Belmond is acquiring Castello di Urio in Lake Como, Italy, a favorite summer destination of well-heeled travelers. The current owner of the castle is Opus Dei, a part of the Catholic Church that many non-Catholics only learned of from Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code. While the transaction amount wasn't disclosed, the acquisition and renovation costs prior to opening the property as a Belmond hotel could amount to close to $100 million.
The hotel will be Belmond's tenth property in Italy, after its hotels in Portofino (Splendido and Splendido Mare), Tuscany (Castello di Casole), the Amalfi Coast (Caruso), Sicily (Grand Hotel Timeo and Villa Sant'Andrea), Florence (Villa San Michele), Venice (Cipriani) and Sardinia (Romazzino).
The hotel is located about a 1 hour drive from Milan, about an 8-minute drive from Villa d'Este and a 25 minute drive from Grand Hotel Tremezzo, two other Virtuoso hotels in Lake Como. The property encompasses about 5 acres of land, with nearly 600 feet of lake shore, and an ornate Italian garden.
Bellini Club Benefits
Once Castello di Urio is renovated and opens as a Belmond property, TravelSort Clients will enjoy these Bellini Club benefits:
- VIP welcome treats with a local taste
- Buffet or full breakfast for two daily
- Complimentary upgrade based on availability at time of check-in
- Up to $200 hotel credit per stay ($200 per stay for select suites; $90 per stay for all other suites and rooms)
- Complimentary WI-FI access
- A unique US$500 gift voucher towards a future stay at a different Belmond property, after a stay worth at least US$5000 pre-tax
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