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Hotel Olivedo
Ranked #4 of 6 Hotels in Varenna
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Reviewed June 18, 2013

Our recent road trip in Italy started at Hotel Olivedo. Plusses were pleasant welcome from Laura, the owner, convenient location, easy parking and amazing views from corner room. Minuses were skimpy breakfasts (compared to others on our trip), one just average dinner, room furniture (chairs) broken-in needing repair or replacement, difficult-to-use shower curtain in tub. Overall not quite up to 3 Star rating - need for hotel to do major renovation to attain a higher level of comfort.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 12, 2013

Varenna was our first stop on our honeymoon of 3 weeks. We spent three nights there. Upon arrival. Laura, the owner, was very pleasant; however, this changed quickly. We would ask her for recommendations about restaurants for dinner, and she kept recommending her restaurant. We don't like eating the same place we're staying. We like exploring and trying different restaurants. We soon realized that Laura was cold with us because we didn't eat at her restaurant. We just ignored her. There was not much to breakfast, as we soon realized in Italy. But it seemed like Laura was running a tight ship, as noticed by other guests as well; the amount of food laid out was very little, and they would not replenish. When other guests would come in after the food laid out was done, the server would bring a few slices of cheese and ham to their tables, to avoid other guests from getting seconds. It almost felt like a concentration camp at breakfast. Laura also smokes at the Front Desk all the time, which stinks up the entire hallway, and not good for non-smokers like us. Our room had a nice view of Lake Como. I think it was not worth the money, and will stay somewhere else should we return to Varenna.

Room Tip: Less cigarette fumes in rooms on the top floor
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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 9, 2013

We recently spent 2 nights at the Hotel Olivedo on Lake Como in Varenna. Our second floor corner room was delightful with a marvelous view of the lake. Although the ferry landing is right in front of the hotel, noise was not a problem and catching the ferry to Bellagio, Tremezzo and Menaggio was most convenient and a fun way to see towns. The walk along the lake from the hotel to Verenna is very easy and very scenic and the staff was most attentive.

We also dined at the hotel restaurant and enjoyed a wonderful ravioli dish that was stuffed with ricotta cheese and spinach. The pasta was freshly made and simply outstanding. We recommend Hotel Oliviedo and really enjoyed staying in Varenna.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank RandellT1
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Reviewed June 7, 2013

The Hotel Olivedo is a delightful old hotel in Varenna, 5 minutes from the train station and right at the ferry terminals, Laura , our host was very pleasant and extremely helpful. My wife's luggage was lost and she called KLM on her hotel phone saving us significant difficulty. She was always pleasant when we were entering or leaving the hotel. Our room # 3 was spacious and comfortable. We had a seating balcony on the side with a gorgeous view of Lake Como Twice we got a pitcher of wine(9 Euros) and watched the ferries travel across the lake. Lights are on at the ferry terminals and if that would present a sleeping problem then a room on the opposite side of the hotel would be preferable, Breakfast is typical European. Dinner was outstanding under the awning outside. The entire staff was very friendly and helpful. This hotel is thoroughly enjoyable and we recommend Varenna as the place to stay because of it's quaintness

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 7, 2013

We had a great experience while staying in the villa...the room was lovely with a wonderful bathroom and shower, which was a real joy. The large balcony allowed us a beautiful view of the lake, and we enjoyed the table and chars to sit and enjoy a glass of wine. We had two wonderful meals at the hotel, and Laura and the staff were very accommodating. We had to depart early to catch a train, and Laura was kind enough to pack us some rolls and juice to take with us. I highly recommend this hotel and restaurant.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Sharkey16
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Reviewed June 6, 2013

We recently stayed at Hotel Olivedo for the second time, and it definitely didn't disappoint. If anything, it has improved over time. The location can't be beat, and the views of Lake Como are inspiring. This time, my husband and I had a room in the villa, while my kids stayed in the hotel. The villa was perfect for us as it offered a quieter, more private stay. There are also a few very nice common rooms in the villa that were perfect for enjoying the views (especially since it was raining while we were there!). The hotel is great as well, but the rooms are definitely smaller than those in the villa.
The highlight of any trip to Varenna, however, is Laura. We always enjoy visiting with her, and her food is amazing. The pasta alone is reason enough to choose the Hotel Olivedo. It was hard for us to eat anywhere else during our trip. We'll definitely visit again!

Room Tip: Book the villa if possible, and eat at the hotel's restaurant!
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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 2, 2013

We loved This fourth generation hotel. The owner Laura is always nearby and ready to help you with recommendations and translations! Our room, which was on the second floor, was bright and nicely appointed with a desk, vanity, comfy chair and very comfortable bed. We had a lake view balcony on the front and a side window and both had amazing views. Hotel Olivedo is so convenient to the ferry and also for walking into town, so it made our adventures very easy and convenient.
This was our 7th trip to Italy but our first time in Varenna and we will definitely return!

Stayed: May 2013, traveled with friends
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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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 6 Hotels in Varenna
Price Range: $155 - $238 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Olivedo 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Little charming hotel on the edge of Lake Como. ... more   less 
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