From Milan, my next destination was Lake Como, however I had a few days in between and thus I decided to stay in the C-Hotel and Spa. This is a Design Hotel that has joined SPG, allowing SPG members to earn and redeem Starpoints. While its location in a small town in between Milan and Lake Como makes it a drawback, I had rented a car and that makes it easy for me to access the hotel, which is located in the town of Cassago Brianza.
However this small boutique hotel was not easy to locate as the hotel is located behind a bush lined walkway. Meanwhile the front building contains the restaurant, bakery and cafe that is operated by the family that owns the hotel. Parking is free on-site with an electric charger for BMW ‘i’ cars and the thing that most travellers will mistake is that there is a separate entrance to the hotel when there is only only entrance for both the bakery and hotel.
As a Design Hotel, the lobby is minimalist in design with a shelf containing books and gifts for sale and a reception desk that was manned only by one staff member. In the afternoon, guests checking in might have to wait a while since the staff might sometimes be working on other stuff at the bar behind. As I checked in, only one of the 2 rooms that I booked was upgraded to have a better view. As far I know all the basic rooms are the same size here and with only 18 rooms, it is nearly impossible for SPG Platinums to get upgraded to a suite. However my room rate includes breakfast and extra Starpoints on account of my SPG membership.
There was not much help in the boutique hotel with our luggage and I took the lone elevator up 2 floors to my room. Rooms here are split over 3 storeys and guests can find an elevator that is equipped with a bench even though your elevator ride is most probably measured in seconds.
Room No: 302 Category: Deluxe Room
Entering the room, guests will see a similarly modern room with an open closet and plenty of marble in the room with angular lines. In addition to the floor to ceiling windows, there was plenty of light in the room making the room more spacious than it seems.
Next to the large open closet, there is a long wooden desk and TV console. At the end of the console there are 2 stools that fit nicely underneath the console when not in use. A flat screen TV is placed on top of this desk with several leaflets providing information located in front of the TV. A welcome packet of biscuits is also provided in every room. These biscuits are tasty and made in-house; guests looking to purchase them can do so in the bakery just outside the hotel.
A minibar and personal safe is found underneath the TV. Prices for the minibar was reasonable since there was no convenience stores nearby though the selections were somewhat limited.
As a modern hotel, there is a glass panel that allows guests to see into the shower cubicle in the bathroom. Fortunately a privacy screen can be lowered when showering since the whole room feels really open with the wide glass windows overlooking the surrounding area.
The bathroom is very beautiful like the rest of the room with a sleek shower cubicle encased in glass. A rain-shower is fitted from the ceiling with a handheld shower head by the tap, but the shower area was lacking in any ledge or space to place your toiletries. This seems to be a design flaw since people do need to shower with some soap and shampoo, don’t they?
Like all European bathrooms, this one is fitted with both a toilet and a bidet. The designers really continued the angular theme here with block-shaped toilet and bidet.
The countertop is crafted out of a block of stone and it is indeed unique. However I found the windows a bit too small and narrow even though it does look sleek and modern, and it does have a built-in TV screen.
Bath amenities supplied have a nice floral scent and the bathroom was beautiful in look but I think it lacks functionality. First of all, there was no toiletry holder in the shower and then there was no hangers inside to hang your towels or clothes. The bathroom seems to be designed for singles who would use the closet for the towels and clothes while they are showering. Though I find this setting a bit impractical.
While I did mention one of the room was upgraded, the view was not really spectacular. It was just a nicer view of the surrounding area and the mountains around Lake Como.
Breakfast at the Hotel
Breakfast was included in the rate and seems to be the case for all guests, and it is served in the lobby restaurant behind the reception. Guests could also enjoy breakfast in the outdoor garden terrace when the weather is good.
There is no breakfast buffet here, instead upon being seated, a tray comprising of an assorted fruit plate, several ramekins of dried fruits, nuts and cookies, a plate of pastries and a plate of pizza and buns was placed on the table. Two jars of cereals are included in the tray along with small canisters of condiments.
After the tray was presented, the server came back with bottles of yogurt and milk and another plate of cakes to complete the breakfast set for 2 persons. While more like a continental breakfast set, the quality of the items were great and it was possible to ask for more of each items if you want second helpings.
Inside this small boutique hotel, there are some other facilities like an outdoor sun deck with a small lawn and heated dipping pool. There is also a spa complete with a hot tub and dipping pool which is popular in the summer.
Outdoor lawn with the spa on the rightOn the same floor as the spa, there is a well equipped fitness centre, even though the space was a bit constricted. Aside from 3 treadmills, there was several workout machines and a weight bench. The facilities here are definitely more than adequate for a 18-room boutique hotel.
A night here was EUR152 including taxes (~$170), and this was slightly on the high side for a hotel in the middle of nowhere. While the rooms are beautiful, I think there are some flaws in the design with respect to functionality. In the end, I would not enjoy this room for a longer term stay of more than 2 or 3 days. However for a breath of fresh air and a dose of modern design, I think this is perfect if you are on an Italian roadtrip!