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“Loved the view”
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Hotel Olivedo
Ranked #4 of 6 Hotels in Varenna
Certificate of Excellence
Dallas, TX
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Loved the view”
Reviewed December 14, 2008

Hotel Olivedo was wonderful. We got to stay in Suite 7 with a balcony. The room furnishings were lovely. What a gem. Laura made us feel so special we wished we had stayed longer.

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  • Stayed June 2008, traveled with friends
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dallas, texas
2 reviews
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Reviewed November 19, 2008

We stayed at the Hotel Olivedo in June. We were fortunate to stay in the villa up the road from the main hotel. It was fabulous beyond words! Laura was so sweet, helpful and hardworking! She and I share the same birthday so she has to be great! The girl from Texas says Rick Steves was right. This hotel is worth the stay. Happy birthday in December Laura!

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  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled with friends
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Anchorage, AK
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32 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed November 12, 2008

Enjoyed a nice stay at Hotel Olivedo with two adults, and two teenagers. Comfortable rooms right on Lake Como. An amusing site was the ferry terminal in front of the hotel. Laura was a very accomodating hostess. Parking nearby. Great breakfast included.

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  • Stayed June 2007, traveled with family
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Northport, NY
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25 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed October 19, 2008

Rick Steves' Italy guidebook description of Laura and the accommodations at Hotel Olivedo's adjacent La Torretta were exactly right. Laura greeted us, served at meal times (delicious meals too, by the way), and gave us some pointers for our first day in Italy. We only stayed one night before moving on to join our Rick Steves' tour which started at nearby Villa Cipressi. Our room was clean, routine size by Italian standards, and with a view over the lake that was breathtaking morning, noon, and night.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — We had a meal plan which included breakfast and dinner at reasonable prices, but we ordered a lunch that was a bit pricey.
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
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Austin, Texas
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3 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed October 12, 2008

Laura, the proprietor of this lovely hotel, is brisque, efficient, and all business. She runs the hotel like a well-oiled machine and with the exception of some kitchen staff, seems to be a one-woman show. She greeted us, checked us in and out, ran the dining room for dinner, and kept the accounting and records straight. In fact, it's more of a bed and breakfast then a hotel.

Our room was very large and had ample space. Ours had 3 beds and a comfy cot to sleep 4 comfortably. We also had a nice balcony overlooking a tiny square in front of the ferry dock, which was only 25 feet from the front door! This of course means that the water of Lake Como was that close too! We woke every morning to the stunning beauty of the lake and the tiny town of Varenna. The lobby was a little small, but clean and the grand staircase opened into the lobby as if to welcome us and call us to our room.

There were only two small downsides to the hotel -- no elevators and very small bathrooms (in some cases, no private bathrooms -- always remember to ask for that when traveling in Europe, as it isn't a given that each room has it's own bathroom). 4 flights of stairs is a lot when we are carrying luggage and going up and down several times a day. But overall, it was a wondeful hotel and being on the 4th floor afforded us a lovely view.

The restaurant that Laura runs was amazing! It's a fixed menu and we had the same options each night for 3-day stay. But that gave us a chacne to try different options and I can say without a doubt that it was all delicious. Try the pumpkin gnocchi and the cotoletta (breaded veal).

In terms of location, Varenna was a wonderful home base for our visit to Lake Como. The hotel is a short 10-15 minute walk from the train station (all down hill -- so it's easy to pull luggage -- but get a cab when you leave and have to go up hill!). It is right across from a ferry stop for easy transport to the other towns on Lake Como. The tickets were about 3.50 euro per ride or you can get an all day ticket (I believe it was 10.50 euro for an all day pass that lets you get on and off the ferry's as much as you want.

I would whole-heartedly recommend Laura's Hotel Olivedo AND using Varenna as a home base when exploring the amazing Lak Como. It was one of my favorite places on our trip to Italy.

  • Liked — The restaurant and the views
  • Disliked — the lack of elevators
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled on business
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Minneapolois, Mn
2 reviews
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Reviewed September 4, 2008

My husband and I stayed here for the beginning of our honeymoon and we wish we had stayed longer! We were in La Torretta on the top room. The room wasn't large but it was comfortable. The balcony off the room was great, and the bathroom was clean but a little small (although average compared to the hotels we stayed at on the trip). The rest of the area was greatly furnished and we enjoyed picnics on the front balcony of the house while watching people walk by. The top room was great for privacy too.
We had dinner at the hotel one night, it was average. The coffee gelato was probably the best we had the entire trip. Laura was fine too, not overly friendly but very professional. It was inconvenient to have to pay cash but that would be my only complaint.

  • Liked — location and views
  • Disliked — pay in cash
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
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San Diego, CA
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed September 1, 2008

My wife, daughter (12 years) and I spent 4-days at the Olivedo. We stayed in the annex next to the tower, which as it turned out is one of the best rooms by way of privacy, view, size and its only two flights of stairs from the plaza below. The room was clean and quiet, farther from the ferry landing than the main hotel or tower. Meals at the hotel were nice, recommend sticking to the fish. Breakfast is included, however they serve a watered down version of what they call American coffee (a little insulting for us Americans who enjoy good coffee) - its worth trying to persuade them to serve espresso.

Laura is very nice and very matter of fact; we found her to be really helpful and fair.

We would definitely stay there again!

  • Liked — Privacy, view size of room.
  • Disliked — matress was too hard
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
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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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 6 Hotels in Varenna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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