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!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Albergo Del Sole Varenna, Lake Como, Italy