Hotel Du Lac is an attractive hotel right on the waterfront of Varenna. It has a lovely looking terrace (not so useful for us as it rained quite a lot of the time we were there)
Our room was spacious, with a 'partial' lake view. It was clean, and quiet, and you could hear the sound of lapping water outside, which was very nice. There was a small fridge, with one bottle of water in it.
It's supposedly a 4* hotel, which I think is perhaps slightly undeserved, although the laws of Como hotels vastly differ from most other places I have been. We did have quite nice toiletries, notably an extra toiletries kit containing cotton wool etc for makeup removal.
The slightly disappointing aspects I think were the service. Although the staff were never rude, the level of hospitality were somewhat patchy at times. My fiance and I came back to the hotel briefly one evening as we had to wait a while for our table at a local restaurant, and it was raining. We decided to sit in the one of the many sofas near the bar and chill out for a bit. A group of other guests came in from the rain and went to the bar - which was empty and unmanned. The guy on reception went over to them and apologised but the bar was closed when they asked if they could have a drink. Personally, I think this shows a general poor level of service, when you have paying guests who simply want a drink and your bar is closed?! The fact that the whole dining area was deserted at dinner time (and at lunch actually we noticed) was a bit of a tell. For sure, Varenna was full of busy restaurants and bars that night.
Other times, I walked past the person on reception who just looked at me, perhaps to see if I wanted something. No 'good mornings', 'good evenings' or even a smile.
The inclusive breakfast was fine. The usual continental fare with no remarkable features.
One very small niggle I had, which spoilt an otherwise very pleasant night in our room - the floors in the rooms are all tiled. The guest in the room above us decided to stay in her heels all night, and for at least an hour (this was sometime around 11.30pm-ish) I could hear her clacking from one side of the room to the other and back again. I can't imagine most people doing this however, and it stopped before I went off to sleep so it was only a minor thing.
I would recommend Hotel Du Lac. It's a nice hotel in a very pleasant location. You can enjoy the nice views of the lake without the noise that you get in Bellagio.
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- Also Known As:
- Du Lac Varenna
- Hotel Du Lac Varenna, Lake Como, Italy