REVIEW: Lunch at T Beach, Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Lake Como, Italy

Grand Hotel Tremezzo Italy

What’s it like to have lunch at Grand Hotel Tremezzo overlooking Lake Como..

As I pulled up outside Lake Como’s Grand Hotel Tremezzo, I felt like a Hollywood movie star. Ferraris screeched to a halt outside, glamorous 40-somethings strutted into the glass lifts, and champagne corks popped at T Beach across the road.
Grand Hotel Tremezzo 01Grand Hotel Tremezzo 02Over 100 years of history, stunning panoramic views and a string of celebrity fans make this one of the most desirable places to stay on the lake. With its 5 star rating, beautiful gardens, luxurious top floor suites, brand new spa and floating swimming pool, I couldn’t resist but stop by and check it out.

Lounge at Grand Hotel Tremezzo
Lounge at Grand Hotel Tremezzo
Entrance to Grand Hotel Tremezzo
Entrance to Grand Hotel Tremezzo
Pic n Mix Stand at Grand Hotel Tremezzo
Pic n Mix Stand at Grand Hotel Tremezzo

I’d been invited for lunch, but before that was treated to a tour of the hotel and its impressive grounds. The art nouveau building has numerous old-fashioned salons and reception rooms with regal colour schemes and plush fabrics, but there’s also a modern touch in places. The newest suites have simple, contemporary marble bathrooms, with TV screens and breath-taking views. Not to mention the jacuzzis on the terraces! Of the 90 rooms and suites, the most prestigious is the Greta, named after Greta Garbo.

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Milan Food Tour: Pizza, Pasta… and Vapourised Grappa!

Tasty desserts on the Milan Food Tour

If you’re a foodie, taking a Milan food tour is a must-do! 

My nose led me to Panificio Pattini – a Milan bakery packed with incredible pastries and the scent of freshly baked focaccia. This was stop one of the Milan Food Tour.

Milan Food Tour 02I’m a strong believer that the best way to get to know a new place is by getting stuck into the cuisine. I’ve been on great food tours in Istanbul, Barcelona and Thessaloniki, and over the next few hours I would be eating my way around some lesser-known tourist areas, and sampling some of the best Milanese and Italian food in the city. With the Italian staples of gelato, pasta, pizza and Parma ham on offer, and a lovely local named Veronica leading the way, it was time to prepare our stomachs, and kick off.

We got off to a great start with tastings of two rich pastries – the cannoncini (similar to a cream horn) filled with custard, and bignès (similar to profiteroles) topped with chocolate and filled with a nutty chocolate cream. It’s normal for Italians to have two breakfasts (I could get used to that!) – one at home and one at work. They LOVE coffee, and pastries like these are usually accompanied by an espresso. We were shown how they were made, and also took a look at some of the beautiful freshly-made pasta in the window.

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The Best Cafes To Work From In Milan

Coffee laptop

Looking for the best cafes to work from in Milan? Look no further!

While on my recent travels, I had a few days spare in Milan before heading to Turkey. So, I checked into a super cool hostel, made some traveller friends, and went off in search of the best cafes to work from for a few days.

I just love grabbing my laptop and setting up shop in a public place. There’s something so inspiring about the digital nomad lifestyle. With the buzz of a foreign city, it heightens everything, and for some reason I feel more motivated to work, the further I am from home!

Thankfully, Milan has some excellent spots, with free wifi… and lucky for you, I’ve decided not to keep them to myself!


Pavé is a very cool café… in a neighbourhood that didn’t seem to have much happening. It’s the meeting spot for all sorts. Students piled in around 11am for espressos, business meetings took place around me all morning and at 1pm sharp a sudden influx of hungry lunchers packed out every nook and cranny. It also happens to be one of the best places for breakfast in Milan.

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Lake Como On A Budget

The pool at Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Lake Como, Italy

Is it possible to visit Lake Como on a budget?

So you’re reading this because you want to visit Lake Como, but don’t have George Clooney’s millions. Don’t worry – it turns out you don’t need them!

I visited Lake Como in late September, as the busy tourist season was coming to close. I was keen to sample some of the finer things in life… but also wondered whether this was a place that could be done on a backpacker budget.

Lake Como Menaggio View
Beautiful view of Lake Como from Menaggio
Lake Como and Bellagio Mist
Incredible views of Lake Como and Bellagio

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TOP TIP: Arrive In Style with Lake Como Transfers

Lake Como Italy

I’m ready to reveal my top tip for how to travel to Lake Como in style.

When I was researching routes from Milan Malpensa airport to Lake Como, it became clear this was a route taken regularly by people with large budgets. Yes, there are trains and buses, but they aren’t particularly direct to the main tourist towns in the centre of the lake. The simplest way to travel – by car. I decided to test out one of the transfer services on offer, to find out if it was worth splashing the cash.

I’d recommend reading my guide to travelling from Milan to Lake Como for other ways to reach the lake. Plus if you don’t want to splash the cash, be sure to check out my guide to visiting Lake Como on a budget

I booked my transfer with Lake Como Transfers – a company with an impressive set of Trip Advisor reviews. In fact, they’re rated number one of things to do in Menaggio. The email exchange with Jenny on the concierge team was friendly, and although I was booking just a few days before my trip, they had availability and my transfer was booked with ease. With everything confirmed, I was informed my driver would be waiting at the airport with a sign.

Lake Como Italy
Lake Como

I was met in arrivals around 6.30pm by Lorenzo, a young, impeccably dressed Italian holding a sign saying “Mrs Chloe”! He wore a suit and instantly reached for my luggage and wheeled it out of the terminal. He was very welcoming and spoke perfect English.

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