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“The perfect choice for a hotel on Lake Como”
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Hotel Olivedo
Ranked #4 of 6 Hotels in Varenna
Certificate of Excellence
Branchton Ontario Canada
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“The perfect choice for a hotel on Lake Como”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2011

Wow! What a great place to stay on Lake Como. The hotel has an ideal location and a manager Laura who definitely takes care of business. She was great. We had room #26 with a view front and side overlooking the lake. The room had ample space with a great lake view. Our group had dinner there and it was absolutely fantastic. Everyone enjoyed it. From here we took the ferry to two other places on Lake Como. Varenna was the quaintest and the best. If we are lucky enough to visit this area again, we will definitely stay here. Laura you are the best.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2011

We spent 2 nights in Varenna and are very pleased with our hotel choice. My boyfriend and I stayed in the Villa Torretta (separate building just next to the hotel), we had room 5 in the tower which had incredible lake and mountain views. Our friends had a room in the main hotel, they didn't have a lake view and the windows were small but they didn't have any complaints. The rooms have an old school charm about them, antique furniture and really quirky but in the best possible way. If you like a place with character that's spotlessly clean then this is the place for you. The breakfast was basic but absolutely fine, the servers were very friendly and efficient and the breakfast room is beautiful (again full of antiques and character). The owner Laura is very professional and has a warm smile, she runs a tight ship and you can tell she works hard to maintain a well run family business. Great place! p.s. it is right near the ferry dock which is lovely as you can see lots of boats coming and going but you may want to sleep with ear plugs if you're a light sleeper.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a lake view, and we'd highly recommend the Villa Torretta!
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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washington state
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2011

We had room 15 overlooking the lake and ferries and loved it. We spent two nights and had dinner in both evenings, the second because we so liked the first. The dining room is a classic beauty. The folks running the place were delightful, especially Laura, the person clearly in charge. She was clear,helpful and reserved in a wry way we happen to enjoy.I would like an egg at breakfast but had no other complaints.I knew we would have no elevator so I can't complain. Staff carried the heavy bag. Varenna is a gem. It is an easy walk to and from the train.The bathroom was very big and had a very good shower.

Room Tip: Make sure you know whether you have a view or even a window. 15 was great but a fussier sleeper migh...
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Duiven, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2011

We stayed in the nice villa Torretta from this wonderful hotel. A very nice room with a spectacular view over Lake Como. The staff is friendly and helpful. Boats are coming an going and so there is always something to see when you are sitting in front of the hotel. The meals are tasteful and there is a very good house wine next to for example a wonderful Barolo wine.
Just enjoy this nice hotel.

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Seattle
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2011

This is my second time staying at Hotel Olivedo. I had such a great experience with the hotel and Varenna when I visited 9 years ago that I wanted to visit and stay here again. This time was for 4 days on a two week trip to Italy in September. Unfortunately, this time was a disappointment. When we first checked in, we were given an attic room on the 5th floor with not only no view but no window, barely a porthole. It was very hot & stuffy, not to mention the flight of stairs with no lift. We did ask for a better room which Laura accommodated us the next day with a room with a view on the 2nd floor. We know the hotel was not full and don't know why our room could not be changed the night before. I found that the hotel rooms have been nicely renovated and all rooms now have private bathrooms since my last stay. The hotel itself is charming and tastfully decorated with antiques. The dinner we had at the restaurant was very good but breakfast was not that great. My major disappointment with this hotel is Laura. There is one thing about "no nosense" and another wtih a lack of good customer service. We had an issue with paying with credit card instead of with cash. When we made the booking while calling from Vicenza, she did not advise cash only when taking my CC to hold the reservation. She did, however, come thru and accept our CC for payment. She was not very pleasant or friendly. She was not very helpful when asked questions. We tried to engage in conversation and even joke with her. My travel companion would not stay there again because of her. And unfortunately, as much as I like the hotel & its great location, I would have to agree. When you're in this type of business, one needs to be a bit more pleasant and actually pretend to enjoy your guests!

Room Tip: Always pick room with a view, 2nd or 3rd floor. NOT the attic.
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
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marietta
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2011

positives: The hotel is nice and is at a great location across from the ferry. can be kinda noisy but with the windows closed the noise is drowned out. had no problems with Laura. dont expect warm and fuzzy service and you are fine.

improvements: breakfast could be better, cereal, bread, and ham is what is offered . all the coffee you can drink is good though.

control over the air conditioning would be nice too. When you pay 150 euros a night, it would be nice if you could control when the a/c is used.

towels are very thin and are like using a large paper towel.

internet service could be improved as you can only get it on the second floor. would be fine if you did not have to pay for it but the fee was 7 euro for the entire stay so not too bad

overall not too many hotel choices in varenna so really you are limited on the places you can stay and the prices that you have to pay.

on another note, i think that i am the only one who does not get the lake como experience. i stayed there for two days and was bored. the lake is too dirty to swim in, you basically take a ferry from town to town and walk around and look at shops. i guess if you are very stressed out at work and want to get away and do nothing but relax then como is the place for you. i was just expecting more to it on stuff to do.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2011

Hotel Olivedo was one of the better hotels we stayed in during our two week stay in Italy during September. We opted to stay in smaller family owned hotels (recommendation from a Rick Steve's guide book) to help emerse ourselves in the culture of Italy. I must say that this hotel was perfect for such an experience. The rooms were very clean and spacious and the overall experience of the hotel was wonderful. Laura and her staff were very accommodating and pleasant and work hard. Not once did I think her staff was demanding or "uneducated" as MexianoViajero said. I don't think anyone that can speak two languages is uneducated. If you are going to a foreign country and want an Italian to understand everything you are saying, then maybe you should learn to speak fluent Italian before you go. She does encouraged you to eat at the hotel, but does not require it. I would highly recommend it because it is delicious! The air conditioner worked the whole time we were there, but you must have the windows closed because there is a sensor on the window that does not allow the air to turn on if the window is open. We stayed on both the fourth floor, which had windows but not much of a view, and also the second floor with wonderful views of the lake. (had to move rooms due to staying an unexpected extra day due to train strike). There is not an elevator, but the staircase is wide and easy to climb. Out of the 5 family run small hotels that we stayed in, Hotel Olivedo was by far the best. If you are looking for a buffet breakfast, plush beds and towels, room service, an elevator, and luxury, I wouldn't even look at boutique hotels. But, if your looking for charm, relaxation, and a simple place to sleep at night while enjoying the experience of a small, family run hotel, this would be an excellent choice.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a view on the second floor.
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Olivedo
Address: Piazza Martiri della Liberta' 14 | Lombardia, 23829 Varenna, Italy
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Location: Italy > Lombardy > Lake Como > Varenna
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service
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Ranked #4 of 6 Hotels in Varenna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Olivedo 3*
Number of rooms: 10
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Little charming hotel on the edge of Lake Como. ... more   less 
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