24 April, Il Sole 24 Ore
New openings, exclusive overhauls, five stars upgrades. There are many changes in the hotel market on the Como Lake.
The British fund Attestor Capital has recently acquired through a subsidiary the Casta Diva hotel in Blevio. The hotel was obtained from an extension of the villa of the soprano Giuditta Pasta and it’s particularly beloved by Russian tourists. Not far away, Sereno Hotel opened last summer. It belongs to the same owner of the Hotel in St. Barth in the Caribbean, the Venezuelan entrepreneur Luis Contreras, who invested for the hotel 40 million euro. There are 30 spacious suites, a private beach nearby, and a terrace facing the lake. The hotel was designed by Patricia Urqiuola, and it features a Valmont spa and the restaurant Berton.
The Regina Olga hotel in Cernobbio will open at the end of 2019 completely renovated under the brand R Collection of the entrepreneur Franco Rocchi. The hotel will be upgraded to five-star and it occupies a historical building a few steps away from the lake. Once renovated, the Regina Olga will feature 85 rooms and a panoramic restaurant with an open kitchen in the middle. Rocchi has also bought the Vittoria hotel in Menaggio, along with an old nunnery that will accommodate the extension of the hotel reaching in this way one hundred rooms. The renovation works include also the implementation of a 1,500 Sq m spa. The hotel is expected to open at the end of 2018. Whereas in Varenna, R Collection has recently inaugurated Villa Cipressi with 30 rooms and a conference centre.
The popular Grand Hotel Tremezzo has undertaken the management of the Villa Sola Cabiati, which was the residence of the Serbelloni dukes. The 18th-century building is famous for its frescoes by Tiepolo, and it still maintains the old furnishing. Only minor changes have been made to the rooms. Guests can stay in the hotel for a minimum of three nights, enjoying the Simmons beds and the design furniture in the common areas.
There have been many changes in the centre of Como too. The Hilton brand inaugurated in January with a soft opening a big facility in front of Villa Olmo. The property was initially a residential complex, but it encountered some difficulties on the market. Many people talk about the great success of the hotel chains. The Hilton Lake Como features 170 rooms and it’s the biggest hotel on the lake.
The 18 suites of the Vista hotel will also open soon. The hotel is owned by the Passera family and it occupies the villa where the politician Gianfranco Miglio took refuge. The charming property has kept the library and the old furnishings in the rooms which have been collected while travelling all around the world. It features four guest rooms.
Source: Il Sole 24 Ore
Translator: Cristina Ambrosi