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The first new hotel in decades to open on Lake Como’s glittering shores made its appearance in mid-summer 2016 on a sun-dappled promontory near the village of Torno. In addition to being the new kid on the block, Il Sereno has also brought a modern sensibility to a region where luxury typically takes on a gilded, Old World aesthetic. Envisioned by Milan-based designer Patricia Urquiola, this lakeside hotel takes cues from the history of the area, but skews contemporary and relaxed with a design that highlights natural materials such as stone, wood, and wool, and a color palate of greens and blues inspired by the surroundings. The 30 sprawling suites feature lake-view terraces and amenities such as Ex Voto Paris bath products and Bluetooth sound systems. The sleek Berton Al Lago serves modern Italian fare crafted with fresh local ingredients, while the Il Sereno Bar & Lounge and the Pool Bar offer light bites in a casual setting. The spa is set in what was once the boathouse of the original property, and features treatments with Valmont products made just across the border in Switzerland. Wander the shaded passageways around the lush garden, check out the two vertical gardens and green sculptures by famed botanist Patrick Blanc, and don’t miss the 60-foot heated freshwater infinity pool, located in a secluded spot that overlooks the lake. Guests can take one of the hotel’s stylish Riva boats—accessible from a private dock—to explore the charming towns that line the lake.
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Neighborhood Vibe
Picturesque Torno—the closest village to Il Sereno—offers a few easy hiking paths, and a couple of notable restaurants, including Albergo Ristorante Vapore, set right on the water. More options can be found in the larger town of Como, about three miles away, including shopping, gourmet dining, historic sites, and cultural events, including performances at one of Italy’s most historic opera houses. (Getting to Como is a snap, thanks to the hotel’s exclusive boat and Maserati car service.) With Lake Como on the hotel’s doorstep, the water is part of the surrounding “neighborhood,” too. Most guests venture out to explore it by ferry, or on one of the hotel’s custom-made Riva boats. Sail off for the day to nearby towns such as Cernobbio, Tremezzina or Bellagio, and don’t miss a visit to Villa Balbianello, a 17th-century home with spectacular gardens.
Need to Know
Rooms: 30 suites, including One- and Two-bedroom Suites, Specialty Suites, and Penthouses; starting at $870
Check-in: 3:00pm.; check-out: 12:00pm
Dining options:  With a dramatic staircase its center, a décor of rich Venetian terrazzo and travertine stone, and spectacular views everywhere you look, Ristorante Berton Al Lago is an unmissable spot headed up by Michelin-starred chef Andrea Berton. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and popular with non-hotel guests (including Milan’s fashion set), the restaurant highlights fresh local produce with an emphasis on seafood, and prepared with modern Italian flair. Lighter bites and full bar menus can be enjoyed at the Il Sereno Bar & Lounge and the Pool Bar.
Spa and gym detail: The Spa at Il Sereno was designed by Patricia Uriquola in what was formerly the boathouse of the property, and features a soulful décor with touches like centuries-old granite walls and green accents that reflect the tones of Lake Como. The three treatment rooms face the water, while a private outdoor relaxation room, complete with a plunge pool, is the perfect spot to cool off; a small fitness center offers private training upon request. Services use the Swiss Valmont line, and signature treatments include vitality facials and anti-aging remedies. The sauna and steam room have also been designed by Uriquola in a bright and contemporary style. The 60-foot-long outdoor heated pool faces Lake Como.
Insider Tips
Who's it for: Visitors to Lake Como who are looking for a modern take on the destination; honeymooners seeking a romantic hideaway; families in need of larger rooms; fans of fashion and design.
Our favorite rooms: All guest rooms offer Lake Como views, but the popular Corner Suites kick it up a notch with 180-degree panoramas, and the Family Grand Suite Lago features a large furnished terrace.
Il Sereno Hotel, Via Torrazza 10, 22020 Torno CO, Italy
+39 031 547 7800