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“Nice Place to Stay on Lake Como”
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Hotel du Lac
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Varenna
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed June 16, 2014

The Hoel Du Lac, Varenna, is a small hotel right on the lake, about a block from the town square. It does offer paid parking at 16 Euro/day (There is also a city parking garage 2 blocks away, so you might leave your car there for less. In Varenna and the local area, you don’t really need a car, and in fact it may be easiest to get there by train from Milan). We had a double with view overlooking the lake and a small balcony. The staff was very helpful in giving advice about what to do and see, and even packed us a take away breakfast the day we left early in the morning. There is a nice restaurant /bar which serves both the included breakfast and offers light lunch and drinks later. The hotel is on the promenade on the lake, which makes it convenient to all the lakeside restaurants and the ferries to Bellagio and Menaggio.

Room Tip: Ask for lake view
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  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 9, 2014

Five stars is not enough to describe the remarkable experience we had staying at Hotel du Lac in Varenna. We usually stay elsewhere, but were "forced" to change to this hotel. We will never go anywhere else!!!!! Absolutely perfect location right on Lake Como with stunning views, especially from their patio which also served as part of their breakfast room, and bar. It was positively sublime sipping a prosecco or lemonchello while relaxing on the patio. My wife and I have decided that this is THE best way to relax on a vacation, and will endeavor to get here as much as possible during our Italian travels. The room was excellent with a lovely, large balcony right on the lake. The staff is top notch, accommodating, helpful, sincere, and wonderful. There is a parking lot for people who arrive to town by car right on the premises. The waterfront with its wonderful bars and restaurants is literally minutes away. This hotel moves ahead of the dozens of hotels in which I have stayed in Italy to one of the top spots.

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  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank alanjgreenhalgh
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Reviewed May 30, 2014

The hotel has a lovely terrace with nice lake views. Unfortunately we did not know that room #1 received bad reviews in this otherwise well reviewed hotel.

Room one is almost right at water level - outside the main hotel building.

The room is damp and has a lake smell.

We asked to change rooms and were told that the hotel was fully booked which we found hard to believe. We were given a portable heater by the desk clerk and told that is all he could do.

The heater could only be plugged into the outlet in the bathroom.

Thank heaven we only booked for one night.

Stayed: May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 30, 2014

Friendly and helpful staff. The hotel sits directly on Lake Como with a view of the mountains and Bellagio. The patio bar ( also used for breakfast) also has a great view of the lake and makes for a good start before going to dinner. All shops , restaurants and the ferry dock are all within an easy walk. This is the best hotel in Varenna and is more affordable and a more pleasant place to stay on Lake Como ( as compared to pricey, touristy Bellagio).

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with friends
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2  Thank Boogely
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Reviewed May 29, 2014

A great 4-night stay on the lake. Our room was very clean, well appointed, and had a large balcony right at the water that was as wide as the room and spacious enough to easily fit 2 lounge chairs and a table with 2 chairs. All of the staff were friendly, patient with my halting Italian, and truly aimed to please -- especially Gaetano (spelling?), the gentleman who first greeted us upon arrival. In addition to a smooth check-in and some very good restaurant recommendations, Gaetano helped us avert a potential disaster. When we got off the train in Varenna, the train doors closed before I could grab my backpack. There was no station agent and the Tourist Information office in town was unable to contact anyone who could help -- suggesting we wait until the next morning to call the railroad. When Gaetano learned of the situation he immediately called to the station at the end of the line, spoke to several people, and somehow arranged for my backpack to be on the next train back to Varenna with clear instructions about where I was to meet the conductor during the train's brief 1-minute stop. The bag had my laptop, camera, and medications so this was truly a magnificent result. In addition to being grateful for the positive result, we really appreciated his calm demeanor and his willingness to act immediately.

The hotel offers a complimentary breakfast buffet and a light lunch is available for purchase. It also has a bar/coffee lounge that is spacious, comfortable, reasonably priced -- and with a wonderful view of the lake. The bartender makes excellent cocktails. This is truly a place to relax in comfort with excellent service and a feeling of luxury.

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4  Thank smichaelb
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Reviewed May 27, 2014

We spent four wonderful days here at the beginning of our most recent European trip. The staff is great, the breakfasts and lunches were delicious, and the location is perfect. A perfect place
to get over jet lag. We flew into Milan and took a taxi to the hotel, which was definitly worth
the splurge. We had room 32, which had a small terrace overlooking the lake. The room was cozy, but the bed was quite comfortable.

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2  Thank looseleaf52
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Reviewed May 27, 2014

This was the first hotel we stayed on a two week trip to Italy. A beautiful location with stunning views from the terrace where we ate breakfast and lunch . A very warm and welcoming staff that unfortunately was not not able to save us from the sewer smell coming from the drains in room number 1 . In addition the advertised balcony was only 2 feet wide so not really able to sit and enjoy the view. We met other guests that were happy with their rooms above the dining terrace so if you stay request one of these. Varenna is a lovely town on Lake Como and Hotel Du Lac is great option as long as you avoid room 1 .

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3  Thank Doug S
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Address: Via del Prestino 4, 23829 Varenna, Italy
Location: Italy > Lombardy > Lake Como > Varenna
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Varenna
Price Range: $237 - $308 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 16
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Du Lac Varenna

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