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Villa d'Este
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via Regina 40, 22012 Cernobbio, Italy   |  
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Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Cernobbio
Melbourne, Australia
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7 hotel reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“fantastic hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

we had a suite it was beautiful... gorgeous view i had a fall at the station and the hotel was excellent translating letters organizing everything i was so thankful.
we will return, just love it.
janet fielder

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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Greenville, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

Great location. The building is very nicely furnished, in the Empire style. Service is top notch. Very private hotel & far from the road. There is a feeling of grandeur, of quietness in a luxury's world. The room is nicely furnished, bathroom is great also with a jacuzzy bath tub.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

This is marvelous. Taste luxurious living. Immaculate rooms, pressed linen sheets, service at your call. Feel the history that charms each room. Bring your wallet but savor the indulgence. Explore the easy life on the lake. Tour the lie towns by shuttle boat. Plan your return.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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55 hotel reviews
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174 helpful votes 174 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

It's all been said down below - after experiencing Villa D'este, nothing else can live up to it. I used to wonder, what is it about this hotel that makes people rave about it so much? In short, it is the exquisite service - the staff are so friendly, they make you feel at home. Villa D'este really has the right balance of formality and ease.

The history of the place speaks for itself - Kings and Queens have stayed here aswell as Hollywood greats. The aristocratic pedigree of this place shines through aswell as its more fun loving nature. The interior of the hotel is often like being in a museum, there are so many fascinating paintings and drawings depicting its great history. The gardens and grounds are vast and impressively manicured. There are many trails which offer spectacular views of the surrounding area.

The rooms are all unique and look out on to a fabulous perspective on the lake. The breakfast is sumptuous in a way so many other hotels cannot match. The concierge service is second to none. The location of Cernobbio is delightful and easy to get access to the lovely city of Como.

It is my number one priority to return to this beautiful inspiring place. If you stay here, you will see why.

Room Tip: a lake view room in the cardinal's building is well worth it
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Corpus Christi, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

There are hotels that are worth the splurge. This is one of them. Just go. Have coctails outside overlooking the lake. Ask for a song on the piano. Dine in the restaurant. Work out in the gym. Stay. Work on the "art of just being you". Have the champagne.
Now the down side to staying at this wonderfull hotel. My wife and I went to Milan and stayed at the Four Seasons to do a little shopping. I felt like I was slumming it. Don't get me wrong the Four Seasons was very nice. But after the Villa de Este everything is a let down. Just make this your last stop and go home from there.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, England, United Kingdom
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9 hotel reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

Having read the old reviews left on here I am totally shocked!!
My wife and I have this evening returned from our break to Milan, we ventured by train to Lake Como and were simply blown away by every aspect of Villa D'este. As you drive from the station you realise the sleepiness of the area in comparison to Milan city centre, the views are breathtaking.
Maybe the other guests didn't research the property before booking, the hotel is full of antique furniture, from pictures dating back to 1902, elaborate chandeliers and in every room, original beds and wardrobes, no two rooms are alike, it adds character and charm. One drawing room was made for Napolean, although he never made it to the hotel, if you don't like classic decor then don't go, but you will be missing out. The Cardinal Suite was our favourite, best views of both the lake and gardens. We ate in the Verandah Restaurant, fine dining at its best, service impeccable and the staff cannot do enough to make your experience one to remember, in the summer months eating al fresco would be outstanding.
The facilities are incredible, from a lovely new spa, golf simulator, jogging trail, tennis courts, a squash court and three pools, one floating on the lake, and yes it as cold. Manicured grounds, the most amazing setting, lovely rooms, food to die for, loyal staff who have worked at the hotel for decades (which speaks volumes) - what more could you wish for?
If you visit Italy then please ensure Villa D'este is on your to stay list, we cannot wait to go back and also visit their sister property, Villa La Massa! A huge thank you to all the staff for making our time so special - very few hotels leave such an impressive stamp in our hearts as you have done, easily our #1 European hotel to date!!!

Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Auckland, New Zealand
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

We were given a room in the pavillion to the side of the main hotel, which was fine. This area had its own concierge and still felt part of the hotel. The standard of the rooms is impressive, our Junior suite had a walk-in wardrobe and dressing area. The hotel's main restaurant, Vernadah, was a bit disappointing for dinner as it was not as formal as indicated, though the men do have to wear jacket and tie. The Grill restaurant was much more intimate with better service. But you can't beat breakfast on the terrace overlooking the lake watching some of those fabulous boats go by! Concierge staff were great.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Via Regina 40, 22012 Cernobbio, Italy
Location: Italy > Lombardy > Lake Como > Cernobbio
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Cernobbio
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Villa d'Este 5*
Number of rooms: 160
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Experience the splendor, the grandeur, the intrigue and the magic of Villa d'Este- an opulent hotel overlooking glorious Lake Como. Hailed as one of the best hotels in the world by Travel & Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler and Forbes Traveler, this famous resort destination has been widely praised for its beautiful gardens, exquisite cuisine, gala celebrations, impeccable décor and extraordinary hospitality. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Villa d`Este Hotel Cernobbio
Hotel d Este
d Este Hotel Cernobbio
Villa Deste Lake Como
Villa D'Este Lake Como/Cernobbio, Italy

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