Many of our clients visiting Lake Como in the search to find their own home ask us to help them find a suitable hotel. For many years the finest hotel on Lake Como has without question been Villa d’Este, in the town of Cernobbio. The grand, frescoed building and traditional standards of excellence have long made this a favourite with many visitors who return time and again.
There is now a wonderful alternative for those who like to be based within striking distance of the chic city of Como. CastaDiva Resort has opened as a new 5-star boutique hotel, facing Villa d’Este across the lake. CastaDiva Resort offers standards of comfort and service in every way comparable to Villa d’Este, but presented in a very different style.
Villa d’Este has wonderful traditional formal gardens and a huge main period building. In contrast CastaDiva is set across a series of smaller buildings, all offering excellent lake views, in beautiful lake frontage grounds. There is a range of styles at CastaDiva to suit different tastes, with truly elegant, tasteful suites and rooms with the influence of sophisticated interior design throughout. CastaDiva offers similar refinement and services to those found at its famous neighbour, but with a much more personal feel, and ‘stylish boutique’ rather than ‘grand period’ being the overriding sense. CastaDiva has a large and gently spectacular spa which provides an attractive extra for many guests and overall a greater feeling of privacy and individuality than its long-famous neighbour.
Villa d’Este hosts conferences throughout the year, and may be most renowned for hosting the Concorso d’Eleganza – a motor show featuring historic and concept cars – held from the 25th to 28th May in 2012.
CastaDiva have a partnership with the Teatro Sociale in Como, and every Thursday starting in April, there will be a set menu in CastaDiva’s Restaurant L’Orangerie accompanied by live entertainment by opera singers.
The exceptional standards of refinement and service at both Villa d’Este and at CastaDiva, with the associated costs, are not for everyone. Many of our clients look for more traditional Italian hospitality and facilities. There is much to disappoint the international visitor – (poor service standards and outdated rooms and facilities are commonplace) we maintain a list of hotels that we are happy to recommend. All have been tested by ourselves and our clients and represent the best available locally.
At the end of the day there is nothing to compare with the delights of having your own home – our clients tell us repeatedly that they are delighted to have bought a property on Lake Como. But until that happy day arrives we can help to direct you to some wonderful hotels that will make your time on Como special, in just the same way as time and again we are able to hunt out special properties that will provide you with the Italian lifestyle you desire.