A tale of two properties: The Aurora is part hotel, with standard rooms in a classic building, and part villa, with nicer and newer rooms on the lake proper, just below the main hotel. While there's nothing wrong with the hotel rooms (they're comfy and harmoniously decorated in a clean, traditional style, though a bit small), the real recommendation here is the villa side, where rooms are lighter and more spacious, done up in soothing whites, and featuring French country-style furnishings. (Bathrooms are also brighter and bigger on the villa side, with stylish modern fixtures; on the hotel side, the bathrooms are little more than closets with plumbing, though functional.) Many units have dramatic views across the lake to Isola Comacina and Villa Balbianello. 

Hotel staffers are exceptionally helpful and welcoming, providing all kinds of tips about things to do around the lake, although many activities can be enjoyed right on the property.  Guests can swim off a dock right below the hotel, and families with active kids can avail themselves of the Aurora's broad range of water sports offerings: Canoes and kayaks are free to use, while waterskiing and wakeboarding, and lessons, can be arranged for a fee. Lezzeno may not be the most picturesque of Lake Como towns, but it's convenient and has shops and restaurants within walking distance of the hotel. There's also free parking on the property, and a bus stop in front of the hotel for the 10-minute ride to Bellagio or the 30-minute ride to Como.