Where do I begin? There’s so much to write about this hotel…
This was our second stay in Varese. Last time we stayed at the Art Hotel which was very “arty” and very nice (with a very good restaurant) and which is located outside the city center. The Hotel di Varese, on the other hand, is located right in the center of Varese, and is the complete opposite of the Art Hotel. It is totally modern, and is only 2 or 3 years old. The rooms are large, and the very young staff was super helpful. Breakfast was more than adequate, and overall, the hotel gets top grades.
A word about the layout - the hotel was designed by the owner who apparently likes “squares”. That’s the motif here, from the room arrangements, the furniture, the pictures on the walls (there weren’t many) to the bathroom fixtures. The toilet is square, the bidet is square, the sink is square and even the shower head is square. Don’t misunderstand me – we liked this hotel and would certainly return, although there were a few practical (and minor) problems with the room design. For instance, despite the fact that the bathroom is very large (see attached picture), there’s really no place to hang towels, except on the heating rack which is at the end of the room farthest from the shower. Also there are so many light switches, with wall switch panels throughout the main room, each with 2, 3 or 4 switches. There are so many switches and lights, it’s impossible to remember (during a short stay of 2 or 3 days) which switch operates which light. It took a while but we learned “the code”. Each switch has a built-in LED (light emitting diode). When the switch led was blue, its light was off. When the led was purple (or maybe red) its light was in operation. At night, because of all the LEDs, the room was never completely dark. I was happy I brought my blindfold.
The only other complaint we might mention is that the hotel has a cold sterile feel about it. In many ways it is like a dormitory with cement walls, very few pictures on the walls, and dull grey colors all over. See the attached picture of me sitting on the grey couch in front of the grey wall in the public sitting room.
The hotel is split into 2 separate buildings, separated by an outside parking lot. It rained most of the time we were there, however the hotel had many hotel umbrellas strategically placed at every entrance and exit – very thoughtful and helpful. The hotel also has underground parking with entry from both buildings, so after we learned how to negotiate the maze getting to and from the elevators, we were able to get from our room (in the separate building) to the main building where the lobby and public areas were without getting wet.
I should also add that the hotel has a modest exercise room with a sauna, which is available 24 hours a day. We didn’t use these facilities, but did visit the room to check it out. Everything looked brand new, and probably hadn’t been used much (if at all).
As I wrote above, this is a very interesting hotel. The location is superb, the rooms are huge (see attached picture of wife Alisa on the huge bed), everything is new, the staff is excellent, it has lots of parking, and we would gladly stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In Varese, the renovation of a prestigious villa in Liberty style, in the historical centre and shopping area, you’ll find Hotel di Varese.Hotel di Varese is ideal for the business trip and for the spare time, synthesis of style, quality, warmth and friendliness.Hotel di Varese, the heart of our city. ... more less
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