.
The room is an absolute heaven for admirers of modern architecture. One can feel the affinity of the hotel owner to architecture - the building is packed with architectural and stylish books from the lobby throughout the spa into the rooms.
Our major travel interest was the lake Como area, but this hotel was definitely worth the little extra drive. We are definitely coming back!
Very modern and nicely designed hotel, super attentive front desk staff, he will personally send you to your room and show you around and teach you how to use the room facilities, good breakfast and comfortable surroundings. Would like to stay again if come back around this area in future.