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“Spectacular View - worth the hike to get there” 4 of 5 stars
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Eremo Gaudio
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via Roma 25, 23829 Varenna, Italy   |  
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Ranked #5 of 6 Hotels in Varenna
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Renton, Washington
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244 reviews
55 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
“Spectacular View - worth the hike to get there”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

This very interesting hotel, site of a former orphanage on the side of the mountain, has spectacular views of Lake Como and the old town. Unless you are stout of limb and endowed with great stamina, it is not easy to walk from the train station or ferry dock. The streets are rough cobblestone and uphill all the way to the hotel which is about 6 km from the city center. A taxi is about 10 Euro provided you can find one once you get to the main road, or train station, and well worth the effort, we asked one of the local businesses to call a taxi which they did gladly. The hotel is made of of a lower section and two upper building accessed by funiculars. Unless you are willing to walk into the city center or take a cab, there is not much to do at the hotel (great if you just want to rest and enjoy the scenery), there is a restaurant at the hotel and the breakfast is plentiful and varied' The staff was friendly and courteous,the room a decent size with a balcony overlooking the lake, and clean but noisy at night, we could hear people in the next room snoring. There are no carpets in the hotel so anyone coming or going can be heard outside the room at night. The bathroom was a good size and the tub/shower large enough for comfort.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

My husband and I, stayed at this hotel for 3 nights. While the views from the hotel and our terrace were awe inspiring, the hotel is not.
It's mediocre amenities, worn out furniture, joke of a safe, shabby bathroom and definitely not-so-courteous owner don't necessarily make hard earned dollars well spent. The fact is that this hotel was not our first choice but due to crazy bookings at our preferred hotel choices, we had to settle. The hotel is on a hill with a serious angle of incline. The walk up the hill on a daily basis, twice a day is a killer and a mood damper.
Apart from the views, the other good thing was the elevator they have. Quite a thing that was.
I would like to visit Lake Como again but this would not be the choice of my stay even if I cannot get a booking else where.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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7 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

I agree with some comments on the nature of the accommodation in Eremo. Simply put it is the most amazing hotel. Leaving the old guy aside, Laura, sonya, monique made us welcome. The old monastery is a beautiful place, the most elevated views in all of the central lake area. The lake is large and difficult to understand unless here.
Food is basic, but cooked well and priced as reasonably as in town. The staff will help hugely, just ask, the view is breath-taking at night when the restaurant is open in summer.
Funicular is fun and parking is free.
Rooms are air conditioned provide cool luxury in the afternoon after waiting for another ferry!
Access to this favoured part of northern Italy to share with locals and tourists alike is truly freedom, unless you have. Few million to spare. This venue must remain as is, it honours the theological concept and is simply kept without complication. Free wifi, parking, location to the town, views, comfortable rooms, reasonable food without paying for 4 star luxury is rare. thanks Eremo et al

Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Seattle, Washington
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159 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

This place is all about the views. And when you book a room here, ensure to remember to book at the top level of the hotel. The views are magnificent! I'm not sure there are better views to be had at any other hotel in the major cities around the center of the lake. Ah-mazing!

But really, the view is all your paying for and why you would stay in his hotel! Varenna isn't a cheap town, but this hotel is competitively priced for what it offers, which is amazing views and mediocre amenities.

The rooms are basic and bare, very European and that's totally fine. The bathrooms are basic and bare. No toiletries, but I don't stay at hotels for their toiletries. :) The tram you take from the bottom of the hotel to the top is a little sketch; it kind of feels like it may fall apart or stop mid-way, but it totally worked every time we needed to go up or down. Now, the breakfast is appalling. There's a cappuccino machine, so no fresh cappuccinos! I feel like that's such a standard at basic, three-star hotels, but this place definitely does not have such. Also, the food is just really basic. I can't, however, speak to the food quality from their restaurant as we didn't eat there.

We only stayed one night as we wanted to experience the view, so I can say that that was really all that was necessary. The customer service isn't bad, it's just a really basic hotel with a really spectacular view! We had a balcony that overlooked the entire central area of the lake (Bellagio and Varenna in perfect view). Here, we enjoyed an Italian happy hour of products we purchased just down in the town center of Varenna. It was so relaxing! :)

Another thing to note when considering if you want to stay here or not, is that it's located about 10-15 minutes walking distance from the main center of Varenna (in front of San Giorgio church). This is totally not a big deal, but could be a problem if you're lugging your rolling luggage up the hill to get to the hotel; we ended up hailing a cab as we were not going to be able to push our luggage up the hill. ;) So the location isn't right in town.

Bottom line: this hotel isn't horrible, it just isn't a place I wouldn't choose o stay again. It's meh.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Knutsford, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

A great view from this elevated hotel. 10 mins walk from the centre of Varenna. Hotel has no character whatsoever and is run by a very grumpy unwelcoming old man. Food was below average and way overpriced. It could be so much better. Showing signs of being run by complacent owners. There are far better hotels in the town for the same price.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Cupertino, California
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10 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

We stayed at a regular room with a balcony. The view was excellent. Although it is high up on the hill, the walk from the town to the hotel was only about 15 minutes and was very pleasant walk.
One evening, we purchased some cheese, ham, bread and a bottle of wine for dinner at the balcony.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Boston, Massachusetts
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6 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

We got a superior room, meaning on the upper level. The view is absolutely amazing. You wake up looking over your feet to the best views on the lake, though the French doors, over the deck. However, getting to the room is a little challenging. There are three elevators, each with a little different control. The first is from the lobby up to where I think the regular rooms are. It's an all glass angled elevator. The second elevator is a bit shorter but similar to the first. The third is enclosed and takes you to the level where the superior rooms are. If you're uneasy with heights or seeing the cables and balance weights move, the elevators might be a little too exciting. But once you're there, the views erase any uneasiness.

The rooms are pretty spacious, though the "king" is two doubles together. The mattress was a little older, but the room was clean and well kept. Check out by 11am caught us a little by surprise though.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Via Roma 25, 23829 Varenna, Italy
Location: Italy > Lombardy > Lake Como > Varenna
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Free Parking Restaurant
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Ranked #5 of 6 Hotels in Varenna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Eremo Gaudio 3*
Number of rooms: 25
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