Villa Porro Pirelli
What We Love
- An 18th-century villa with a Michelin-renowned chef, idyllic lake location - breakfast includedThe exquisite Italian cuisine, served in the old greenhouse courtesy of a Michelin-starred chef
- Lounging by the peaceful swimming pool, with a cocktail in hand from the Pool Bar
- Staying in a beautiful 18th-century villa, just a stone's throw from some of the most beautiful lakes in the world
What To Know
- Well-situated between Lake Varese and Lake Maggiore
- The hotel is pet friendly and offers dog sitting services
- Complimentary onsite parking is available
With effortlessly elegant interiors, beautifully manicured gardens, complete with Roman statues, and an unbeatable location between Lake Varese and Lake Maggiore, the 18th-century Villa Porro Pirelli ticks all the boxes, and then some. Add to this a Michelin-renowned chef, a tranquil outdoor pool that’s perfect for cooling off in, and a welcoming team, and you’ll have the perfect recipe for la bella vita.
The hotel is perfectly placed for exploring northern Italy’s famously beautiful lakes; Lake Lugano, Lake Varese and Lake Maggiore are each within an hour’s drive, and the A-list favourite Lake Como is only a little further away. Head out in your hire car to explore this breathtaking destination, rent a pedalo and take to the twinkling waters or lace up for a hike in your alpine surroundings, before fuelling up on Italian classics in the hotel’s restaurant, headed up by Michelin-starred chef Emanuele Mazzella, and housed in an 18th-century greenhouse.
Good to know
Please be aware that Villa Porro Pirelli is an adults-only hotel.
How to Get There
First of all it is a nice villa/palace with a beautiful garden, pool and plenty of room. You could host large events and offer great fun to business and savvy travellers.
A concept today unfortunately seems not to be existant. Think of an old grand hotel where you slowly start taking furniture and decoration out and replace it with stuff. I am missing taste, quality and places to hide.
The bar has no relaxed seating, the lobby chairs you cant sit on (!) and our room a very low plastic showerbox.
Welcoming at the reception was another experience. I saw that a few times with staff being not really friendly to guest or simply not focused on their guests but stuff.
Overall fair price and good for a night with a diverse breakfast but I would not stay for vacation.
We decided to book very last moment ( one hour before check in , 21:00 ).
We did not have any idea of the place and needed a clean place for the night.
We really loved it.
A historical place and a lovely breakfast.
During our stay there was a big party going on the terrace to which almost all rooms have their Windows. Since i am pregnant and need to Rest it was even worse Not to be Able to sleep until 3 o‘clock in the middle of the night, when my Partner went down to the Reception to reduce the DJs Noise. Additionaly, the air condition had broken down so that it was really hot in the Room. The staff at the reception told us, that they have Never before experienced anything like that before, this night must have been worse.
I don’t normally leave reviews, but having read the previous two reviews I feel compelled to offer our experience of the hotel. The hotel is a beautiful historic property with lovely grounds, and one of the better car parks we’ve experienced, I can only presume the person who didn’t rate it didn’t like having to walk or take a lift? The hotel reception staff couldn’t have been more helpful, and I would like to thank them for all the help they provided at check in, for help calling the car rental company, checking in for our return flight and the general daily acknowledgement and wishing us a good day!
Yes the hotel was refurbished a few years ago now and is showing signs of wear and tear, and seemed to have many corporate clients staying, but our room was perfectly acceptable and functional, with a light switch for the main light and a phone too!
We were pleasantly surprised by the breakfast available and never experienced a shortage of food during our week long stay, I can only assume the guests who experienced a lack of food did so because they came down late in the service!
During our stay there were three corporate events and one big private event, during that time the three ladies on reception always acknowledged us and were polite and more than helpful!
The hotel is great to be used as a base for exploring, but if your wanting nearby restaurants or bars then this is not the place to stay, but that wasn’t the purpose of our stay and if we’d wanted this we would have gone to Rome again!
If they were to sort out a few of the wear and tear issues in the rooms then it would have been a five star review!
Oh, and the cappuccino’s at breakfast were the best of our whole stay!
A 2 star hotel at the most which sells itself as 4s stars.
Exterior and the grounds are quite impressive (except the parking) but the interior is run down and dilapidated. Lights in the room not working, shower is old and barely functioning and once we wanted to call the reception and ask how to switch the main lights off, we realised there were not even phones in the room. (Now we know why!)