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Guide to Gay Friendly Hotels in Como Italy (2023 Updated)

Como is a city at the southern tip of Lake Como in northern Italy. It’s known for the Gothic Como Cathedral, a scenic funicular railway and a waterfront promenade and gay friendly hotels Como The Museo Didattico della Seta traces the history of Como’s silk industry, while the Tempio Voltiano museum is dedicated to Italian physicist Alessandro Volta. Just north are the lakeside gardens of the palatial Villa Olmo, as well as other stately villas.


Toscana Pride  is a peaceful march of LGBT people and their relatives and friends, which combines social and political protest with entertainment such as live concerts. It takes place every year in the month of June in Livorno, of of the main destination of Italy. There are more than 90 daily flights from various cities of Europe to Milan  if you want to attend the parade.

Like most countries in Europe the  city of Como has many gay bars, clubs and gay hotels.


What are the top attractions to visit in Como?


Best Day Tours from Como


1. Grand Hotel Tremezzo 5* – Gay Friendly Hotels Como


Grand Hotel Tremezzo
Grand Hotel Tremezzo

Offering stunning views of Lake Como and Bellagio, Grand Hotel Tremezzo is a 3-minute walk from Villa Carlotta and its botanic garden. It features a modern wellness centre, numerous dining options and 3 swimming pools.

With free WiFi and air conditioning, rooms and suites at the Tremezzo Grand Hotel come with elegant décor. Most offer beautiful lake views, and some also include a terrace with hot tub.

The T SPA wellness centre includes a sauna, relaxation lounge, and outdoor hot tub overlooking the lake. Sports lovers will appreciate the gym, tennis court, and jogging paths around the park.

Be part of the next century of Lake Como tradition and take in the stunning lake views at the iconic Grand Hotel Tremezzo. This art nouveau landmark, which sits adjacent to Villa Carlotta’s famed gardens, just marked its 100th anniversary. In celebration, it joined forces with Maestro Gualtiero Marchesi, an icon of the Italian culinary world; taste his haute cuisine on La Terrazza’s lovely terrace or in one of its 5 upscale dining venues. Its unique lakeside positioning offers unparalleled views of Bellagio, the Riviera delle Azalee and the stunning Grigne mountains. With its 100 windows overlooking either the blue waters of the lake or the flowering greenery of the garden, the hotel offers 76 elegant rooms and 12 splendid suites.

Don’t miss to experience the ultra-luxe new Rooftop Suites with panoramic views from terraces and outdoor Jacuzzis – A “must stay” in Lake Como. Other delectable delights: the luxurious and panoramic T Spa, offering exclusive ESPA treatments, the super private T Spa Suite, three pools – including one that floats on the lake! – And a private beach, private tours in the hotel’s period Venetian motor launch, and over 5 acres of lush secular park incorporating a panoramic path, a floodlit clay tennis court, fitness and sauna.

This hotel is amazing. It is an old style hotel (Traditional) with a modern slant. The rooms are very comfortable and the bathroom is adequate with lovely smelling toiletries, bath robes and slippers. Breakfast is fabulous, so grand with is very own table display of delicious hand made chocolates.

The pool Area is immaculate with wonderful views of spectacular gardens full of hydrangeas, palm trees covered with sweet smelling Jasmine growing up them. There is a very nice area next to the pool Where you can order cocktails and amazing clay oven baked pizzas. There are also views of the lake ( breathtaking). Across the road opposite the hotel is the hotels beach club, with a floating pool 🤢. The bar serves great cocktails 🍹

The location is obviously stunning, but lives up to its hype. The convenience of the ferry stops is helpful. The hotel is expensive but really delivers an outstanding experience. Although it’s a final Italian style of hotel, there is a mix of casual areas and the staff combine professionalism with a friendly manner.

The boat cruise is also highly recommended one on of the hotel’s own Venetian motor launches.

The staff was welcoming, the public spaces elegant and airy, and the setting on the edge of Lake Como stunning. We had a “Park View Deluxe” room, which we were quite happy with. The “upgrade” offered to us facing Lake Como was a much smaller bedroom and bathroom and not as nice, other than the view of the lake, so we declined it.

Our “Park View” room faced the green hillside and gardens behind the hotel and I suspect was much quieter. What isn’t apparent in the photos of the hotel is that a road runs between the entrance to the hotel and the floating pool/beach area on the lake, and it has light but steady traffic in the morning. Facing the back of the hotel, we woke every morning to the sound of birds. Our room had a large comfortable sitting area, an upholstered bay window seat, a huge tub and separate walk-in shower in the green marble-tiled bathroom, and a dressing area with built-in drawers and plenty of room to hang clothes.

