The Best Hotels in the World, #32 Il Sereno


The Best Hotels in the World


October 17, 2017

More than 300,000 of our trusted Travelers voted in this year’s Readers’ Choice Awards, sharing tales—and tips—from their vacations in Santorini, or weekends spent at Italian palazzos in Ho Chi Minh City. Get ready: These are the 50 best hotels in the world, say our readers, where service, style, good eats, and sublime views make for a memorable stay.

Courtesy Sereno Hotels


This sister property of the design-driven St. Barts original, Il Sereno shows that some things do run in the family. The hotel, which opened in 2016, stands out among lakeside grande dames with its 30 sleek, oversized suites, all with their own furnished terraces and unobstructed water views. Set along 450 feet of lake in Torno—a one-church, one-restaurant village on Como’s south shore—Sereno channels its Alpine setting with regional stone and local walnut and vertical gardens with 260 native plants. Though you’d be hard pressed to find a bad angle in the hotel, one of its best can be found in the lobby, where a staircase made of walnut appears to float.

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