Courtesy of Grand Hotel Tremezzo
Italy’s century-old Grand Hotel Tremezzo, perched on the edge of Lake Como, the longtime summer retreat for European aristocrats, celebrated the beginning of summer in May with a $5.5 million renovation of its stunning rooftop floor.
Designer Venelli Kramer collaborated with the owners to reinvent eight luxurious suites on the top floor of the iconic 98-room hotel. Each suite includes a private terrace, outdoor heated Jacuzzi pool, butler service and sweeping panoramic views of the 30-mile-long lake and rose-hued Grigne Mountains. The delicate renovation left no detail overlooked, evidenced in a Champagne minibar and a rooftop “sky bed” for stargazing.
The hotel has a storied history beyond its stunning exterior. Inspired by his European travels, a local resident opened the hotel in 1910, hoping to share the grandeur of his hometown with the world. The hotel flourished and was soon attracting guests with both the natural splendor of the region and the hotel’s intricate Art Nouveau design. Today the hotel is a sophisticated mix of old-world charm and contemporary luxury. Its five upscale restaurants (headed by guest master chef Gualtiero Marchesi) serve authentic Italian cuisine, and just beyond its nearly 66,000-square-acre park sit the gardens of Villa Carlotta, spilling over with the vivid splendor of azaleas, tulips and geraniums. Suites, from $630; 8 Via Regina; 39-0344/42491; grandhoteltremezzo.com.