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“Total relaxation” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Villa d'Este
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Cernobbio
Certificate of Excellence
Paris, France
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4 reviews
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“Total relaxation”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2012

When you want to get away from it all, go to Villa d'Este. It has everything: impeccable grounds, magnificent buildings, spacious elegant rooms, a choice of fabulous restaurants, a lovely spa, indoor/outdoor pools, a gorgeous lakeside setting surrounded by mountains... pleasant and extremely helpful staff. There are multiple activies organized at the hotel, such as a boat tour of the Lake area. Cernobbio is a short walk away. Or simply sit by the pool with a book - a great place to recharge your batteries.
Totally separate from the hotel: if you want to sim in a lake, choose another location; we were warned against swimming in Lake Como, one of the deepest in Europe.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Palo Alto, California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2012

Rich history, beautifully-maintained property, immaculate grounds, unique and historical rooms with modern convenience, friendly and dedicated staff, and... the best breakfast we had throughout our five-week European tour that included a total of five 5-star resorts. So many fives! During our three-night stay in Villa d'Este, we enjoyed massages in the spa, swimming in the pool that floats atop Lake Como, drinks and meals with gorgeous lake views, beautiful weather, and so much joyful adventure and relaxation. The energy is fantastic in Villa d'Este; I would love to return, and I believe I will.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Oslo, Norway
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22 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2012

Arrived with huge expectations as i have wanted to stay at this hotel for years. Big let down. When we arrived we were offered complimentary drinks while we waited for a better room to be ready. Nice touch. But after waiting for one hour, we got a bit inpatient and it turned out that the room was ready, but no one had told us. No big deal. However, it then took 3 hours for the luggage to arrive in the room, and then my partner's was still missing. We decided for some food at the pool bar. It was some of the mushiest and least tasty we had in Italy, and they then had the nerve to charge us 130€ for some pasta and 2 glasses of wine. I'm used to and expected high prices, but that is ok only when the quality is great. The rest was ok until we were checking out. After we had waited for quite some time, the valet arrived with our car sans baggage, and then proceeded to offer it to some other guests! I stopped them from taking it, told the valet to Get our luggage. The car disappeared, and we found it parked around the corner, still without luggage and without keys. We then gave up, ventured inside, found our luggage in storage, took it out (no-one stopping us), loaded the car, found the keys and left. Will
never go back. Enormous contrast to Four Seasons in Florence from where we came! That was absolutely impeccable!!

Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Aledo, TX
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2012

This hotel is set on the beautiful shore of magnificent Lake Como! It is very historic. The food is good, although service in the main dining room is often like a cattle call with a busy buffet. I would recommend going in May or September, when the crowds are down, because it is very touristy in the summer month, which inhibits much of its charm.

We loved the older part of the hotel with a balcony overlooking the lake!!!

Room Tip: The older area with a balcony is more private and has a lot of character...and the view is amazing...
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank aledo99
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Lytham
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2012

This wonderful hotel does not need anything I can say to enhance its quality. The room we had on the 3rd floor was exceptional,large beautifully fitted out and a view to die for. Ask for a lake view its worth it. The two major restaurants were superb with great service and a non stuffy atmosphere. The staff were excellent,friendly and humourous when appropriate. Not wishing to be patronising but the manager set a tremendous example he was everywhere making himself known and enquiring as to their guests well-being. You don't find this in many high quality hotels.
All the normal facilites exist no beach of course being lakeside but a unique floating pool in the lake and decking alongside for the sun tanners. Fantastic gardens and some slightly arduous walks. This hotel is not cheap but you get Value for Money. Try it you won't regret it

Room Tip: Ask for a lake view 3rd floor and high enough to dampen down any patio noise
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Brian S
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London, United Kingdom
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63 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2012

Where to start: Huge rooms. Enormous beds. Incredible service. Amazing views. Beautiful swimming pool. Beautiful gardens.

Simply fantastic - a wonderful experience only rivalled by the top hotels in Asia. Puts many European hotels to shame and they could learn alot

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2012

I have been wanting to come here for 25 years. My wife and I came and celebrated her 50th birthday. Villa d'Este was everything we thought it would be. The staff and service were incredible. The word NO is not in their vocabulary.
It was a great 5 days that we will never forget.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Villa d'Este

Property: 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 ( 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 
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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