With the travel industry well and truly back after what was looking like a pretty bleak future due to the Coronavirus, there’s never been a more ideal time to book in that long European holiday you’ve been yearning for.
If paradise is what you have envisioned for the last two years, then by all means Lake Como must be the first stop on your list as a bon vivant this summer. But if there’s one place that you must truly visit to experience the magic of Lake Como in all its glory, it’s Grand Hotel Tremezzo.
You would have seen Grand Hotel Tremezzo a million times in your social media feed. The floating pool overlooking the lake; the tranquil nature of its sprawling gardens; the old world charm it so effortlessly exudes: a stay at Grand Hotel Tremezzo is really an experience in itself, coupled with the fact it resides in one of the prettiest locations in the world.
First opened in 1910, Grand Hotel Tremezzo has long been a location that the upper echelons of society go to vacate. That and whoever wants to be seen holidaying in style. Hordes of Milanese travel north to Lago di Como in the summer, as do tourists from all around the globe, calling Grand Hotel Tremezzo home even if it’s just for one or two nights.
Man of Style were fortunate enough to experience the hotel in all its glory over a recent trip to Italy, graciously shown the property by its incredibly-talented team led by hotel Manager Mr. Silvio Vettorello.
As such, if you’ve been eyeing off a romantic getaway to Grand Hotel Tremezzo in the impending European summer, we have you covered with what to expect during your stay.
Arriving at Grand Hotel Tremezzo is an experience in itself. Driving along the winding roads of Lake Como to reach the little town of Tremezzo, you’ll be greeted to the grandiose nature of the hotel. It’s big, it’s somewhat intimidating but it offers a warmth that so few hotels these days do.
You’ll be greeted by one of the friendly hotel staff – or personale dell’albergo – as you approach the front entrance of the hotel, who will happily take your bags and set them in your room.
Before entering the hotel, you’ll notice the uninterrupted views of the lake, which can be enjoyed in private thanks to a dedicated beach bar and restaurant, Giacomo al Lago. But more on that below.
As you enter the foyer of the hotel, you’ll become immediately enamoured with its charm. Warm, inviting, grand, historic; there are a wealth of emotions that come flooding through.
Rooms at Grand Hotel Tremezzo are spacious, luxurious and exactly what you expect from a 5-star hotel. If you’re fortunate enough to have a lakeside view, even better. If not, you will still revel in its charm.
The superb collection of rooms and suites include lake views, park views and terrace views. There is even rooftop suites which boast arguably the best views in all of Lake Como.
Each room is carefully considered, with luxurious amenities, spacious layouts and peace and tranquility right at your feet.
Where to eat
It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that a majority of people, in one way or another, come to Italy for the food. Here at Grand Hotel Tremezzo, the indulgence in the finest Italian cuisine is real, offering five distinct bars and restaurants to choose from. From formal to relaxed, chic to fun, you’ll always find something to suit your mood.
At the helm of the restaurants and food offerings available for guests (and visitors) is La Terrazza Gualtiero Marchesi, where the legacy of the famed Michelin-star chef lives on.
A fine dining destination that is honestly one of the best food experiences you’re bound to have, La Terrazza is one of very few restaurants in the world that serve Marchesi’s signature dishes, like the famous Saffron Risotto with edible gold leaves – a dish to remember.
If you’re looking for a dining experience that is perhaps a little less formal, L’Escale Trattoria and Wine Bar is the place to be. Here you can enjoy traditional local dishes like freshly-made pasta, delicious antipasti and hearty meat and fish dishes, overlooking the relaxed surroundings of a renovated wine cellar and charming veranda.
Want to dine right on the lake? Then Giacomo Al Lago is the place to be. This seafood-only dining destination is idyllic and famous for its raw fish and seafood dishes. It is here that you’ll find what could possibly the best plate of Spaghetti Vongole you’re most likely to find.
What to do
The question you have to ask yourself when staying at Grand Hotel Tremezzo is simply, what shall I do. Why? because simply there is so many different offerings that it can be hard to choose just one.
Looking to bath in the sun and read a nice novel with pool-side food and beverage service? Head to one of three dedicated (and awe-inspiring) pools.
In need of a bit of R&R and looking for some stress relief? Why not book yourself in at T Spa, where you can treat yourself to an array of dedicated massages, facials and more.
Of course, no trip to Lake Como (or Grand Hotel Tremezzo for that matter) would be complete without a journey of the lake… in style on a Venetian motorised boat, of course.
You can book your very own dedicated excursion of Lake Como, where your captain will show you the best parts of the lake, give you a rundown of its history and maybe even spot a celebrity or two at one of the many villas along the way.
Whether you’re into arts, shopping, sporting and more, Grand Hotel Tremezzo make it a point to go out of their way to ensure you are comfortable, satisfied and have experienced Lake Como in all its glory.
Whether you’re visiting Lake Como for the first time, or perhaps returning to recapture the love affair you undoubtedly have with this little gem of Italy, a stay at Grand Hotel Tremezzo cannot come more highly recommended.
In a world where technology is rapidly evolving, where we live constantly on the go, Grand Hotel Tremezzo is a place where you can stop, unwind and revel in the charm of a specific period of time that is long, long ago, but not lost or forgotten.
Book your stay at Grand Hotel Tremezzo here.
*The journalist stayed at Grand Hotel Tremezzo on behalf of the property