On a tour of the lake, focused mainly on Bellagio, we stayed in this historic property with an exceptional garden and spectacular views (which we enjoyed from our two "double rooms for single use"). The hotel lies right next to the Villa Monastero with even more beautiful gardens, which can be visited at a modest price. Varenna is quiet (although accessible by train from Milan, Lecco and St Moritz), a bit sleepy, but charming. A cdreative, modestly-priced and pleasant dinner was served on the terrace overlooking the gardens and Bellagio in the distance across the lake. More stimulating than most such hotel fare. Breakfast was basic but adequate, in a distant room with an agreeable terrace of its own. Room decor (at least ours) was very basic. Beds are hard, although to us acceptable. The views and garden are the thing. Why eccentric? The hotel lists a 10:30 AM check-out time, and sticks to it. This seems abusive, but mostly unnecessary. And it comes across as unfriendly and arbitrary. A re-think of this noxious practice is in order.
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- Cipressi Hotel Varenna