Marriott International recently made an exciting announcement: the opening of the first The Ritz-Carlton hotel in Italy is imminent. The former Hotel Grande Bretagne in Bellagio will be transformed into a luxury hotel following extensive renovations and will open its doors to discerning guests in 2026 as The Ritz-Carlton Bellagio. In this article you will learn more about the amazing project and what you can expect from this new luxury retreat on Lake Como.
History of the Hotel Grande Bretagne
The historic Hotel Grande Bretagne was opened in 1850 and is considered one of the first and most important luxury hotels on Lake Como. However, at the end of the last century the property fell into disrepair and was acquired by the Galbusera family, who wanted to restore and expand it. The project is considered the most significant construction project in the hotel industry in recent years on Lake Como and includes a complete conservative restoration and redesign, respecting the historical significance of the building.
Location and amenities of The Ritz-Carlton Bellagio
The Ritz-Carlton Bellagio will be located directly on the waterfront and offer breathtaking views of Lake Como. It will feature 59 rooms and 46 suites, including two Ritz-Carlton suites, with luxurious amenities and lake views. A spa with indoor pool, gourmet restaurants as well as restaurants in a relaxed ambience and state-of-the-art meeting and event rooms are also available. The extensive park and gardens will reflect typical Lombardy landscaping and include a meditation garden, historic walkway, large outdoor pool and private boat dock. From this pier, guests can conveniently depart to other popular destinations on Lake Como. The hotel is just a 15-minute walk from the main attractions in Bellagio, including the Punta Spartivento viewpoint, Villa Melzi, and Villa Serbelloni Park.
Lake Como as an internationally popular vacation destination
Lake Como is considered an internationally popular vacation spot and is known for its beautiful natural scenery, charming towns and magnificent villas that have been featured in blockbusters such as Casino Royale and Ocean’s Twelve. From Milan Malpensa International Airport, the drive to Bellagio takes about 90 minutes.
The Ritz-Carlton Bellagio will undoubtedly become one of the most luxurious hotels on Lake Como. With its stunning location, first-class amenities and focus on excellence and elegance, the hotel will undoubtedly be a highlight for all luxury guests seeking the best that Lake Como has to offer.