Albergo del Sole is a well established and long running hotel located in th Piazza San Giorgio in Varenna. The Piazza is the centre of Varenna and is close to the Villa Monastero, Chiesa San Giorgio and the maze of interesting stairlanes of the town. It is however also very noisy from very early in the morning with the delivery vans, school buses and the garbage collectors arriving. The church bells ring all night. Albergo del Sole is a small family run hotel. The non particularly friendly owner also runs the expensive ladieswear shop in the Piazzetta. There is a very small elevator. Parking is in front of the hotel in the tree covered piazza.
The rooms are very clean and comfortable. Our room looked out over the Piazza. The shower and toilet were also very clean. Large towels were provided. Bathroom has facilities for aged or disabled people. Breakfast was somewhat sparse and served in the restaurant only after the school bus has left (if you want an early breakfast - forget it). Hot chocolate was provided reluctantly. If items ran out they were not replaced. The breakfast room had interesting photographs/sketches. There is an outdoor restaurant for warmer weather.
Free wifi internet is provided - a bit slow.
In the Piazza is the newsagent, ladieswear shop, butcher/grocer, bar which serves light meals, a great gelato and take away pizza shop and the restaurant to another larger hotel. There are several pricy restaurants nearby in the stairlanes. Despite the noise, we were happy to stay at Albergo del Sole rather than others closer to the ferry landing. It is a long walk to the station if carrying heavy luggage. If not, then it will be a mere 15 mins.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Albergo del Sole is a nice hotel in San Giorgio Square. It was totally renovated in 2003 and has very nicely furnished bedrooms and a suite overlooking the lake. It has also its own restaurant and pizzeria. Luigi, the owner, is the chef and restaurant manager. Car is not necessary as the hotel is located in the historical centre, only 50 meters from the old port, and 300 meters from the train station. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Albergo Del Sole Varenna