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Villa d´Este

Villa d´Este

Lake Como is a beautiful and serene lake at the foot of the Alps in northern Italy. The Villa d'Este, a prime member of the Leading Hotels of the World, graces this scene as it has done for centuries. 


Ornate and opulent and set in gorgeous gardens, this 16th-century villa has hosted nobility and royalty. Politicians, socialites, and intellectuals over generations also come here. 

Constructed in 1550 by Pirro Ligorio for Cardinal Ippolito II d'Este (Governor of Tivoli in 1550), Villa d'Este still attracts VIPs worldwide, including the United States. However, with its long tradition of dedicated and warm staff, every guest is made to feel welcome and cosseted. 


Lake Como Villa has a glorious lakefront setting amid its own 25 acres of parkland and gardens. This UNESCO World Heritage site is 15 minutes from the town of Como, noted for its Renaissance architecture. 

Moreover, Milan Malpensa International Airport is 40 minutes away by car. There is also Lugano airport which is only a 20-minutes drive away. Train connections also run from Milan to Como.

History and Features

This magnificent palatial villa was once the summer residence of Cardinal Gallio. The Cardinal commissioned famed architect Pellegrino Tibaldi to design a new building replacing a demolished convent on the same site. 

It was completed with the lush surrounding gardens between the years 1565-1570. Many changes of ownership and refurbishments and recent modernizations have allowed the property to remain one of the most celebrated accommodations in the world.

Queen Caroline, the estranged wife of future English King George 1V, loved the villa and Anglicized the gardens, which today are filled with fine statuary. The Cardinal and the Queen are commemorated in the Cardinal Building and Queen's Pavilion, housing the luxury guest rooms. 

The villa was converted to a deluxe hotel in 1873. Today it has won awards and accolades, including a Conde Nast Traveler 'Readers Choice recommendation.

Rooms and Suites

The 152 rooms are approached through corridors of lavish furnishings, vaulted ceilings supported on marble pillars. They also drip with Murano chandeliers which also light the sweeping staircases. 

Moreover, some have garden or lake/marina views and traditional period décor with antiques, fine art, lavish velvet, silk-brocade fabrics, and deep carpeting. A lovely palette of color also reflects the blues of the lake with washes of primrose and apricot and deeper crimson/gold in some individually designed rooms. 

Additionally, those above the central axis of the gardens tastefully adapt color tones of peach and green to echo the vistas. Besides, bathrooms are luxurious with marble finishing. 

Modern amenities include air conditioning, a mini-bar flat-screen TV, and Wi-Fi. Somewhat surprisingly, but happily, you can take pets in rooms.


The suites have all the opulent features of the rooms with more space. Besides, there are separate living rooms, dining areas, balconies, or terraces. Most feature lavish fabrics in rich blues and others have a deep cardinal red/gold design.

The resort also has four grand individual villas within the lush European gardens for ultimate luxury and privacy. Villa Cima is beautifully situated right on the shores of Lake Como, while Villa Malakoff is slightly elevated with fine lake views.

Villa Garrovo nestles among the trees in the park, and the extraordinary Mosaic House sits in its own mosaic garden. Romantic interiors in pastel shades feature every comfort, while outside has a terrace and a lake vista.

Restaurant and Dining

The restaurants and bars at the hotel sit delightfully for guests to enjoy the lovely surroundings and fine food fully. 

La Veranda has a bank of full-length windows retractable to open up to the breezes in warm weather. On summer evenings, diners can take a table on the terrace. The dishes are classic Italian with some international additions. Moreover, this is a classy restaurant where dressing for dinner is de rigueur. 

The Grill has a more casual atmosphere, glorious views, and dining under centennial trees in the garden in fine weather. Regional dishes and Mediterranean specialties are available. 

Additionally, Il Platano is an informal but chic restaurant with an attractive terrace. A lavish breakfast spread is available in the Veranda or taken in-room. Children's menus and special diets are also available.


One of the most famous features of the hotel is the floating swimming pool set in the lake waters. Bathers can also enjoy snacks, light meals, and cocktails at the Sundeck bar alongside this iconic feature. 

Furthermore, the Canova bar is a gorgeous blue lounge. It is an ideal place for coffee, tea, or light meals and refreshing drinks. Additionally, Saturday evenings by the lakeside in summer offer the additional delight of orchestral music at the Terrazza Bar and d'Este Club.

The Beauty Center

Dark and relaxing, lots of deep green marble, soothing massages, facials, and full wellness therapies. Peeling, microabrasion, and regeneration treatments, and a softly swishing waterfall background all offer a revitalizing experience.

