CastaDiva Resort & Spa
What We Love
- The glorious wood-decked floating pool, one of only a handful on Lake Como
- Offering a long list of splurge-worthy treatments, the subterranean spa is a star attraction
- Dining on authentic Italian dishes at the waterfront L’Orangerie restaurant
- WiFi is free
What To Know
- CastaDiva’s appeal lies in its discreet location, but that means there’s little within walking distance
- Even when the hotel is full, the bar is rarely anything but sedate. A terrific place for a postprandial nightcap, but not for a late night session
- Families are welcome
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
On the shores of Lake Como, the CastaDiva Resort is a romantic five-star retreat with a glorious floating pool that juts out into the water. At the hotel’s heart is the 18th-century Villa Roccabruna. In 1827 it was bought and restored by Giuditta Pasta, a renowned opera singer who was the first soprano to perform the role of Casta Diva in Bellini’s 1831 opera Norma. It’s this association that has lent the hotel its name, and Roccabruna is decorated in lavish neoclassical fashion. The high ceilings, gilt mirrors, ornately carved fireplaces and elegant sweeping staircase are all befitting an opera diva. This grand aesthetic is maintained throughout, and the property is surrounded by manicured gardens filled with exotic plants, pines and towering cypress trees.
Bed and Bath
Each of the nine villas that house the 75 guestrooms has its own slightly different identity, but all combine varying proportions of 19th-century splendor (four-poster beds, heavy Como silk drapes) with modern touches such as large LCD TVs with on-demand entertainment. Lakeside views and generous proportions come standard in these earth-toned spaces, while the gold and purple palette of the Deluxe Rooms is particularly pleasing to the eye. However, once you’ve seen the bathrooms in the Suites, it may be difficult to settle for anything less. They’re opulent marble and gold affairs, and bigger than most city hotel rooms.
Aperitivo hour (usually from 6 p.m. onward) is when the hotel comes alive. As dusk settles, the hotel often lays on entertainment in the Bellini Bar. Farther down the waterfront the views are equally impressive from the L’Orangerie restaurant, which serves uncomplicated local cuisine. There are some fancy flourishes on the dinner menu, as you’d expect from a five-star hotel (spheres of seabass with tuna tartare, for instance) but the authentic dishes really stand out.
In the Area
Bellagio, an hour’s drive away, is frequently referred to as Italy’s most beautiful town, which is no mean feat. With its combination of quaint cobbled streets and fin-de-siècle hotels, it really is a quintessential lakeside experience. Stroll through the stunning gardens of Villa Melzi before lunching under the leafy canopy of Alle Darsene di Loppia. Across the water from the hotel is the town of Cernobbio, which is notable for two things: Harry’s Bar, surely the most lively, Dolce Vita–esque hangout on the lake, and Il Gatto Nero. Often referred to as Como’s best restaurant, it’s a favorite of a certain George Clooney, who lives nearby.
How to Get There
The place is beautiful, with stunning views of the lake and old world charm, but everything - from the spa to the rooms to the breakfast to the service in general - was a bit lacking. Definitely needs to be freshened up and updated. Mandarin Oriental is taking over the place and will no doubt take it to the next level.
This is a true five star hotel. The location is spectacular, right on the water. My father, wife, and I checked in and were greeted by a very kind young woman from the front desk. We were exhausted when we arrived, having flew all night and she made check in very easy.
The hotel was kind enough to give us room upgrades, which were completely unexpected and were greatly appreciated. My father is handicapped and the hotel was unbelievably accommodating to him. The hotel is very accessible, which made life so much easier for us.
The breakfast is really quite extensive and very good. Everything was fresh and the people that are working there are fantastic. We found that all of the staff were kind, considerate, and wanted you to have the best experience you could have. The grounds are meticulous and the rooms are clean and very nicely done. It was quite peaceful and noticeably quiet.
We would stay here again.
We just arrived to were we thought it was a Paradise.
We arrived, admiring the beautiful views of Lake Como.
After 30 minutes tiene, a filming crew for a Bollywood movie arrived.
Not only they invadedd the premises, but the rest of the common areas of the hotel.
We have to GET OUT or stay in our rooms because of this important people.
This was the last hotel on our holiday and we definitely saved the best till last! Getting there is not the easiest and you have to get a taxi (that comes from Como), to take you from the Torno ferry stop the 1 Km to the hotel. This journey isn't walkable as it goes through a road tunnel and the road doesn't always have a pavement. The drive down to the hotel reception is very steep. Reception is decandently decorated in bright purple, greens and fuschia pink. Somehow it works is such a large building. We were delighted to find we had been upgraded to a penthouse suite and this was a superb suite nearer the top of the hillside, but with wonderful lake views. The bathroom included a whirlpool bath that would almost double as a plunge pool and the shower was enormous. The bathroom was almost as big as some bedrooms I've stayed in. The decor theme was GOLD - Everywhere! We had a large living room with big balcony at one end and a kitchen with sink at the other. There was also a dining table that seated 4 comfortably. We thought there would be some crockery and cutlery in the kitchen, but there was nothing, which was a bit odd. There was good room service, and the food arrived reasonably hot. Eating in the restaurants was very expensive, but in keeping with the rest of the hotel. The spa was fabulous! A pool big enough to swim in with changing underwater lights and a selection of treatment rooms, including sauna, turkish room, steam room. In addition there were a number of sensual showers, of different colours, with scent to match the colour and different water temperatures. Very good! The outside pool was a floating pool which did take getting used to when the ferry boats went by. There was a complimentary shuttle bus to Como several times per day. It would have been nice to have a shuttle to the Torno ferry, only 1 Km away. Overall, a great hotel for a very special treat!
Arrived here to day, What a stunning location beautiful grounds on Lake Como, Our room is A Deluxe room with Lake views spacious room lots of wardrobe space large bathroom with big bath separate large shower, Very fancy interior gold floor blue walls but looks good. Large terrace over looking Lake Como. Staff are very helpful friendly but professional. We are eating in the main Resteraunt tonight which looks very Special. It has been taken over by Manderin hotel group which says it all. They also have a hotel shuttle to take you into Como town. Wonderful place to relax.