Old Meets New on Lake Como

One of the most exciting developments to come out of this year’s ILTM Asia was the announcement of both IlSereno, Lake Como’s newest building, and the revitalization of Villa Pliniana, the Lake’s oldest. Opening this summer as part of Sereno Hotels, IlSereno is an stylish, intimate all-suite waterfront luxury hotel located along 450 feet of Lake Como’s legendary Eastern shore, surrounded by dramatic views of the Italian Alps and idyllic small towns. Featuring a private beach, an infinity pool which flows onto the lake, private transfers via the hotel’s two custom-made Riva boats, gardens by Botanist Patrick Blanc, and a restaurant by famed London Restaurateur Giuliano Lotto, Il Sereno builds on from the success of the widely loved Le Sereno St. Barths, designed by Christian Liaigre.

Il Sereno (pictured) presents a new era of luxury hotel for the iconic destination of Lake Como with an ethos of understated elegance. Designed by Patricia Urquiola, Wallpaper* Designer of The Year 2015, the all-suite hotel will have 30 spacious rooms, ranging from 65sqm to 200sqm Penthouse.

In contrast, Sereno Hotels has also acquired Villa Pliniana, a stunning 16th century Italian palazzo set on 18 waterfront acres on the legendary Lake Como. Located just 900m from Il Sereno, the single-booking Villa Pliniana features 19 bedrooms, luxurious events halls, and vast gardens, and will offer a captivating backdrop for luxurious weekend escapes, corporate events or high society weddings.


"We are thrilled to add Villa Pliniana to Il Sereno Lago di Como less than a mile away and to its sister property in St Barth's," says Luis Contreras, owner of Sereno Hotels. "Villa Pliniana is the perfect complement to Il Sereno, where our guests can now enjoy both the newest and the oldest great buildings in Lake Como."

Sereno Hotels has once again partnered with Patricia Urquiola to re-design select interiors at Villa Pliniana, with the results scheduled for unveiling this summer. A full restoration of the existing buildings was completed in 2015, preserving the Villa’s timeless frescoes, boisieries, terrazzos and fireplaces. A highlight of the villa is the piano where Gioachino Rossini wrote the Opera Tancredi in 1813, which still rests at the same spot where he once sat.

The Villa Pliniana features its own private spa where there is a large swimming pool with Jacuzzi, rain showers, sauna, steam bath, solarium and a relaxing lounge mezzanine. Guests can arriveat the property's private boat via Il Sereno's custom-designed Riva boat transfers while the on-property helipad allows easy connection to Milan and main airports.

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