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Hotel du Lac
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Varenna
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 2, 2013

We first discovered this charming hotel on a boat trip from Cernobbio a couple of years ago. Coming across it by chance, we enjoyed a cold beer and a simple plate of pasta one lunchtime and vowed to return to enjoy the wonderful peace and quiet and view south down the lake. We stayed for ten days last summer and are returning again this year. Best rooms have view of lake and either a balcony or a terrace - some with sun beds and patio furniture.
Staff are generally young, enthusiastic, helpful and multilingual.
Although they serve a pretty good breakfast and simple lunches on the terrace, there is no restaurant: however it is only five minutes walk away from some brilliant little local places such as Cavatapi. In the early evening, the terrace is a great place for an aperitif.
Love the place!!

Room Tip: Room 12 on the first floor has the largest terrace with sunbeds, table and chairs, right over the wa...
  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank SPMarlow
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Reviewed November 19, 2012

We spent 3 nights at Hotel du Lac starting on Sept 11. We loved the hotel and its location on the water, and we loved Varenna. We were so glad we stayed at Hotel du Lac over any other hotel in Varenna. The hotel staff service was excellent, our room was large ($245E, superior lake view room) with beautiful views, large bathroom, real shower, soft lovely sheets, comfie bed.

We had the hotel arrange a taxi to pick us up at Milan airport which was worth every euro spent ($140E). Would highly recommend this, we are in our mid 40s and were exhausted even on the taxi ride. After 2 long flights from the US, we had no interest in taking a bus to the train station and then a train to Varenna to save a few bucks. Not to mention, the train station is on the other side of town in Varenna and you either have to walk and find the hotel (which is a little tricky) or get a taxi. We also had the hotel arrange a taxi to the train station on our way out of town and were glad to have done it. No need to lug our luggage for a 20 minute walk across town.

We had room #35 which was on the top floor. The room had 2 twin beds and a loft upstairs with a queen bed. The only down side if there is no comfortable sitting area to sit and look outside at the water. A small couch would be nice. :) We WISHED we had a big balcony but those rooms were all booked. We were so glad we did not stay Bellagio which, in our opinion, was too crowded and not as quaint.

Our only regret was that we had not scheduled more time in Lake Como, we could have easily spent 5-7 nights there. It far surpassed our expectation in beauty and things to do. The alps are right there and you can hike, mountain bike, rock climb, in addition to visiting the various towns via the ferry. We like a variety of things to do including visiting sites, exercising and also just relaxing and taking in the views. We went to the various restaurants in town, the food was good, nothing spectacular. The service was excellent in all the restaurants we went to.

Room Tip: Get a room with one of the balconies, they were booked and we wished we had one to sit and read, dri...
  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank CalifGirlie
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Reviewed November 16, 2012

Our room was right on the water with a lovely deck. The breakfast was wonderful with a great assortment of cheeses and meats. The weather was very rainy when we were there, so it was nice to have a bar area to sit and another sitting room with a fire place ....that should have had the fire going? Close to everything in town and the ferries.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank barney4852
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Reviewed November 9, 2012

Great spot. Clean, well run .You pay a good price but that seems the norm around the Italian Lakes. Very spacious rooms and a magnificent lakeside outlook, close to both passenger and car ferries(no problem for pedestrians to use these).Housekeeping exemplary. No restaurant in the hotel at night but very good choices in town. Waiting staff appeared a bit casual at times .But overall staff were helpful. It was no problem for them to pack a picnic lunch and they were generous. Breakfast was excellent and had the best lakeside view we saw around Lake Como. Worth it for that alone. There are plenty of steps around Varenna –but it’s a magnificent romantic destination. This hotel was the pick of what we encountered on Como. The walk along Via del Viandante or the Wayfarers trail to Dervio via Bellano is another hidden gem in Varenna. The church of John the Baptist in Varenna (parts dating from the 11 th century)shows the Knights Templar influence and together with Villa Monstero,which has some excellent timber furniture pieces,add to the attractions. There are some very good local restaurants,Il Cavatappi being one, but booking at least a day before is essential.

Room Tip: Ask for a room fronting onto the Lake
  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank Lanky3
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Reviewed November 4, 2012

This is a great hotel. It is clean and comfortable with beautiful views. Of course, that is not too uncommon on Lake Como but what makes this standout for me is the excellent Customer Service. Everyone at the hotel was so accommodating and welcoming. The front desk staff was particularly helpful especially Guido who worked to coordinate a drive into Lugano for us, gave us some excellent restaurant recommendations and made reservations...it was an excellent experience overall. Thanks Hotel du Lac, Varenna!

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Suezq3
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Reviewed November 3, 2012

We didn't stay here, but I've been told I should still add my experience here as a review. I wanted to take the time to comment on the excellent service we received from their staff. On October 12th, we stopped by the hotel for a drink on their patio (wonderful view, great drinks and free snacks as a bonus). During our visit, their staff overheard us talking about leaving on Sunday, so they made us aware of an impending train strike. Our hotel had never mentioned anything and in fact, we were the ones to inform them the following morning. The staff at Hotel du Lac were working hard to try and make arrangements for their guests, while our hotel gave us minimal information and offered no suggestions.

If you are considering staying here, I would say that the location, customer service, and everything we saw of the hotel were top notch. If we were ever in Varenna again, I would do whatever I could to stay here.

I would even say that I would choose a room here with no view over a room somewhere else with a side view. Our room at another hotel had a tiny balcony off the side where you could see the lake. Big deal! The entire town is beautiful to walk around, with great views for free. Or eat/drink at one of the bars, cafes, restaurants on the water. You really should be out exploring anyway, not sitting on a tiny balcony looking sidewards.

Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
5  Thank MofromMass
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Reviewed October 31, 2012

Quaint, comfortable hotel perched on the shore of Lake Como. Rooms are well-priced, very comfortable, well-furnished and the breakfast is excellent. The room we had included a terrace that looked west on the beautiful lake; scenery is incomparable. Varenna is extremely quiet and we can confirm Rick Steve's account that there's little to do here except relax (the hotel is heavenly for this daily task) or walk to the ferry for trips around the lake. The church bells go off promptly at 07.00, so no need for a wake-up call. The hotel's staff are very efficient, considerate and very knowledgeable and willing to help with local questions on restaurants, destinations and all logistic matters. All in all, one of the better values for money on our three-week trip to Italy.

Room Tip: The rooms facing the lake, especially with the west terrace on the second floor are well worth your...
  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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9  Thank Wcpitcher
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Address: Via del Prestino 4, 23829 Varenna, Italy
Location: Italy > Lombardy > Lake Como > Varenna
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Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Varenna
Price Range: $226 - $337 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 16
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