Grand Hotel Tremezzo
What We Love
- The floating swimming pool on the lake
- Wide range of sports available to fitness lovers
- The well-kept two-acre park
- All rooms have air conditioning
- Free WiFi
What To Know
- The property dates back to 1910 and is renovated every winter
- The outdoor pools and snack bars close for the season in mid-September or early October
- The seasonal property closes from November through March
- The closest airport is Milan Malpensa, about an hour's drive away
- The restaurant has a dress code: smart casual
- The five hydromassage tubs are scattered throughout the T Spa; ask for directions
- The hotel is elegant and romantic — so you’ll want to leave the kids at home
Built in 1910 (and remaining open even through both world wars), the Grand Hotel Tremezzo is one of the best still-standing examples of Italian Art Nouveau architecture. To walk its stately halls and climb its grand staircases is to be transported to an era of glamour, when wealthy Europeans regularly roamed these halls at the turn of the last century. The 90 guest rooms are richly decorated in distinctive shades of yellow, blue and green, and they feature high ceilings, molded stucco, antique furniture and large bathrooms. The rest of the hotel is similarly decorated with opulent chandeliers, heavy, ornate drapes, a classic billiards room, fine crystal stemware in the dining rooms and large vases overflowing with flowers everywhere. But, remarkably, there’s nothing stuffy about the place. The exterior may look like a museum, but the interior is hardly quiet or snooty, and the staff is fun and friendly. During the summer months, Monday night pizza parties in the garden by the pool are a favorite among the guests, who munch on classic wood-oven Margherita pizzas by candlelight. For fine dining, you can head to La Terrazza, where the menu changes with the season to make the most of local produce and fresh fish. And tucked away downstairs is L’Escale, a classic fondue establishment set in a wine cellar. The outdoor spaces are equally magnificent, including a beautifully maintained two-acre park and even a manmade beach, right on the lakeshore, where you can kick back on a chaise longue under the sun.
How to Get There
Location. Style. Service. This hotel has it all. It really is Grand.
Loved the relaxed ambience. The bar. The views from the restaurant.
They even have a snooker table! And the fitness facilities are ace.
My husband and I spent three wonderful nights in this lovely hotel. We were absolutely impressed with the service, all the Staff was always ready to help in each of our request. We had the chance to try all the facilities into the hotel, from the three pools to the different restaurants (our dinner at La Terrazza Ristorante has been the cherry on the cake). I love our room with a speechless view on the lake, strawberries with chocolate and a bottle of prosecco to cuddle us from the beginning of the stay. I definitely recommend this hotel to anyone wishing to spend an impeccable holiday on Lake Como.
Not our style unfortunately. Lots of A lister types and would be. Exquisite building, friendly and helpful staff. Expensive hotel. We had a meal in the downstairs restaurant and had to wait and wait and wait. Eventually we asked and were told there was an issue - something a proactive chef should tell the wait staff to tell the customer. There were only two other tables occupied when we were there.
If you want a sugar fix just hang around the reception area as there are huge containers of sweets to snack on. Talking of sugar, if by chance you get hungry do not eat from the mini bar. 4 tiny marshmallows 8 euro!
Hotel supplied limo car to get picked up at Milan airport cost 340 euro- over the top, and the car smelled of cigarettes we had to endure for 1.5 hours. Could have taken less time however the driver got lost.
As Madame arrived, the reception could not cope with the few guests that were checking in.
Madame had to wait as they looked up our reservation. Staff were not very welcoming.
Our bags were taken to our room with the garçon sniffing around for a tip.
We did not get the upgrade promised when booking as the hotel was full.
First impressions: The flimsy room door is opened via a key and not by key card !
It is this first impression that then resonated as a theme throughout my stay: nothing modern, lack of investment and always after your money.
The room has seen better days. The Bathroom was dirty (hair on floor) indicating a quick clean before we arrived.
The towels were yellow and washed out not fluffy due to them being so old. This is not appropriate for a 5 star hotel charging €1000 at peak season.
