Meet me on Lake Como
I like things swanky, so the first Five-Star Hotel In Como, Italy debuted lakeside in June and now it’s the only place I want to be when on Lake Como, since Amal and George didn’t send my invitation. Vista Palazzo Lago di Como to offers intimate luxury on the lake’s legendary waterfront.
Despite having been a world-class destination since the Roman nobles began building vacation villas overlooking Lake Como, the ancient city of Como has never been the site of a five-star hotel. I found this odd, but sadly true. That void has been filled with the debut of the Vista Palazzo Lago di Como as the city’s first and only five-star luxury property. Opened summer 2018, the intimate lakeside 18-room and suite hotel, situated in the heart of Como on the city’s majestic waterfront Piazza Cavour, is the result of an 18-month renovation of a romantic 19th century Venetian-style palazzo. The structure itself, ironically or iconically, has long been one of the most photographed structures on Lake Como. The opening of this boutique hotel is the latest project by Lario Hotels, the family owned and operated hotel group, which has been delivering the Lake Como experience to guests for more than 90 years. This is why the elevation of the destination, with this new offering was as seamless as it could be. The family understands the lake and all that goes into making it one of the most sought after destinations in the world.
The accommodations offer sweeping views of Lake Como, which in itself is breathtaking. They are characterized by a luxurious residential ambiance, showcasing the best in Italian craftsmanship, such as: the intricate hand-hewn marquetry of the rich indigenous wood floors; the use of resplendent Dedar fabrics; the incorporation of several kinds of Italian marble; and the utilization of decorative elements representing the best in Italy’s legendary design aesthetic. They all boast marble-clad bathrooms with inviting soaking tubs and separate showers. Guests are able to take advantage of a broad range of services arranged by a personal concierge, including spa treatments, workouts with a personal trainer and meals prepared by a private chef. Should they wish to socialize, the entire penthouse floor beckons guests with Ristorante Sottovoce, offering a memorable Italian cuisine experience, a bar and a library, all with unparalleled lake views are at guest’s disposal.
The Vista Palazzo Lago di Como, being the first five-star property in the Lario Hotels’ portfolio, joins three of their other highly-rated boutique hotels in and near Como – the 50-room Albergo Terminus, overlooking the lake; the 14-room Posta Deign Hotel in Como’s quaint pedestrian-only medieval-walled old town and the 53-room Villa Flori with a magnificent location on the lake between Como and nearby village of Cernobbio. Vista Palazzo Lago di Como is opened with deluxe double rooms starting at €695; the rate for the 580-square foot top floor Corner Suite with Turkish bath starts at €1095.