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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
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“The one luxury I am unwilling to live without”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2012 via mobile

A close friend of mine invited our family to join his for their annual vacation to Villa d'Este. That was 3 years ago, and it is now a luxury that my family is unwilling to live without. First, breakfast is part of your stay, and I dream about it all year. It is amazing. An example of their attention to detail was they used to have apricot donuts, but this year when I noticed they were gone, I inquired. The hotel actually held a meeting, made them for us, delivered them to our room, and had them on our breakfast table for our entire stay. Perfection. Every July I will be there.

Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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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
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48 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

I have stayed at this beautiful property 3 times-each time for 3 nights. What an experience! Besides, the grandeur of the property, a beautiful view of the Lake Como, it has modern amenities. The Breakfast is outstanding. The complimentary WiFi is amazing-better than any other hotel I have stayed in.Italy.Best of all, the service at every level is amazing. They really treat you like royalty. My advice to friends has been- if you can afford it, this is a heavenly sojourn. So far, everyone who has gone there on my recommendation has loved it, thanked me profusely for the discovery and vowed to come back soon.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 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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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

I confess I've only ever stayed at this lovely historic hotel on business (conferences), but over the recent years that means I've probably spent 15 or so nights there. It is in a beautiful setting by the shores of Lake Como and has delightful grounds in which to wander breathing in the clear air. It is quiet and peaceful. The style is old-fashioned grandeur, with sweeping staircases, high ceilings, ornate cornices, frecoes and paitings and rich upholstery. The rooms (suites) we have had are all very spacious - more walk-in showers would be welcome though. The fitness centre is said by those who have used it to be up to scratch and the spa certainly is. There is an indoor pool and an outdoor one more or less on the lake istelf. Try the pasta dishes in the Veranda restaurant. It's not cheap, but it is good value - and that can be said of the whole hotel.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lisbon, Portugal
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Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

We spent 4 nights at Villa dÉste for our 20th wedding anniversary. The staff made everything perfect. We received an upgrade to a suite and great service.
I would definitely recommend October a th perfect time to go. The sleepy town and few tourists make it absolute bliss.
We took a lake tour on the hotels boat. It as really great to do it i a small group and get ots of inside info about the amazing mansions that dot the lake shore.
We're already planning to go back next autumn.

Room Tip: It's an expensive hotel so I would recommend spend a little extra and getting a lake view room
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Salem, Oregon
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10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

Had the privilege of spending six nights in October 2012 at this Grand hotel. The rich history alone makes this a special place. Contributing to our wonderful experience was the perfect weather and our gorgeous room. The grounds are gorgeous with lots of walking and hiking trails. The on-site gym facility is newer and is well equiped. The staff were ALL very courtesy and professional. We enjoyed daily walks into the small town of Cernobbio. We also traveled by water to the town of Como on two occasions. Another treat was to take a two hour boat ride up the Lake to Bellagio and soak in the beauty of the lake and the Villas along its shore. This is one of those hotels that should be on everyone's "bucket list"...... a very special place.

Room Tip: All of the rooms are different since the Villa was originally a private residence. A junior suite o...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 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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Melbourne, Australia
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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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
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Additional Information about Villa d'Este

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 ( Wi-Fi ) 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*
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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