Breakfast is served overlooking Lake Como on La Terrazza, the appropriately named terrace restaurant, with Hermes-orange awnings and boxes of spice-scented carnations hanging off the wrought-iron balustrade. The buffet is extensive and all you would expect at a fivestar hotel. I loved the many kinds of honey offered! The maitre d’ and waitstaff couldn’t have been nicer. In the evening the restaurant is transformed into a romantic candlelit space.

The location and the view of the lake from the hotel is magnificent

The hotel property is beautiful and facilities are almost perfect as a resort hotel – 3 pools of which 1 heated indoor, 1 outdoor heated and 1 floating pool above the lake, and tennis court, can also walk up to Belvedere Bobo a brief track. Spa is nice too. La Terrazza tasting menu is a must try. Wine bar is also a nice casual dining outlet.

Gay Friendly Hotels Como
Gay Friendly Hotels Como

How much does a room costs at Grand Hotel Tremezzo?


Prices start 1050$/night for Prestige Double Room with Park View. The Deluxe Double Room with Lake View is 2100$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

This elegant room offers a balcony overlooking the peaceful lake, from Bellagio to Punta Balbianello. It includes a bathroom with marble features, as well as air conditioning and free WiFi.

Where to book online – Grand Hotel Tremezzo   – Gay Friendly Hotels Como – you can find the best hotels deals in Como during Bellagio and Lake Como Festival which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Como on or and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.


2. Essentia Guest House 4* – Gay Friendly Hotels Lake Como


Essentia Guest House
Essentia Guest House

Located in Faggeto Lario, 41 km from Varese, Essentia Guest House provides a restaurant and free WiFi.

Fitted with a patio, the units feature a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with hot tub and free toiletries.

Guests at the bed and breakfast can enjoy a continental breakfast.

Essentia Guest House offers its guests two lake-view suites and a double room in one of the most original locations of Lake Como. The unique panorama of the property, the on-site restaurant and the outdoor hot tub will complement the customer’s experience. There is also a free shuttle service from the Molina Faggeto Lario car park to the guest house (800m for 5min travel) as access to the medieval village is reserved for residents only, also because of very narrow streets. Transportation is free and available 24/7. Essentia Guest House is 7km from Como, 44km from Milan and 23km from Lugano.

Essentia Guest House might just be the most beautiful place in Italy! The views are exactly like the pictures – each one more breathtaking than the last. Gianluca and Maya are incredible hosts. They run the perfect inn – the rooms are modern, clean, fresh, and welcoming. The breakfasts were delicious, and the rides up and down the mountain through the very narrow streets were so much fun!

The room was nice, clean and spacious. The estate has many places to relax. We have used the jacuzzi and enjoyed the extraordinary view on Lake Como. The offered breakfast and dinner were very tasteful, many compliments to Maja for making such delicious food (and taking allergies into consideration)!

Perfect place for a relaxing vacation of a couple. The three main advantages, but not the only ones, are: view, host and atmosphere. The location is idyllic, some people could find it a bit far from more urbanized areas, but for us this is one of the pros not cons. Our junior suite was specious, big and cosy, well decorated and with very comfortable bed.The view of Lake Como is stunning during the day, as well as at night with all the lights below. We found the closest village Molina di Faggeto Lario very charming with the tiny medieval streets and stone houses. The local restaurant Tipi Tipici is good option to eat.

The only think I would recommend to the potential future guests is to check carefully all information regarding the location and to be sure that this is what they are looking for. If it is your kind of vacation, you won’t be disappointed. Molina is connected by a bus with Como, but if you expect that you will be very flexible in means of transport, maybe you are wrong. We came by rented car, but it is a little bit tricky with all the narrow streets in the whole region. Have in mind that the area is not recommended for inexperienced drivers.

Gay Friendly Hotels Lake Como
Gay Friendly Hotels Lake Como

How much does a room costs at Essentia Guest House?


Prices start 150$/night for Junior Suite with Lake View. 

This suite features a view, electric kettle and dining area.

Where to book online – Essentia Guest House   – Gay Friendly Hotels Como – you can find the best hotels deals in Como during Bellagio and Lake Como Festival which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Como on or and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.


3. Mandarin Oriental, Lago di Como  5*- Gay Friendly Hotels Como


Mandarin Oriental, Lago di Como
Mandarin Oriental, Lago di Como

Boasting a wellness centre and views over Lake Como, Mandarin Oriental Lago di Como offers elegant guest rooms and suites, with 2 stand-alone villas, in Blevio. It features a fine restaurant, free indoor and outdoor pools, free parking and vast gardens.

The wellness centre at Mandarin Oriental Lago di Como includes 2 massage rooms, 2 private Spa Suites, a fitness centre with state-of-the-art equipment, a beauty studio, a 16 m heated pool with hot tub, and a sun deck.