No tea or coffee facilities in the room, 2 bottles of complimentary mineral water.
Madame did get a bottle of Prosecco and chocolat dipped strawberries as we were celebrating a wedding anniversary...It was a nice touch.
Looked at the restaurant menu and it was so overpriced that Madame decided to take a chance to dine in town. Best decision Madame had made!
Spa and ground amenities were amazing with views of Lake Como from the sauna room and indoor pool. Does this make up for the disappointing room ? Only partly.
Overall Madame was disappointed not the 5 star luxury that Madame has been so accustomed too.
Please note If arriving by the ferry, the jetty is about 800 metres from the hotel. This trip definitely not recommended if you have mobility or need wheelchair access. As you arrive at the hotel, there is a gravel entrance that immediately leads you to a lift to the hotel lobby and reception.
We have just returned from Grand Hotel Tremezzo, and had a brilliant visit in Lake Como. It is a truly stunning hotel with beautiful decor and you feel like a film-star walking in (probably because the place is full of A listers!). But for the incredibly high price, we expected more.
Firstly highlights, which for us included the lovely warm and welcoming staff who are a credit to the hotel. Every single member was kind and helpful, and really added a special feel. The bedrooms are all so clean, and the maid service is the best we have experienced. The breakfast buffet is excellent! There is a menu you can pay for more items from, but you don’t need it as the selection is just gorgeous with fresh omelettes and eggs, cheese and meats, fruit and yoghurts, cakes, cookies, cereal the list goes on. Oh and Prosecco for a mimosa if you fancy one! The pools are excellent, the garden pool is beautiful with views of Villa Carlotta gardens. And the views from the lake side rooms are stunning!!!
However, there were some things we were not happy with which are important to mention.
After a long journey to the hotel we were really surprised there was not a cold welcome drink. This is such a nice welcoming touch when you get to a hotel, and doesn’t need to be champagne, but a cold water or juice would have been expected for a 5* destination.
We had a meal in La Terezza restaurant on our first evening which was very disappointing. The waiter was incredibly dramatic about tasting our wine, but had no recommendations on which one we should try. My husbands food order was wrong, so they took it back to change it and left mine on the table getting cold for 10minutes. I asked for it to be taken back and kept warm, but it came back 5 minutes later (15 minute wait in total for pasta with tomato sauce in a quiet restaurant) and was cold and drowned in olive oil to look fresh... The bill came with nothing taken off and totalled 150 euros (shared starter, two pasta dishes and a bottle of wine). That was not a good start for us, but everyone around us seemed to enjoy their food and had better luck so we could have just been unlucky.
The biggest annoyance for us however, was there are no tea and coffee making facilities anywhere! This is a 5* hotel remember, and when we asked about it they said it was for safety.. Hmm.. My husband doesn’t function without a morning coffee, so we sucked up the cost of €8 for an Americano and €10 for a double espresso via room service, but then saw there is a €15 delivery charge on all orders. I asked if this could be waived seeing as we had no other option to make a coffee, but was told this was not possible. So each morning, two coffees cost us €32. That is unacceptable for £1000 a night hotel.
We also had a strange experience by the beautiful and stunning pool on the water, which involved a loud group of Italian Instagrammers taking photos from 12-8pm and making the pool feel inaccessible. There was a drone flying around and a lot of posing.. This has obviously been arranged with the hotel, social media is important which I understand, but didn’t provide the environment you’d expect for paying guests at a hotel like this.
Finally, be prepared to pay a lot of money here. We live in London and have travelled to some amazing locations so are not shy of paying for experiences, but here it feels the premium prices are more for status than quality. Two cocktails will set you back €40, a small lunch salad for two with glass of wine is €100. Just be prepared before you get there otherwise it feels like slap in the face! Or head to the right when you leave the hotel and find lovely local restaurants to enjoy!
All in all, we enjoyed our stay and had a magical experience in Lake Como.