The view from our Lake View Junior Suite in the Cardinal Building at Villa D’Este
This summer I visited Italy’s Lake Como for the first time. It’s stunningly beautiful, even though the weather was mostly rainy during my visit. My husband recently joined LHW’s Leaders Club Unlimited and LHW has an exceptional edit of hotels in Italy, including Villa d’Este.
Pool on the lake at Villa D’Este
We booked a executive Room Garden View but were upgraded to a Junior Suite with Lake View in the Cardinal Building, which was a very nice upgrade. As a Leaders Club Unlimited member, my husband was also given Three course complementary lunch for two at The Verandah (without drinks).
The view from Bar Canova
Some of the entrees, such as smoked sockeye salmon with caviar were € 80. The total value of this unpublished Leaders Club unlimited perk was around $300. I would not have known the prices if my husband had not told me, this is the sort of old school hotel that gives the woman the menu with no prices.
Art in Bar Canova
Once we got into our Junior suite, we found a bottle of Prosecco as our welcome amenity, and a stunning view of the lake.
Classic Italian luxury is the vibe at Villa D’Este
Service at the hotel was top notch, and the bathroom smelled wonderful. Staff was very friendly, on top of everything and the concierge took care of all our restaurant reservations.
Boats at Villa D’Este
The hotel was offering daily boat excursions on the lake complete with a tour guide and a 90 minute stopover in Bellagio for € 90. I was going to go but choose not to because of the weather (and the bed was really, really comfortable).
Rainy but beautiful morning on Lake Como
The property has over 25 acres of grounds and gardens and huge fitness center complete with indoor pool. Due to the rain, the outdoor pool was closed during much of my stay.
The Queen’s Building at Villa D’Este
Breakfast for two was included in our room rate and the food and service was good. My only criticism– the breakfast buffet was not as impressive as everything else at the property.
Stunning gardens at Villa D’Este
It was also fun instagramming pictures from the property and having “George Clooney’s Villa” pop up as a possible location.
Pasta and tomato soup al fresco
Villa d’Este was not cheap, but the great service and luxe accommodations made up for the dicey weather.
Aperol Spritz at Canova Bar
The hotel had even set up a lounge and big screen television in one of the rooms on the ground floor to make a top notch lounge for World Cup viewing.
Sun & an Aperol Spritz
Villa d’Este is open from March through November.
Via Regina, 40
22012 Cernobbio, Italy
Tel +39 031 3481
Fax +39 031 348873
Rates start at $696 .78 (€ 520.00)