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“Lake Como at your feet”
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Hotel Olivedo
Ranked #4 of 6 Hotels in Varenna
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Reviewed 13 August 2014

Nice location, excellent lake view (I suppose there's only lake view rooms). Old authentic interiors with renovated bathrooms, cozy bed. Breakfast is average, don't expect too much.

The stuff is trained and welcoming.

The hotel is located is located in harbor where ferries and boats have its stop, so if you'd like to wake up late, it's not your place.

The price seems to be fair but parking fee 19 euro per night looks overpriced. Well, you have no choice there - public parking.is problem. :)

And if you need proper invoice and other papers to claim your expenses for any reason - you'll face the problems to get it.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 August 2014

We just came back from a great stay at Hotel Olivedo. We were with extended family, including teenagers, and none of us had ever been to Varenna. The location of the hotel is excellent, near the ferries and right on the water, the staff is great, friendly and helpful, and the dinners were the best we had in "town". For each breakfast and dinner we ate outside facing the water. The hotel is also in a convenient location from which to walk up to the castle, although everything in Varenna is within walking distance. One day we took the ferry to Bellagio, which was fun, but we were glad to be staying in smaller, quainter Varenna. Hope to go back some day. Thank you.

Room Tip: We liked our rooms in the old Annex. One of them had a balcony that faced the lake.
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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 10 August 2014

We ate there three times it was so good. Like a trip back in time this old world hotel transports you back to the turn of the 20th century. The owner was so accommodating as we sat in the rain one morning sipping coffee waiting for our departure by ferry.

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 August 2014

This is of the old world charm type of hotel that one would imagine in an old movie of the 1940's. Our room was number 25 and looked out over the lake and mountains....so romantic, just like honeymooning in the Alps. Although the hotel is old, it is very clean and it appears that Laura the owner/manager keeps everything ship shape in an orderly fashion. We did however have a bit of a problem with the bed. Although extremely comfortable the mattress did not fit the bed. There is one bed with the mattress on slats, and this is fitted into another bed base which sticks out all around. We had to put two chairs at the corner ends of the bed to stop ourselves hitting our shins on the corners! Apart from this we would highly recommend this hotel and the little town of Varenna. They also have an excellent ristorante (see separate review). The breakfast that was served in the morning was the basic continental breakfast, good healthy fruit and yoghurt, meat and cheese and good bread and pastries. Although the hotel is right on the dockside for the ferries and is a bit noisy during the day, it is quite quiet at night time. The first night we slept with our balcony doors open and yes, it was a bit noisy, but was good to have the fresh air. Other nights we closed the doors and it was much quieter. We recommend a lake view room.

Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 August 2014

Having stayed here in July 2014 for 4 nights with my wife, I can understand what everyone is saying about the staff. I think it's important to note that the staff is, I think, traditional for Italian standards. The staff is there for long hours. It's like a family run affair. As long as you don't expect Four Seasons Diamon Platinum Concierge service, and you expect to pay a lot for the room, then you won't come away disappointed or slighted. All in all, it was a great stay (we were provided beach towels). Clean room, great location, amazing view, air conditioning. And the tiramisu was great. Very easy walk from the Varenna-Esino-Perledo train station.

Room Tip: Be gentle with Laura.
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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 August 2014

A classic small European resort hotel located on the lakefront across from the ferry terminal. Nosy and busy during the day, but quiet at night. We were on the third floor, overlooking the lake and the action, with a small balcony and floor-to-ceiling windows and shutters. The room was spacious, with older furniture, plenty of drawer space, bath was nice. The breakfast was rather limited but enough. The proprietress, Laura, is a character and adds much to the charm.
We loved Varenna and enjoyed the Hotel Olivedo. It's an easy walk down from the train station, but it's worth the taxi fare back up.

Room Tip: Lake view.
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Dick G
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Reviewed 1 August 2014

My wife and I had a wonderful stay at Hotel Olivedo – it is a lovely place. We were very warmly welcomed by Laura and shown to our beautiful room which, to our amazement, had a lovely garden with a view over the lake. We had originally planned to travel around Lake Como during our stay but the hotel and Varenna were both so gorgeous we ended up staying put!

The hotel is in a very nice location, fronting onto a piazza and dock where the ferries come and go. You can hop on a ferry to Bellagio or Mennagio on a whim and it is a very short and beautiful walk along a lakeside walkway into the main part of Varenna. There are a couple of restaurants and a bar (and on some days a market) outside where it is very pleasant to sit and watch the comings and goings of people and boats. The place has a really nice ;friendly and local feel, and all so very Italian. And always there are the incredible views over Lake Como. The Hotel Olivedo's own restaurant serves lovely food and is a wonderful place to pass time over a drink or a meal and watch the world go by.

The path up to the castle above Varenna starts just outside the hotel and is a fascinating place to visit with excellent views over the lake. We would also recommend the monastery and its gardens. There is plenty to do in and around Varenna, but the boats and train will take you anywhere. We had a car but it remained in the car park until we left.

Every time we left or returned to the hotel we were warmly greeted by Laura – a charming lady who made our stay feel very special. She was extremely helpful and always happy to offer advice.

This place is a real gem and we were genuinely upset to have to leave. We are already planning our next visit.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Address: Piazza Martiri della Liberta' 14 | Lombardia, 23829 Varenna, Italy
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Region: Italy > Lombardy > Lake Como > Varenna
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service
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Ranked #4 of 6 Hotels in Varenna
Price Range: £116 - £182 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Olivedo 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Little charming hotel on the edge of Lake Como. ... more   less 
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Olivedo Hotel Varenna
Hotel Olivedo Varenna, Lake Como, Italy

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