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Where To Stay In Lake Como, Italy – Hotels For Every Budget

Looking for where to stay in Lake Como? From opulent Art Nouveau palaces and slick, contemporary hotels, to hilltop villas and buzzing hostels, this guide will help you find the best hotels in Lake Como.

One of my favourite spots in Italy, Lake Como has been welcoming holidaymakers since Roman times. 2,000 years on, it continues to be one of the most popular destinations in northern Italy. This slender, elegant lake is surrounded by picture-perfect villages with cobbled streets, and densely forested hills that rise steeply from the water.

Lake Como Italy
Lake Como is an amazing place for a holiday in Italy

With chic lakeside mansions, charming hillside villages, and a mix of water-sports, hiking and mountain biking on offer, Lake Como is an amazing place for summer getaway, especially if you love the great outdoors.

The thought of Como probably makes you think of the wealthy, and it’s fair to say, it’s a region inextricably linked with the rich and famous. George Clooney famously owns a house here and it was used as the setting for the Bond film Casino Royale. However, I’m a strong believer that you can visit Lake Como on a budget. In fact, I went on a backpacking trip there a few years ago and found plenty to do for a fraction of what you might expect.

Pretty towns on Lake Como, Italy
There are so many pretty towns on Lake Como, Italy

As well as one bargain hostel (where I stayed all those years ago!) there are a surprising number of affordable Lake Como hotels, in addition to many luxury options if you feel like splashing out. If you fancy a bit of buzz, go for one of the picturesque lakeside towns, such as Bellagio or Varenna, or to escape the crowds, head up the hillside for peaceful villas and spectacular views. 

If you’re wondering how to reach the lake, one of the most common routes is to fly to Milan or catch a train from the city centre. There are a few options including buses, trains and private shuttles, but it really does depend on where on the lake you need to reach. You’ll find a summary of all the options in my post about how to travel from Milan to Lake Como

Once you’ve decided where to stay in Lake Como, start planning your itinerary with my popular guide to the top things to do in Lake Como.

I’ve broken down my top recommendations into a few categories – luxury, mid-range and budget – trust me when I say there are Lake Como hotels to suit every taste and budget.

Planning your trip to Lake Como? Here are a few quick highlights:

Where To Stay in Lake Como

Luxury Hotels in Lake Como

Grand Hotel Tremezzo

There’s certainly no shortage of fabulous luxury hotels in this area of Italy. If you’re looking for somewhere super special, perhaps to celebrate a birthday, anniversary or honeymoon, this is one of the most luxurious places to stay in Lake Como.

Grand Hotel Tremezzo Italy
Grand Hotel Tremezzo is one of the top Lake Como hotels on the water

Perched majestically on the western shore, the Grand Hotel Tremezzo offers stunning views across the water, all the way to the beautiful village of Bellagio. This Art Nouveau hotel is decorated with sumptuous fabrics and is home to peaceful gardens and all the facilities you’d expect from one of the best 5-star hotels in Lake Como.

Grand Hotel Tremezzo
Lake Como hotels don’t get much better than Grand Hotel Tremezzo!

I visited for lunch and a tour of the hotel when I was last in Lake Como and was in awe of its beauty and the impeccable service. What’s more, the Grand Hotel Tremezzo is within easy distance of some of the best sights on the lake, including the gardens of Villa Carlotta and the fairy-tale Villa Balbianella.

The pool at Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Lake Como, Italy
The pool at Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Lake Como, Italy

Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni

A visit to Lake Como is an opportunity to sample some of the finer things in life, and at Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni, you’ll find everything you need for a luxury escape. One of the most iconic hotels in Bellagio, Villa Serbelloni is housed in a gorgeous neo-classical building, complete with towering marble columns, chic staircases and glittering chandeliers.

Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni, Lake Como
Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni, Lake Como

Although it’s located in the heart of bustling Bellagio, you’ll feel transported to another world as you enjoy the private beach, well-equipped spa and swimming pool.

Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni, Lake Como
Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni – one of the best hotels in Lake Como, Italy

It’s also home to a Michelin-starred restaurant, which serves up an impressive menu focused on molecular gastronomy. There’s a second dining option too, where you can indulge in some hearty Italian fare. If you’re looking for a romantic retreat, look no further. Villa Serbelloni is one of the best places to stay in Lake Como for couples.

Il Sereno

At Il Sereno, you won’t find the Art Nouveau opulence characteristic of some of the other Lake Como hotels… but that’s not to everyone’s tastes. Instead, renowned designer Patricia Urquiola has created a world of stripped-back, simple elegance, with modern exteriors and super-stylish contemporary interiors.

Il Sereno Lago di Como
If you’re looking for grand hotels, Lake Como has plenty including Il Sereno Lago di Como Hotel

This peaceful retreat is located in the village of Torno, offering spectacular lake views and easy access across the water to the villages of Bellagio, Varenna and Menaggio.

Hotel Il Sereno Lago di Como
Hotel Il Sereno Lago di Como is one of the best hotels on Lake Como Italy

Il Sereno also offers top facilities including an incredible infinity pool, which comes complete with an underwater sound system! There’s also a Michelin-starred restaurant with an inventive menu of oriental and Italian fusion cuisine. This is certainly one of the best luxury hotels in Lake Como and the ideal place for a truly unforgettable holiday.

