A long-standing family of hoteliers and one of the most prestigious Grand Hotels in the world have been together for 100 years.
2018 marks 100 years of Ownership, Hospitality & Modernity of amenities and cuisine by The Bucher Family.
In 1918, at the end of the First World War, Swiss businessman Arturo Bucher purchased an elegant hotel located in one of the most fascinating spots in Italy: Bellagio, a medieval village lying on the tip of the promontory that separates Lake Como’s two branches.
And so began the story of the Bucher family’s ownership of the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni, which is today considered one of the most prestigious hotels in the world.
Right now in 2018, The Bucher Family is celebrating 100 years and three generations of ownership which started with Arturo and continued with Rudy and Gianfranco Bucher, the current owner.
The family still resides in the hotel, and Gianfranco Bucher deserves full credit for the long-sighted modernization that the 19th-century villa has undergone in the last 20 years, which has made it a modern luxury hotel without losing its elegant, aristocratic atmosphere. In the past 100 years, this environment has also enchanted royals and heads of state, show business celebrities, science and art world personalities, and many other VIPs. The hotel has 95 rooms, including 22 suites, two of which are named after their perhaps most illustrious guests: “Winston Churchill” and “John Kennedy”.
The entertainment world has sent plenty of “ambassadors” to Villa Serbelloni over the years: from Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks, the legendary silent-movie couple, to present-day actors such as Al Pacino, Isabelle Huppert, Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell, director George Lucas, writer John le Carré. Singer Adriano Celentano celebrated his golden wedding anniversary at the Hotel.
In celebration of the centenary, the Bucher family will publish a book on their history. The Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni is also hosting art exhibitions, as well as two concerts of the Festival of Bellagio and Lake Como.
Chef Ettore Bocchia has created a special historical menu, which is now being served at the Michelin-starred Mistral Restaurant.
For the occasion, a celebratory 20th-century style “Afiche (special logo)” will be the hotel and the two restaurants’ signature for the entire duration of the 2018 season. In the words of Gianfranco Bucher: The “afiche” celebrates our first 100 years, in the hope ours will continue to be a successful and lasting history.” Indeed, Gianfranco and Dusia Bucher’s sons are preparing to take the reins of the hotel for the second century of this important family history.
The 2018 season started on March 29 and will end on the 04th of November 2018. * Right now the seasonal reopening for 2019 is tentatively scheduled for April 11, check with your Luxury Travel Specialist or Reservations at www.villaserbelloni.com for more info!