With free WiFi and air conditioning, rooms at this Mandarin Oriental include a minibar, safe and satellite TV. Some offer a balcony or terrace overlooking Lake Como.

With a breathtaking setting on the shores of Italy’s most famous lake, Mandarin Oriental, Lago di Como offers a seductive blend of Italian style, Oriental charm and natural beauty. Rich history  and incredibly private, the resort features elegantly-appointed guestrooms and suites with two secluded stand-alone villas, all nestled between a luxuriant botanical park and the placid waters of Lake Como. Guests can enjoy a selection of fine dining, the largest Spa in the area, and a variety of venues to host business events, exclusive parties and romantic weddings. Whether it’s for total relaxation or spending special moments with family and loved ones, the resort is an excellent starting point for exploring the charming towns and villages that dot Lake Como’s shoreline and for discovering the area’s many beautiful nature trails – making for a truly memorable Lake Como Experience.

Hotel is in a beautiful spot, but equally a little isolated from other parts of the lake.

The amenities are incredible – we arrived in our room with thoughtful baked goods and local treats for our children. There was a popcorn machine in our room, which our kids loved. They think of the littlest details – like provided a cord wrap for our charger and mini slippers for our two girls (aged 7 and 9). Since our room was somewhat far from the lobby, there was quick access to golf carts.

The outdoor pool, which is floating on the lake is quite a beautiful and unique feature of the hotel – you feel as though you’re swimming in the lake. Although we didn’t use the spa, we peeked in to the spa facilities and saw a very dark, sexy, cavernous-like space filled with a variety of steam, sauna rooms that looked super romantic.

The food at the hotel far surpassed the other meals that we had in the area (Bellagio, etc.). They can accommodate you in almost any way (I like to be healthy and they were able to create unique dishes just for me), and always with a smile. The caprese salad is a must!

I have never stayed in such a cavernous and beautiful hotel room and the views are to die for. Up high in the cliff overlooking the hotel we had a suite which was so grand and so marvellous. The bed was the size of an aircraft carrier and just perfect.

The spa is without doubt worth every penny. Treatments are expensive but they are also of an unrivalled standard. And the facilities in the spa are extremely sumptuous and mesmerising.

The sense of arrival and beauty of this property are extraordinary. The park and gardens are stunning and the proximity and view on the lake are beyond anything. We just spend 3 days chilling out with fantastic service and in a beautiful setting – total bliss.

Breakfast was really good. They have a full bee honeycomb that you can cut bits off. That was amazing!

We had a lake view suite which certainly lived up to its name, the views over the lake were spectacular! The bed was signature Mandarin and could have lay in it all day just looking at the view. The mini bar is complimentary ( not alcohol) but a number of soft drink, freshly squeezed juices and waters were available which is all locally produced.

Nespresso machine and kettles were all in the room however no milk, I am sure if you called they would bring some.

The bathroom was great with a double bath and shower, but for some reason the radiators were on full and I couldn’t get them off so was like a mini sauna.

In all the hotel was amazing, the Mandarin have done it again and created one of the worlds best hotels in an amazing setting. If your looking to stay in the lakes I wouldn’t look anywhere else, an amazing stay and I can’t wait to get back.

Gay Friendly Hotels Como
Gay Friendly Hotels Como


How much does a room costs at Mandarin Oriental, Lago di Como?


Prices start 950$/night for Superior Double Room. The Deluxe Double Room with Lake View is 1600$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

This twin/double room has a balcony, DVD player and sofa.

Where to book online – Mandarin Oriental, Lago di Como   – Gay Friendly Hotels Como – you can find the best hotels deals in Como during Bellagio and Lake Como Festival which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Como on or and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.



4. In Riva Al Lago 3* – Gay Friendly Hotels Como


In Riva Al Lago
In Riva Al Lago

In Riva Al Lago offers a range of accommodation options to suit every budget. It is in the heart of Como and features its own international pub. WiFi is free in the entire building.

Riva Al Lago has beautiful views across the centre and Lake Como. It is located just 50 m from the bus and the boat terminal for trips around the lake. Como Nord Lago Train Station, 190 m away, offers connections with Milan.

See why so many travelers make In Riva al Lago Bed & Breakfast their bed and breakfast of choice when visiting Como. Providing an ideal mix of value, comfort and convenience, it offers a family-friendly setting with an array of amenities designed for travelers like you.

The rooms offer a flat screen TV and air conditioning, and getting online is possible, as free wifi is available, allowing you to rest and refresh with ease.

In Riva al Lago Bed & Breakfast features baggage storage. In addition, as a valued In Riva al Lago Bed & Breakfast guest, you can enjoy an on-site restaurant that is available on-site. Guests arriving by vehicle have access to parking.

