Olivedo Hotel

, Varenna, Italy
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Olivedo Hotel

, Varenna
3 star

Rooms: 15

Piazza Martiri 4 - Varenna - 23829 - Italy Hotel Website | | 341830115
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Thank You Laura.

from A TripAdvisor Member
Hotel Olivedo / Varenna, shall always be an enjoyable memory. We thank the host "Laura" for attending to our needs during our stay. If you want a grand modern, no personality type place you should look elsewhere. We enjoyed the charcter of Laura, Hotel Olivedo, and it's views. In our three night stay, we tried much of the menu offered, and we found it to be very, very enjoyable.
We thank Laura, and the people of Varenna for welcoming us into their town.
"It's progress, that made the entertaining ferry traffic and the balconies small."
Wow... Varenna and Lake Como.
William Lucrisia / Seattle, WA

Loved the staff, hotel and location

from JF26
This hotel was my first introduction to Italy and I was not disappointed in any way. My husband and I enjoyed our few days at the hotel. What a wonderful location! The view from our balconey was breathtaking. Laura and the staff were friendly and helpful. We thoroughly enjoyed our evening dinners outside on the patio and the breakfast was a basic Italian breakfast. we are looking forward on returning to Albergo Olivedo in the near future.

It is what you make of it

from A TripAdvisor Member
Very unique place to stay from all perspectives. Varenna is a neat and quiet city with not a lot to do but very accessible to other cities like Bellagio with the ferry. It is not as loud as others complained from our perspective. The views are stunning. The rooms are nice, bathrooms are small and the showers are a challenge. Laura is intimidating but we had fun with it. At times, she is very thoughtful and caring and truly wants to make your stay memorable. I felt the food was excellent with many choices and it was more of an event. Overally, we enjoyed our stay and glad we stayed here versus a hotel with no charm or uniqueness to it.

Too noisy

from SueVT
The location is spectacular. We loved Varenna. But there was a nightclub act either at the Olivedo or next door (I was too tired to figure it out) that was blasting at top volume all night. It was an absolute nightmare. The food is OK, nothing great; since you are required to eat dinner there, it's a shame to waste a night on mediocre food when in Italy. I don't mind walking up stairs, so that wasn't a problem; the mattresses were not great and the bathroom clean if uncomfortable (no shower head). Loved the view from the room. I wouldn't stay here again mainly because the noise was unbearable.

Very Noisy

from A TripAdvisor Member
Situated on a point with stunning views and ferries arriving and departing every 10 minutes. Loud speakers announcing destinations and lots of traffic, especially motor scooters.
Room #1 has a king size 3" thick mattress resting on metal frame---very uncomfortable. The tub will hold a small person only...no shower.
Room 22 has good mattress and large bath with shower. Tiny balcony. No elevator...walk up four floors.
Too much noise for us...other hotels in Varenna would be a better choice

Great views from front rooms

from Faith25
Great room for views of hills and lake - stunning!!!!!!!. Lovely for honeymooning, although I think in Italy in general they put two single beds together so we had a dip in the middle!!! Hard beds but okay though - the view and position makes up for that. Nice little balcony with flowers and big bathroom (although we were told we would have a bath but it was a nice big shower instead). If you stay in a lot you keep hearing the speaker from the boat point just below that keeps saying "Bellagio, Menagio..." every half an hour but we made fun of it. Laura the hotel owner is always there - so if you want somewhere you can feel private I think Hotel du Lac would be better (although it doesn't have the Italian home-like feel that Olivedo does - pictures and dark wood furnishings made it lovely, it was just like the website). Laura has a unusual sense of humour - I was a bit nervous to ask her anything - but she is kind all the same. The food is delicious - try the lake fish with green pesto sauce (sweet fish - mmm). You can't go wrong with Olivedo - it is charming. I'm sure we will return on our anniversary in forty years time. Enjoy Varenna - it is quiet and romantic unlike Bellagio.

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from A TripAdvisor Member
We thought about staying in the hotel and came to the hotel during really heavy rain. We asked if we could have a drink before deciding if we would stay. After refusing drinks the host asked us to leave the reception of the hotel. Because of the heavy rain we waited in front of the hotel under a small roof. Once again the host came different times to us and asked to leave the front of hotel immediatly. Never in my life I had such an unfriendly experience!!

Worst (and one of priciest) hotel in 3.5 weeks of traveling italy

from travel_addict14
In 3.5 weeks of traveling around Italy, this is the only hotel that did not live up to or exceed our expectations. We went there expecting a relaxing, quiet place to enjoy the lake and this was not the case. (we were room 15) Cons: (1)Very hard bed (actually a 3-4 inch thick futon mattress on a metal bed frame, I'm not kidding), (2) Very noisy, especially on the weekends - the ferry dock and a small parking lot are between the hotel and the water so there is a ton of noise and you actually can't see the sunset while eating dinner because the ferry ticket booth blocks the view. (3) Don't expect to relax on the balcony for an evening. They balconies are tiny and have no chairs. We managed to wedge 2 chairs from the room out there, but we were the only ones in 3 days (during high season) to even attemt to sit on the balcony. It's just too small. Pros: (1) The bathroom is very nice as it was recently remodeled. (2) Dinner was good (food, not the view) and I agree with another user that the gnocci was great. (It does get a little monotonous after 3 straight nights, though)

Great place, but..

from A TripAdvisor Member
My wife & I stayed here recently. It's a very nice place with great lake views and a wonderful owner/hostess. The (included in price) dinners were excellent, among the best we've had in 6 trips to Italy. The square outside the hotel is a bit noisy though as lots of motorcycles, cars, etc. make U-turns at the ferry dock. Little to no chance of napping or turning in early. Laura's policy of cash-only is a bit unusual these days, as well as not being able to call toll-free numbers from the room. We felt a bit nickel-and-dimed considering the room+dinner is over E160 per night.


from A TripAdvisor Member
My husband and I have stayed at the Olivedo twice, in '98 & '99. Laura, the lovely owner, greeted us by name upon arrival. We truly felt like old friends by the time we left. The food was among the best meals we have ever had in Italy (or anywhere)! The rooms & bed were pretty basic. The room was small amd the beds may have been a little lumpy BUT -- the view from our balcony was MAGNIFICENT. Absolutely breathtaking scenery in evey direction. We felt like we were in heaven! I would return in a second, just for the view alone!
I'm surprised by the negative reviews I have read here, and I hope that anyone who stays here enjoys it as much as my husband and I did.

Top Local Tips for Varenna

No Internet Cafes Those of you that need to stay in touch, there are no internet cafes in Varenna that we found. We did find one over in Bellagio on a side alley.

Little slice of heaven Varenna is one of my favorite places in the world....easy access to other Lake communities, generally quiet...but go in the fall. Summer is too touristy. And do the hike to the Castella di Vezia...great views of the lake from there.

Late September for perfect weather No huge crowds, perfect weather. Cooler when out on the lake.


Other names for Olivedo Hotel

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  • Address: Piazza Martiri 4 - Varenna - 23829 - Italy
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