There is something to be said about a place that remains the same in a world of constant change. Lake Como is still abundant with the same timeless charm it became so famous for. You will still see the region’s classic Italian liberty-style architecture, traditional saffron risotto with edible gold leaves, immaculately designed gardens, and chic couples romancing around town. While you can certainly find these traits all over Lake Como, they are best preserved at the enchanting Grand Hotel Tremezzo.
In the early 1900’s two wide-eyed lovers Enea Gandola and Maria Orsolini returned from travels around Europe to their beloved Italy. They brought home with them the inspiration to create something of sophistication on the luxurious world stage we’ve come to know as Lake Como. The 5-star art nouveau landmark was the first property on Lake Como to be built for use as a hotel. They chose the Lake’s most promising location and opened Grand Hotel Tremezzo with an over-the-top fete in July of 1910. Life went from a party to a standstill with the outbreak of the First World War. When peace finally came in the 1930’s, Grand Hotel Tremezzo was bought by the famous Sampietro family. The Sampietro’s would carry the hotel through the Second World War without closing its doors for even a day. The hotel’s resilience and family ownership has created a strong presence felt throughout the property.
From the very moment you walk up to the Grand Hotel Tremezzo, you become a part of their Italian family. Welcomed with warm embraces and smiling faces, this will become your new home away from home. Except walking through the halls of this home will transport you through high society Italian history. You will find touches of Italian nobility throughout the property. The Sala Musica is adorned with historic scarves made by the Ratti silk-works. These precious and intricate pieces are some of the oldest and most rare in Lake Como. Just across the hall you’ll encounter the Sala Biliardo, a rich red room with a billiards table from the 1800s. Every room has its own individual aesthetic, including all five of their lush dining venues.
You’re in Italy, and you have every right to expect incredible eats. The dining situation at Grand Hotel Tremezzo will exceed any expectation of Italian cooking that you came with. Their five different eateries all offer a unique side of Italian cuisine. At La Terrazza you can sample Lake Como’s delicacies like the rice with gold and saffron and Romana style artichokes. This is definitely the hotel’s most romantic restaurant, and overlooks the lake and Grigne mountains. For a more casual, yet still very Italian, option head to T Pizza. Situated on the hotel’s Piscina dei Fiori pool in the midst of their lavish gardens this is the perfect place to grab a bite and catch some rays. By bites we mean gourmet wood-fire oven pizza. Your Tremezzo experience would be incomplete without a night at L’Escale. Their wonderfully rustic cellar boasts over 350 Italian regional wines and was the first and only fondue restaurant on Lake Como. At L’Escale you will cook your own fondues with varieties from cheese to meats and fish. The other two options, T Bar and T Beach offer light bites and cocktail to relish with a view!
All of this eating might make you tired; so let yourself get taken care of at T Spa. This luxurious amenity recently underwent a three-year, multi-million dollar renovation to create what is now an unparalleled spa experience. Located in an 18th century villa adjacent to the hotel, you will still find all of the building’s intricate details preserved. It will take you back in time while centering you in the present. T Spa now boasts a sauna with a view of the Lake and a marble-lined hammam that add to their already standout features like the 50-foot indoor infinity pool. Every treatment is thoughtfully curated to cater to your specific needs. The Grand Garden Ritual, for example, incorporates herbs from the hotel’s garden specifically picked to soothe whatever stresses you express. They then use these herbs in a whole-body massage and aromatherapy treatment.
If you can muster the momentum to get out of the gorgeous hotel grounds, the Lake Como area has so much beauty to offer. The best way to view it is of course, by boat. Grand Hotel Tremezzo’s limo boat RUY is your gateway to see amazing cultural landmarks like the famous Villa del Balbianello. A trip to the plush gardens of Villa Carlotta and the quaint town of Bellagio just across the lake is also a must.
One could spend weeks in Lake Como touring the local villages and experiencing the culture. The way history has been preserved throughout every building and in every dish is unlike anywhere else in the world. Taking everything in during a short, or even long, holiday can simply be unfeasible, which is why Grand Hotel Tremezzo is the ultimate option for your stay here. The hotel has every bit of Lake Como’s history and culture preserved right within its walls. Don’t miss out on your chance to witness this side of Italian history and make your own mark.