Villa d'Este

Italian Lakes, Lake Como

Tripadvisor rating Based on 1766 traveller reviews
Thumb image 91% of travellers recommended this hotel
Spa Good for Couples

  • Feel like royalty in the award-winning palatial surroundings
  • Wake up to breathtaking views of Lake Como, one of Italy’s most spectacular treasures
  • Be treated to culinary masterpieces in each of the three fine dining restaurants
  • Take a dip in the heated pool which floats on the surface of the lake

Step back in time and follow in the footsteps of princesses, aristocrats and tsars through the magnificent and opulent Villa d’Este, overlooking the stunning Lake Como. Built in 1568 before being opened as a luxury hotel in 1873, it has become increasingly refined every year, with famously warm Italian hospitality and modern amenities. Style and substance are what this regal property is all about. The five star facilities come with impressive accolades. These include ‘best hotel in the world’ by Travel & Leisure, Condé Nast Traveller and Forbes Traveller… just to name a few.

The dining options are as exquisite as everything else in this hotel. There are three top quality restaurants to choose from, as well as a handful of beautifully located bars offering panoramic views of the lake. And when it comes to entertainment, you can enjoy activities galore, as well as a tranquil spa which will leave you feeling refreshed.

Hotel child prices apply to ages 0–7 years. The hotel has 152 rooms.


Bars & Restaurants


When it comes to this decadent lakeside restaurant, it’s difficult to determine what is more incredible: the food or the views. Traditional Italian flavours fused with contemporary culinary styles, this al fresco eatery is the epitome of luxury haute cuisine.

Included With: Bed & Breakfast

Dress Code: Gentlemen are required to wear a jacket and tie in the evening.

Open 7am - 10.30am, 12.15pm - 2.15pm and 7.30pm - 9.45pm


Chic and sophisticated, this informal restaurant offers typical local dishes refined in Villa D’Este’s signature style. In the summertime, diners can also eat in the historic gardens under centuries old trees.

Dress Code: Gentlemen are required to wear long trousers and a jacket.

Open 7pm - 11.30pm

Il Platano

Dine on an ornamental terrace with enchanting views of Lake Como as your backdrop in this intimate restaurant. Small in size, but big on flavour, this eatery often gets booked out so be sure to grab your reservation early.

Open 7pm - 11pm (from June to August, closed on Mondays) 


Overlooking the floating pool and the stunning lake, this sun-soaked spot is perfect for sipping on a cool cocktail or grabbing a light lunch.

Bar Canova

Regal in décor, yet casual in atmosphere, the Bar Canova is the place to go for an easy aperitif or leisurely afternoon tea.

Beach & Pools

Swimming Pools

With three heated swimming pools available, you can enjoy a few lengths both indoors or outdoors at any time of the year. The gem of them all is the floating pool, with a built in whirlpool located on the surface of the lake.


At the Villa d’Este you’re just minutes away from the glittering waters of Lake Como and its soft golden sandy beaches.

Spa & Wellness

Wellness & Beauty

If it’s peace and serenity you’re searching for, look no further than the luxury spa. With its soft lighting and marble finishes, it’s the perfect place to enjoy one of the exclusive treatments on offer. You can also take relaxation one step further with a visit to the sauna or Turkish Bath.

Fitness Centre

The fitness centre is kitted out with top of the range equipment and offers a selection of dynamic classes led by a team of qualified professionals.

Activities & Entertainment


The Villa d’Este is home to a putting green with spectacular views, as well as equipment hire and electronic golf facilities which feature simulations of ten international courses.

Jogging Trail

Within the hotel’s spectacular 17 acre grounds there are some wonderful gardens, views and facilities, with a jogging trail winding through and ideal for those wanting to keep fit.

Tennis Courts

There are eight tennis courts to choose from, as well as a squash court. Guests can also rent equipment and choose to take lessons.

Water Sports

On the glassy surface of the lake, guests can choose from a range of water sports and activities. Hire a sailboat, canoes, jet skis, water skis or try windsurfing.

