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“Still My Favorite Hotel in Italy”
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Hotel du Lac
Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Varenna
Certificate of Excellence
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Still My Favorite Hotel in Italy”
Reviewed 4 August 2013

Our second stay. Everything is pretty excellent at this hotel. The room was quiet and private with a great balcony. We especially enjoy the bar they have with great drinks and snacks while relaxing on their balcony. The lunch restaurant was also pretty good.

Room Tip: We like room 30 for our second visit. It's spacious and has a nice private balcony.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 August 2013

Honestly, there are not many choices when one travels with older kids to Europe. They either ask you to pay at least 50% extra or book an extra room. With weather reaching high 20s, air conditioning is an important feature for us. Large room with air con?? Expect to pay a lot in Europe.
We booked Hotel Du Lac in our first trip to Lake Como. We were promised a large room which sleeps 3 and a terrace overlooking the lake after agreeing to pay a large premium.
Upon arrival, we weren't disappointed with our room. It was clean and the view was priceless. The only problem is that the room and the bed was facing directly (straight
line) to the staircase and the floor had some cracks. There were minimum furniture in the terrace with dated furniture in the room. However, the room was very clean with good linen provided.
Service was good and receptionist very helpful. Location was excellent with walking distance to just about everywhere. However, breakfasts were sadly way below average with stale baked goods and limited choices. In fact, it was one of the worst breakfast in our last extended trip which involved 6 hotels.
The town Varenna was a gem. A very smart choice as a base when traveling around Lake Como area.

Room Tip: Room with lake view but expect to pay extra.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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near Chicago
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 July 2013

We stayed in room #22 with a small balcony and wonderful view of the lake. This made our stay worth every penny we paid! So gorgeous! The breakfast, which was served inside, could be eaten out on the terrace, overlooking the water, and that's what we did. Breakfast was great, wonderful pastries, cakes, yogurts, fruit, and it was such a delight to sit outside and enjoy the view. What a way to start the day. The room was large, almost a little suite. Wifi in the room worked well.

Room Tip: Room #22 had a lovely view, actually had 3 beds, was huge, like a mini suite, with a desk. We close...
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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vacaville, ca
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 July 2013

Hotel du Lac in Varenna was a wonderful hotel in a wonderful setting at a wonderful price. It was not inexpensive, but you get your money's worth and then some. Our rooms were literally on the water. We kept our doors open all night to hear the lapping of the water against the shoreline. There were six of us in our group, three adult couples, and each of us were thrilled with our rooms. We were in the portion without the elevator, but my mom could handle the stairway. And the balcony and view over the lake was worth the climb! Very nice breakfast buffet, and you can take it up to your room if you desire, which I did every morning. Very quiet and clean and elegant. The staff is courteous and extremely professional! Guido was very patient and helpful. We booked a ride from the airport and back through this hotel, and they were right there ready to greet us both times, very nice roomy transport. I have been to Varenna before and we stayed at Eremio Guadio. (Spelling is wrong) I loved that place, too. Very spartan and clean and high up the mountainside, and much cheaper, but if I return to Lake Como, I will book a room here again. Eremio is wonderful, too, but it is quite a trek to get down the hillside and into the town. With Hotel du Lac, it is right there!!!! Just wonderful!

Room Tip: All three of our rooms were different, although right next to each other. Mine was called the Mimos...
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Pittsburgh, PA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 July 2013 via mobile

I had made our 2 night reservation last Aug. for June,2013. Our credit card was compromised and we had to contact the hotel to give them the new card number. I learned at that time that I had mistakenly made the reservation for Aug., 2013, not June! With only a short time before our trip we were told the room we had requested had a hold on it, but they could offer us 2 nights, but in 2 different rooms. We were in no position to turn down this offer. A few days later Valeria called us to say the people who had the hold on the room never confirmed so the room was ours! We so appreciate her help. The room was fabulous! 2 steps up to a double french door and a large deck with the most breathtaking view of the Lake. The room was large and very comfortable. There is a fridge with complimentary water and a very nice bathroom. There is no elevator. Breakfast (included) was wonderful on the outdoor patio. Everyone very friendly and helpful and Varenna is the most beautiful town. I wouldn't think of staying anywhere else!

Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Palo Alto, California
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Reviewed 9 July 2013

We had 3 rooms for 3 nights (six of us... family... all adults) in mid June, all with lake views. It was the first trip for all of us to Lake Como and our first stop on a 3 week trip. What a great way to start. We rented a boat with a guide for a day and visited many places on the lake. It was 450E (well worth it). Unless Richard Branson will rent you his place, the Hotel Du Lac might be the next best realistic option. First, Varenna was our favorite town on the lake that we visited and others indicated the same, including our boat driver (guide). And the Hotel Du Lac seemed to be the best hotel, in the best location in Varenna. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. The breakfast was good and you couldn't ask for a nicer setting. The rooms were nice with beautiful views but who wants to stay in your room when you are at a place like this! The ferry is close by and convenient for getting to the larger towns. We went to many great places on our trip to Europe, but none we liked better than our 3 days at the Hotel Du Lac in Varenna. We will absolutely go back if we make it back to Lake Como.

Room Tip: One part of the hotel has an elevator and another doesn't. If that matters to you, you will wan...
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Chappaqua, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 July 2013 via mobile

We did not stay at the hotel but enjoyed sitting on the patio overlooking the lake for a drink one afternoon. The patio has a trellis covered by vines which provide shade and the honeysuckle was in bloom filling the air with an amazing aroma.

Would highly recommend this
serene environment after a long day exploring the towns along Lake Como.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Property: Hotel du Lac
Address: Via del Prestino 4, 23829 Varenna, Italy
Region: Italy > Lombardy > Lake Como > Varenna
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Varenna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 16
Also Known As:
Du Lac Varenna
Hotel Du Lac Varenna, Lake Como, Italy

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