We stayed at this hotel for four nights during the European Rowing Championship as our son was competing for GB. It is situated 10 minutes' walk from the railway station and five minutes walk from the bus stop we needed to reach the lakeside (otherwise over an hour's walk down a steep and busy road).
We were fortunate to have a room on the rear of the hotel as we heard from other guests that it had been very noisy at the front, adjacent to a small square on the edge of the pedestrianised "historic centre" of Varese, with people leaving bars in the early hours, slamming car doors as they left. Our room was well-appointed, with a very comfortable bed, sufficient storage, effective shower and plenty of towels, toiletries and a supply of additional pillows and blankets in case we needed them.
The hotel staff were welcoming, provided us with information we asked for such as where to purchase the bus tickets we needed, made suggestions as to which restaurants we might like to try, etc. There was also a secure private car park which would have been useful had we arrived by car.
The breakfast room, which occupied the basement, was well laid out and offered a generous choice of items which more than satisfied us.
This is a hotel we would return to and are happy to recommend.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel located at the entrance to the town's historic centre (with private internal parking), in an area well-known for its typical restaurants, pubs, wine shops and superb inner courtyards. Close to the conference centre of Ville Ponti, Villa Panza (Guggenheim museum of modern art), Palazzo Estense, the law court and the racetrack. A National Trust listed neoclassical building (1830), the structure has been used as a hotel since 1978 (it features an original fresco and a brick tavern). Rooms equipped with all modern comforts:satellite TV, radio, fridge-bar, modem connection for PC, safe, double glazing for sound insulation, air conditioning. All furnishing was renovated in April 2002: all single rooms are provided with a three quarter bed. 24 Hour reception and service, large hall and cocktail lounge. Restaurant "Da Vittorio" boasts a long tradition since 1950 and make international cuisine. Conveniently connected to the lakes district, the highway and railway systems. 20 Km from Malpensa International Airport. This Hotel is ideal for both business travellers and vacationers. ... more less
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