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Hotel Villa Cipressi
Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Varenna
Certificate of Excellence
New York City, New York
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“Wedding Oct 2011”
Reviewed November 11, 2011

I had my wedding at villa cipressi in early October. I planned my whole wedding using tripadvisor and never having been there I was quite anxious reading some of the reviews.... Once I got there I was relieved! The place is amazing, the staff sooo nice, and restaurant delicious.

Rooms: Allot of the wedding party stayed at the hotel myself included. Our rooms all had views that were amazing; rooms were very clean, and huge! The bathrooms not fancy but were clean, new appliances, and nice hot water! For the wedding night we changed rooms to the Manzoni suite also amazing.

Food: Amazing food, make reservations for the restaurant it can get full. Outdoor view is beautiful. Breakfast that is included is very typical continental breakfast... bread, coffee, cereal. They did have hard boiled eggs.

Staff: Amazing, very accommodating.

Wedding Day: Everything went very well and the ballroom was very pretty, food amazing. I had read the reviews about music being a problem in the past ... My only criticism is I had a DJ come to play music during dinner and since he was set up in another room and he was not allowed to play until dinner was over. Mind you dinner was very long there are many courses which is not a bad thing but when there is no music it seems quite longgg. We had to use an iPod to play during dinner even though the DJ was being paid and waiting in the second room. So I wasted my money to have him there early. When the dessert was put out the DJ was allowed to play so he only played for end of the night. They put many tasty desserts out but took them away so fast I was not able to sample anything. Davide did let us play music alittle longer than expected which was much appreciated. All and all I had a great time and would definitely recommend this as a wedding venue! Maybe just use and IPod instead of hiring a DJ.

Room Tip: Choose a room with a view it is worth it!
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 3, 2011

We found the many reviews that describe this as a "convention" and/or "wedding destination" hotel to be misleading. Perhaps because we visited mid-week, in mid-October, we felt at all times as though we were enjoying a solid 3 or 4 start hotel. We observed only one wedding reception and it was not at all disruptive. A dinner in the hotel's dining room was among the best during our Lake Como stay. The front desk was attentive and provided reliable recommendations on dining in Varenna. The location is quiet, the views spectacular (our room had a small balcony and looked out directly over the terrace and the lake), the breakfast better than most. Unless you are travelling very light, get a taxi from the RR station. Varenna worked well for us as a base. Certainly Belagio offers more of everything (shops, dining, etc.), but the boat service is frequent and reliable, and we never regretted returning to peaceful Varenna at the end of the day.

Room Tip: Spectacular sunsets over the lake justify paying a bit more for a view room.
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 30, 2011

We stayed here as guests for 7 nights during May 2011 & also had our wedding here on 30 May 2011.

As a hotel, Villa Cipressi is professionally run with very friendly staff & management. The rooms are more than adequate & superior to many other Hotels I have stayed in when in Italy. Breakfast is simple but more than adequate and the food served in the restaurant (when open - either in the afternoon or the evening) is simply superb. The hotel is set in its own steeped gardens which are wonderful to walk around. The only thing that we thought it lacked were bar or restaurant facilities for guests who weren't attending the weddings held there, as when a wedding occurs this takes over the catering facilities. However this should not really be a problem as there are plenty of alternatives in Varenna, only a short walk away.

As a wedding venue - all I can say is that this venue is second to none. We were blessed with fantastic sunshine all day & were able to sit outside in the main courtyard & immediate surrounding area. We noticed that one or 2 other weddings were not so fortunate in getting the weather, however the Hotel seem used to this & are able to make alternative arrangements in-doors.

