“A romantic lakeside retreat that honeymooners, proposers and loved-up couples will adore”
Décor throughout the hotel is restful and romantic: diaphanous white curtains, painted wooden ceilings, delicate glass chandeliers. There’s nothing flashy or ostentatious; just a few carefully chosen pieces of wooden or wrought-iron furniture against a graceful backdrop of creams, greys and terracottas.
The rooms vary slightly in size and layout, but all have queensize beds (no twins), powerful showers and pampering touches such as towelling robes, Etro Milan toiletries and Laura Tonatto fragrances. The important difference is the view. The Classic Rooms have a limited peek of the lake or views over the garden, while the Cozy Rooms have either a sliver of lake or no view at all. Other than that, all rooms look out over the water - including the Cottage Room which is tucked away in the hotel grounds.
We stayed in an Attic Room, a duplex hidden away at the very top of the hotel. We loved the mezzanine bedroom set under the eaves and the watery vista from the sitting area beneath. Best of all, high pitched ceilings meant we felt wonderfully cosy without having to stoop. Also with a lake view are the 2 Romantic Rooms on the lower floors, which have the added bonus of a terrace or balcony; one has a bathtub as well as a shower in its ensuite.
If you want to up the romance as much as possible, it’s worth splashing out on one of the 2 suites. Both have a huge bedroom, a separate lounge with a fireplace and double sofabed, a balcony or terrace, even a telescope for late-night star-gazing. They sleep 4 plus a baby, but we’d prefer them all to ourselves - the Lake View Suite has a four-poster bed and the Prestige Lake View Suite a Jacuzzi, if more encouragement were needed.
The bar and bistro, La Barrique, occupies an arched cellar hewn from rock beneath the hotel. It’s very pretty, with a wall of wine bottles, candles glowing in stone niches, and fairy lights twisted around tree branches which curve out over the ceiling. You can also eat outside, at tables-for-2 spread along the terrace overlooking the lake, or in private little hidey-holes beneath the hedge.
The lunch and dinner menu mixes Mediterranean food with a sprinkling of regional specialities like misoltino (the local saltfish) and risotto with persico (a lake bass). We kicked off with tasty tuna carpaccio and baked tomino cheese in a rich balsamic reduction, before moving onto a succulent beef fillet and a tender rack of lamb served with cherry tomatoes and rosemary potatoes. For dessert, we treated ourselves to an orange-scented chocolate mousse with caramelised peel, and a white chocolate and mint semifreddo - both lick-the-plate-clean delicious.
Breakfast is a classic continental offering, with salami, ham, cheese, pastries, yoghurt and muesli alongside seasonal fruit and a few hot options such as bacon and scrambled eggs. Drinks are available all day, and you can also order a picnic (Caprese salad, sandwiches, that kind of thing) - ideal for taking with you on a mini cruise of the lake.
If you want to eat out, there are some fantastic options nearby. La Coppola in Como is a cool hangout, or stay more local at Il Centrale in Cernobbio, for dinner, music and dancing. For an unusual experience head to the Sala Comacina, about 15km north of Laglio, from where you are rowed in a wooden boat to the tiny Isola Comacina. There’s only one restaurant on the island, serving local dishes and rounding off the evening with a spectacular re-telling of a lake story.
Children of all ages are welcome, and older kids will love paddling kayaks around on the lake, although the hotel mostly attracts couples. Those under the age of 8 stay for free; after that, there's a supplement for rollaway beds or use of sofabeds. Rates include breakfast.
The Cozy Rooms and Romantic Rooms can fit a rollaway bed; other rooms can take a baby cot only. The suites have lounges with double sofabeds and can sleep up to 4 adults and 1 baby.
The hotel can arrange a local babysitter. Ask in advance.