Recently, I stayed for three nights at the Hotel Olivedo in Varenna. The hotel situated just off the ferry dock is the ideal location for travelers setting out on an easy boat excursion to the other towns on Lake Como. The hotel with a brightly colored yellow exterior boasted a welcoming feel as we arrived from the train station early our first evening. Having not yet made dinner plans we were informed that dinner would be available at a rate of 25 pp which after our first meal had us sold and each night there we were dreaming of Laura's(the hotel innkeeper and wonderfully fairminded proprietor), upcoming menu for each night thereafter. As an Italian American with extremely high food standards, I must admit Laura's food was the best of our trip to Italy. Again from a family of cooks, chefs and foodies we know what we are talking about and don't give thumbs up to food unless it meets our standards. Aside from the hotel restaurant the hotel's old world charm and ambiance led to a wonderfully relaxed stay in the hotel. Since it rained 2 of our three full nights at Hotel Olivedo, our clothes may of gotten wet but still our spirits were not dampened when at times we stayed in a play cards, check email and chat with other guests and staff, who made us feel at home and treated us as special clientele. I only have two drawbacks about this hotel. The first being the stairs which are not for the fainthearted and the second being the bathtub which was extremely small, but are not the fault of the hotel service but rather to the style and charm of the building. Still 5 stars to me. Stay there. Don't eat elsewhere in Como. The food is topnotch. I still am dreaming of Laura's Eggplant Parmesan, the best I have ever had in my life.
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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