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Soak up the glamour when you stay at one of the magnificent waterfront hotels in Lake Como...
Lake Como, in northern Italy, is as picture perfect as this beautiful nation comes. Blue skies form a blanket over layers of natural loveliness: from the soaring mountains, through emerald forests, and down to the glassy lake, with man-made grandeur in the form of stunning villas and palaces sandwiched between it all, Lake Como is all about splendour and holidays here are about being infused with the indulgent flavours of Italy.
Lake Como hotels assist with this transformation of the traveller's soul by offering opulent rooms accompanied by lashings of top-class service and a generous dollop of fine hospitality.
So book your stay as soon as possible to put yourself in this glamorous picture – no Instagram filters required!
Use the search tool on TravelSupermarket to compare hot deals on the best places to stay around the lake. Your ideal Lake Como hotel might not come cheap, but you can make the biggest savings when you book well in advance, especially for stays during the busy summer months.
Lake Como accommodation comes in a variety of styles and caters for most budgets – you don’t have to be an A-list movie star to stay here!
Hotel stars abound in this part of southern Europe, with plenty of four- and five-star hotels to select from around the shore of the lake, which is the third biggest in Italy. Excellent leisure facilities, breath-taking views and faultless dining experiences can be found in the best hotels on Lake Como.
It's not all grand villas and sprawling luxury hotel resorts though; Lake Como has a splendid variety of mid-range accommodation and a few budget hotels. Usually housed in smaller buildings and often without the amazing views of the top-notch hotels, you can still get a feel for life on Lake Como in these excellent-value hotels.
The good news is that every town and village has a range of hotels, so your holiday location is not limited by your budget, and several well-known brand names have hotels in Lake Como including NH, Clarion and Best Western. Towns and villages to choose from include Bellagio, Menaggio, Tremezzo, Cadenabbia, Lenno and Varenna. In most you'll discover walks, boating adventures, water sports, excellent dining and drinking options, sights worth seeing, and shops (just in case you left your designer goodies at home). Ferries serve most of the major areas, so you can really explore the beauty of Lake Como at your leisure.
The beauty of Lake Como is reflected in its many attractions. Here are just five of the best…
Top five attractions
Open between March and November, this lake-side stunner features heavenly gardens and many first-rate pieces of art.
The gardens are the most fabulous part of this villa, which is in Varenna. Opening months are March to November.
Sacro Monte di Ossuccio
The views from this Unesco-listed sacred mount and chapel, which sit some 200 metres above the lake, are the stuff of legend, art and beauty.
This villa draws visitors mainly for its terraced gardens, but sometimes for the opportunity to fantasise about starring with Daniel Craig, AKA James Bond, in Casino Royale.
Como-Brunate funicular railway
A steep railway line that travels straight up the mountain from Como; used by residents and visitors, excellent views of the lake can be had for the cost of your ticket, which is just a few euros.
See a different side of this destination when you attend any of the following annual events around Lake Como…
Festival of Saint John the Baptist (Sagra de San Giovanni); June: Fireworks from an island in Lake Como (Isola Comacina) crown a host of festivities and religious services in summer.
Palio del Baradello; August/September: Journey through time every summer to see battle re-enactments from a past struggle with Roman Emperor Barbarossa. There are plenty of fun activities to be a part of.
Palio Remiero del Lario; September: Rowing crews take to the water to compete in this annual and hotly contested race. Cheer on your favourite from the water's edge.