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Congratulations to local hotel Il Sereno in receiving high honors in the National Geographic Traveller Big Sleep Awards 2017
National Geographic Traveller (UK) is saluting the taste-makers and game-changers of the hotel world, by creating The Big Sleep Awards. The Jul/Aug issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK) reveals the winners of the Big Sleep Awards 2017.

Hotels from all over the world were submitted for review and Italy came out on top several times. Venice, Lake Como and Umbria are the best places to get some shut eye. The Gritti Palace in Venice, Il Sereno on Lake Como and Eremito in Umbria were all commended with high honors.


Il Sereno, Lake Como
Runner up, Design Den Award

Quality design and elegance at the Il Sereno Hotel, Lake Como

Harper’s Bazaar, CN Traveller and Vanity Fair have all put Il Sereno on thier “Hot list”.

In the  Design Den category, NG looks for “hotels that are visually bewitching.”
Located in Torno, a small town on the shore of Lake Como, Il Sereno Hotel offers spectacular views of the lake and mountainous backdrop. An infinity pool in front of the lake beautifully unites the man-made structure with mother nature’s beauty.

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The Gritti Palace, Venice
Winner, the Big Hotel Award

An exclusive location on the canal The Gritti Palace, Venice

The Big Hotel Award represents properties of world-class grand style. NG describes the selection as  “They could be one-off, big-name hotels or a branch of a chain whose reputation transcends that of its umbrella company“. The expert panel said “The sumptuous Gritti has it all: history (it’s a 15th-century building); location (overlooking the Salute church at the mouth of the Grand Canal); and creature comforts, thanks to a £30m renovation in 2013. The cantilevered terrace is unbeatable.”


Once a noble residence, The Gritti Palace has been restored to its splendor and elegance. Easily accessible to the city center and transportation. The Gritti Palace will pamper you like royalty.

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Eremito, Umbria
Runner up, Green Goddess Award

In the Green Goddess category  NG looks for hotels that are sustainable and respect the environment and “live and breathe the natural world.”

Eremito is all about Mind, Body and Spirit, described as an “eco luxury hermitage” set in a 14th century building reminiscent of a monastery. Located in the quiet area of Parrano, Umbria, Eremito is place to go to get-away from the chaos, un-plug, enjoy special wellness treatments and look inside yourself to discover new strength and serenity.

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