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
I stayed in a very nice Design Hotel in Croatia last year, and have also seen good reviews of this SPG Cat4, so I tried this hotel. Disappointed.
This is a boutique hotel with around  rooms. It has a small pool / gym, lobby and a small breakfast restaurant. In terms of space and facilities and location it was disappointing as a SPG Cat4.
Rooms are small rooms (20+ sqm). Everything pretty basic (the shower room looked ok and that’s it). Rooms have no coffee machine nor hot water machine no hifi no nothing (yeah a small TV set). The hand wash basin / sink in my room looked ugly/unclean. Still, quiet rooms and comfortable beds. Nice wall (local stones?) and bathroom amenities (the property owner? has a SPA biz next door).
The hotel is in a residential neighbourhood but many customers were biz people stopping by. I was on the way to the Dolomites and did not need to stay in Milan so I tried this hotel.
Staffing very lean in the evening (a front desk guy and a restaurant waiter). They get their work done but pls don’t expect more. Nobody helped with the baggage. The morning staff more friendly and attentive.
Beautiful room and design. When parking its very hard to discern where the hotel actually is. Some more signage might be helpful for visitors from out of the country. The front desk was very nice. This is a very small private place. The room is very open and bright. The shower is awkward as you don't have anywhere to place your shampoo etc. The toilet is quite uncomfortable. Other than that this is a cute little place if you are near Como. We only stayed one night. The on-site breakfast has pastries and juices made on premises.
We stayed a night at the C-Hotel at the end of our Italy trip and as a test since we’ve been eyeing the place for a while now with its proximity to both Milan and lake Como.
Now, the first impression is difficult to describe since I didn’t recognise the place from the pictures when we drove by the first time. On second looks, it’s the nicely designed place as advertised to the extend that design beats function (eg no hangers for towels anywhere, damn square toilet seat, fancy lighting system that you can’t read at night since you’ve got the choice of nine buttons to press with nice totally different outcomes).
Let’s put it this way: when the made the design book and the website they engaged a master photographer.. all images are true though.
The restaurant offers a remarkably good Italian cuisine. Small menu but they do know what they’re cooking, we enjoyed that a lot. As the property has its own family bakery you’ll be blessed with great baked goods.
Points deducted for
- lack of functionalities and
- outdoor area (garden / pool )
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.