Luxury hotel holiday Grand Hotel Imperiale Lake Como

The Grand Hotel Imperiale Resort & SPA on Lake Como is a charming and historic four-star hotel in a lakeside setting. Dating from the early 1900s it was built in Liberty Style, and today the hotel has 120 rooms and suites, some of which are situated in the original Villa Imperiale on the lake shore, and others split between the Liberty Style building and an additional modern wing. There is direct access to the lake for boat excursions and water-skiing. Plenty of leisure attractions including a spa, access to the lake by boat and two restaurants.
Included in your Expressions holiday
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on bed and breakfast
  • Scheduled flights with British Airways London to Milan
  • Private car transfers
  • Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints
  • Optional room, car-hire and flight upgrades. Details on request

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Grand Hotel Imperiale, Lake Como

Grand Hotel Imperiale Resort & SPA offers period Art Nouveau grandeur in a splendid lakeside setting. This hotel offers the chance to experience both the peaceful beauty of Lake Como and a taste of Italian town life.

Facts in brief

Location On the shore of Lake Como

Annual opening 19 March to 2 January

Closest airport Milan Linate Airport

Distance from airport The hotel is about 80-minutes' drive from Milan Linate Airport

Closest railway station Milan Central Station

Distance from railway station The hotel is 70-minutes' drive from Milan Central Station

Hotel facilities and services

Ristorante Imperialino, Garden Restaurant, Regina Bar, Regina Lakeside Bar, Outdoor Panoramic Swimming Pool (open May to September), I-Spa, Tennis Court, Nine-hole Putting Green, Two Driving Ranges, Garage Parking, WiFi.

Complimentary

WiFi.

Out and about nearby

The lakeside villas and gardens including Villa del Balbianello, Villa Melzi and Villa Carlotta, Como, Bellagio, Isola Comacina, picturesque boat trips and drives.

Sports nearby

Water Sports, Golf, Trekking to Bugone Refuge, Horse Riding.

Special offers for this holiday>

Excellent choice of food and very good service.
Mrs L, May 2016

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Classic double or twin with garden or village view for 7 nights

From about

£1,090

Holiday Code EXH639

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Grand Hotel Imperiale, Lake Como

The Grand Hotel Imperiale Resort & SPA in Moltrasio is a four-star hotel of great charm and historical character, set amidst a luxuriant garden looking directly on to glorious Lake Como. Dating back to 1926, the Imperiale, originally the Hotel Regina, was built in late Art Nouveau style and whilst it has been extended and refurbished over the years, it has retained its period atmosphere. The Imperiale has 120 rooms and suites including 11 deluxe rooms in the exclusive Villa Imperiale, a hotel within a hotel. Many of the rooms overlook the village of Moltrasio and Mount Bisbino, whilst a select few face directly on to the lake. Elegantly styled and furnished, the rooms feature a wide range of amenities and some are particularly spacious, rendering them ideal for families or longer stays. Rooms in the Villa Imperiale offer additional seclusion and privacy with the Regina Lakeside Bar situated on the ground floor offering views towards the pool. Ristorante Imperialino enjoys a refined gastronomic reputation serving innovative interpretations of traditional Italian dishes. The Garden Restaurant serves Italian cuisine with Mediterranean flavours whilst the Regina Bar boasts original period furnishings and overlooks the inner courtyard garden. A newer addition to the hotel is a new wing where the SPA building resides, with its Deluxe spa rooms and I-SPA, the wellness and beauty centre. As well as the seasonal outdoor swimming pool set in the middle of the garden, the Grand Hotel Imperiale also features a tennis court, nine-hole putting green, two driving ranges and a variety of water sports available nearby.

Room descriptions

Grand Hotel Imperiale Resort & SPA has 120 rooms and suites each with bath or shower and wc, air conditioning, free wi-fi, satellite flat screen TV, safe, mini-bar, hairdryer and direct-dial telephone. An extra bed can be added to Classic, Deluxe Garden and Executive.

Comfort Double or Twin Room with garden or village view. Max. occupancy 3.
Deluxe Spa Double or Twin Room with village view, balcony and daily spa access. Max. occupancy 3.
Executive Double or Twin Room with lake view and balcony. Max. occupancy 2.
Deluxe Spa Double or Twin Room with lake view, balcony and daily spa access. Max. occupancy 2.
Villa Room Deluxe Double with lake view and balcony. Max. occupancy 3.
Penthouse Suite lake view and balcony. Max. occupancy 5.

Special offers for this holiday>

Excellent choice of food and very good service.
Mrs L, May 2016

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Classic double or twin with garden or village view for 7 nights

From about

£1,090

Holiday Code EXH639

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Grand Hotel Imperiale, Lake Como

The journey and how you get there

For a holiday to the Grand Hotel Imperiale Resort & Spa on Lake Como, our clients usually fly to Milan Malpensa airport or arrive by train at Milan Centrale railway station. From the airport and the station, we recommend a private car transfer which we would include in our holiday price, or we recommend that you use a hire-car for the duration of your holiday, especially if you want to tour the region. We will arrange this for you if required.

Additional information

Minimum stays: 3 nights minimum stay from 17 April to 24 April, 20 May to 26 September, and 29 December to 2 January.

Children: Baby cots are available for a supplement. Extra beds for children are also available for a supplement and can be added to Classic, Deluxe Garden and Executive rooms.

Special offers

20% reduction on stays of 3 nights or more in low season Stay 3 nights or more and receive a 20% reduction off hotel room rates. Offer is only applicable in low season for stays from 19 March 2020 to 8 April 2020, 13 April 2020 to 16 April 2020, and 18 October 2020 to 28 December 2020.

