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“How not to train your bar staff ”
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Albergo Beretta
Ranked #6 of 6 Hotels in Varenna
Southampton, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“How not to train your bar staff ”
Reviewed 29 June 2014 via mobile

We dropped in here after getting off the train and decided to have a nice cool beer before tackling the hill to the apartment. The lady behind the bar only spoke Italian. No problem with that. When in Rome etcetera. Could she pull a pint and a half of beer? No she couldn't. After several attempts she gave me half empty glasses mostly full of froth and then decided to charge me the full price of 7.5 euros for her incompetence. Poor service which is a shame because it's a nice little spot to stop and sit outside watching the world go by. Pull your socks up lady and learn to serve drinks. You work behind a bar! Rocket science it isn't!

Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Chania Town, Greece
Level 5 Contributor
71 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 May 2014

We had a really pleasant stay in this hotel. The room was huge, well furnished and had a big balcony with lake view. Everything was very clean and the breakfast basic but good, with really good coffee. The location is also perfect as it is a few meters from the boats and the centre of varenna. Generally in this area the prices are extremely high, so for its price i would say it is excellent!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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btm1323
Level 6 Contributor
96 reviews
40 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 May 2014 via mobile

There was nothing great about the hotel besides the location. The room was extremely basic as was the breakfast. No one was really welcoming or rude. To them, we were just paying customers. We paid, they gave us the key and that was that. I don't need pomp and circumstance at a hotel but it just didn't feel welcoming.

Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Mantua, Italy
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 April 2014

This hotel is a step above a hostel, and it's a real bargain given the location. Rooms overlook the lake in beautiful and quiet Varenna. The rooms and bathroom are kept fairly clean, though they smelled of strong cleaning products.

Despite the great deal and phenomenal location, I wouldn't return. Aside from the girl who checked us in, staff were unpleasant and failed to provide basic information, like how to access the hotel when the bar is closed. Mattresses are in terrible condition and very uncomfortable, wallpaper is peeling, and we even stumbled on a cockroach en route to the bar from the hotel room. The shared bathroom is located far down the hall. Noise comes through from the bar even when staying on the second floor. If you can afford it, stay elsewhere. Almost all the hotels near Lake Como have amazing lake views anyway.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Rome, Italy
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2014 via mobile

I stayed here for only 1 day and it was the best decision I made when planning the trip. Its a 5 min walk from the train station, there is an info office next door and the port where the ferries leave from is a 5 min walk as well. There are a lot of beautiful things to see, like the castle, waterfall, gardens etc. The hotel is on top of a bar/restaurant which is very convenient. They are super nice and the bathrooms are really clean! Awesome views too!

Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Argyroupoli, Greece
Level 6 Contributor
92 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 March 2014

I stayed for a couple nights at the end of March. We stayed at the number 4 room and the room was absolutly perfect. Nice view to the lake, big bed, nice and clean bathroom, big sofa and a 22" TV. The room was at the 1st floor and it was very tranquil.
The breakfast was very nice, cafe/juice, variety of croisands, donunts and jam and nutella for toast bread.
The location of the hotel was very convinient, a few minutes away from the center of Varena and very close to the ferries.

The hotel was absolutly perfect considering for the price and I would defently reccomend it.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 27 March 2014

We stayed here as it was the cheapest hotel close to Varenna. The location was good, about 5 minutes from central Varenna by foot. However, that was about the extent of the positives. The room - although non-smoking - absolutely stunk of smoke. We were on the first floor directly above the bar which proved to be very noisy as every time someone moved we could hear chairs scraping the tile floor. We were also kept awake by the owners screaming children running up and down the hallway. In the morning we woke to the sound of a blasting radio downstairs in the kitchen which sounded so clear we could sing along to the words as if the stereo was playing in our room. This is definitely budget accommodation, but if you can afford to pay more I would stay elsewhere.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Albergo Beretta
Address: Via Per Esino, 1, Varenna, Italy
Region: Italy > Lombardy > Lake Como > Varenna
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
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Ranked #6 of 6 Hotels in Varenna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:1 star — Albergo Beretta 1*
Number of rooms: 338
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