Il Perlo Panorama Review

When I was told that the best view in Lake Como was to be found at Il Perlo Panorama, I knew I had to stay there and review it.


Does the above image look like a stock photo when you Google “Lake Como”? Well, guess what? If you stay at Il Perlo Panorama, this is YOUR view.

The best part is that no camera has a wide enough angle to get your entire view in, and photos could never do it true justice.

I stopped overnight in Como the previous night which broke up the journey, but it isn’t necessary to do that. I had just wanted to nip into Switzerland. You can see how to reach the Il Perlo here.

It is set back from the main town of Bellagio (if it weren’t the views would not be as they are) but the 15 minute walk in to town is pleasant and downhill. I would recommend a taxi back unless you fancy an uphill hike!

The hotel also offer a shuttle service to and from Bellagio a few times a day which is free for residents. You can also ask them at anytime to drop you off/come and get you for a fee. The drive takes around 5 minutes and begins/ends outside Ristorante Carillon in town. The van is sign written so you cannot miss it.

Il Perlo Panorama

Upon arrival, owners Carlo and Piera will be on hand to welcome you at the modest reception building. It is at the centre of the photo above. Once checked in, you can sit on the terrace (dotted with white umbrellas in above photo) and enjoy a welcome drink, whilst soaking in your first sight of that unbeatable view.


I stayed in a Junior Suite Veranda. These are complete with huge bathroom including bidet, large comfortable double bed, wardrobe, drawers, sofa, TV, table and chairs, huge panoramic window with electric blinds and of course a veranda to sit out on and feel like royalty for the entirety of your stay.

View from my bed one foggy morning
Photograph taken from balcony the same day
The best room in all of Lake Como

The room is €120EUR per night, including breakfast. The hotel does offer specials and several types of package deals, these can be found on their website. The view from their “cheaper” rooms isn’t too shabby either, so they can accommodate for any budget. Some rooms are only mountain view though, so ensure it states “Lake View” when booking.

The continental breakfast is tasty and may be taken back to your room if you wish. Having said that, I didn’t have a full meal here as the restaurants in town and around the lake are too special to miss, so I can only vouch for breakfast at Il Perlo. On this note, staying at the Il Perlo gets you 10% discount at Far Out, La Grotta and Ristorante Carillon. They are all eateries in Bellagio town. Just mention where you are staying when ordering and the 10% will be deducted on your bill.

Il Perlo Panorama also rent bicycles and offer guided tours, both on foot and bike. They can also help with kayak/canoe rentals and other water sports on the lake. I would have tried these would I have stayed for longer.

This is classified as a 2* hotel. Having stayed in many 5* hotels, I think that is crazy. This is because the luxury is in the view here, not the facilities. This is a perfect example of how the star rating system can be flawed. I urge you to look past it.

Apparently a 2 star view…

The service at Il Perlo is second to none and you won’t feel an ounce of stress while you are there. I cannot recommend this hotel enough, it is in my top ten all time hotels and has to be number one choice when visiting Lake Como. Book here today.


Hotel Il Perlo Panorama
Via Valassina 180

Phone: +39 031 950229

67 thoughts on “Il Perlo Panorama Review

  1. I’ve been to Lake Como, and it is my dream to return someday and spend an entire week exploring the towns around the lake. It looks like Il Perlo Panorama would be an excellent place to set up as base for those explorations! What spectacular views! And I am very surprised at how reasonably the rooms are priced with breakfast and those views.

  2. oh my goodness, these views are absolutely amazing. I shall definitely be adding Il Perlo Panorama to my bucket list of places to stay – Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

  3. Wowed by the photographs! Lake Como is so beautiful. The continental breakfast at Il Perlo looks yum and inviting! From your post its evident that Il Perlo offers comfort and experiences to their visitors 🙂

  4. This seems like the perfect place to stay for views of the wonderful lake! I agree, sometimes the star system can be flawed, who needs spa facilities when you have a view like this!? Thanks for sharing 😀

  5. Wow! This place looks wonderful. Definitely, looks like a paradise. I would love to explore this place in person. I am sure personal experience would be of much worth.

  6. The views are breathtaking in Il Perlo! Did you bring a drone? I always find a drone cumbersome. You managed to get really nice aerial shots 😀

  7. oh my goodness this views ae everything! Simply stunning my friend! Lake Comino looks like a dream and it’s on my bucket list to visit!

  8. These images are so breathtaking. I need to travel here one day. Maybe one day once I have enough money… !

  9. Wow those views are absolutely stunning, definitely worth staying in that hotel just for those views. I’ll definitely be keeping this hotel in mind x

  10. What fabulous views, and that breakfast certainly beats any of the hostel versions we have had on our travels hands down. That room looks perfect as well

  11. I’ve been to Italy quite a few times but sadly never to Lago di Como, and clearly I’ve been missing out big time! This panorama view looks like exactly the spot I’d love to capture if I visited

  12. I cannot wait to go to Lake Como, someday! your views and pictures and wonderful and descriptions make me want to be there.

  13. I’d love to bike around Lake Como and explore all the hidden gems in II Perlo – the scenery is breathtaking and you’ve captured it beautifully in your pictures and article.

  14. woow this view! It is one of the best views I have seen ever. I want to get there with my camera and stay overnight.

  15. What a stunning place! Only 120 euro! J would of paid even more than that to wake up to that view!! Stunning!

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