The food provided to us for the wedding meal was simply fantastic, featuring the finest selections of hors d'oeuvre I have ever encountered. This was followed by a 7 course sit down menu of the highest quality. Service by the staff throughout the whole day was really first class and superbly organised . The hotel provides a wonderful atmosphere (that really has to be experienced to be believed) with a truly stunning view across Lake Como across to the Bellagio area (which is just at a wrong angle to get a view of). We really couldn't ask for any more from Villa Cipressi & needless to say we were completely blown away by the experience.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 25, 2011

The Magnolia suite is an independent villa in the gardens of the the Villa Cipressi, directly on the lakefront, isolated from the rest of the hotel and is absolutely beautiful. The bedroom is immense with high ceilings and exposed beams and the bathroom has a beautiful and very large shower. The floor-to-ceiling French windows and the private balcony offer a breathtaking view of Lake Como (Bellagio is just across the water). It was very peaceful, you can hear the waves lapping on the tiny beach. It seems to be a favorite spot for the local fisherman who quietly paddles away if you open the windows onto the balcony. The hotel botanical gardens are exquisite, beautifully maintained. The staff are very helpful and very welcoming. The breakfast buffet is good as is the restaurant. There is no hotel parking, but plenty of free parking along the road as well as metered parking in the town square. It was an unforgettable stay, simply marvelous...

Room Tip: A room with a lakeview is a must.
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled solo
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Montauk, New York
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Reviewed October 9, 2011

This is a very nice hotel, but, based on this season's reviews I think we were lucky. We stayed at the hotel for 3 nights the last week in September in a room with a view of the lake ( and the wedding area). The first night there was a Rick Steves tour group which made more noise than the wedding the second night. The wedding did not include music and broke up around 10pm. The third night, in advance of our trip home, was quiet.
The grounds are beautiful, but the rooms are spartan. More importantly, we were told that our level of room does not include AC. It cooled off nicely at the end of September, but I image this could be an issue in July or August. The hotel staff were professional and very helpful. The breakfast buffet had a nice array of fresh baked goods.

Room Tip: Before booking, inquire if any weddings are scheduled during your stay.
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Connecticut
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Reviewed October 3, 2011

We stayed here for 3 nights the first week of September. The site and the buiding are so beautiful that it looks like a movie set. The only problem is that weddings are constantly being held there.. When we checked in around 8 PM music from a wedding was annoying and coming into our room. We immediately stated that we go to bed early and didn't want to be up until midnight. The manager was very accomodating. She gave us a room in the historic portion of the building which was very nice.
Breakfast was excellent. A great variety and they have a terrace overlooking the lake. Very beautiful way to start the day.

Room Tip: Be careful of the rooms overlooking the wedding area. Request one to the streetside of the hotel.
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 29, 2011

After staying at the hotel previously and visiting out of season we decided on getting married here. On every stay we could not fault the hotel, the employees and the overall satisfaction of our holiday. I work for a large America vacation ownership company and I can only say how the standards of Hotel Villa Cipressi meet first class all around.

We were married at Villa Cipressi on the 29th August 2011 and we couldn't have chose a better venue in terms of satisfaction, comfort, views, food & customer care all 100%. Davide the hotel manager was so helpful up to and including the day and would go out of his way to assist us - he is a true star and made the event so perfect! Also Davide2 & Tatianna couldn't do enough for us and combined they make a perfect team and a credit to the Hotel.

Moving on to the day of the wedding without going into detail but the food was perfect, rooms beautiful (definitely get a room with a view of the lake) and if married the honeymoon suite was perfect!. Set in such a lovely town and far from touristy with the option to get a boat to the other parts of the lake its a perfect location and easily the best hotel in Varenna and Lake Como if not all the countries I have visited!



Thank you Davide, Davide2 , Tatianna & the chef for the cake.

On a little side note we also had a string quartet - which made the day perfect and was a definite must - heres her details for anyone that fancies getting married here: Paolo Santini, dept of west coast music management - regency group, violpa@me.com.

By the way I'm not a sales person or getting anything from this just I have to share how good this place is and also thank the people that made our day so special!

Room Tip: Get a room with a view of the lake!
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Property: Hotel Villa Cipressi
Address: Via Quattro Novembre 18, 23829 Varenna, Italy
Location: Italy > Lombardy > Lake Como > Varenna
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Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Varenna
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Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Villa Cipressi 3*
Number of rooms: 36
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