Grand Hotel Tremezzo
Elegant, stylish and fashionable, the Grand Hotel Tremezzo stands majestically on the western shore, offering sophisticated interiors combining strong colours and classical details. Sun yourself by the floating pool, sip cocktails on the terrace or zip along the lake in one of the hotel’s chic water limousines.
- Kiki Deere, Destination expert
The hotel stands magnificently on the lakefront, offering a gorgeous panorama of Lake Como. Its grand façade looks out towards beautiful Bellagio, which lies across the water on the eastern shore. From the hotel it’s a short walk to the beautiful 17th-century Villa Carlotta, home to spectacular 20-acre gardens flush with exotic plants and flowers, while regular boat services to destinations around the lake leave from Cadenabbia, less than half a mile north.
The only downside of the location is that the busy lakefront road divides the main building from the floating pool, but the stylish facilities and gorgeous gardens at the back make up for it.
Style & character
Grand Hotel Tremezzo is located in a grand Art Nouveau palazzo, with bold colour schemes lending the interiors a young and fashionable vibe. From the entrance on the lakefront road, a lift leads up to the first floor foyer where floor-to-ceiling glass windows offer panoramic views of the lake.
The décor is elegant yet colourful and lively, with vibrant orange, fuchsia and lime green velvet armchairs complementing smart wooden furnishings and natural finishes. Tucked away at the back of the hotel are lush gardens spreading out over five acres, a quiet haven providing plenty of privacy that feels a mile away from the tourist hubbub of the lake.
Service & facilities
These are some of the best facilities around, particularly the outstanding spa. You’ll find a stylish floating pool on the lake, while nestled away in the gardens at the back is a more secluded swimming pool (a third is found in the T Spa), a floodlit clay tennis court and a panoramic path winding up the hill; head to the top for lovely lake views. Inside, there’s a billiards room and reading room.
Guests can zip around the lake in one of the hotel’s gorgeous mahogany water limousines, while seaplane trips above the lake can be organised. Concierge services meet an array of guests’ demands (top floor suites have private butler services), while culinary tours and cooking classes can be organised.
Service is friendly, welcoming and professional. It’s refreshing to see a young and dynamic team of staff (not so common in grand hotels in Italy).
- Room service
- Steam room/hammam
- Tennis court
- Fitness centre
The hotel’s T-Spa, located in the 18th-century Villa Emilia, features a heated indoor infinity pool with five hydro-massage areas and an attached outdoor whirlpool tub. It offers traditional hammam treatments and signature wellness experiences exclusively designed by ESPA that use natural herbs and plants grown at the hotel. The panoramic relaxation lounge with sunbeds has floor-to-ceiling windows commanding lovely lake views.
There’s a sauna looking out over the water, a frescoed relaxation lounge, a mosaic-lined nail studio and hair salon. The private T-Spa Suite is designed for couples or close friends, with its own whirlpool tub, sauna and steam room. There’s a well-equipped gym set over three floors, and al fresco yoga classes take place around the floating pool or at the top of the gardens.
Standard rooms are on the poky side, decorated in pastel hues and period furnishings. Black and white prints and watercolours embellish the walls, while low lighting adds to the warm atmosphere. Bow windows or small balconies look out onto the lush gardens. While the park views and soothing sounds of the garden are lovely, it’s worth splashing out for a lake view room; after all, you are here to enjoy the splendid panoramas the hotel offers.
Food & drink
With five restaurants and bars, you’ll be spoiled for choice. The fine-dining La Terrazza Gualtiero Marchesi serves iconic dishes by celebrated Italian Chef Gualtiero Marchesi, the founder of modern Italian cuisine – expect creative dishes such as saffron risotto with gold leaf, and monkfish in blank ink served on a bright red bed of tomato sauce. The more informal L’Escale, located in the ancient wine cellars of the hotel, serves traditional Italian trattoria fare and doubles as a cosy wine bar.
Within the garden is T Pizza, serving wood-fired pizzas, while T Beach serves grilled meats and fish in a fashionable setting on the lakeshore by the floating pool. For drinks, head to T Bar and watch the sun go down with a drink in hand. The buffet breakfast is served on the terrace with wonderful lake views and is a lavish affair, with everything you could possibly want, from cold cuts and cheeses to cereal, fruits and freshly baked pastries.
Value for money
Double rooms from €440 (£388) in low season; and from €825 (£727) in high. Breakfast included. Free Wi-Fi.
Access for guests with disabilities?
There aren’t any adapted rooms, although two of the hotel’s restaurants and the bar terrace are wheelchair accessible.
Little ones are made a fuss of, with jars of sweets by the reception and soft toys and colouring in books themed after Bobo, the hotel’s mascotte (children will enjoy walking up the hill at the back of the property to see a large version of the teddy). Cots and extra beds can be added to the rooms, and baby bathrobes, slippers and bathroom amenities are provided. Babysitting services are organised on request. There are wakeboarding lessons for children over the age of seven.