Grand hotel tremezzo

You can breathe the atmosphere of the Belle Epoque  in the halls of the iconic art noveaux hotel on the western shore of Lake Como. Which more than a century after its foundation continues to renew itself, combining tradition, design and technology.

“Let us go to Tremezzo, that happy and sunny place” says Greta Garbo in a scene of Grand Hotel, one of her most famous films. By 1932, when the film was shot, the Grand Hotel Tremezzo had already become a fashionable and exclusive destination. Built in 1910 on the western shore of Lake Como, in a unique position facing the Grigna mountains, it enchanted not only the ‘divina’ (her favorite room still bears her name), but also writers and artists, not to mention many of the most famous Italian and foreign families. Today, despite 110 years have passed since its opening, it is still a special place, counted among the 100 most beautiful hotels in the world. “The winning idea was never departing from that Belle Epoque atmosphere that made it so lucky”, they say at the Venelli Kramer studio, that has been passionately following the restyling of the hotel for years.

And this principle has guided a series of very recent interventions aimed at making the offer of hospitality and services even richer. For example, the renewal of the ‘T Beach’, the beach overlooking the lake and connected with the floating swimming pool. The project has been inspired by the soft and rounded forms of Liberty architecture and has revived the historic orange of the hotel in the decor of the umbrellas. “Of course, on a constructive level, the intervention used cutting-edge technologies to ensure sustainability and safeguard the landscape “, the architects explain. “The beach, in fact, has been completely ‘dry mounted’ on an already existing pile-dwelling structure, which we reinforced. The enlargements, like a new bar-restaurant and the two maxi round cabins which house the bathrooms, were made with lightweight prefabricated modules and brought on site fully equipped. They can be easily removed in case of need.”

Light solutions have also been adopted by the Venelli Kramer studio, in collaboration with architect Donata De Santis, in the design of new rooftop suites, created in an elevation of the building, which offer guests a breathtaking view.

In other areas of the hotel, the interventions played on the contrast between historic environments and contemporary spaces, with impressive effects. Thus, the eighteenth-century Villa Emilia, close to the hotel, now hosts a large Spa (over a thousand square meters) where frescoes and mosaics were restored to their former glory. A new minimal design thermal pool overlooks the lake thanks to sliding windows. In the new Escale Trattoria & Wine Bar a long ribbon window frames the lake and the mountains: a sort of living picture that changes with the passing of the hours and the seasons. The same solution for the kitchen of the Hotel, where the chefs prepare the famous dishes of the ‘maitre’ Gualtiero Marchesi (it is the only restaurant in the world that offers the starred menu of the Milanese chef), being inspired by the beautiful landscape of Manzoni’s memory.


ph. David Zanardi

Write Laura Ragazzola