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Please refresh the page and retry. T he hotels that border Lake Como suit its dignified ambience remarkably well: Surrounded by snow-capped mountains, ringed by aristocratic villas and their beautiful gardens, as well as pretty villages full of yellow and red houses, Lake Como still retains its flavour of 19th-century elegance, and though one or two do exist, this is not the place for flashy new addresses.

The majority of hotels close from November to Easter. Where applicable, low-season prices are quoted; breakfast is included in the price.

We urge you to turn off your ad blocker for The Telegraph website so that you can continue to access our quality content in the future. Visit "Speed dating at bellagios lake" adblocking instructions page. Home News Sport Business. Grand Hotel Tremezzo Lake Como, Italy 9 Telegraph expert rating This palace hotel has the advantage of being next to Villa Carlotta, notable for its Canova sculptures and its superb botanic gardens.

The disadvantage is that the hotel is divided from its lovely waterside terrace, garden and pool by the road, but it has much else going for it, including bold, attractive, cleverly updated interiors, exceptional rooftop suites and the highest of standards, overseen by the family who have run it for the past 40 years.

Built as a summer palace in the 16th century, it became the much loved home of Princess Caroline, estranged wife of the future George IV.

Splendid and traditional, with stately gardens towering above, it is notable for its huge waterfront terrace and floating swimming pool, and offers a spa, sports centre and watersports. The old school service, from a raft of long-serving, dedicated staff, is second to none. Hotel Villa Flori Lake Como, Italy 8 Telegraph expert rating On the outskirts of Como, with its fine cathedral, Villa Flori makes a good choice for those looking Speed dating at bellagios lake something contemporary yet elegant and sophisticated.

Though uncomfortably close to the road, it stands right on the shore, and its smart, light and airy bedrooms, many with balconies overhanging the water, are peaceful.

The rooftop Gran Lago suite is spectacular, and the food in Raimondo restaurant matches the classy surroundings.

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It also has the advantage of being open in winter. Relais Villa Vittoria Laglio, Italy 7 Telegraph expert rating If you prefer staying in what feels like a private villa, then choose Villa Vittoria, where Daniella and her staff create an intimate and relaxed atmosphere in an old, cleverly updated waterfront house.

Decorated in chic, sophisticated Italian style by her interior designer daughter, it has cool, airy bedrooms, some with huge, white-painted original beams, a conservatory restaurant serving excellent food, an expansive drawing room with original chandeliers and grand piano, cosy basement taverna and small, attractive spa, plus garden, small pool and romantic gazebo.

A luxury hotel in miniature. The excellent restaurant serves simple dishes with a contemporary touch. Hotel Belvedere Lake Como, Italy 8 Telegraph expert rating Speed dating at bellagios lake above the town of Bellagio among terraced gardens leading down to the lake, this Speed dating at bellagios lake hotel has a welcoming feel and great service.

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