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"Great place to stay... but set your expectations" Hotel Olivedo Tip by Roaminmn

Hotel Olivedo, Varenna: 711 reviews and 0 photos

I have stayed here several times and have found this one of my favorites in Italy. It is peaceful (even with the ferries coming and going) and the price is great! I have found the owner, Laura, to be extremely kind and helpful as well as crass and direct at times. I really like her style but you need to be ready for either response.

I stayed there in 2009 with my 14 year old daughter and Laura went out of her way to make sure my daughter had a very good stay. She treated her so nice and always kept an eye on her, didn't get annoyed with her questions and internet use several times a day, and even helped her with a dress she bought at the local market.

The views are fantastic, the food is really good, very convenient to get to, rooms are very modern with excellent facilities, Laura speaks english very well.

I would encourage you to stay here, let me know if you have any questions I can help with!

Unique Qualities: This is why I like staying here...

This place has great rooms with amazing views
It is right next to the ferry line so it's easy to get across the lake to Bellagio
Has good food at a good price
A great little bar right behind the hotel
It's easy to park your car next to the hotel
Great quiet spots to sit along the lake at night and listen to the water with a bottle of wine
My favorite gelato shop is a few minutes walk along the lake - try the cherry, it's the best!
I have come to really really like Laura, she treats me very well

Some downsides...
Varenna is small so there isn't a lot of action (which is nice when you want to unwind)
The towels are thin (like many places in Italy)
Limited internet access
The ferry accouncement during the day can get annoying
No laundry service
You have to pay cash

Address: Piazza Martiri, 4, Varenna, 23829, Italy
Price Comparison: about average
Directions: Right across from the ferry stop, just down the hill from the train station. It is actually a 3-5 minute walk from the actual village.
Phone: +39.0341830115
Price: US$120-180
Theme: Hotel

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  • Written Sep 25, 2011
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