Il Sereno (here is our report on the 2017 opening) – the hotel on Lake Como designed by Patricia Urquiola that has already become a design icon – reopens from May 6th. A perfect place to spend a dream weekend just a few kilometres from home, which, during the forced lockdown, has taken the opportunity to renew itself.
The most important innovation is undoubtedly the opening of the new Penthouse Suite, scheduled for mid-June. Located in a building adjacent to the hotel, it is inspired by post-war Italian glamour, ‘La Dolce Vita’, Italian designers and Como’s silk excellence and has already been described as one of the best suites in the world.
Framed by the lake and surrounding mountains, and with a façade embellished by the creations of French botanist Patrick Blanc, the Penthouse Suite is an innovative experience with a tribute to iconic pieces of Italian design, including Patricia Urquiola’s new custom-made furniture which, for the first time in an Italian hotel, can all be purchased.
The Penthouse suite, which is 150 square meters in size, 30 of which are terraces, and features a 50 square meter personal garden, has private access via a separate lift and is divided into a spacious living room, a dining room, two bathrooms and a bedroom.
Other novelties this summer include the “botanical” beverage menu at the Berton Al Lago restaurant, using the best seasonal ingredients with cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks, and inspired by the hotel’s vertical botanical garden created by Patrick Blanc.
The intense scent of the plants and flowers that surround the hotel, and the incredible aroma of the herbs in the Chef’s garden become the protagonists of the cocktails served to guests: an explosive mix based on nature, seasonality and sustainability.
There is also the The Culinary Escape in partnership with Dom Pérignon. The experience begins with an in-room welcome of Dom Pérignon Champagne and matching canapés, and continues with a journey of contrasts in the exceptional seven-course Contrasts tasting menu created by renowned chef Raffaele Lenzi of the Michelin-starred Restaurant Berton Al Lago.
The Dom Pérignon Vintage 2010 will be accompanied by exclusive ingredients such as caviar, oysters, foie gras, Culatello and Parmigiano-Red Cow. The Champagne corner will provide an exclusive aperitif, every day from 5.30 p.m. to 8 p.m., to admire the sun set over the lake from the panoramic terrace.
In the new corner it is in fact possible to sip a glass of your choice from a wide range of Champagne or Spumante accompanied by tasty finger food created to make the experience even more special.
Lastly but not least, Il Sereno has started an official partnership with Monacair, using the structure’s private heliport. Monacair operates from Monte Carlo and other airports throughout Europe, offering helicopter transfers.