Where narrow, romantic alleys lead to the water between pastel-colored facades and where sophisticated villas rest in exotic gardens, Lake Como exudes a unique charm. Historic paddle steamers as well as elegant passenger speedboats share the sometimes-sapphire blue, sometimes diamond-glittering lake surface nestled magestically between rugged, forested mountains. The shores are dotted with palm and pine trees, and in summer the oleander blossoms in many colors. A hotel — big or small, adults only or family friendly — on Lake Como places you within the best lakeside locations and promises all the important things will be taken care of, so you can enjoy your holiday uninterrupted.
Where to stay at a hotel on Lake Como? Top areas at a glance
Menaggio and Tremezzo: The luxurious western shore
Como, Bellagio, Lecco: Classic Italian beauty!
Varenna: Sitting pretty in North Lake Como
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Getting there: Reaching Lake Como is easiest via Milan. From the Milan Malpensa Airport or the Milano Centrale Railway Station you can take a direct train quite often to Varenna, Como, Lecco, and elsewhere on the Lake. The ride is really beautiful and just around an hour. If you’re headed somewhere without train connect from Milan, you can travel by bus (in the winter) and boat (in the summer) to reach all other destinations on Lake Como.
Lake Como (Italian: Lago di Como) is one of the lower Italian lakes and is located in Lombardy in Northern Italy. Both Switzerland the Italian fashion capital Milan are about an hour away by train. Milan is also home to the airport Milan-Malpensa, which is recommended for a trip to Lake Como.
Some of the most beautiful and popular places on Lake Como are Menaggio and Tremezzo on the western shore, which is the most populated part of the lake. On the south shore, on the other hand, you will find the most prominent places like Como, Bellagio or Lecco. On the less inhabited eastern shore you can find picturesque places like Varenna.
Lake Como is the place to be: there are numerous golf courses, and the proximity of the Alps and surrounding mountains make it a top hiking area. Due to the very favourable wind conditions, you can enjoy wind- and kitesurfing. Gourmets will be pleased about the wonderful restaurants and Romantics about walks through the small alleys of the picturesque villages on the water and inland.
Among the best and most beautiful hotels on Lake Como are the Hotel Belvedere Bellagio (wonderful lake view & beautiful pool), the Tullio Hotel in Gravedona (only 100 meters to the beach) or the small hotel La Darsena in Tremezzo (with private dock). A list for further inspiration can be found here: the best hotels on Lake Como.
Having pool facilities while vacationing at Lake Como is something special. These hotels offer a pool: Hotel Belvedere Bellagio, Grand Hotel Tremezzo and Mandarin Oriental Lago di Como. To see which other hotels at Lake Como also have a pool, take a look at this list of hotels at Lake Como with a pool.