My sister and I stayed at hotel Olivedo in late April 2013 for 4 nights. First trip to Lake Como, first trip to Italy. It was great! Right across the road from both vehicular & passenger ferries. And despite the proximity, not a lot of noise from these.
We were on the 3rd floor, on SW corner of the building. Lovely bright yellow room, 2 big windows / balconeys looking out over Lake Como. Flowers on the balcony. One of us slept on couch bed, other on main queen / king bed. We swapped after 2 days, just to be able to compare. Both were fine.
Bathroom was modern with toilet, bidet, basin & over bath shower. Bath would be great for kids. Heater in bathroom, not needed while we were there, but always welcome in winter. Apparently all the bathrooms are also in the process of being renovated. We had a peek in the room next door. It was also bright & airy, with a nice clean functional bathroom.
Our Hostess Laura was ever present. She has a heap of local knowledge, & happy to point us in the right direction. She even yelled at the ferry men to wait for us when they cast off early on our last day!
The dining room provided a delicious European breakfast each day. Tea / coffee, juice, fruits, croissants, bread, local ham ( best I have ever tasted ), cheese, local butter, jam/ jelly.
Lunch had a range of tasty treats including a delicious ravioli.
Dinner had again a range of treats including some veal dishes.
We had 2 lunches & 2 dinners in house.
Other lunches we had in Bellagio (13 minutes ferry ride away), and at a cooking class with Moreno up in the hills above Varenna.
This Cooking Class with Moreno was wonderful. An all day experience in Italian cooking. Pick up & drop off at the Olivedo front door. Laura can give you details on days & current price. We paid €50 each.
We will both be back.
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- Little charming hotel on the edge of Lake Como. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Olivedo Hotel Varenna