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
Best hotel experience. I came across the hotel by accident. Booked it because it was the only available hotel in the area. Was so disappointed that I only stayed for a night. I can not give this hotel enough praise. I can’t find one thing wrong with the hotel. If I had all the time and money in the world I’d check in and never check out. Will be visiting again next year with family.
We stayed for 5 nights and can not fault the location or service at the hotel. We arrived at 9am, after a long flight from the other side of the world. We booked the room for the night before to guarantee our room was ready. Often this goes wrong, but we were whisked up to our room promptly on arrival. The valet service, poolside staff, concierge, front desk and restaurant staff all delivered an extremely high level of service. Every request we made was met with a smile. The small touches were very helpful, ranging from turndown service at a time that suited us, through to daily fresh linens.
We tried all 5 dining options during the stay. The food was uniformly of a very high standard with with excellent levels of service.
The location is obviously stunning, but lives up to its hype. The convenience of the ferry stops is helpful. The hotel is expensive but really delivers an outstanding experience. Although it’s a final Italian style of hotel, there is a mix of casual areas and the staff combine professionalism with a friendly manner.
The boat cruise is also highly recommended one on of the hotel’s own Venetian motor launches.
Highly recommended, will be back if we ever visit Como again. Deservedly, one of the grand old ladies of the lake.
We’ve just returned from the most wonderful week at this hotel. I cannot fault it. The staff, the facilities, the food, the views, housekeeping, everything. This is simply my favourite hotel in the world now and I can’t wait to go back. Actually that’s not true, I can fault it - the spa has the most exorbitant treatments of any hotel I’ve visited (so I didn’t book any) but we were so busy lying by the pools that it didn’t matter.
And it really is worth paying extra for the lake view rooms. The excitement of raising the shutters when you wake up stops you sleeping late! Thank you to all the lovely staff there. We will be back!