Sunday, July 14, 2019
Grand Hotel Tremezzo
One of my favorite events on my recent trip to Italy was the day we had lunch at the Grand Hotel Tremezzo. The building is a grand Art Nouveau palazzo that was so stunningly beautiful that I think I walked around saying "wow" every time I entered a different room. We went there the same day we were taking the private tour of Lake Como so we arrived at the boat dock in front of the hotel via a private boat. That was a perfect way to arrive at such an elegant hotel and certainly lent a special status to our little party of travelers. We were greeted at the dock and then shown to a small lift (hidden behind all the greenery) and whisked up to the first floor foyer.
The lobby of the hotel was simply breathtaking with beautifully tiled floors and red velvet furniture and elegant displays of red roses scattered throughout the lobby and all through the hotel.
Beyond the main lobby, a grand staircase added to the atmosphere. The only thing missing was seeing elegantly gowned ladies escorted by tuxedo clad gentleman descending the stairs. That would have made the scene befitting of a James Ivory movie.
We were having lunch on the grand patio overlooking the lake so to get there, we were escorted through the bar which looked like something out of a movie set.
After the bar, we entered a lounge that was beautifully decorated in a rainbow of colors. The sofas and chairs made me think of colorful scoops of sherbet in their lime greens, tasty oranges and luscious raspberries.
Finally we were on the patio where we had a wonderful lunch with views out over the water. The food was delicious and the service impeccable. It was truly a special treat to dine here.
I can't help thinking that it would be so exciting to actually stay at this hotel. I'm afraid I'd have to win the lottery to afford a stay at this wonderful place. However having lunch there was a perfect taste of bygone era with all the comforts of today's luxuries.
P.S. I just saw that this hotel was named one of the World's Best in Italy by Travel and Leisure Magazine.