Review: Grand Hotel Tremezzo

Hollie-Rae Brader explores this iconic, family-run palazzo

Location: The property sits proudly on the lakefront, with beautiful views across to Bellagio, which lies directly opposite, across the water.

The only downside is that it’s on a busy road, which divides the main building from a pool and restaurant, but staff are always on hand to guide you across.

First impressions: Grand Hotel Tremezzo is a true icon of Lake Como – it was the first purpose-built hotel on the lake when it was constructed in 1910.

Its reputation precedes it, and it lives up to every single expectation. Straddling a road that soars up from the west side of the lake, your first encounter is often with a friendly doorman who whisks you into a lift after a joyous ciao or buongiorno.

You emerge in the hotel’s lobby area, adorned with brightly coloured soft furnishing (think fuchsia and lime green), but it’s the view across the lake and the Grigna Mountains that will capture your attention immediately.

The facts: This family-run palazzo has 90 rooms and suites. There are three swimming pools, including one floating on the lake, which is the place to ‘be seen’.

However, my favourite was at the rear of the property, hidden away in the manicured gardens that climb up the hillside. The third pool is located in the T Spa.

There are five restaurants ranging from the fine dining option of La Terrazza Gualtiero Marchesi to the chilled-out T Pizza. Seafood fans should head to Giacomo al Lago, located by the floating pool.

The spa is in the 18th-century Villa Emilia, which includes a frescoed relaxation lounge and original mosaic flooring. There’s also a good gym, which is spread over three levels.

Explore: Beautiful 17th-century Villa Carlotta neighbours the hotel and a walk around its garden – 20 acres of exotic plants and flowers – is recommended.

Grand Hotel Tremezzo boasts its own boats, perfect for tours of the lake accompanied by a knowledgeable skipper.

The hotel is just a couple of minutes’ walk from one of the ferry stops. Use the hop-on, hop-off service to explore nearby towns and villages such as Bellagio.

Wow: The location, the views, the service – all are outstanding. This property will linger in your mind long after you’ve left.

Book it: Rooms from €700 a night plus VAT. The property is offering free cancellation up to eight days prior to arrival.

Hollie-Rae Brader

Hollie is editor of Aspire’s print and online products. She is responsible for the running of the club and ensuring the content produced and the events organised are relevant to the Aspire audience. She was previously deputy news editor and cruise writer for sister title Travel Weekly. She loves exploring new destinations and is gradually ticking new countries off her list. She most enjoys writing about cruise, South America and Japan. Before working in the travel industry she held news reporting roles at the East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star.

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