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
We are hard to impress, but this hotel surely did that. The service was great. We were upgraded to one of their "penthouse suites" upon arrival (as was everyone else when they had availability -- good PR practice!) and the views from the rooms were spectacular and the rooms just lovely. We especially loved the hotel since we have been to Lake Como many times before and we were delighted to spend 90% of our time at the hotel itself. It was expensive, but in this case, well worth it. The only disappointment was the limited menus in the restaurants. The floating pool is wonderful and the grounds outstanding. We loved it there and will return hopefully next year.
One of the most stunning location we have stayed at, the hotel very kindly upgraded our rooms which was fantastic, and we were welcomed with a bottle of chilled champagine and a lovely box of biscuits. The hotel has everything you could want on a luxury break. The grounds were beautifully kept and the views stunning. The spa was delightful and the pontoon pool was a great location to relax and take in some sun. We ate breakfast on the patio twice during out stay and the staff were extremely helpful. A fantastic break I could not recommend it more highly to return and I hope one day to return again. During our trip we visited Momi restaurant which was a 10 minute taxi drive, would recommend this as out of the way local but charming restaurant with a great feel and very nice food.
We traveled from Chicago to visit this venue last week as a possible wedding venue location. It is stunning and would return as a hotel guest. However, their rule that no live band is allowed to play in their restaurant may have us booking our wedding somewhere else. If dining in the restaurant, you will have to listen to soft-jazz/elevator music instead (definitely not celebration music). However, if you do want a live band, your wedding will need to be in the grass, which is directly adjacent to the restaurant. This 'rule' is silly, since if you do have the wedding in the grass, guests in the restaurant will hear the music on the lawn--it is less than 10 feet from the restaurant. I do wish Casta Diva would reconsider this restriction.
Second visit (first in July 2017)
A four day break and everything was excellent. Prior to the trip the concierge were very helpful in booking dinners and arranging transfers
This level of personal and friendly service continued through the trip. A hand written welcome note from the manager was a lovely gesture
The beauty of the property is he Lake front and the spa. All at the high end of the 5 Star L spectrum
Dinner at L’Orangerie was as advertised a gourmet feast at medium / high prices, but good value for the quality of the experience
From the very moment we reached the hotel we were treated like royalty; welcomed at the door upon entering and addressed by name and led to the check in desk; then given a tour of the main building including the different halls, restaurant and bar and spa. Then we were loaded into golf carts and delivered to our suites in Dorabella building. As the resort is on the side of mountain there are hills so the golf carts are convenient. When we walked into our suite we were speechless - the view of Lake Como and the resort below was spectacular. Words don't do justice. The balcony alone was 3 times or more larger than my room at the Westin Palace in Milan. Everything was well thought out and comfortable including the beds! The only critical comment I'd offer is the Le Organerie restaurant for dinner; the menu is limited and the portions very small. The ventilation system also didn't seem to work so the room was quite smoky. All in all, I highly recommend this elegant property which is sure to leave you wanting to come back!