Villa Cipressi Hotel, Varenna
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ve ever stayed in Italyfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Fawlty Servicefrom A TripAdvisor Member
But, the service was, to say the least, mixed.
A "breakfast" in which the few floppy rounds of ham mingled with some very tired cheese and poor coffee was only offset in part by the view from the terrace.
But the piece de resistance came at the checkout where at 7.00 a.m.(hardly the middle of the night) we only managed to arouse one of the “receptionists” with difficulty. However, this was not “her day” for reception and could we come back at 7.30? No we couldn’t. So with much mumbling and grumbling she eventually got the bill together. And, all the while saying that “we would have been told on arrival that we could not check out at crack of dawn” (we hadn’t) and that it was not her job. Oh boy, what a send-off.
Just goes to show that the physical makeup of a hotel is important, but it is the people and the service who make all the difference.
An experiment in hotel managementfrom A TripAdvisor Member
This hotel is managed by Gofathic, a massive service-industries cimpany. This is their first attempt at hotel management. Whether they expand their interest in hotel management remains to be seen. We were not impressed. A huge wait for our mediocre meal on night one meant we ate elsewehere for the remaining six nights. Breakfast was manic with only one member fo staff on duty. A request for a boiled egg was refused! A faulty bedroom light was never fixed despite daily requests. The bedroom was very basic although it was classified as a deluxe room. The absence comfortable seating came as a surprise as did the vinyl floor covering. The excellent website omits to explain the hotel has no parking. We had to park down the main road, around one klm. distant.
On balance, if we return to Varenna, we would choose an alternative hotel.
Villa Cipressi disappointmentfrom Aust34
Nice Hotelfrom RITman
Fantastic experience!from Paul14
Beauty and the Beastfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Wonderful hotelfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Give this one a miss!from RoyMad
We paid the extra for the deluxe lake view and, whilst the view was wonderful, nothing else worked.
Our 'deluxe' room had a bed in a 'loft' area like a cheap student halls of residence. Bathroom wasn't very clean. Room was stifling hot and reception refused to switch on air conditioning - "Not hot enough" we were told (Temps at 32 plus during the week) Guests have no control over centralised system. On checkout told the system wasn't actually working! - would have moved hotel if we had been told earlier. We ended up sleeping on the floor for 3 days out of 5 to try and keep cool!
Breakfast fine but usually ran out of most things about half an hour before last published time.
Whilst we were there there was a wedding reception at the hotel - lovely to see but guests were denied access to Bar, Restaurant, and Gardens for the evening.
Gardens great to walk through but no access to lake - take care when going through them though - my wife was stung / bitten by something and required medical intervention to sort out (still swollen 6 days later)
Do your self a favour and stay somewhere else - Hotel du Lac had a terrace / bar to die for and seemed very well run. La Cavatappi restaurant was great and Bar Nilus had wonderful views of the sunset over the lake combined with pleasant food.
Incredible!from A TripAdvisor Member
Villa Cipressi is in much better shape (newly renovated) than the much more expensive but shoddy Royal Victoria next door. Must be seen to be believed!
Top Local Tips for Varenna
Trains Train master or other train travellers will advise you when to get off the train, very small station. We left from Milan, stay at the main station for departure to Varenna. One cab available across the street from the train station will take you to your hotel. If you do not have train tickets to depart, there is a travel agency a few blocks from the train station, down the hill, that will sell you tickets. Make sure that you "stamp" your ticket in the yellow boxes at the train station BEFORE you depart. Same cab person will pick you up at your hotel, rather a steep hike to the train tracks with bags.
up and down.... A pretty little town but only for a couple days. Mostly all steps up and down everywhere so have to be in good shape. Not a lot of choices for restaurants and most all close at least one day a week and many not even open for lunch. Good boat service and lovely 2 hr. trip around the lake is a must.Managgio a better choice - not touristy like Belaggio with more choices of shops and restaurants. Quiet and lovely but easier to get around. No heat in hotels after May 1st even if very cold and rainy so maybe go later.
The twon of Varenna An internet cafe is located in the tobacci a few doors down from the hotel. You can also a glass of wine there, coffee, phone cards, maps etc. The owners are a delightful young couple who made us feel very welcome.
Other names for Villa Cipressi Hotel
- cipressi hotel varenna
- Address: Via Iv Novembre 18 - Varenna - 23829 - Italy
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