My husband and I are planning a one night stay in Varenna this summer during our Italian vacation. We do not have flexibility in our travel date since we are visiting several cities. We want to stay at either the Hotel du Lac or the Royal Victoria. Looking for advice on which to choose; it is our first visit to Varenna. Prices are comparable and both include breakfast.
At the Hotel du Lac no balcony/patio room is available for our date. We were offered a lake view room without a balcony: one of the loft style, 2 story rooms on the fourth floor.
At the Royal Victoria we were offered a newly refurbished lake view room with a large balcony (though I am not sure how private the balcony is).
Is this a clear cut decision...should we choose the Royal Victoria and enjoy the view from our balcony for our only day/night in Varenna? Or, is there something we might be missing at the popular Hotel du Lac that might edge out the Royal Victoria? Are the two hotels comparable or are there differences in comfort, style, or service?
I would greatly appreciate opinions from anyone who lives in Varenna or has stayed at either hotel.