Grand Hotel Victoria Concept & Spa
Magical Lake Como
What it is
A lakeside 19th-century villa turned into an 81-room modernist retreat, with an Instagrammable neoclassical-inspired spa, two pools and lush manicured gardens.
What it isn't
Lacking anything. The hotel may *feel* like home, but it’s tricked out with ultra-pampering hotel services, from 24-hour security and a doctor on call to bell staff and room service.
What we think
Famous Lake Como residents George and Amal Clooney would salivate over this new hotel, which takes pride of place on the lake’s edge within a revamped historic villa. Guest rooms marry pampering finishes (marble, leather, gleaming woods) with a timeless color palette of neutrals, grays, turquoise and burnished siennas; book the Junior Suite Lake View for a movie-worthy panorama over the water and emerald mountains beyond. While you’re here, you’ll want to take every meal at Ristorante Lago, named for the waters beyond the glass veranda—and home to what many consider to be some of the best pizza in Italy.
You're here because
Honestly? You’re here because you’re pretty sure you’ll spot Clooney here. It’s his kind of place.
After an entire morning in the pool, you’re nothing less than spent—you’ve forgotten just how exhausting swimming can be! So you’re delighted the ERRE Spa, and its Finnish and infrared sauna, await...this is living.
At the water’s edge in the charming village of Menaggio, a 13 minute drive from lakeside 16th-century Villa del Balbianello, seen in Casino Royale (and where you can take guided tours).