Il Sereno Lago di Como already made waves as Lake Como's first and only contemporary luxury hotel. The property is raising the bar again this June as it will unveil a brand-new penthouse suite designed by famed architect Patricia Urquiola. And it will be shoppable.
The new accommodations were Urquiola and hotelier Luis Contreras' vision who wanted to blend Post-War Italian Glamour—"La Dolce Vita"—and modernist Italian designers. Accessed by a separate elevator, the sprawling 1,600-square-foot suite features a 320-square-foot terrace, nearly 540 square feet of garden space, a living room, dining room, two bathrooms, and a master suite. Rich materials can be found throughout, like the Canaletto walnut ceilings, Palissandro Blu stone walls, and Ceppo di Gre local stone floors, which is also the unique stone used for the hotel's façade.
What's more is the entire space will be outfitted with new, bespoke furniture by Urquiola and some pieces from recent design projects like the Fat-Fat Sofa from B&B Italia. Classics from famed designers like Franco Albini and Gio Ponti are also included. And many of the pieces will be available to take home, like the soon-to-be-revealed custom pieces from Studio Urquiola. So, it's not surprising local newspaper "La Provincia di Como" called it "the best Penthouse in the world."
While the new penthouse is certainly the main attraction, the hotel is also unveiling other highlights. For example, famed French botanist Patrick Blanc will design a vertical garden on the building's façade below the suite visible from the lake.
All of these new revelations were originally slated to debut in 2023. But since the hotel was forced to close in 2020 due to COVID, they expedited the construction process.
"It's hard to put into words how excited we are to finalize the new Penthouse as it has been five years in the making. It's always a fun challenge when you want to outdo yourself," Contreras told Departures in a statement. "We are very happy with the outcome, the balance of the paradoxical elements of the simplicity of concept and opulence in execution – this is something that is at the core of the Sereno Hotels brand and its maximum expression here. It has been a very challenging time with Covid-19, but we can't wait to host guests this summer."
The new Penthouse Suite will be priced from €3500 ($4,214) per night for the 2021 season, and Il Sereno is slated to reopen for the 2021 season on April 15.