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“Wonderful gardens, magic location directly on Lake Como, but rooms lack of terraces”

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Hotel Villa Cipressi
Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Varenna
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Terceira, Portugal
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 216 helpful votes
“Wonderful gardens, magic location directly on Lake Como, but rooms lack of terraces”
Reviewed 16 July 2013

This hotel has the best location in Varenna on Lake Como, because it is directly on the lake and offers spectacular 180 degrees views! No cars and no noise between the seashore and the hotel, which is fabulous and relativelty rare for being on Lake Como, where in general it can be quite noisy.
We have booked their nicest ALESSANDRO MANZONI SUITE (305) at 275€ per night which was an old fashioned, noble italian style surprise. We liked it here!
The suite (on the upper floor) is spacious and offers 4 big windows with magnificent views over manicured gardens, and of course overlooking as well the lake.
The bed was comfortable with lake views while being in bed, the furniture was ok but quite old fashioned. Curtains are very beautiful and tasteful. Pity that there is no terrace or balcony, that would be a must in my opinion... A big delusion was the tiny bathroom. There was a very narrow shower only, but no bathrub. For a suite priced at 275€ per night one really expects much more from a bathroom.
Service at reception was good and efficient.
Service at the restaurant was something between ok and good. Some staff seemed quite stressed around dinner time, but they were mostly nice.
Quality of food was ok as well, but nothing to write about. We ordered shrimps (gamberoni) but they were not a real joy seeming deep frozen and quite tasteless.
The hotel gardens are very extensive, full of palm trees and lovely flowers everywhere! To my knowledge there is no swimming pool...
There is a nearby garage (20€ per day!) where you can park your car. All in all this is a very charming 3 * hotel which in my opinion could easily earn a fourth star...
No WiFi inside the Suite - that disappointed me. Maintenance in general of the suite was okay but not excellent. But keep in mind that you have only booked a 3* hotel and not a famous and posh place. So it's obvious that some comodities such as a nice and spacious elevator are
missing, or that you have to check out at 10.30 already. Or that breakfast is quite scarse compared to a 3* hotel in nearby Switzerland... By the way, during the night it was quiet, but towards the morning hours one could hear quite a lot of noise from cars and nearby trains.
However, it's a pleasant hotel to spend the night before heading on for Bellagio...

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 July 2013

Varenna is a pretty little lakeside town, much less commercial and touristy than Bellagio across the lake. The hotel is situated right on the lake with stunning views and set in beautiful gardens. A lake view is a must, and try to get room 207 which is the only one with a balcony and the views are magical. We ate in the restaurant and had an excellent meal, well served, and not too expensive given the location. The front desk staff were charming and helpful. A few caveats: this is a 3 star hotel, and there are ceiling fans rather than aircon. The less said about the showers and plumbing the better. But overall a wonderful place to stay and pretty reasonable prices.

Room Tip: Ask for room 207 - the only lake view with a balcony
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Illinois
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Reviewed 7 July 2013

With a lake view, what a view to wake up to!! Walls are somewhat thin, but fortunately had noisy neighbors only one night. Breakfast was wonderful. Varenna is unbelievably beautiful, even seeming as if it was just built to look old and perfect. The hotel garden is a must see.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Stratford upon Avon, England
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Reviewed 30 June 2013

I was keen to find a restaurant away from the immediate hot spots in Varenna. We happen to come across the Hotel Villa Cipressi just off the main square up on the hill. The hotel is very elegant and has beautiful lakeside gardens the terrace of which provide the setting for lunch. They offer a limited but very nice lunchtime menu and very good accompanying wine list. After lunch you can take the opportunity to wander around the beautiful gardens. So well worth a visit.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Warwick, New York
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Reviewed 20 June 2013

Sorry, didn't stay at the hotel--it looked wonderful . We were staying in Lezzeno and only spent the day in Varenne but it was lovely. The cypress were old growth that towered above us. Gardens beautifully planted and maintained. Breath-taking views. Charming boathouse. Hotel out of our price- range.

Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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Madison, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 16 June 2013

Villa Cipressi was our first stop on a three-week journey to Italy and Switzerland. We arrived at night and awoke to a view of Lake Como and Bellagio....so gorgeous! Ate at the Villa on the 2nd evening and the food was outstanding. The little town of Varenna was so fun...you could ramble along old paths and find yourself at a convent or near another equally charming village. Would have liked to stay longer and hope to return.

Room Tip: There is one room with a balcony...see if you can get it!
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Bangkok, Thailand
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Reviewed 11 June 2013

We loved the hotel's setting on the lake and the beautiful little town of Varenna, it was so romantic for our 20th anniversary. We were upgraded to a room with wonderful lake view. The room itself was dated but clean. The hotels garden was nice and lovely to stroll around. The breakfast was not so good compared to the price paid. But the staff were very nice and kind. The only thing was in Varenna there were no parking and we paid 20 euros/day for parking space :(

Room Tip: Lake view rooms are a must!
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Villa Cipressi
Address: Via Quattro Novembre 18, 23829 Varenna, Italy
Region: Italy > Lombardy > Lake Como > Varenna
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Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Varenna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Villa Cipressi 3*
Number of rooms: 36
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