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
Just bad (untrustworthy) customer service really with poorly maintained equipment. The air-con had stopped working in our pre-paid room (they didn’t think to call ahead to tell us), and it remained at 30 degrees inside the 2nd floor room at 9.30 PM at night. To be fair, they did try to accommodate us, but it was the lie that annoyed me the most. We were told that the air-con "had just today stopped working" (couldn't you call ahead? we just drove 4.5 hours to be here), and that they couldn't guarantee a refund on the room as it was booked through an intermediary website and not direct. However, the main point of annoyance for me was that on a stroll around the gardens, more than 70% of the windows had temporary air-con hoses coming out of them. This does not seem like a sudden issue with one room and though he claimed the hotel was “fully booked” and therefore there was no good spare room for us - car park was mostly empty. I felt maybe they just were not keeping a lot of their air-con units up to scratch and this happened pretty regularly. To pacify us, we were also offered 10% discount in the restaurant (then got to the room to find that every guest is offered this on arrival) and given free access to a mini bar where the fridge didn’t work. Our big pacifier was a "free breakfast". We decided on a take away breakfast for our flight and I specified one celiac breakfast for me (out of 2). On arrival at 8 AM at the front desk the following day, they gave us two breakfasts and "didn't know" if they were for celiac, then claimed they both were. This is very serious; wheat will make me very ill. She gave me zero confidence to eat the item which had been given to us to make up for our disturbed night and the bare faced lie. In the end, even before my uneaten breakfast, we were frightened to use the lifts as we had no faith maintenance of the building, and even the shower was broken. Though the garden was neat, all in all, what a waste of not only money but just energy! We spent the last night of our lovely holiday in our rental car air-con, eating a takeout (gluten free!) supermarket salad because I did not trust that hotel one bit. Poorly managed, poorly executed. Can't stand lying and basically, if you are considering this hotel, just look somewhere else! Awful!
This is a beautiful settlement in a park with huge potential. However it requires investment to bring it to the 4 star status. On arriving you park your car in a lot far from the hotel area so all luggages must be transported on the trolley from the parking to your room. Not an easy way. The reception was slow and not responding. We asked to fix the shower in our bathroom and it was not fixed. There is plenty of waiters during breakfast. But they are very slow responding. The quality of breakfast is acceptable but could be better. Cold cuts did not look fresh. So overall disappointment on our end although the building looks great. The ride to Como Lake will take about 45 minutes to an hour. The same distance to Milano. So if you can accept it and the 3 star quality this is a choice for you.
We booked here on a Luxury Escape and received a warm welcome with fruit platter and wine on arrival. The gardens were beautiful and although the interior was a little “tired” it just added to the ambiance of this 400 year old villa. The meals were delicious and beautifully presented and the staff were courteous and friendly.