Il Sereno Lago di Como designed by famed Milan-based architect and designer Patricia Urquiola and the first new hotel on Lake Como in decades, opened late last year. An all-suite hotel, Il Sereno boasts 30 oversized suites each with their own furnished terraces and stunning lake views.
“This project has been a true labour of love between Sereno Hotels and Patricia Urquiola; and we are excited to introduce an entirely new design concept to Lake Como. We know devotees of Sereno Hotels and new guests alike will enjoy the exquisite design coupled with unparalleled attention to detail, amenities and relaxed service our brand is known for,” said Luis Contreras, owner of Sereno Hotels.
The perfect setting for the latest Sereno Hotel, Lake Como fits into their philosophy of opening intimate, design-driven hotels in highly desired destinations. The luxury hotel is surrounded by peaceful views of Lake Como’s natural beauty, lush gardens and idyllic small towns, its location stretching approximately 450 feet along the lake’s eastern shore.
Sereno Hotels partnered with Patricia Urquiola and her team at Studio Urquiola to bring to life the vision of creating a contemporary hotel with understated decor; a contrast to the classical designs that can be found around Lake Como. Patricia Urquiola and her team envisioned every facet of the hotel from the architecture to the interior design, which included designing custom furniture, rugs, wall coverings, lamps, bathtubs and bathroom fixtures. Following Sereno Hotel’s brief, Patricia Urquiola’s spacious design of the suites is intended to maximise views and seamlessly integrate the interior and exterior of the accommodations.
With Lake Como just 50 minutes away from Milan, the owners wished to take a new direction celebrating Milan’s reputation in the design-world. Most of the furniture workshops that have made Italy the world’s capital for furniture design in the 20th and 21st centuries are actually located on the hills surrounding Lake Como. Thus, Il Sereno Lago di Como is born in the tradition of the grand lake hotels, but with a contemporary view both in design and service.
Patricia Urquiola used natural materials (stone, wood, wools and other fabrics) to create an aesthetic with a lot of personality while remaining timeless. Key to the design was to install the same principles that have made other Sereno hotels a success; a strong sense of place, well-developed design sensitivity, and a balance of exclusive, sophisticated and very high-end services in a relaxed and simple manner. Urquiola and her team envisioned every facet of the hotel from the architecture to the interior design, which included designing custom furniture, rugs, wall coverings, lamps, bathtubs and bathroom fixtures.
Modern and custom furnishings created by Urquiola complete the elegant and sophisticated design of each suite, with understated earthy tones of grey and walnut with touches of blue and green hues to incorporate the colours found in the surroundings of the iconic Italian Lake. Suite amenities include robes and towels made by D. Porthault for Il Sereno and bath toiletries by Ex Voto Paris, a private bar, 24-hour room service, cutting-edge technology including complimentary Wi-Fi, cordless telephones, flat screen TVs and Bluetooth music systems. In-room spa services are also available.
Spectacular views of Lake Como and scenic mountain ranges greet guests in airy lounge areas that seamlessly integrate the interior and exterior of the architecture. At the centre of the hotel a stunning, original stairwell can be found, which serves as one of many focal points around the property. Made with natural materials including walnut wood, the large steps are encased in bronze and effortlessly ‘float’ as the lobby’s centrepiece. The dark and beautiful veins of the walnut wood complement the Ceppo di Gré stone found throughout the hotel. Guests will also find beautiful marble walls with bas-relief patterns that mimic the patterns found in the Venetian terrazzo floors of the restaurant.
“Sereno Hotels has perfected the art of providing luxury service in a relaxed manner and we look forward to introducing our brand of service to Lake Como,” said Samy Ghachem, managing director of Sereno Hotels. “Guests will have access to not only the best in design, amenities and cuisine, but will also find an attention to detail that is unrivalled.”
Decorated Milan restaurateur and Michelin star chef. Andrea Berton, is at the helm of the hotel’s signature restaurant, Ristorante Beron Al Lago, featuring an exquisite menu inspired by the region. Patricia Urquiola’s design for the sunny, indoor-outdoor space utilises the same local stones used in the façade of the hotel to create the restaurant tables and creative uses of the traditional Venetian Terrazzo and Travertine stone are found throughout. The restaurant has a large outdoor terrace right on the lake, in addition to a section that is built over the water inside the centuries old boat house and foundation over which the new Il Sereno was built. At the centre of the restaurant is a dramatic and intricate stairwell, solidifying the restaurant as a visual experience as well as culinary.
Equally as important as the interiors of the hotel are the immaculately designed exteriors and gardens, including vertical botanical gardens found throughout the property by acclaimed botanist Patrick Blanc, including a spectacular ‘green sculpture’ work of art. At the centre of the hotel’s main garden sits a 60-foot, lakefront freshwater infinity pool surrounded by a broad sun-deck and bar where guests can relax or enjoy light bites and refreshments. Guests can also relax at the hotel’s full-service spa, situated under original arches dating back centuries. The property features a private beach, as well as a dock, allowing guests to arrive by one of the hotel’s custom-built boats.
Patricia Urquiola’s collaboration did not end with the physical aspects of the hotel. Lake Como has been producing the world’s finest silks for centuries and Urquiola also designed silk scarves, or foulards, that are produced locally for hotel staff uniforms; in addition to a custom design that will be available for guests.
Il Sereno presents a new era of luxury hotel for the iconic destination of Lake Como with an ethos of understated elegance. Offering guests the chance to step out of the ordinary, and into a world of effortless relaxation and simple beauty.