Comments on Como
No travel article about Lake Como [“Best of the Italian Lakes,” by Valerie Waterhouse, April] is complete without the inclusion of the magnificent Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni (1 Via Roma; 39-031/950-216; villaserbelloni.com; doubles from $657), in Bellagio. The service is impeccable and the rooms are lovely. While we were there, my wife and I looked at the cloudless sky and decided that it was not necessary to go anywhere but to two lounge chairs by the pool with a view of Lake Como. —Ron Kaiserman, Wynnewood, Pa.
The Constant Gardener
Dominique Browning [“How to Tend an English Garden,” April] impeccably captures the spirit of gardening. My mom and I spent many summers sweating under a hot sun, covered in dirt, while tending to our plants. Nothing tasted better than the freshly ripened tomatoes we used in our homegrown Caprese salad. Browning has it just right when she says, “a garden can be the work of a lifetime, and...a lifetime can be immeasurably enhanced by coursing along with the rhythms of the seasons.” —Megan Demaree, South Orange, N.J.
Joie de Vivre
The tongue-in-cheek tone of “Why Americans Love Europe,” by Peter Jon Lindberg [April], was hilarious. When I’m in Europe, I also wonder if anyone has a “real job”—considering that the bars and cafés are usually packed with locals. At least many Europeans have their priorities straight; they know how to enjoy life. When I’m across the pond, I appreciate everything Europe has to offer—the magnificent architecture, plentiful museums, wonderful food, funky fashion, and great bottles of wine! —Travelandleisure.com member jmparish
Design for All
As an architect, I truly enjoyed T+L’s “Design Awards 2011” [March]; your selections were spot-on. Travel is all about the experience, and good design and architecture—in planes, airport lounges, restaurants, and hotel rooms—play a central role. I especially loved Herzog & de Meuron’s 11 11 Lincoln Road (Best Mixed-Use Venue), a service building that mixes parking, shopping, and culture in a fresh and sustainable structure. It really reflects the spirit of Miami. —Melisa Vargas, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
From Europe, with Love
I recently picked up your April Europe issue and thought Maria Shollenbarger’s “Best New Restaurants in London’s Soho” was especially insightful. I am British and lived in London for 12 years, so I know most of the haunts, but I was thrilled to see the new restaurants in the neighborhood. We are foodies and are definitely going to try Polpo, Polpetto, and the Wright Brothers Soho Oyster House. —Lindsay Hamilton, Jena, Germany
Hot Topic: The Great Pizza Debate
Few foods are as universally revered as the humble pizza pie, and TravelandLeisure.com’s “America’s Best Cities for Pizza” (Online, March) inspired more than a few flavorful opinions. Here, a taste.
The Deep End
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Reader’s Find: Little Wonder
Before my visit to Paris, a foodie friend recommended Le Villaret (13 Rue Ternaux; 33-1/43-57-89-76; dinner for two $115 ), in the 11th Arrondissement. It’s a small, unpretentious bistro with stone walls, but this is a real gastronomic adventure that changes with the menu every day. The classic French cuisine is modern with inventive touches—such as ginger and basil ice cream—and subtle flavor combinations appear even in the simplest of dishes. One of the most enjoyable aspects of the experience is the fromage course, which arrives at your table in a multistoried cage full of more than 20 different varieties of cheese. It’s a bit like being a kid in FAO Schwartz and having to pick a favorite toy. —Elizabeth Boyle, New York, N.Y.
T+L Asks: What’s Your Most Memorable Hotel Experience?
These are just a few of the responses posted on our Facebook wall (facebook.com/TravelandLeisure) and tweeted to us (@TravlandLeisure). To see more, “like” Travel + Leisure on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.
My stay at the Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago. From the moment you walk in, you’re treated like you are Mr. Trump himself. It’s the little things that count. —Beti Verenice, via Facebook
The time I first went to my room at a very posh hotel, I opened the door and was face-to-face with a lady who had just emerged from the shower—I still remember her scream. I think we both received comped stays on that trip! —Paul Reidl, via Facebook
The Renaissance Paris Vendôme Hôtel—top-notch service and location. —Lora Marler, St. Cloud, Fla.
The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas. As I arrived, the valet parking service asked for my name—from then on, every employee that I encountered greeted me by name and made me feel like royalty. That’s what I call a good first impression. —Maria Weber, Fort Worth, Texas
After 20-plus stays at the Inn at Irving Place, in New York City, I can say it is simply the best—not for one particular moment but for countless perfect ones. —Nicky Fitzgerald, Johannesburg, South Africa
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The T+L Hit List
The most-searched hotels and resorts on TravelandLeisure.com at press time.
1. Danai Beach Resort & Villas, Halkidiki, Greece
2. Peter Island Resort & Spa, Peter Island, British Virgin Islands
3. Harbor View Hotel and Resort, Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts
4. Courtyard by Marriott Isla Verde Beach Resort, San Juan, Puerto Rico
5. Château La Chenevière, Normandy, France