Grand Hotel Tremezzo, a 5 star paradise on Lake Como

Written by on May 27, 2021 in Our favourite places to stay

Grand hotel tremezzo - Hotel Tremezzo, a paradise on Lake Como

Grand Hotel Tremezzo, a 5 star paradise on Lake Como

I now know that there are some destinations in the World where really the only way to experience them properly is as a big spender and from the lap of luxury. And Lake Como is one of them.

We have visited Lake Como on various occasions in the past as budget travellers and day trippers, just driving about, going for a ferry ride and having an ice cream as you do. All very pleasant and enjoyable. But now that we have had the privilege of recently spending two nights at the splendid and iconic Grand Hotel Tremezzo I am not sure I could bear to come back to Como again for anything less than the full 5 Star treatment.

From the moment we were invited to casually abandon the car and our luggage at the hotel entrance for the charming and exquisitely dressed concierge to deal with, Anita, Marty and I were treated like A-List celebrities. And not in that pretentious way that makes you feel awkward, it all felt so easy going and natural. By breakfast on Monday morning we were even beginning to feel like we belonged here, chatting away to the staff and swaggering about in our matching towelling robes and complementary slippers on our way between the outdoor pool, the indoor spa and our gorgeous room on the second floor.

Pools and views - Hotel Tremezzo, a paradise on Lake Como

The position of the hotel is just majestic, as is the view from all the restaurants, bars, terraces and the lake side rooms. Look out anywhere – right towards Villa del Balbianello, straight across to Bellagio or left towards Varenna, and it is impossibly beautiful. Like a supermodel, Lake Como and its backdrop of snow capped Alps is perfect to look at from any angle.

Our light and airy room was on the corner, with lovely old glass doors (with fascinating handles), on two sides. It had a little balcony out front with a couple of simple chairs. If there is a world championship for ‘views from the loo’, then our bathroom would at least be in the playoffs. I loved the massive shower head and couldn’t get over the size and weight of the towels. Anita and Marty loved the Jacuzzi bath tub. The vast, half meter thick mattress was so comfortable, the pillows were perfect and the sheets felt and smelt wonderful.

Contemporary, traditional and luxury meets

From the balcony you look down onto one of hotel’s most unique and valuable assets, its immaculate private lakeside beach with floating swimming pool, cocktail bar and open-air fish restaurant. From the beach you access the pontoon where the hotel’s two elegant and surprisingly fast Venetian water taxis are moored, waiting to take you wherever they want to go around the lake. We were lucky enough to spend an unforgettable morning touring round with the courteous and kind Capitano Carlo, who dropped us off at Bellagio for lunch, after which we took the ferry back across to Cadenabbia, just a 5 minute walk along the shore from the hotel.

Captain Carlo on our lovely boat on the lake

In the beautiful tropical gardens behind the hotel is another stunning heated pool (the Flower Pool), the perfect place just to float about like a water lily and cool down between dozes on the comfortable sun loungers arranged discretely around its edge. Or it would have been if I hadn’t been busy giving not-drowning lessons to Marty who is very enthusiastic in the water but despite his years of swimming lessons still just splashes about and sinks like a stone. Overlooking the pool and on the way to the immaculate red clay tennis court is another stylish cocktail bar where gourmet pizzas are also served.

tennis court, pools and pizza

On Monday morning before heading home to Aosta we snuck Marty into the deserted and beautifully warm indoor infinity pool in the Spa area. While Anita was next door enjoying the “Heat Experience” comprising Turkish bath, sauna and ice cascade the two of us had a fabulous time together. Lounging in the outdoor Jacuzzi like a couple of oligarchs, discussing our favourite cars and whether or not a Hennessy Venom is faster than a Bugatti Veyron.

Hotel Tremezzo, a paradise on Lake Como

What amazed me throughout our short stay at such a prestigious and famous hotel was the kindness and easy going, yet very professional style of all the staff. They seemed to be expert in treating each guest in exactly the right way to make that individual feel as comfortable as possible. Formal when appropriate yet light hearted and funny when called for. The guy that looks after the cars recommended to us his favourite wood fired pizzeria just up the road when we explained that we just wanted a cheap and cheerful early supper on the second night. On top of his perfectly pitched service, the head waiter of ‘l’Escale’ Trattoria seemed like a really good bloke, someone to enjoy a night out in the pub with. And Delia, the hotel’s marketing manager with who we had various meetings was absolutely charming and incredibly helpful.

Breakfast is a masterpiece. The enormous selection of freshly prepared food set out invitingly in the middle of an impressive reception room adjoining the new, state of the art Euro 6 million kitchens. Breakfast seating is out on the spectacular Terrazza from where you enjoy the most special view imaginable across Lake Como to Bellagio.

Breakfast served overlooking the lake - endless choice of beautiful food

In the evenings this exquisite spot becomes ‘La Terrazza Gualtiero Marchesi’, a fine dining restaurant dedicated to and designed by Italy’s most famous chef/restauranteur, the leader of ‘la nuova cucina italiana’ and founder of the Italian Culinary Academy in New York.

Staying at ‘The Grand T’ is eye wateringly expensive, that’s for sure. Online today, the same 2-night stay that we did. i.e. 2 adults and an 8 year old in a lakeside room – is available from Saturday 5th June to Sunday 7th June for Euro 2,150, breakfast included.

beautiful room once was a ball room

Of course, there are loads of massively cheaper accommodation options around Lake Como so what would possess you to spend that kind of money. That is the question I had in my head before we went and throughout our visit. I have only ever stayed in a handful of 5-star hotels in my life, all on business trips when someone else was paying. But for pleasure, never. I have never even considered it.

But now, after two days here, on the shore of a beguiling Lake Como, staying at the Grand Hotel Tremezzo, I understand that sometimes, in some situations, the best is all that will do!


Read also our Guide to Lake Como 

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