Grand Hotel Tremezzo is a renovated art nouveau palace on the northern shores of Lake Como. What sets it apart in our mind is that the hotel has a more modern vibe than most classic Italian properties. The hotel has focused a lot of effort on branding in bold orange and white theme, and this property is very well put together and family-friendly. For a special occasion, book a top-floor suite with your own private hot tub. When we arrived, we were floored at the size and quality of our bathroom. It may sound a bit odd, but a large modern bathroom is a bit unusual in Italian hotels set in older buildings.
GHT has two main pools, a floating pool on Lake Como and the more secluded garden pool behind the property. We spent a lot of time at the beach club in front of the floating pool. With plenty of beach chairs and parasols, the beach club offers the only sand beach on Lake Como. Adjacent to the beach club is Giacamo de Lago, run in partnership with the famous Giacamo restaurant group from Milan. Many Milanese come up from Milan since it’s a such short drive from the city and it’s a familiar restaurant to them. With a fantastic bar in the center of the open restaurant, you can order fresh fish and pasta dishes for lunch or dinner.
T-Pizza overlooks the secluded pool in the back of the property. Its pizzaiolo crafts authentic pizzas from a wood-fired oven — the perfect lunch break from spending the day in the sun.
Another special lunch option is to organize a boat tour around Lake Como. As part of our wedding anniversary, we decided to take a special boat trip. The GHT team organized a customized picnic lunch for us along with Aperol Spritz ingredients to make it an extra special occasion. Our lunch was packed in a wicker basket and included a Caprese salad, lobster salad, Nicoise salad, and melon and prosciutto. It was such a refreshing lunch and a special way to admire the villas and gardens along the lake.
GHT has a fine dining restaurant, but we choose to have dinner on the terrace at L’escale Trattoria and Wine bar. They had several small production and natural wines to choose from that we paired with the Catalonian shrimp (Get the recipe here) and seabream. Inside the restaurant, it feels like you’re seated in a wine cave with Italian Berkel slicers and wine lining the walls.
If you’re looking for a more modern-style vacation or want to come with children, this would be the perfect choice on Lake Como.
Note: Grand Hotel Tremezzo provided support for the reporting of this story.