Hotel Villa Flori

Located just a mile south of the town of Cernobbio, Hotel Villa Flori is set in delightful gardens, and is one of the best hotels in Lake Como.

Hotel Villa Flori, Lake Como
Looking for hotels in Lake Como Italy? How about the pretty Hotel Villa Flori

This historic villa offers a flavour of the 19th century, with beautiful frescos and antique furniture. Almost all rooms look out onto the lake, and the tranquil terrace is the perfect place for an aperitivo at the end of a long day of sightseeing.

Hotel Villa Flori, Lake Como
Hotel Villa Flori is one of the best hotels to stay in Lake Como

The hotel also organises a range of activities, from gin tasting to jazz concerts, in addition to trips on the lake and to all the local sights. Villa Flori is one of the best hotels in Lake Como – don’t miss the excellent lakeside bar, the lush gardens, and the fabulous Turkish hammam.

Hotel Belvedere

Hotel Belvedere has been hosting guests on Lake Como since 1880, and this classy boutique hotel has passed through the hands of five generations of female owners.

Hotel Belvedere, Lake Como
Hotel Belvedere – the best place to stay in Lake Como for families

The staff at this friendly, family-run hotel go the extra mile to make guests feel welcome. You’ll find peaceful terraces, an enormous swimming pool, and lush gardens, all in a gorgeous location in Bellagio.

Hotel Belvedere, Lake Como
Hotel Belvedere is definitely one of the best hotels near Lake Como

Hotel Belvedere also offers small apartments and plenty of child-friendly facilities, making it one of the best places to stay in Lake Como with a family.

Mid-Range Hotels in Lake Como

Hotel Olivedo

Hotel Olivedo is one of the most popular hotels in Varenna, and of all the hotels on Lake Como, this is one of the easiest to get to. Located right next to the Varenna ferry, and with access to the train station, it’s an ideal base from which to explore the lake and the wider region in northern Italy.

Hotel Olivedo, Lake Como
Looking for Lake Como accommodation? How about Hotel Olivedo

Hotel Olivedo offers spacious rooms, extremely friendly staff, and a slice of old-world charm. If you’re trying to decide where to stay in Lake Como with a family, Hotel Olivedo could be a good option, as there are a number of family suites with their own private terraces. 

Hotel Olivedo, Lake Como
Hotel Olivedo, Lake Como

Bellavista Boutique Hotel

Bellavista Boutique Hotel is perched high above the lake in the atmospheric hilltop village of Brunate. If you’re a keen hiker, this stunning location is a great area to stay in Lake Como, with plenty of gorgeous walking trails starting right outside the front door of the hotel.

Bellavista Boutique Hotel, Lake Como
Bellavista Boutique Hotel is one of the best boutique hotels in Lake Como

What’s more, the Bellavista has everything you need to relax after a pleasant day of trekking through the hills and around the lake. The Art Nouveau hotel has plenty of original features and boasts incredible views from the peaceful terrace.

Bellavista Boutique Hotel, Lake Como
Bellavista Boutique Hotel, Lake Como

Budget Hostels in Lake Como

Menaggio Youth Hostel

At a first glance, budget accommodation in Lake Como may seem tricky to find. However, if you’re a backpacker visiting Lake Como, there’s a hostel on the banks of the lake. It has the spectacular views of the grandest hotels, at a bargain price and with basic facilities.

Lake Como Budget Hostel Menaggio
View from Menaggio Youth Hostel – the most affordable hotel in Lake Como
Lake Como Hostel Beach Menaggio
Private Beach at Menaggio Youth Hostel – the best hotel in Lake Como for young travellers

This friendly hostel offers affordable dorm rooms, communal dining room (serving meals) and the helpful staff will be happy to direct you to the hostel’s beach or help organise kayaking trips on the lake.

I hope this guide has given you plenty of ideas for where to stay in Lake Como, whatever your budget. Wherever you choose, you’re going to LOVE your trip to this stunning Italian resort!

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When Is The Best Time To Visit Lake Como?

Italy has a Mediterranean climate and is a lovely destination to visit all year round.

Temperatures vary by region, but as a quick example, you can expect lows around Lake Como of 3°C in January, and highs of 26°C in July. 

If you’re wondering when is the best time to visit Lake Como, I’d suggest planning a trip between April and June, or in September or October, just after the peak summer season.

The weather tends to be consistent in these months, but isn’t too hot. Plus, as you’re missing peak season, you should benefit from lower prices and fewer people.

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Lake Como hotels
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With a passion for food, fun and adventure, Chloe is the content creator behind one of the UK's top travel blogs Wanderlust Chloe. From volcano boarding in Nicaragua, to sailing around Sicily and eating her way around Japan, her travels have taken her to some of the coolest spots on the planet. Named Travel Influencer of the Year in 2022, Chloe regularly works with a number of tourism boards, producing inspirational travel content across multiple platforms. Find out more about Chloe here.

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