10% reduction on stays of 4 nights or more in mid-season Stay 4 nights or more and receive a 10% reduction off hotel room rates. Offer is only available in mid-season for stays from 9 April 2020 to 12 April 2020, 25 April 2020 to 19 May 2020 and 27 September 2020 to 17 October 2020.

9% reduction on stays of 5 nights or more in high-season Stay 5 nights or more and receive a 9% reduction off hotel room rates. Offer is available in high season for stays from 17 April 2020 to 24 April 2020, 20 May 2020 to 26 September 2020 and 29 December 2020 to 2 January 2021.

Complimentary room upgrade and welcome drink Stay at the Grand Hotel Imperiale and receive a complimentary room upgrade (subject to availability), a welcome drink at the Bar Regina and a sweet welcome gift.

Excellent choice of food and very good service.
Mrs L, May 2016

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Classic double or twin with garden or village view for 7 nights

From about

£1,090

Holiday Code EXH639

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Grand Hotel Imperiale, Lake Como

About Italian Lakes

An Expressions tailor-made holiday to the Italian Lakes spans the northern Italian regions of Lombardy, Piemonte and the Veneto. We offer hotels located by the undisputedly beautiful Lake Maggiore, Lake Como and Lake Garda and also the smaller, quieter lakes of Orta and Iseo, both well-worth exploring in their own right. Each lake has its own character and atmosphere, distinctive terrain, architecture and style. Placed as the lakes are to the south of the Alps and to the north of the Po Valley, they naturally possess a charming mixture of the vibrant coolness associated with the Alps but enlivened by the warmth of the South. The landscape around the Italian Lakes is one of deep blue waters surrounded by greenish-blue tinged mountains, often snow-capped. On the shores of the lakes and the lower slopes of the hills you find a profusion of lemons and olives, chestnuts and palms, magnolias and camellias. Pretty villages with rustic stone and wood houses hug the sheltered bays and fishing boats still moor next to sailing boats. Wrought-iron balconies and colourful shutters adorn gaily-painted houses with terracotta roofs. Dining is usually al fresco in the summer months and a magical atmosphere is created with the lapping of the waters and the twinkling of the lights around the lake and in the hills above. The close proximity to Milan and Verona as well as other less well-known but artistically interesting cities means that you can visit the Italian Lakes quite easily for just a weekend or short break as well as a longer holiday. The Italian Lakes can all be visited as part of a rail holiday, and the many beautiful gardens located in the vicinity of Lakes Como and Maggiore are well worth a visit as part of a garden tour holiday. Our favourite four and five star hotels for luxury holidays in the Italian Lakes include Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni and Villa d'Este on Lake Como, and the Hotel Cannero Lakeside Resort on Lake Maggiore.

Highlights of the Italian Lakes

Historic villas are to be found on every lake from the Grotte di Catullo Roman villa at Sirmione on Lake Garda to Villa Melzi and Villa Olmo on Lake Como and the Palazzo Estense in Varese. Most of these villas also have extraordinarily beautiful gardens (which can be visited as part of an Expressions Garden Tour holiday) such as the Villa Carlotta on Lake Como, the Isola Bella in Lake Maggiore and Villa Taranto at Punta della Castagnola on Lake Maggiore. Monte Mottarone above Stresa on Lake Maggiore and Monte Baldo above Lake Garda can both be reached by cable car and afford spectacular views. At Gargnano on Lake Garda you can see the stone pavilions where lemons were traditionally cultivated. Within the region there are national parks such as the Stelvio National Park north of Orta and the Parco Nazionale della Val Grande above Verbania on Lake Maggiore.

Cultural highlights of the Italian Lakes

Much of the artistic and architectural cultural wealth in the region is concentrated in the great cities such as Milan and Verona but also in the less well-known but culturally-rich centres of Bergamo, Brescia, Pavia, Mantova and Vicenza (not directly on the Lakes but within reach for a day`s excursion). Highlights include the frescoes by Masolino at Castiglione Olona, the Rocca (castle) at Angera, the Flemish tapestries on the Isola Bella Lake Maggiore, the marble cathedral of Santa Maria Maggiore at Como and the works of art in the Galleria dell`Accademia Tadini at Lovere on Lake Iseo. Milan has La Scala, the Museo Poldi Pezzoli, the Brera Gallery (containing Raphael`s `Marriage of the Virgin` and the Montefeltro altarpiece by Piero della Francesca) and its Gothic cathedral. Verona has its annual opera festival from June until the end of August, the Romanesque church of San Zeno, the Renaissance Loggia del Consiglio and the Roman Arena.

Festivals in the Italian Lakes

The Verona Opera Festival takes place in the Roman Arena every year with performances running from June until the end of August. Verona also celebrates Carnival every year culminating on the Friday before Shrove Tuesday. Como holds a flea market, the Fiera di Pasqua, over the Easter weekend. Music festivals take place in Bergamo throughout the year. The Mille Miglia veteran car race starts and ends in Brescia (via Ferrara to Rome in May each year).

Gastronomy in the Italian Lakes

The cuisine of northern Italy tends to contain more meat and butter than further south and rice and polenta compete with pasta. Saffron is used extensively as in Risotto alla Milanese. Bresaola is cured raw beef served as an antipasta (now often with rocket and parmesan). Manzo al Barolo (beef in Barolo wine), Costolette alla Milanese (veal cutlets in breadcrumbs) and Ossobucco (veal in wine and tomatoes) are all popular dishes. Panettone cake and Zabaglione are two regional desserts. This region produces some of Italy's most famous cheeses such as Gorgonzola, Bel Paese, Fontina and Taleggio as well as some of Italy's most exportable wines such as Soave, Bardolino and Valpolicella. Less well known but interesting wines are produced in the Valtellina in the north of Lombardy and in Franciacorta near Lake Iseo.

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