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“Love Varenna, Like Albergo del Sole”
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Albergo del Sole
Ranked #5 of 12 Varenna B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Burleson, Texas
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39 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
“Love Varenna, Like Albergo del Sole”
Reviewed 1 July 2007

Let me start out by saying if you are handicapped, this is NOT the town for you! Walking anywhere requires using stairs! Old, cobblestone, uneven stairs. This hotel is not close to the train station OR the ferry depot. You must haul your luggage up these rough, long stairways. you truly must be somewhat fit for this experience. It is in the town square that is small, cute and quaint next to a church that built in the 7th century.

We were put in room 2 Batel and room 3 Freccia Del Lario. Room 2 is a triple room on the back of the hotel. It has 2 twin beds and a sofa
that makes out to a twin bed. It has one window that opens to a quiet
courtyard with tables and chairs. Room 3 is a double containing one queen sized bed and a desk and chair. It is on the front of the hotel
and has two sets of French doors that open on to the piazza. The view
is nice but it is a noisy little square. The first night a very loud crowd sitting at the outside restaurant that adjoined the hotel across the way kept us awake until 1 am. This hotel apparently did NOT have A/C so we had to sleep with the windows open. The church bells stop chiming on the hour at 10 pm (I think. Thank you!) and start up again at 7 am SHARP! It will certainly roll you out of bed! It is very loud!

The bathrooms are clean but a bit inconvenient. There is one small shelf for setting down toiletries and the shower is part of the floor. There is a shower curtain hanging from the ceiling that you swing around you in the corner of the bathroom. You must be careful to pull the curtain tight so you don't get the entire bathroom floor flooded.

The staff never smiled or was especially friendly. They seemed to be miserable and bored but were really never outwardly rude. One day it was pouring rain. I asked if we could borrow an umbrella. (There was an umbrella stand by the door with many umbrellas in it.) They told us no but we could go around the corner and buy one. That store was closed so we all got soaked. Later when we returned to the hotel it was still raining and when we arrived the hotel was locked. We knocked very loudly on the door for a while and waited in the rain. About 5 minutes later a small boy opened the front door. I have NO idea what that was about. Their English is not very good, neither is my Italian so we didn't communicate very well.

The rooms were only Euro 120 and Euro 140 per night and included the breakfast. Breakfast is nice and large enough to hold you until lunch. They have orange croissants, cappuccino, cereal, italian rolls, two kinds of meat, white cheese, milk, juice and whole pieces of fruit.

On our last night we told the hotel staff that we would need to check
out by 7:30 in the morning. To our surprise they had prepared breakfast 30 minutes early for us so we could eat before we left. I thought this was very thoughtful and appreciated their kindness.
There is an internet cafe catty corner to the left across the piazza.
This was a fun place! While my teens were on the computer I enjoyed a nice glass of wine and ate free antipasti and visited with other tourists at the bar. 1 1/2 hours of internet, wine, food and fun was only Euro 8! Best deal in town!

If you are a laid back traveler and don't let things get to you, there is nothing wrong with this hotel. If you are a picky person, the little things may drive you mad. Relax and roll with the flow. Things could be worse!

Stayed May 2007
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Seattle, Washington
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49 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 May 2007

I booked this hotel because I didn't make reservations early enough to get a room at the properties closer to the lake. I specifically booked the room with 2 windows with lake view as described by a prior Trip Advisor reviewer in Oct. 2006. The room was nice because it had been recently renovated but already there were cracks showing up on the walls and the grout in the bathroom tiles were discolored. The worst thing that stood out was the shower curtain was moldy at the hem, something that would have cost the hotel a pittance to replace. The people running the place were not very friendly, only did the basics and mostly acted as if we were an inconvenience rather than clients keeping them in business. They took my husband's passport and did not return it promptly so the second evening of our stay, we asked if we could have it back. The young man at the reception desk went to get the owner (I presume) who pulled the passport out of the slot with our room number and turned to his computer as if to enter the necessary information right then. He seemed harried so we said it's okay if they need it longer. We said we would pick it up the next morning. The following morning, they still did not offer it back. We saw it sitting in the open slot under our room number until the next evening when we asked for it again.

I thought this was awfully careless to leave someone's passport where it can be seen by anyone passing by the front desk. If no one was minding the desk, a person could just reach over and take it. Believe me, there were periods when we showed up at the front desk and no one was there. At breakfast they do offer a large variety of food but again, the woman who mostly minded the front desk the 3 days we were there, just asked, made our cappucino and caffe and just left us in the dining room so we could never get any more coffee. I know the Italians only drink one little cup of espresso in the morning, but we are used to getting more than a demitasse.

Should you believe we are picky about service or want more grandiose accommodations, I want to say we are used to staying in small hotels, B&Bs or agriturismos and have travelled to Europe many times. The room was otherwise nice and did have the promised views. We just wish the people running the place were not so indifferent.

  • Liked — Room was good size
  • Disliked — Management/owners indifferent
  • Stayed May 2007, travelled as a couple
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Boulder, Colorado
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 October 2006

WOW were we pleasantly suprised by the Albergo del Sole! We tried to book a hotel in Varenna 8 months in advance & couldn't find a thing. We finally found a room through the local tourist bureau & didn't have very high expectations of what the last room in town would be like. Great location in the heart of the village square - totally refurbished with a wonderful restaurant & cafe on site. The included breakfasts were superb with lattes, cappucinos etc! It is family run and the owners worked very hard to make sure we were happy. Our room was on the top floor & had two windows that opened to lake views & the baby crib was already in the room upon check in (a rare treat). My daughter celebrated her second birthday in the restaurant which has a charming patio with a beautiful hand painted garden scene on the wall. We would definitely stay here again - thought it was really good value for the 150 euro per night we paid.

  • Liked — location
  • Stayed September 2006, travelled with family
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Los Angeles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 July 2006

We spend an amazing week at hotel Sole by Anna and Luigi.
our room was wide and confortable with the big windows and a balcon overlooking the curch's square.
the food was excellent, every day something different, the owners allways very helpfull.
We plan to come back soon.

Stayed July 2006
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Reviewed 14 June 2006

In the hart of Varenna, quite close to everything, only some meters from the Villa Monastero and Cipressi and some steps from the lake.Perfect position, we found this hotel while we were staying at another one , and we moved as the food was excellent, the owners much nicer and the bedrooms very comfortable.The prices are in respect of the quality very good.
Go there!

  • Stayed June 2006
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Additional Information about Albergo del Sole

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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