Lake Como offers accommodations of all kinds, from five-star luxury hotels in splendid historic villas with marvelous sea views and exuberant gardens to simple but friendly boarding houses. The western shore has the best selection. Most hotels open the week of Easter and close in October. In winter, most accommodation choices are closed. In July and August, the Italian summer holidays, most hotels will be booked solid, so reserve as early as possible. Many hotels will insist on a half-board meal plan during these times. We recommend visiting during spring and autumn, when things are much more relaxed. Hotels are usually happy to give discounts.