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“Bellissimo!! Just as wonderful the second time.” 5 of 5 stars
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Via del Prestino 4, 22050 Varenna, Italy   |  
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Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Varenna
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“Bellissimo!! Just as wonderful the second time.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2011

We went to Hotel du Lac for both our 25th and 32nd wedding anniversaries. We love Varenna and Hotel du Lac because we enjoy eating and sleeping right next to the lake (without cars and roads between you and the lake). It is so peaceful there. Lake Como is magical and we love Varenna because it is quaint. Both times we had room 24 which is the top middle room facing the lake. (We didn't mind climbing stairs.) The rooms on the floor beneath ours had large terraces, but we loved looking out over the lake from from the top floor. We had lovely french doors out to our Juliet balcony which we left open at night and were never bothered by bugs. There is free wifi in the lovely breakfast room. We loved the selection at breakfast. We day-tripped over to Bellaggio and Menaggio but loved coming back to Varenna.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Michigan
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2011

I stayed here for one week in June 2011, and enjoyed the location and amenities. The single room did not have a lake view, which I knew, and it really didn't matter for me, since I spent most of my time outside the hotel. Breakfast is an excellent continental spread. The staff are friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2011

I really can't think of any negatives about our experience - with the exception of not being told that the a/c had to be turned on at the front desk upon request. Our first night did get a bit warm and I couldn't get the a/c going - next morning i found out why.

In all it's in a great location - easy to get to everything, Varenna is a great little town. Parking garage adjacent made getting bags in no problem. Clean and spacious rooms that are well maintained. Staff very friendly and eager to help. Breakfast was standard but perfect for our needs. Very quiet and not so many rooms that it feels like a big hotel.

Depending on your viewpoint the rate can be a bit expensive but everyone deserves a splurge now and then and this is a great one. Two nights here and I would have preferred 3 - I'd recommend to anyone and would stay here again.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2011

We stayed at Hotel du Lac in Varenna for four nights and really loved this quaint, clean and beautiful hotel with an amazing view! The room was spacious and we loved our view of the lake. My husband's checked luggage was missing and the Hotel Du Lac staff worked round the clock to try and locate it-- they were so sweet. I highly recommend this hotel for a quiet and comfy stay in Varenna!

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2011

Hotel has a great location overlooking Lake Como-absolutely beautiful views! They don't have a restaurant, but serve a lite lunch with drinks on their terrace that overlooks the lake. Rooms are very nicely decorated and appointed - they provide Fragonard bath gel and lotion in the bathroom. There is private parking for 15 euro a night which is worth it to avoid the stress of finding parking - very convenient. We loved our double room with a lake view. It had a small balcony, a desk and also a small sofa - very comfortable.
The service was average. An example, when we arrived it was around lunch time. I inquired if there were any good restaurants nearby for lunch. The lady at the front desk handed me a map of Varenna and told us to walk along the main street near the water that has many restaurants and to pick one we liked. We decided to check out the view from the hotel terrace and then discovered that the hotel was serving a light lunch on the terrace. Why hadn't she mentioned this? Weird! Anyway we had a lite lunch with wine on their terrace which was quite good. The service on their terrace was very good.
The breakfast provided was average. You could eat outside on the terrace or inside with a great view of the lake. The tables were immaculately set with nice china & proper linens. We were the only people in the breakfast area and the gentleman maning the breakfast area did not ask us if we wanted any tea or cappuccinos. Instead we had to ask him and he didn't seem to pleased being asked to make the 2 cappuccinos. This made me feel uncomfortable. Service was not 4 Stars.
We did appreciate that they took our bags up to the room for us once our room was ready.
We would return again to this hotel due to their location, comfortable rooms and the outstanding views. I thought the hotel was a good value & appreciated the private parking. Also they do provide Wi Fi that worked in our room free of charge.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Stockholm
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2011

Just got back from a long weekend in Varenna - what a place! We celebrated our 10th aniversary here and just fell in love with the place. Gorgeous, quiet, historic, natural beauty and lots of things to do - one of the top three vacation sports I've ever visited - perhaps even the very best!

We booked the Hotel du Lac because the Albergo Milano was fully booked, and were pleased with our choice. However, we got the room with partial lake view right behind the reception (number 30), which is probably not the best in the house. The terrace is large, peaceful, and overlooks the lake, but the view really is limited by two tall walls on either side. Also, the sun never gets in except for perhaps for a while in the middle of the day, when we were never there anyway. As it was very hot when we were there, this was kind of nice as the room stayed cool, but I would still have enjoyed being able to watch the sunset from my balcony. The price is the same as for a full lake view room, which I don't think is really right. Also, it is right behind the reception and so pretty disturbed by noise. We could actually hear the receptionist tapping a pen against the desk when we were trying to sleep. Ear plugs are highly recommended if you're staying in this room.

Breakfast is fine by Italian standards - bread, croissants, cold cuts, yoghurt, cereal, cakes and cookies - it got us through the day without problem even though we did six hours of hiking every day. I just wish the waiter would have asked us what kind of coffee or tea we wanted - he never did. You had to walk over to the bar to order. This was just the routine, so it could easily be changed.

The staff are all very friendly and helpful - they were able to give good advice on where to go hiking, and they helped us get to Bergamo by taxi when we were caught in Varenna by a sudden train strike a few hours before our flight. They also managed to find us a watch shop when we needed one.

The one piece of advice we were not happy with was the recommendation of restaurant for our 10th wedding anniversary dinner - they suggested Vecchia Varenna which was apparently the best restaurant in town many years ago, but is now terrible. The food was not even of average quality. In fact, it was the worst meal we had on this visit to Italy.

All in all, we had a lovely weekend and have already booked our next trip to Varenna, one year from now. We'll try another hotel this time though, as the Hotel du Lac is just a little too expensive compared to the other choices available if you book in advance. But we're pretty picky, and views and sunsets are important to us. If you're lucky enough to get a room wioth a view at Hotel du lac, I'm sure you would have a different experience altogether.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2011

Varenna was our first stop on our vacation in Italy, Varenna and Hotel Du Lac was one of the most memorable highlights. The location of the hotel is the best. Our room was great with views of Lake Como. We slept with our windows open and hear the lapping of the waves. What a great place to get over get lag before we began our fast paced intensive trip. We thought the breakfast was the right way to start the day. Wonderful cappuccinos! After all when you try all the wonderful restaurants in Varenna, you will be doing lots of eating the rest of the day. We'd love to go back to Hotel Du Lac someday.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Via del Prestino 4, 22050 Varenna, Italy
Location: Italy > Lombardy > Lake Como > Varenna
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Varenna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 17
Also Known As:
Du Lac Varenna

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