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The main house, known as the Cardinal’s Villa, dates back to 1568 and contains the majority of the rooms and suites, with the rest housed in the nineteenth-century Queen's Pavilion.
All rooms have period furniture, oil paintings and silk-covered sofas and chairs. Some rooms have balconies or terraces, with views of either the gardens or the lake. Villa d'Este combines the luxury and style of a bygone era with up-to-date facilities: as well as the floating swimming pool and sundeck on the lake, guests have access to a sports club with an indoor pool, gym, sauna, Turkish bath and squash court. Sports on offer include water-skiing, sailing and windsurfing, and the hotel also has eight tennis courts and a golf putting green. An excellent 18-hole course is located seven miles away. The hotel has a choice of formal and informal dining options, and there are two bars - one indoors and another on the lakefront terrace beneath the chestnut trees - as well as a nightclub.
Why we love it
Set on the shores of Lake Como amid 25 acres of parkland, Villa d'Este has been one of the leading hotels of the Italian Lakes region since 1873.
Lucy G, Original Traveller