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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
Toronto, Canada
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“Heaven on Earth!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

Villa d'Este is probably the most exciting hotel i have ever been! You live in 'history' not present, heaven not earth. the whole experience, from the views, rooms, service and even the shower was out of this world. I highly recommend this hotel. Don't miss to walk in the fabulous gardens attached to the Hotel, and if you are lucky you will dine with George Clooney at the hotel restaurant, we were not!
One small comment though, the food was not up to the whole divine experience! But, this did not affect us at all...

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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  • Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

I have to think that this is perhaps one of the most beautiful settings for a hotel in the world. My husband and I took our teen daughters here and they were in heaven taking pictures and drinking it all in. Comfy adjoining rooms had gorgeous marble bathrooms with all the amenities expected. My husband had all his shoes polished nightly over the course of our stay and they came back wrapped carefully in felt bags. This is just a sample of their attention to detail. Amazing work out facility and the concierge arranges for reasonably priced cars, so no reason to not go through them. The food is delicious, and yes, expensive, but that's to expect here. And oh what breakfasts! A spread on the buffet unlike any other. Belgian waffles, fresh salmon, crazy good chocolate croissants! Yes, I will come again.

Room Tip: The rooms on the more main hallways can be a little noisy. Avoid rooms facing the front of the hotel...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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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New Delhi, India
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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.

Room Tip: Must ask to stay in the main block. Try for a lake facing room
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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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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.

Room Tip: Ask for a lake view room
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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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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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11 helpful votes 11 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.

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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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Also Known As:
Villa d`Este Hotel
Villa d`Este Hotel Cernobbio
Hotel d Este
d Este Hotel Cernobbio
Villa Deste
Villa d Este
Villa Deste Lake Como
Villa D'Este Lake Como/Cernobbio, Italy
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*
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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