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“Varenna is lovely”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Hotel Olivedo

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Hotel Olivedo
Ranked #4 of 6 Hotels in Varenna
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Chicago, Illinois
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“Varenna is lovely”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2009

We had three rooms at the Hotel Olivedo for two nights. The rooms were old fashioned, but spacious, with gorgeous views of the lake. One of the bathrooms was completely modernized with a new shower stall; the other two had bathtubs with handhelds. In addition to the old-fashioned furniture, there are other throwback elements to the hotel noted in other reviews: one is the towels and the other is a no-frills traditional continental breakfast. From my perspective, it's all worth it, for the perspective of waking up and looking out the shutters onto that beautiful lake. Also, anyone who doesn't eat at the hotel is making a sore mistake. The dinners are outstandingly good. If breakfast leaves you feeling a bit peckish, it is a good excuse to go up the hill to the main village square where there is a small fruit store and a butcher shop with very good cookies.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled with family
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2009

I jut recently came home from a fatastic stay at ake come, but hotel Olivedo will not be one of my pleasent holiday memories... We had planned a rwo night stay at Olivedo, but checked out after the first night. Unlike many others, we found Laura, the hotel owener very unhelpfull and angry. We sleped extremely bad ( 2-3 hours) because af the larm from the kitchen which we sleped right above, the barking dog at the reception, the clock in the hall that rang every half hour, the sounds from the air condition and the noises from the harbour. The room was okay, nicely furnitured and a fine balcony and bathroom. We found the breakfast extremely poor. We will never return to this hotel, especially not after staying at the Du Lac in Varenna, for nearly the same price...

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with family
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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2009

We took a flight from paris to milan, a bus from malpensa to milan stazione centrale, and a train from milan to varenna. It was a long, tiring day. We took a cab down to olivedo from the station, even though I think it's a fairly easy walk--about 8 euro. We had rooms in the B&B Villa next to the hotel. our room was huge, clean, beautifully furnished with a great view of the lake and a really nice marble bathroom. Laura was lovely, straightforward and brisk, with a twinking sense of humor. We did not have help with our luggage, but we travel light, so didn't need it. We really enjoyed the food, or at least the pasta, and after traipsing around to the other restaurants in Varenna, ended up eating at the hotel restaurant alot. The eggplant parmigiana was our favorite. Wine list could use an upgrade. The breakfast is light, but well served. The towels are fairly typical of old school places in Italy, I remember getting them in Milan and Bologna year ago. It can eb a little noisy with the ferry, and cars, until evening when it really quiets down.
There's alot to do around Varenna; we hiked up to the castle at the top of the hill and saw the birds of prey demonstration and wandered in the little town up there. We took the ferry to Bellagio and Menaggio, both of which bigger, and not as quaint and a little more touristy, than Varenna. Near Menaggio is the Villa Carlotta, which is amazing, but I actually enjoyed more the Villa Monasteri in Varenna, a beautiful old villa with gardens and a temple, and several charming gentlemen who told showed us around told us great stories about the place. Generally, we all loved Olivedo, and had a lovely restful vacation there.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with family
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Seattle
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2009

Varenna is a lovely little town and the Hotel Olivedo was perfect. We had a corner room with 2 balconies with great views of the lake and the Alps. Laura was so friendly and inviting and took very good care of us. We decided to take part in the evening dinner and were not disappointed! My husband still talks about the ravioli he had and my eggplant parmesan was done perfectly.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2009

June 2009: We had just been to Cinque Terra, same prices as Olivedo but much nicer rooms than Olivedo. At Olivedo you pay for the view, the room is quite nice, the bathroom had almost zero toiletries and there were no towels, instead what could only be described as table-cloths were supplied. We were warned by the tourist office not to eat at Olivedo. Our breakfast was included but was sparse compared to those in Cinque Terra. You have to pay for parking but presumably you would if you parked on the street. The foyer is locked about 10pm, and later they put on the alarm so you can't get in or out. You have to pay the bill in cash. Varenna itself is a nice quiet place, not as touristy as Bellagio and Menaggio, and you can buy an all-day central lake ferry ticket for 15euro including entrance to Villa Carlotta, well worth it. If you are in Varenna make sure you dine at Il Cavatappi, superb food, reasonable prices, but you need to book ahead. If you don't want such a quiet place, Bellaggio has more to do and much more accomodation on offer.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
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Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2009

We spent three weeks in Italy , with two nights in Varenna at the Hotel Olivedo. These two nights were the highlight of the trip. The staff was outstanding and the location simply perfect. We had a wonderful room with such a romantic view of the lake. Plus I must mention the Food, the restaurant was some of the best meals we had our entire trip. We have been to Italy before and will be back here again. What a great point to explore the lake comminutes and relax on our trip. The ferry literally delivers you to the door of the hotel. I want to thank the staff and the management, they really know how to have their guest feel comfortable.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
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Yorba Linda, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2009

I was surprised to see that there were mixed reviews on this hotel. We absolutley loved it!. We actually stayed in the bed and breakfast villa La Toretta and our room was amazing. It is in the perfect location and had the BEST bathroom with double sinks and a big shower. We were pleasantly surprised since most of the places we had stayed in italy the bathrooms were the size of a small closet! =) the breakfast is good and Laura, serious as she looks, is a sweetheart! we will come here again in a heartbeat. Actually we cant wait to be back! Varenna is GORGEOUS!

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Olivedo
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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 6 Hotels in Varenna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Olivedo 3*
Number of rooms: 10
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Little charming hotel on the edge of Lake Como. ... more   less 
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Hotel Olivedo Varenna, Lake Como, Italy

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