This great albergo, recently renovated top to bottom, is now powered by solar panels, making it one of the first eco-hotels around Lake Como. Located in a little piazza at the top of the village of Brunate above Como town, it offers amazing hilltop views from the breakfast room and a panoramic terrace with swimming pool and Jacuzzi; some of the simple, clean, functional guest rooms also have great lake views, so try to get one of those. The drive up the hill is a bit tricky, but you can always take the cable car. Check out the Mama Gina café and bistro for a full meal or a sunset cocktail and snacks.