Sports and Activities

Just along from the Beauty Center is the Sports Club with well-equipped gym equipment, personal trainers, and exercise sessions. There are saunas, a Turkish bath, steam rooms, a Kneipp path (for women), and an indoor pool. There is also a golf simulator, and a host of other facilities are available to hotel guests. 

Outside, children have their own pool. There are also 8 tennis courts, a golf putting green, and hiking courses across the gardens. Watersports on the lake include sailing and windsurfing, kayaking, and canoeing. For serious golfers, the Villa d'Este Golf Club is some 8 miles away.


Children are welcomed with toys, games, and coloring books. Apart from the kid's pool, there is also a putting green for the young guests, special bathrobes, slippers, and toiletries. A junior club also runs in the summer season.

Meetings and Events

The hotel has exceptional meeting rooms lavishly decorated in vibrant blues, gold, and white to match the beauty of the surroundings. Modern business facilities and technologies plus immaculate service and catering are as expected in this 5-star luxury hotel.


The Italian Lakes are some of the finest destinations in a country famous for its historic cities with Renaissance art treasures and wonderful coastal scenery. Azure seas wash the shores on three sides, but there are the Alps and the Lakes to the north. Visitors may feel spoilt for choice. However, the Villa d'Este that gives a magnificent view of Lake Como is certainly one that will not disappoint.

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Rooms and Suites at Villa d´Este

From 2,216 USD

Junior Suite Park View ( 560ft2 - 667ft2 )

Exclusive Junior Suite park view in Cardinal or Queen Pavilion/52-62sqm 560-667 sq ft. In Cardinal bldg or in Queen’s Pavilion. Park view. 1 king or t...

From 2,543 USD

Junior Top Lake View Suite ( 484ft2 - 645ft2 )

Junior Suite lake view. Cardinal bldg /Queens Pavilion/45-60sqm484-645 sq ft. In Cardinal building or in Queen’s Pavilion. Lake view. 1 king or twin b...

From 4,056 USD

1 Bedroom Lake View Suite ( 65m2 - 75m2 )

1 Bedroom Suite Lake view. In Cardinal blog or Queen's Pavilion 700-807 sq ft /65-75 smq. In Cardinal blog or in Queen’s Pavilion. Lake view.1 king or...

From 2,034 USD

Deluxe Superior Room ( 538ft2 )

Double Deluxe Superior lake view Cardinal Bldg 4th floor/50SQM/538 sq ft. no balcony. In Cardinal bldg, on the 4th floor no balcony. Lake view. 1 king...

From 1,550 USD

Deluxe Lake View Room ( 376ft2 - 430ft2 )

Deluxe dbl room lake view. In Cardinal bldg/Queen Pavilion/35-40 sqm 376-430 sqft. In Cardinal bldg or in Queen’s Pavilion. Lake view. 1 king or twin...

From 1,392 USD

Executive Garden View Room ( 323ft2 - 538ft2 )

Executive Double garden view in Cardinal Building or Queen's Pavilion. 30-50sqm / 323-538sfqft. In Cardinal Building or Queen’s Pavilion. Garden view....

From 1,114 USD

Classic Courtyard View Room ( 344ft2 - 452ft2 )

Classic Double courtyard view in Cardinal Building/32-42 SQM 344-452 sqft. In the Cardinal Building. Courtyard view.1 king or twin beds. Max 1 extra b...

From 4,238 USD

Mosaic House ( 90m2 )

It is located a stone's throw from the Cardinal's building , in the most magical corner of the gardens of Villa d'Este, where the iconic mosaic and it...

From 18,162 USD

6 Bedroom Garrovo Villa ( 700m2 )

Villa Garrovo was built in 1833 and recently completely renovated. Located inside the park of the Hotel, a few steps from the Cardinal Building , it h...

From 18,162 USD

2 Bedroom Lake View Suite ( 95m2 )

2 Bedroom Suite/lake view/in Cardinal building/95 sqm. 1 sitting room, 2 bedrooms with twin beds or king bed each.Lake view. In Cardinal bldg. Antique...

From 2,966 USD

Deluxe Junior Lake View Suite ( 45m2 - 60m2 )

These Junior Suites are luxurious rooms with a living area. They enjoy a splendid frontal Lake view which, in every season, offers a new color scenari...

From 18,162 USD

4 Bedroom Cima Villa ( 650m2 )

Built in 1815 and completely renovated in 2019, Villa Cima is the only one located on the shores of the lake, a few steps from the Cardinal Building....

From 18,162 USD

4 Bedroom Malakoff Villa ( 300m2 )

Built in 1860 and completely renovated in 2019, Villa Malakoff is located a few steps from the Cardinal Building and the lake. The Villa owes its name...

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