Villa d’Este

Villa d’Este

Cernobbio, Lake Como

World-renowned, this wonderful lakeside hotel is the perfect Veneto base and lakeside country club combined. Sophisticated, stylish and delivering on its reputation for excellence

The original villa was built in 1568 as the summer residence for Cardinal Gallio, the ‘Cardinal’s building’ and the trompe l’oeil masterpiece, the ‘Queen’s Pavilion’ was added inn 1860. The whole was transformed into an hotel in 1873, sitting on the lakeshore in twenty-five acres of beautiful gardens and sculpture, the luxury and magnificence of a bygone era maintained intact.

Since its opening, the Villa d’Este has become famous for elegance and the beauty of its surroundings, exquisite cuisine and superb hospitality. The sixteenth century residence and nineteenth century additions have been cleverly coaxed into the present day, invisibly incorporating modern amenities. Most of the rooms are in Cardinal’s and whilst period furniture, Como silk, linen and brocade abound, secretly each is air conditioned and equipped with twenty-first century appliances.

Lake Como’s shores are home to many fine botanical gardens and Villa d’Este’s are no exception. The lower part of the gardens are Renaissance and have a 16th century mosaico and nympheum. There are topiary hedges and bushes of bamboo, azaleas, camellias, oleanders and jasmine bushes and wonderfully diverse tree planting for which this region is famous, interspersed with statuary.


  • 152 Rooms & suites


  • Concierge (Boat rental with or without captain, Concert and theatre tickets, Newspapers and Magazines)
  • Complimentary shoe shining
  • Room service


  • Floating swimming pool
  • Sundeck poolside restaurant
  • Spa & Fitness
  • Sauna & Turkish bath
  • Indoor pool
  • Squash
  • Golf simulator & putting green
  • Tennis
  • Watersports (waterskiing, sailing, windsurfing, canoeing)
  • Boutique


  • Laundry & dry cleaning
  • Junior Club during summer months
  • Babysitting


  • International airport in Milan 60mins
  • Lugarno 30mins
  • Small dogs allowed in guest rooms