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“Basic family managed hotel”
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Albergo del Sole
Ranked #5 of 12 Varenna B&B and Inns
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Singapore, Singapore
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89 reviews
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“Basic family managed hotel”
Reviewed 26 September 2011

This is a family-runned hotel with clean rooms and basic amenities. Breakfast is also basic with nothing to shout about. If you are looking for a clean, safe and convenient hotel that doesn't burst your budget - this is the place to go.

There is a pretty good pizzeria opposite the hotel..

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled with friends
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Los Angeles, CA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 September 2011

As a solo female traveler, safety and location are a high priority for me. Albergo del Sole is right in the center of Varenna. If you don’t have a lot of luggage, you can easily walk from the train station down to the hotel. Otherwise, take a taxi.

The hotel isn’t posh or romantic if that’s what you’re looking for but it’s a perfect home base. Also, since I was in Lake Como for a wedding and had to travel between the Villa Cipressi and a villa by the ferries to meet friends, the location was ideal. As some reviewers mentioned, the owners don’t speak English well (they speak Italian and German) but I thought they were nice enough and tried to help me if they could.

The breakfast selection was limited, but had very good croissants. The pizza, which I had for lunch was also very tasty. There’s free Wi-fi but it was only available downstairs and had to be turned on by the receptionist. This was inconvenient, but not a big deal. Also, there’s no air conditioning. Oh and remember to get the front door key so you don’t get locked out if you stay out late.

If you want something more posh, need AC, or need regular Wi-Fi access then look elsewhere. If you’re a low maintenance, easy traveler that wants a good, central location for a home base, then I would recommend the Albergo del Sole.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled solo
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Bangkok
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 August 2011

The hotel was new and clean. We got the room on the rooftop, so we got to see the lake from our window. Bring your own soap and shampoo if you like quality. It was one minute from the lake and everything else. We love the coffee at Hotel Du
Lac nearby as the price was very cheap (2 euros for a coffee) and the seating area is overlooking the beautiful part of the lake. The pizza at this hotel is popular. The breakfast was surprisingly good for an Italian hotel, including ham, cheese, cereal, eggs, milk, fruit and croissants. There was an elevator if you bring a baby stroller although it was hard to get around with it. There was a pharmacy next door as well as a little shop selling water and grocery. The wifi only worked from downstairs and they have to turn it on for you when you ask. We loved it there.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Atlanta
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 June 2011

The hotel is run by family members. They are not professional hotel managers - no smiles, poor maintenance, no attention to guests' needs - but they do take care of problems promptly. The hotel is situated in an excellent spot and our room was excellent. It was on the top floor, with two large windows facing Lake Como, an excellent mattress, a sitting area with comfortable armchairs, lots of black and white pictures of old Varenna on the walls, and under slanted roof beams with sky lights. The rug was worn, the sofa was a sofabed that didn't close properly, but everything was comfortable and roomy. It was also very quiet, except for the birds and sometimes voices of passers-by in the street below.
Breakfast was fine. No granola or wholegrains, but there was cornflakes, fresh fruit, yogurt, rolls, brioches, cheese, and cold cuts, and other items. Good coffee. Weather permitting, we could eat on the terrace.
The restaurant is like the hotel - not professionally run but it works. The meal we had there was so-so.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with lake view on top floor
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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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doncaster
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Reviewed 2 June 2011

We stopped for 5 Nights fron the 18 May a very good hotel moden room the staff were very friendly and helpful,good food.The only problem was the Church Bell which starts at 7 every morning
Jim

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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90 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 May 2011

We booked when we got there. Saw the rooms, got the price, and stayed. Nice folk, excellent location, and good service. The 'wow' factor is that the rooms are very modern - clean lines, no fuss, and some with balconies. Yummy breakfasts. Car parking is on the square, and free overnight. The wine is good, and cheap, even by UK standards. All-in-all, not to be missed when travelling the Italian lakes.

Room Tip: Our top floor suite - quiet, and off-square.
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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with friends
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 2 November 2009

Albergo del Sole is a well established and long running hotel located in th Piazza San Giorgio in Varenna. The Piazza is the centre of Varenna and is close to the Villa Monastero, Chiesa San Giorgio and the maze of interesting stairlanes of the town. It is however also very noisy from very early in the morning with the delivery vans, school buses and the garbage collectors arriving. The church bells ring all night. Albergo del Sole is a small family run hotel. The non particularly friendly owner also runs the expensive ladieswear shop in the Piazzetta. There is a very small elevator. Parking is in front of the hotel in the tree covered piazza.
The rooms are very clean and comfortable. Our room looked out over the Piazza. The shower and toilet were also very clean. Large towels were provided. Bathroom has facilities for aged or disabled people. Breakfast was somewhat sparse and served in the restaurant only after the school bus has left (if you want an early breakfast - forget it). Hot chocolate was provided reluctantly. If items ran out they were not replaced. The breakfast room had interesting photographs/sketches. There is an outdoor restaurant for warmer weather.
Free wifi internet is provided - a bit slow.
In the Piazza is the newsagent, ladieswear shop, butcher/grocer, bar which serves light meals, a great gelato and take away pizza shop and the restaurant to another larger hotel. There are several pricy restaurants nearby in the stairlanes. Despite the noise, we were happy to stay at Albergo del Sole rather than others closer to the ferry landing. It is a long walk to the station if carrying heavy luggage. If not, then it will be a mere 15 mins.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: Albergo del Sole
Address: Piazza San Giorgio 17, 23829 Varenna, Italy
Region: Italy > Lombardy > Lake Como > Varenna
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 12 B&Bs / Inns in Varenna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Albergo del Sole 3*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Albergo del Sole is a nice hotel in San Giorgio Square. It was totally renovated in 2003 and has very nicely furnished bedrooms and a suite overlooking the lake. It has also its own restaurant and pizzeria. Luigi, the owner, is the chef and restaurant manager. Car is not necessary as the hotel is located in the historical centre, only 50 meters from the old port, and 300 meters from the train station. ... more   less 
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