The Lake Como hotels can be a great base for enjoying the beautiful views of the mountains and water while relaxing in comfort. Although many hotels in Como Italy are typically booked up early and are able to charge a premium for their great views and location, you will find that if you plan ahead, it is possible to find a good range of options that fit your preferences and budget.
If you have an unlimited budget, the ultimate dream stay is at one of the 5 star hotels in Como Italy that have become so famous. The most well-known villa on the lake is the Villa d'Este, which was originally a cardinal's summer palace, but is now one of the most opulent luxury hotels in the area. Other luxury hotels include the Villa Serbelloni and the Grand Hotel Tremezzo.
One of the most popular Lake Como hotels is the intimate Hotel La Darsena, located near the small town of Tremezzo. The location for this hotel is picture-perfect: right on the lake next to the water, with an excellent restaurant located on a terrace right by the lake. Although you won't find the opulence of Lake Como's 5 star hotels here, you will find that La Darsena is comfortable and elegant. Rooms are spacious and tastefully decorated, with Italian-style furniture and comfortable bedding. Many of the rooms have balconies and excellent views of the lake. By staying at La Darsena you are just a few minutes' walk away from the ferry to Bellagio and other destinations around the lake. The hotel is simple and elegant, and in comparison to many other hotels with such a spectacular location on the lake, very reasonably priced.
One of the best value hotels in Como Italy is the Hotel Villa Aurora (pictured). Be sure to stay informed of their special seasonal offers and you may be able to get a room for less than 100 euros per night. An intimate hotel with only twelve rooms, the charming stone building is located right on the waterfront in Lezzeno, and has its own small private beach with free sun-loungers and umbrellas for your convenience and pleasure. Rooms are charmingly decorated with comfortable beds, Italian-style furniture, and amazing views from the windows. Be sure to take advantage of the hotel's kayaks, canoes, or mountain bikes, free of charge! The on-site restaurant is reasonably priced and serves a good variety of fresh dishes while offering an excellent view of the surrounding lake shore and the avid water skiers who tend to stay at this hotel.
If you have a bit more to spend but can't afford the sky-high prices of the Villa d'Este or other 5 star Lake Como hotels, consider staying at the four-star Belvedere Hotel. Housed in a historic building dating from 1880, this quaint and comfortable hotel has beautiful views of the Alps and the lake. Many of the sun-filled rooms have balconies and are furnished in a classically elegant, yet modern European style. Gorgeous landscaped gardens, a lovely aqua pool, an acclaimed spa, and a restaurant on a terrace overlooking the lake make this hotel quite the lap of luxury. Many guests recommend asking for rooms on higher floors, and upgrading to rooms with terraces for the best experience. The Belvedere is conveniently located a few minutes' walk from downtown Bellagio, one of the major hubs of Lake Como.