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by Matt Alderton | August 02, 2016
Luxury hotelier Sereno Hotels has opened a new hotel on Italy's Lake Como, it announced yesterday. The all-suite Il Sereno Lago di Como, it says, is the first new hotel there in decades.

"Sereno Hotels has perfected the art of providing luxury service in a relaxed manner and we look forward to introducing our brand of service to Lake Como," said Samy Ghachem, managing director of Sereno Hotels. "Guests will have access to not only the best in design, amenities, and cuisine, but will also find an attention to detail that is unrivaled."

Sereno Hotels opened its first property, Le Sereno Hotel & Villas in St. Barthélemy, 10 years ago, followed last spring by Villa Pliniana, also on Lake Como, which it acquired from a previous owner. As the company's third property, Il Sereno Lago di Como has 30 luxury suites, a signature restaurant led by Michelin-star chef Andrea Berton, and 450 feet of waterfront along Lake Como's eastern shore. Designed by Spanish architect and designer Patricia Urquiola, it also offers a private beach; an infinity pool; three custom, handmade boats that guests can take to other parts of the lake; and botanic gardens conceived by acclaimed botanist Patrick Blanc, who created for the property two vertical gardens and a "green sculpture," each consisting of thousands of plants.

"We are thrilled to open the doors of the much-anticipated Il Sereno Lago di Como," concluded Luis Contreras, owner of Sereno Hotels. "This project has been a true labor of love between Sereno Hotels and Patricia Urquiola, and we are excited to introduce an entirely new design concept to Lake Como. We know devotees of Sereno Hotels and new guests alike will enjoy the exquisite design coupled with unparalleled attention to detail, amenities, and relaxed service our brand is known for."