THE BEST Hotels FOR Golf HOLIDAYS at Lake Como
Including: Como, Bergamo & Villa d'Este.
Palace Hotel Como****
The best-placed hotel in Como - right on the lakeshore from where the whole of the medieval town is within walking distance and the busy passenger ferries ply their trade on the quay.
The Palace hotel is a large establishment with spacious rooms around a central forecourt that also provides some of the parking facilities (there are 30 more spaces in an underground helical automaton behind the hotel - a fascinating piece of equipment).
The hotel's restaurant, 'L'Antica Darsena' forms a secluded corner at one end of the building and has a fairly gastronomic menu although not overly pricey and a very reasonable wine list featuring many products of the local vineyards.
The small two-storey building by the entrance houses the bar upstairs and the ice-cream parlour on the ground floor (well it is Italy!). The sunny patio is the perfect spot to while away an hour or two watching the gentlefolk of Como taking their "passeggiata".
Overlooking the main piazza in Como the rooms at the Barchetta Excelsior hotel have the best view of Lake Como from their balconies (particularly those on the upper floors). Externally, the modern, angular edifice is not a thing of great beauty but once inside it's a bright, comfortable hotel with helpful, friendly staff.
The restaurant on the ground floor is very good and you will be surrounded by all the other fine restaurants in Como from the Barchetta's very central location. Each morning you can stock-up for the day's adventures in the glass-fronted breakfast room overlooking the square.
The hotel's position in the centre of town left no room for a car park at the Barchetta, however secure car-parks are nearby, or you may use some of the spaces at their sister hotel the Palace (for a nightly charge).
Le Due Corti****
The oldest (and arguably the quaintest/quirkiest!) hotel in Como that will charm you with a few surprises hidden behind is plain pink façade.
The hotel has been entirely renovated by its charismatic owner Giovanni. He is fiercely proud of the culture of Como and he proclaims his restaurant to be the finest in Como, you will find that many of the guidebooks agree.
The hotel bedrooms all feature original red brick
ceilings, many feature exposed stone walls and all exude the unique charm of the traditional building.
The inner courtyard provides parking for the hotel and houses the small pool in front of the restaurant where you may dine al fresco on the warm summer evenings.
Below ground there is a vaulted cellar - ideal for private functions, plus a small wine cellar where wine tastings or dinners can be arranged for groups of up to twenty or so. An ideal place to learn more about the, very palatable, wines of Lombardy.
Bergamo is really a destination in its own right for golf golf holidays around Lake Como. Costantino Rocca's home course of Bergamo l'Albenza has myriad aficionados and it is easy to understand why, with its 27-holes of tranquillity swooping around the Alpine foothills. The town of Bergamo is quite special too with its charming citadel perched above the modern streets spreading below. Getting there is easy too as there are many direct flights into the (Ryan)airport of Orio al Serio, which is only half-an-hour away.
Excelsior San Marco****
Bergamo offers a lot to see and do, however you need to stay in the right location to get the most out of a short trip to this charming town: we can assure you that the Excelsior San Marco is by far the best placed to stay. It is located in the modern part of town - but just 200yds. from the funicular that elevates you to the old hilltop town in just a few minutes. All the main sights are up here - but perish any thoughts of bringing your car up to these ancient lanes and alleyways! (In any case most of the old town of Bergamo is car-free).
The hotel itself is of modern design and has a surprising number of bedrooms as they spread across several adjoining buildings. The rooms are spacious and traditionally furnished on the lower floors with a slightly more modern and minimalist feel on the upper floors where they offer the best views of the old town.
The highlight of the hotel is the top-floor panoramic restaurant that not only has the best views of Bergamo it also has some of the best food in Bergamo! For these reasons it is frequently booked out, however we can reserve tables for you when you book your golf holiday to ensure you enjoy at least one dinner here. For dining elsewhere there are numerous options both up in the old town and down in the new town.
Getting out to play at Bergamo Golf Club is relatively easy too as the main Como road is not far from the hotel. When you return the hotel has a convenient small car park in front or an under ground car-park (that is locked at night).
A note about 'Foresterie'
Many of the old private Italian Golf Clubs have accommodation in the Clubhouse called 'Foresteria' (houses in the woods, if you like). These are somewhat akin to British 'Dormy Houses' - just ten times more comfortable and a hundred times more stylish!
Villa d'Este Foresteria
For total immersion in the beauty of Italian golf, there is no better place to stay than the Foresteria at Villa d'Este. These lovely apartments close to the Clubhouse will let you breathe, eat and sleep golf alla Italiana!
The ten, en-suite rooms (and bathrooms) have all been recently refurbished to provide luxury apartment-style living on the Villa d'Este golf course. Each room has a sitting area and a patio garden bordering the course. All have heating and air conditioning too.
Breakfast is served in the Clubhouse every morning and you may sip your cappucino on the elevated balcony amongst the peaceful pines overlooking the course - a dreamy start to any day.
In the evening the restaurant will be in full swing and you can feast on some of the finest Italian dishes imaginable. Corrado, your chef, runs the Foresteria for the Club, so your are assured of nothing but the best food and wine.
And all this just ten minutes from Como and the lake. Put simply: golf heaven.