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...
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- Also Known As:
- Cipressi Hotel Varenna
- Hotel Villa Cipressi Varenna, Lake Como, Italy