Given the close proximity of popular landmarks, such as Broletto (0.2 mi) and Ex Casa del Fascio (0.2 mi), guests of In Riva Al Lago Hotel can easily experience some of Como’s most well known attractions.

If you’re looking for an Italian restaurant, consider a visit to crotto del sergente, Figli dei Fiori, or La Vita è Bella, which are all conveniently located a short distance from In Riva al Lago Bed & Breakfast.

Should time allow, Cathedral of Como (Duomo), Villa Olmo, and Basilica di San Fedele are some popular attractions that are within walking distance.

We’re sure you’ll enjoy your stay at In Riva al Lago Bed & Breakfast as you experience all of the things Como has to offer

An excellent hotel for a budget tourist. From the outside hotel doesn’t look very nice, but inside is everything very clean and even we had a room with a lake view. Train station is 15 min by walk, the bus station just in the front of hotel and ferry boats 500 m.

An excellent hotel for a budget tourist. From the outside hotel doesn’t look very nice, but inside is everything very clean and even we had a room with a lake view. Train station is 15 min by walk, the bus station just in the front of hotel and ferry boats 500 m.

Extremely clean, quiet, air conditioned rooms, a great continental breakfast and the most friendliest of staff. 200 yards from Como Lago Nord and the same distance to the lake. Very easy transfer from Milano Malpensa Airport to Saronno and then a change straight to Como.

This small hotel combines a lot of virtues. Decent rooms very well equipped, parking space in a place were a parking spot equals gold, only a few meters away from the lake, the bus stop, the pier, the funicular, and.. you name it! Offers f a n t a s t i c breakfast with high quality and wide variety food, Wifi signal (my room was on the second floor) was strong and uninterrupted.Lots of security cams and doors that make you feel safe. But on top of everything was the manager who would happily go the extra mile to help you enjoy your staying and also to utilize your time around the lake. Definitely recommended and yes I would stay again.

Gay friendly accommodation como
Gay friendly accommodation como


How much does a room costs at In Riva Al Lago?

Prices start 100$/night for Double Room.

Features TV, air conditioning and a private bathroom.

Where to book online – In Riva Al Lago   – Gay Friendly Accommodation Como – you can find the best hotels deals in Como during Bellagio and Lake Como Festival which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Como on or and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.


5. B&B Residenza Cavour 3* – Gay Friendly Hotels Como

B&B Residenza Cavour
B&B Residenza Cavour

Just a 2-minute walk from Lake Como’s shores, Residenza Cavour offers modern-style rooms with a flat-screen TV. Free Wi-Fi is available in the entire building, and an Italian breakfast is served at a nearby café.

Rooms are set in a late 19th-century historical building in Como, and are decorated with green or blue colour schemes. Each includes a kettle, desk and bathroom with hairdryer.

Looking for a place to stay in Como? Then look no further than Residenza Cavour, a family-friendly bed and breakfast that brings the best of Como to your doorstep.

Rooms at Residenza Cavour provide air conditioning, and guests can stay connected with free wifi.

In addition, while staying at Residenza Cavour guests have access to baggage storage. You can also enjoy free breakfast.

The location of this B&B is excellent. You step out of the door and you are by the lake/cafes/old town/ ferries etc. it’s perfect. The room is exceptionally clean and decorated in a tasteful contemporary way. Kettle in room. AC was good to have. Bottled water available at all times.

There is good free WI-fi, and it was very nice of them to include a free bottle of water in the room. There is no parking, and we were directed by the staff to a nearby parking that ended up costing us half the price of the stay for one night, so be careful there.

All the rooms are spacious, clean and nicely maintained. Breakfast was simple and filling, just across the street on the busy piazza. The RC staff was so helpful with many suggestions for our stay.

Breakfast was at a restaurant nearby, using coupons for a basic continental breakfast. You could pay extra for added items to eat. 2 minute walk to the ferry. The rooms were in an excellent location. I felt very comfortable and at home there. Rates were excellent at €80 a night for my double room with ensuite. I’d recommend here for sure.

Gay Friendly Hotels Como
Gay Friendly Hotels Como

How much does a room costs at B&B Residenza Cavour?

Prices start 110$/night for Double Room with breakfast included.

Offering free Wi-Fi and a flat-screen TV, this modern-style room decorated with blue colour schemes includes a kettle, desk and bathroom with hairdryer.

Where to book online – B&B Residenza Cavour   – LGBT Friendly Hotels Como – you can find the best hotels deals in Como during Bellagio and Lake Como Festival which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Como on or and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.


by Sorin

Sorin is a freelance travel writer. He is an experienced travel writer and traveller. Since 2012 he explored more than 60 countries on 4 continents: Asia, Europe, Africa and North America. Currently is based in Romania after spending the last 7 years in Myanmar.