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“Cute bar, great balcony”
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Albergo Beretta
Ranked #6 of 6 Hotels in Varenna
Reviewed 4 July 2014 via mobile

Hotel Beretta was quiet and cool, with a great locals bar as the downstairs (populated by elderly people gambling). Included breakfast is served here, including pastry, espresso, and yogurt. We requested the terrace and it had a beautiful view if the town and the lake. The room is big enough, with a sink and a bidet and shared bath down the hall. The bathroom is big and had a shower/bath! Varenna is the quiet neighbor to the other, bigger resort towns on the lake, and in my opinion, the best place to stay!

Stayed: June 2014
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Reviewed 29 June 2014

Clean, friendly, helpful. room with a view of the lake at no extra cost. Hotel is above a local Italian bar so great coffee for breakfast. Great location near train station and boat. Varenna is a gorgeous little village. With the trains and boats really easy to explore the whole lake and to go to Milan if you wish. Really recommend this very reasonable accommodation.

PS: It is not easy to find a nice place to swim in Lake Como. By far the nicest I found was a park in Tremezzo south of the town where you can swim off steps in the park. there is grass and trees for shade. The lake bottom is sandy and it is very pleasant. In Colico there is a large green area on the edge lake (reach Colico by train from any of the towns on the east side of the lake). Other places, not so nice but a swim is a swim are - In Varenna there is a little spot along the path that leads behind the Bar Il Molo - it is a tiny 'beach' at the back of the Hotel Victoria. In Bellaggio you can walk in a few minutes to the Punta Spartivento where there is grass, and trees for shade, and you can get to the water.

The railway goes right along the east coast of the lake and there are trains which will take you from Varenna to Milan is just over an hour. Milan is well worth a visit, there are great art galleries, all within walking distance of each other. I took the metro to the Duomo and saw the museum of the Novocento, then walked back to the station visiting other galleries on the way. The Brera is mostly religious art, but a small collection of 19th and 20th century art also worth seeing.

I bought a pass for the boats which allowed unlimited travel in the centre of the lake for six days for €45 which was very good value.

If you have not already read it, consider reading I Promessi Sposi/the Betrothed while at lake Como, it is set in Lecco and the boats on the lake are named after the characters in the novel.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a view - the hotel is a step back from the lake, but still has a nice view
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled solo
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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
1  Thank adventure780
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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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Reviewed 6 May 2014

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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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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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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Additional Information about 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: £78 - £101 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:1 star — Albergo Beretta 1*
Number of rooms: 338
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