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Hotel Villa Flori, Lake Como, Italy

By:
Guest Writer, Michelle Tchea
 

Hotel Villa Flori is a premium hotel located on the western side of Lake Como, between Como and Cernobbio, offering a charming and affordable luxury experience of Northern Italy. Here’s why. 

  • Location: 15 minutes from Lake Como, and just one hour from Milan.
  • Accommodations: There is a wide choice of accommodations ranging from simple Standard and Classic Rooms, through to Junior Suites with full-sized bathtubs. The impressive Gran Lago Suite is located on the waterfront, and comes with two double rooms, a fully equipped kitchen and living area, as well as a large wraparound terrace and private gardens. 
  • Dining options: The onsite restaurant, Raimondi is one of the few hotel restaurants you should visit if staying in Lake Como. Headed up by Chef Marco, who has cooked for the likes of Robert De Niro, George Clooney and other celebrities, it has a gorgeous terrace with views of the lake, and delicious food with a focus on Italian classics done well. Think beef tartare, truffle ravioli and of course, classic risotto with squid.
  • What else is there: Hotel Villa Flori has a small gym with views, and a mini-spa featuring a sauna, a Turkish bath, and a sunroom overlooking the lake.
  • What’s nearby: Hotel Villa Flori has an enviable location just south of Lake Como. On foot, you can walk towards Tavernola station and hop on the ferry, which takes you straight to Lake Como city centre, as well as connecting travellers to all the other wonderful destinations surrounding the lake including Bellagio and Gravedona.
  • Why go: It’s affordable luxury on stunning Lake Como with gorgeous views, ideal for a romantic getaway.

The Space 

Lake Como is famous for its celebrities and high-profile clientele and Hotel Villa Flori adds to this charm with its prime location and excellent views of the lake. The 19th century villa, complete with original frescoes, is well preserved yet timely with its period furniture and typical Italian art-deco like nouveau furnishings and marble bathrooms. The Raimondi Restaurant is one of the best dining experiences in the region, offering panoramic dining on the lake with excellent service by the entire wait-staff. The sommelier is also well worth chatting to – thanks Sal!

Where We Stayed

Our home for our visit was a cozy Classic Room, which range in size from 15-18 square metres, coming with a comfy queen sized bed (a twin setup is an option) and a simple, elegant decor featuring lacquered furniture and a petite balcony. Amenities included a mini-fridge, a safe, Wi-Fi connectivity, and a flat screen TV, however, you’re more likely to spend time looking outside from your balcony, or exploring, rather than watching the news. The modern marble bathroom was equipped with Etro toiletries. 

UltimateTravelMagazine.com Loves 

  • The view from our balcony.
  • Running on the single treadmill, watching the rain pour down over Lake Como - it’s a super small gym but the view can't be beaten. 
  • Raimondi Restaurant is a gem on Lake Como, even if you’re not staying at the hotel. 

Insider Tips  

  • Raimondi Restaurant is always super busy so be sure to make a reservation in advance, even if you are a guest of the hotel.
  • A simple continental buffet breakfast is included in the rate, with a la carte available at an extra cost.
  • Look out for its new five-star hotel, opening soon.

The Details

Hotel Villa Flori is located at via Cernobbio, 12 22100 Como, Italy, www.villaflori.it.

 

About Our Guest Writer

Michelle Tchea is the bestselling author of four books on travel, food and culture, and her work has been published in over 100 international magazines. She is also the owner of the Organics Company, Healthy Spoon, in Australia and a consulting firm in Europe, PopIntel Group, a luxury strategy firm in F&B. Michelle was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, and has a steady stream of followers on social media reaching millions. Michelle's new book, Chefs Collective is out now. 

 

 

 

 

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