The Villa D’Este can be found nestled on the soft golden sands of Lake Como, with a spectacular backdrop of luscious green mountains. It’s ideal for explorers wanting to head along the trails by bike or on foot, as well as those wanting to take to the water with boat trips. Spectacular views can be found from the top of the mountain, as well as from the hotel itself.

Sail or book a water taxi across to one of the many little villages, where you’ll find a fascinating history. Colourful houses overlook the glittering lake and contain luxury boutique shops, art galleries and some of the area’s best restaurants.

Transfer time

Villa D’Este is an hour’s drive away from Milan Linate Airport or one hour and 30 minutes from Milan Malpensa airport.
Double Classic Courtyard View

Max 3 adults

Double Classic Courtyard View Rooms are located in the Cardinal Building. Facilities include marble bathroom with a bathtub, air conditioning, satellite TV, telephone, WiFi, minibar, hairdryer, bathrobes and slippers and 24 hour room service.


Double Deluxe Lake View

Max 2 adults

Double Deluxe Lake View Rooms are located in either the Cardinal Building or the Queens Pavilion. They feature fantastic views over the lake and a king-size bed. 


Double Deluxe Superior Lake View

Max 2 adults

Double Deluxe Superior Lake View Rooms are located on the top floor of the Cardinal Building. Providing sweeping views of the Lake. A king-size bed and antique furniture also feature. 


Double Executive Garden/Park View

Max 3 adults

Double Executive Garden/Park View Rooms are located either in the Cardinal Building or the Queen's Pavillion. All rooms are individually designed, each one decorated with period furniture, oil paintings and silk drapes. They feature a king-size bed or twin beds.


Junior Suite Exclusive Park/Partial Lake View

Max 3 adults

Junior Suites Exclusive Park/Partial Lake View are located in either the Cardinal Building or the Queen's Pavilion. Some rooms feature a Jacuzzi® bathtub, balcony and a walk-in wardrobe. 


Junior Suite Top Lake View

Max 3 adults

Junior Suites Top Lake View are located in either the Cardinal Building or the Queen's Pavilion. There are stunning views of the lake and some rooms feature a Jacuzzi® bathtub, balcony and a walk-in wardrobe.


Suite Lake View

Max 3 adults

Suites Lake View are a stunning combination of period furniture, fine tapestries and oil paintings with the latest technologies. They can be found in the Cardinal Building or the Queen's Pavilion. A separate living room, staggering views, a large bedroom and a balcony are included.


Meal Offer

1 complimentary 3 course meal for a minimum stay of 7 nights (beverages not included).

Tripadvisor logo
Tripadvisor rating Based on 1766 traveller reviews
Thumb image 91% of travellers recommended this hotel
Travellers Ratings
Rating image   1447
Very Good
Rating image   191
Rating image   71
Rating image   30
Rating image   27
What to expect
Tripadvisor rating
Sleep Quality
Tripadvisor rating
Tripadvisor rating
Tripadvisor rating
Tripadvisor rating
Tripadvisor rating

Staff stole several pieces of jewlery at potentially different times from our hotel room

Joe D,

Tripadvisor review Jun 20 2024
My wedding band was stolen from our room during the first few hours of our stay when we went downstairs for dinner. I complained and every staff member in the hotel came to know about my issue...
View full review

As good and better than ever.

Guillermo H, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Tripadvisor review Jun 15 2024
My first visit to Villa D ‘ Este was 20 years ago. It was nice to verify that things are as good as they always were. This former grand mansion, converted in hotel in the XIX century, has the merit...
View full review
View more reviews
Call to book this hotel
Our Personal Travel Planners can book this holiday for you. You can get in touch by calling
01293 762400
Call to book this hotel
01293 762400
Feefo review image

What our guests think

We've been finding people their own slice of paradise for 50 years, and like to think we're pretty good at it. 
Don't just take our word for it, though - see what our customers have said about their Sovereign experience..

Read guests reviews...