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Casa Santo Stefano, Cernobbio, Lake Como
This adult-only boutique hotel tucked away on a hillside outside Como feels more like a private home than a hotel. With only five rooms, you'll largely have the whole villa to yourself. Interiors feature sleek Scandinavian-style décor, with chocolate brown, slate grey and matt black dominating. Polished concrete floors lend a touch of industrial chic, while tidily stacked firewood adds a subtle rustic touch. There's an inviting swimming pool surrounded by lush greenery offering lovely views of Como town, and you're within walking distance of the lake shore. It's the perfect, sophisticated retreat for couples or close groups of friends seeking privacy, and a fair dose of peace and quiet.
It feels like you're staying at a private lake villa - you won't find hordes of tourists right outside the front door.
Situated on the hillside above the lake, you can reach Cernobbio on foot in 15 minutes and catch a boat to destinations around the lake.
By plane: there are direct flights to Milan Malpensa from London (1 hours 50 mins) and Manchester (2 hours 15 minutes). The hotel is a 45 minute drive from the airport. Free private parking. skyscanner.net
Style & Character
It's a great choice for couples seeking plenty of privacy, and for groups of friends who want to have their own space. There's a nod to Scandinavian design, with earthy neutral tones, natural materials and cosy finishing touches, including textured rugs and leafy plants.
Service & Facilities
The swimming pool is a delight. It's a lovely spot to watch the sun go down with a glass of vino in hand.
- Swimming pool
- Free parking
- Free Wi-Fi
We love that the rooms are all very spacious, with mood lighting creating an inviting feel. The Garden Suite boasts wonderful views and has direct access to the garden and swimming pool.
Superior Room, Junior Suite, Garden Suite, Comfort Suite, Deluxe Suite
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom, bathrobe and slippers, hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities, air conditioning, TV, Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
Breakfast, alas, tends to be the one meal that Italians can't quite get right, but Casa Santo Stefano hits the nail on the head, with a carefully thought-out selection of dishes prepared using top quality ingredients. Help yourself to some local wine from the honesty bar - sip a glass as you watch the sun set over the lake.