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“A grand dame looks over her patrons well at this older grand dame hotel.” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Olivedo
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Piazza Martiri della Liberta,14, 23829 Varenna, Italy   |  
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Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Varenna
Prescott Valley, Arizona
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“A grand dame looks over her patrons well at this older grand dame hotel.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

This hotel must have been really something in her youth; you can still see the stately, classic signs in the marble stairway, antique furniture, formal dining area. Now she's showing her age but is still showing her manners well. The manager is helpful and eager to please. The rooms are decorated with a mish-mash of furniture pieces and it felt a bit like staying at Grandma's. The location is perfect! Right in front of the Ferry landing, on the lake, close to promanade walk which connects to other part of shore line shops & cafes. Rooms comfortable and clean. We were on upper floor and windows were port-holes, one up high & one down low but gave a nice breeze. We were only there one night, would suggest more. Great town, great hospitality.
(Elevator is service one and very small but works well for luggage.) Only complaint is sparse breakfast and had to be out of room by 10a.m.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Prescott Valley, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

Loved, loved, loved this little hotel! Not a chain, more like a large family home that has been opened to the public. Furnishings were more family like, than hotel like.
The Signora could not have been more pleasant or helpful. Really enjoyed talking with her.
Rooms were clean, and comfortable. Bathroom was up-to-date. Even has wifi.
Right on Lake Como. Nice view from our room.
They have their own restaurant, we only had breakfast there, but it was good. You can even get your minimum daily requirement of gelato there.
Only stayed for one night, wished it could have been longer. If we are ever back in the area, this is definitely where we will stay.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 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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Kailua, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

We stayed at Hotel Olivedo in Varenna in August 2013. It's location is perfect for hopping on the ferry to visit other areas of Lake Como - literally a 10 second walk from the hotel to ferry dock! And, despite its proximity to the dock and the possibility of noise from that, it was very quiet at night. The owner, Laura, is a gem. The included breakfast was quite meager by US standards, but typical of Italian standards - dry cereal, pastries, juices, yogurt, fruit. Expresso was good. Room was #21 on top floor (very interesting elevator!) and had windows that opened onto the lake on two sides, one window with a small veranda (not big enough for a chair, though). Huge firm king bed, couple of tables, couple of nightstands, chairs and a huge armoir with a giant mirror. Odd shower - bottom of the tub was convex, which felt unstable. Hand-help shower head, very sensitive as far as water temp. The higher you lifted the shower head, the hotter became the water (I guess heat really does rise!)! Taking a shower became a burden having to adjust and re-adjust the water temp., and maintain your balance! The next-door pizzeria was terrific - try their arugula/dried beef/mozarella pizza! We also ate (twice) at Ristorante Borgovino - a must-try in Verenna! The owner is working on his sommelier license and is really knowledgeable, the food is good and the restaurant interior is very cool. Only a few tables, so make a reserv. Ristorante Quattro Pass is good, too, but high-end. Visit the Castle Vezio in Varenna!

Room Tip: #21, where we stayed, had a beautiful view.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

We stayed at Hotel Olivedo in August for 3 nights. Laura, the Hotel manager/owner took care of us as soon as we arrived. She booked us into the most amazing room, it was everything we wanted from our trip to Italy. I felt instantly at home with all the Italian finishing touches. I felt like I was a little girl at my Nonna's house. Beautiful furnishings, immaculately clean, a large bathroom with a beautiful stand up shower (we didn't find many of these in Europe!!).

The view was amazing, I can't find words to do it justice. The perfect location, with our car parked in secure parking just behind the hotel for a fee per night. Although the hotel is right at the port, the hotel is very quiet and safe. Very convenient for jumping on and off the ferry to explore the other parts of Lake Como.

We enjoyed our daily breakfast and also indulged in two dinners at the Olivedo restaurant. Being a small restaurant we were spoilt with service, the food was amazing (i'd even say it was one of the best meals we had in Italy!) everything was home cooked from scratch, including the butter and sage gnocchi.

We got to know Christine in the restaurant who was lovely and we thought Laura was beautiful... it was so nice to see a team of people work so well together. You could tell Laura's family had run the business for years, it is her pride and joy.

Thanks for some beautiful memories!

  • Stayed August 2013, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

We stayed for 6 nights at the Olivedo. We loved it, the room was spotless, had a lovely small balcony, beautiful views of the lake and mountains. Busy ferry but we soon got used to the activity and it was very quiet at night. We found good restaurants in Varenna and ate twice in the Olivedo. Good food but a bit rushed. Great venue for getting to Monza for the Italian GP and we thought Laura was brilliant! We would have her run any business of ours! Thanks for a great time.

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

We spent two weeks traveling through Italy in June/July and ended our visit at Lake Como. Our travel agent selected the Hotel Olivedo in Varenna and we were very pleased with our stay there. Varenna was the perfect spot to conclude our trip - great weather, beautiful scenery and very peaceful. When we arrived at the Hotel Olivedo we were warmly greeted like family by Laura, the owner or manager, who was friendly and helpful throughout our stay. We were very pleased to learn upon our arrival that parking was available in a secure lot next to the hotel for 20 euros/day. Our room was attractive, spacious and furnished with lovely antiques. The bathroom was clean, large and modern. From our balcony we had a spectacular view of the lake, the mountains and the other villages that dot Lake Como. Although the hotel is located right at the ferry landing it was never a disturbance and it was fun to watch the travelers and locals while we ate our meals on the terrace. Although it was not our intention we ate every meal at the hotel because the food was so delicious, the service was cordial and excellent and the view spectacular. When we asked Laura if we might bring wine purchased during our travels for our final dinner at the hotel she chilled and served it without a corkage fee. Upon our departure she gave us each a hug and a kiss and presented us with a bottle of wine to enjoy at our next stop. We highly recommend the Hotel Olivedo and would definitely plan to stay there if we ever return to Varenna.

Room Tip: Be sure to request a room with a balcony with a lake view.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

The views from Hotel Olivedo were spectacular, as we had a corner room with windows overlooking the full perspective of the lake and mountains. The room was spacious, but could best be described as quaint. It's more like sharing an elderly aunts home - the furniture and decor are from a bygone era. Inevitably that makes it more difficult to keep as clean as more modern hotels - it's not bad, just average. At least the bed linen was clean. The bathroom shower head couldn't be fastened to anything and had to be hand held - manageable but not ideal. In summary, it's a tired quirky hotel run by a very pleasant family but in a fantastic location both for the views and local bars and restaurants. We would return again.

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Piazza Martiri della Liberta,14, 23829 Varenna, Italy
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Location: Italy > Lombardy > Lake Como > Varenna
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Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service
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Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Varenna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Olivedo 3*
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