If you think first of George Clooney when Lake Como is mentioned, you aren’t alone. After arriving at Grand Hotel Tremezzo, it doesn’t take long to see why some of the Hollywood glitterati have fallen in love with this beautiful area.
Housed in a former Art Nouveau palace, the hotel has a striking presence and commanding views of Lake Como, the Grigne mountains, and the town of Bellagio. Although the hotel is luxurious and elegant, the wonderful staff and fabulous amenities create a relaxing and unbelievably child-friendly atmosphere.
Grand Hotel Tremezzo Family-Friendly Hotel Review
Grand Hotel Tremezzo has 76 rooms and 14 suites. We had the good fortune to experience both a lake view deluxe room and a park view superior room. This is one hotel where having a garden view is almost as desirable as having a water view — both are breathtaking, as the hotel is immersed in a beautiful century-old park with magnificent gardens. Our rooms were spacious and tastefully decorated, with lovely, large windows opening to the spectacular vistas.
The floating pool on the lake made Ciao Bambino’s list of coolest pools for summer, for good reason. The pool is off-the-charts on the fun factor for kids, and lunch at the T Beach restaurant is a special treat.
A floodlit clay tennis court offers guests a marvelous view over the lake. Racquets and balls can be rented from the concierge and an instructor is available on request.
Lake Como is paradise for water sports, such as sailing, windsurfing, water skiing and fishing. All equipment is available upon request and private lessons can be booked through the concierge. Our private boat tour of Lake Como on Ruy, Grand Hotel Tremezzo’s Venetian boat, was a highlight of our stay. Exploring Lake Como by boat gives families a very different perspective and vantage point for enjoying the beauty of the lake.
Parents should not miss a visit to the super-stylish T Spa for a swim in the indoor infinity pool, which has spectacular panoramic views over the lake.
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T Pizza, starring Italy’s iconic dish, is the ideal spot for lunch around the pool in the heart of the garden. T Bar serves a light lunch and, in the evening, is one of the best spots on the lake to watch the sunset over the mountains. Listening to live music at night while gazing at the moonlight glistening on the water is truly a magical experience.
L’Escale wine bar and fondue restaurant is the informal dining option. It’s especially fun for families, as the cooking is done at the center of the table. In the summer, dinner is served on the lakeside terrace; on cooler autumn evenings guests move indoors to the cantina, carved into the rock with bare brick walls and wine casks for tables.
The homemade candy buffet in the lobby, or “Sweets Corner,” as my kids called it, was a huge hit as well.
Things to Do
Villa Carlotta Museum and Botanical Garden is a short walk from the hotel. The gardens alone are worth a visit. Be sure to ask the concierge for complimentary tickets.
The Trombetta Express is very good value for a day ticket. We used it to travel from Grand Hotel Tremezzo to the village of Lenno for lunch and delicious gelato. We then travelled to the charming village of Menaggio in the the evening for the open air market on the palazzo. This is a lovely ride and a useful option, as the road is dangerous to walk on with no sidewalks in some spots.
Bellagio, called the “Pearl of the Lake,” is only a 10-minute ferry ride from Grand Hotel Tremezzo. Exploring this picture-perfect village, with century-old buildings, stone lanes and cobbled stairways filled with shops and restaurants, is a must-do experience.
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Editor’s Note: Sandy received a media rate at Grand Hotel Tremezzo. As always, our opinions are our own. Photos by Sandy Pappas.