I took a three week trip through Paris, Switzerland and Italy in September 2009. On my way from Switzerland to Italy, I told myself not to get my hopes up for hotel Du Lac because the price was so economical. (I had just stayed at a horrible hotel for exactly twice the cost.) WOW was I pleasantly surprised.
Hotel Du Lac was not only had the best accommodations in terms of cleanliness, decor and location, but was the best value I experienced for the entire trip.
I had a single room without a lake view but it was excellent. It was airconditiond with tiled floors and an very large bathroom. It was quiet and serene and modern with classical Italian decor.
The hotel is definitely romantic in terms of location and the fact that most of the other guests were couples; however, I never felt out of place and was never treated with anything but the utmost care.
It's located within walking distance of everything in Varenna you'd want: the train station, restaurants, the main piazza, the lake front and access to the ferry boats. The view from the deck (and probably the double rooms) is the best. I spent some time out there just relaxing and enjoying the excellent meals they serve.
The staff handled all sorts of requests with efficiency and genuine care. The breakfast was top quality, in fact it was the best breakfast I had while on the trip, and it was included.
The only negative I can mention is that upon arrival it was difficult to drag my suitcase (I'd over packed a little) down the lovely cobbled lanes to the hotel. I found out that there is a shortcut along the lake. If you go, take the lake walk rather than the main street! You can take a cab but it's not a long walk and very pretty.
Selfishly, I hope this hotel is does not get so popular that I can't return or it raises its prices! (I confirmed my reservation less than a month from my departing date.)
I would definitely recommend this hotel to honeymoon couples, couples or the single traveler, like myself.
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- Also Known As:
- Du Lac Varenna
- Hotel Du Lac Varenna, Lake Como, Italy